Monday, September 29, 2014

The American Sewing Expo -- Go Michigan!

Cosplayers added a lighthearted creative spark! Though this mouse does look a bit serious...
 Perfect weather.
Fabulous fans.
Grand booth mates.
Scoring cool new buttons.
Connecting with friends --
new friends, Facebook friends and long-time friends --
a treat to teach at and experience.

Such an odd juxtaposition of interests sharing signage and Showplex space. 

Nobody confuses the participants.

McCall's designer Melissa Watson gives a customer a tote bag.
The McCall's booth was hopping
 with celebrity guests, the bosses and happy sewers;
all enjoying meeting, greeting, gabbing,
getting to know each other
and buying patterns at a bargain price.

McCall's designer Khaliah Ali and Kathy Wiktor, Director of Retail and Consumer Relations.
McCall's designer Khaliah Ali
is as warmhearted and lovely in person
as she is beautiful in photos.
A fun new experience
to get to be one of the 'celebrities'.

Super-fan Jan Crews drove 3-1/2 hours from Ohio to visit!
As you may be able to tell,
I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Chandra Worman working on her 'Under the Sea' dress.
ASE "Passion for Fashion" contestants
worked long hours on Friday and Saturday
preparing what they hoped were winning entries.
I focused in on fellow Oregonian Chandra Worman
working on her design Friday afternoon.

Each designer had a specific theme to inspire their creation
using fabric and notions donated by show vendors and
David Tutera's Social Occasion Collection.

Frank Rizzo, McCall's President and CEO with Leslie and Bridget.
Saturday afternoon Frank
Pied-Pipered a passel of people with posies
to purchase always pleasurable ice cream cones.

The experience: priceless.
The ice cream: forgettable.
The alliteration: irresistible.

Gertie signs Rickey's new copy of Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.
Gretchen Hirsch (aka Gertie) was great fun to hang out with!
We met for the first time in person in the hotel lobby
as she returned from a ride on her pink bicycle.
Handily enough the bike folds up and fits in a suitcase
providing transportation and exercise
while looking super-hip and cool.

Gretchen's got it all!

Chic in raw edges.
I can't remember this creative's name
(I forgot to write it down)
but I spotted her wearing
this great vest as she arrived in my class.

Simple and stylin'
she really knows how to make those denim scraps work!

Close up of Jasmine's hat.
She's got it happening.
Friday afternoon I found myself following Jasmine's fabulous hat
and she happily let me take a photo.
She is currently working on a knitting certification.

Jasmine's jacket front.
Jasmine's jacket back.
Jasmine showed up Saturday in her prizewinning
red leather moto jacket with chain mail inserts.

At the McCall's booth she was surrounded
by multiple mature sewing fans who were in awe
of her pattern drafting and sewing skills!
She is only 18 so we will surely
be delighted with her creations for many years to come.

Award winners Mari and Ezekiel.
Clearly it runs in the family
as Jasmine's siblings,
10 year old Mari and 8 year old Ezekiel
won awards in their ages groups as well.
Mari made her tunic and pants;
Ezekiel made his vest, bow tie and pants.

Needless to say their proud parents had big smiles!

McCall's designer Melissa Watson with celebrity wedding planner David Tutera.
Melissa Watson did a fabulous job
as commentator at Saturday afternoon's
McCall/Butterick/Vogue Fashion Show.

And the winner is...
Fancy fabrics were the perfect prize
at the McCall/Butterick/Vogue Fashion Show
This lucky lady walked off with the Grand Prize.
She won so much fabric she needed help
carrying the bolts home!
It will be great if she comes back next year
wearing what she makes with it.

Ruth modeling Butterick 5960.
Ruth found an amazing fabric
to make her version of my coat.
What a great model she is.

I sure hope she sends me a photo when she completes it!
(hint hint)

Happy stitching everyone!