Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pattern Review Weekend - New York City 2012

Pattern review weekend is an amazing yearly event that brings together sewing enthusiasts from all over the world. Sponsored by This year it was held in New York City with 100 pattern review members attending. I live right in NYC/NJ metro area, it was so convenient for me to join in the fun. I'm going to give an overview of my experience, so you can decide if you would like to attend next year's event, Pattern Review Weekend San Francisco 2013.

Thursday May 17th, 2012 

This was Registration Day. I volunteered to help hand out the agenda packets, name tags, and welcome gifts. In the agenda packets you will find all sorts of information. Including the program of events, maps, directions, restaurants, speaker biographies, attendee biographies, and a list fabrics stores to visit.

Welcome gifts, Name Tag, and Packet

Show your PR Love ToteBag Contest. I made a up-cycled handbag out of a dress. Of course added studs, chains, and bling. I love it.

Love then pattern on this dress and black canvas for the strap

Friday May 18th, 2012

Fabric Shopping and Simplicity Pattern Company Tour Day. I started my day with the Simplicity Tour. Our tour guide was wonderful, she has been working there for over 30 years and explained the whole process from sketch to envelope. Toured the facility and gifted us a Simplicity pattern and catalog book.

I chose Khaliah Ali Collection 1945 Pattern
Simplicity Spring Catalog 804 
Runway Color Trends Packet

Fabric Shopping during PRW was a great opportunity to get discounts at top fabric stores in New York City. Since I'm more or less local, I went to one fabric which we all know and love from Project Runway....Mood Fabrics. They offered a ten percent discount and a free Mood Fabric Tote to all PR Members. 

Drea, Somwan, and Tomasa 

My Mood Goodies

1 Yard of Denim @ $10/yard
2 Yards of Cotton Knit @ $8/yard
1 3/8 Yard of Remnants Bronze Stretch Metallic @ $2 for the piece
1/2 Yard Remnant Tan Home Decor @ $2 for the piece

Saturday May 19th, 2012

During the last day of PRW was Lecture Day and Dinner. At 9:00am we all met at Pace University to listen and learn from three wonderful speakers. The first was a couture designer, Kenneth D. King. His lecture was amazing, honestly I could have listened to his lecture all day. Showing his beginning designs all the way until what he's working on right now, he's funny and genuine. The second was Diana Rupp, a sewing author and teacher. She talked about how she started her business, why she loves it, and teaches sewing workshops right in Manhattan. Our last speaker was Jill Ralston for Fabulous Fit, a dress form system that will help you make a duplicate of your body shape. She talked about how she started in the fashion industry and gave us a demonstration on how to use the system. We also had a group Pattern Exchange or Swap. We each brought patterns from our stash that we wanted to exchange and pick out ones that we wanted to take home. Then it was off to dinner at Tony's Di Napoli at Times Square. The meal and service was so amazing, I highly recommend them. 

Kenneth D. King

Love the colors :)

Diana Rupp

Jill Ralston 

The top row of the lecture hall was filled with Patterns

From all sorts of pattern making companies and era's vintage to modern. 

These are the Patterns that I chose and hope to make this year

Very Easy Vogue V8632
Very Easy Vogue V8503
Simplicity Sew Simple 1972
Simplicity 2997
Burda Easy 8423
Butterick Fast&Easy B4520
McCall's Easy Endless Options M5896

I loved the whole weekend and for me it was an awesome value. From the guest lecturer's to the gifts from Simplicity,, Pattern Review Members Pattern Exchange, Dinner, and a discounted Fabric Shopping Day. This year the cost was $115 per person, which was phenomenal price for wonderful sewing weekend. I would highly recommend anyone interested in sewing from beginners to expert, to join, it's a free to join and a amazing community. A great place to find reviews for sewing machines, patterns, sewing workshops/classes, forums, contests/challenges, and of course sewing advice from the whole PR community. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to the SF event.