First, I have to say that Heather Ross is so kind and mellow, and I would definitely take another workshop of hers. It can't be easy planning for a group of folks at a multitude of skill levels and with varied interests, and she absolutely pulled off a coup. She signed books -and drew in them!- and was unfailingly positive and patient.
|Heather explains it all.|
As mentioned earlier, the fellow workshop attendees were just fantastic. Here's a shot of Lauren, who absolutely needs to start her own blog, and a room photo so y'all can see how huge the space was.
|so adorable in her self-made circle skirt!|
My new buds Ruth and Sheetal joined Susannah and me and another crafty sewist for a lovely lunch on Saturday in Pacific Grove at the Red House Cafe. I somehow missed getting a photo of Leisa, but I got to sit right next to her the whole time and watch her amazing progress on Heather's wrap skirt pattern.
|do we look cold? it was cold.|
The biggest thrill for me came from meeting one of my principal sources of sewing inspiration: Gretchen Hirsch, better known as Gertie, of the amazingly popular sewing blog and best-selling book. Oh my gosh. She's even cooler in person, her hair is even more vibrantly pink, and she's just got such a great perspective on things. Good lord, the woman even plays the ukelele, how much more unapologetically badass can you get?! If you were to surmise that I may have inadvertently peed my pants when she asked for a ride to the San Francisco airport, you would be correct, metaphorically speaking of course. Susannah and I were jumping around like ten year olds at at One Direction concert, we were so thrilled at the thought of, you know, just Hanging Out all casual-like. I can only hope we didn't scare her off for good. I didn't take photos of us shopping at Harts Fabric together, because even a fangirl like me draws the line somewhere, but it was pretty freaking cool.
|yeah, that's the shirtwaist dress from her book.|
|Gertie bedecked in coolness and me in my Gertie blouse and Ginger skirt|
All in all, it was a fabulous time, even better than I had hoped. I got great guidance on lots of projects that had frustrated me previously and make a lovely dress from one of my friend Stephanie's vintage pattern to boot!
|i made her a pair of my cashmere mitts, with pink to match her hair!|