Or, my amazing and super-cool summer trip to Seattle, during which I wore my Mociun knockoff #2. Why 2? Read on to find out!
I booked a training in Bellingham, WA (depending on who you ask, Bellingham is 90 minutes or 3 hours drive time north of Seattle) for last week. Since the work was Mon-Wed, I decided to plan a couple of play days in Seattle to finally meet some of my very most funnest blogging buddies! I'll summarize in bullet points to spare your reading eyes:
Christy from Columbia Lily:
:: So cute. So smart. So lovely.
:: Quick reflexes! Saved my head from being struck by a bus mirror!
:: Visited Olympic Sculpture Park.
:: Enjoyed a beautiful view of the water.
Sarah and Josh of Sewer-Sewist:
:: Coordinated a day trip to Seattle from Portland to coincide with my trip!
:: Sarah was the very first commenter on my blog, not counting my husband, some 2+ years ago!
:: Sarah & Josh are vegetarians and took me to Petra's mediterranean restaurant for a delicious, filling, abundant and nutritious vegan dinner.
:: Talked about sewing, blogging, social media (Sarah's particular expertise), and exotic places they've lived, including Ireland and Washington D.C.
Tina from glam.spoon:
:: Dressed to impress! Chic and put-together as can be.
:: Took me to her favorite flea market in an area of Seattle called Georgetown, where she scored something really special for her sewing room.
:: Introduced me to the Goodwill of all Goodwills, a few blocks from Chinatown. BIG. Coulda bought the whole store! Follow them on Twitter -- active social media presence. Pared down my finds to (in order from top to bottom) a duvet cover, vintage wool plaid, and vintage cotton seersucker in this completely loveable 70's colorway:
Diana, nee GeekSewing, a.k.a. Poplin, most recently of a blog called A Little Home Sewn:
:: Originally bonded over Japanese pattern books, we met in the middle of the Japanese sewing pattern books at Kinokuniya. Narrowed down to three books and two Mrs. Style Book magazines:
:: Ate a late lunch at Uwajimaya and walked over to Daiso, like a Japanese dollar store, only everything costs $1.50.
:: Introduced me to Pacific Fabrics, where we both practiced a whole lot of self-discipline amidst rolls and rolls of fabric delight, and then to Stitches, where only Diana practiced self-discipline. Purchased a yard of Kokka mermaid fabric (I don't think it's Heather Ross-designed, but maybe), and I've no clue what I'm going to do with it, but I love it:
Diana's pregnant with her 5th child and had expressed love for my Mociun knock-off #1, which is a great maternity and nursing dress, so I laundered it and packed it for her. Then I whipped out a second knock-off after having made a couple of pattern mods so I could wear the new dress on my trip. Made from a navy blue silk jacquard sari purchased at thrift store a few weeks ago:
And I may never in my life sew a slippery silk again. Torture to sew, but heaven to wear.
Ladies (and the occasional gentleman), you will never know how grateful I am to have made friends across these world wide webs, and even more grateful to have met these 4 generous and super fantastic ladies and one gentleman in person last week. I'm looking forward to seeing them again and hoping fate casts more blog buddies my way IRL. Have a great week! *hugs*