Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2014

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 3/9/2014
It is hard to believe that it was already a week ago that the annual Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington ended. A gathering of sewing celebrities, equipment manufacturers, magazines, pattern companies and so much more, this is the great grandmother of all sewing industry events. It is a not-to-be-missed event for die-hard sewistas on the West Coast but it is attended by people from all 50 states and several countries. With great fashion shows, seminars and an amazing tradeshow floor, it is impossible to cover everything that is helpful and informative that is going on in Puyallup, but here are the highlights for The Smuggler's Daughter. 

Two of the independant pattern companies that are represented on were exhibiting at the tradeshow. Laura Nash from Sew ChicPattern Company was wearing some of her own designs and looking fabulous in them. Laura's designs are the ultimate example of how hip it is to be retro. An aisle away, Diane Ericson was not only selling her Revisions patterns but was displaying her surface design in bicycle panels and some original art on remnants. Both she and her samples with looking great and doing well at the show. 

I managed to attend three of the fashion shows that showcase samples of the new patterns from many of the major and independent pattern companies. Pati Palmer and Marta Alto were looking good for McCall's, showing many of the Palmer Pletsch designs from that book. The Palmer Pletsch patterns always seem to be geared toward leaner figures, but I felt inspired to sew the easy McCall's 6792 for knits - Pati was wearing it herself and looked terrific. 

The Tilton sisters represented Designer Vogue and Butterick patterns. Marcy had a sample of her great new dress pattern (V8975) and her new jacket and vest (V8982). Katharine showed samples of her unique dress pattern for a knit fabric (B5986) and her new jacket and vest (B6026). Marcy and Katharine presented a fun and spontaneous show which is always a pleasure to attend.

A surprisingly lovely and high-quality show was the Folkwear Pattern presentation. I haven't sewn a Folkwear Pattern for at least 20 years, but I was impressed by the professionalism of this show and the fact that the clothing samples looked both contemporary and comfortable. I was intrigued enough to buy one of their patterns and will likely sew a Tibetan Chupa (Folkwear #131) dress this spring. I saw numerous examples of attendees wearing the Tibetan Panel Coat (Folkwear #118). 

If you've been reading my blog and/or my FB posts, you know that I sewed new garments to wear every day of the show. I was surprised that the biggest hit was the coat I sewed last fall, Vogue 8813 by Marcy Tilton. This coat got more compliments than anything else I wore at the show and I was happy to report that the Whirling Dervish Wool fabric is available at
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