Pattern Review Weekend – Canada 2018

PatternReview.com  is a 16 year old online sewing resource website created by Deepika Parkash.  There are currently over 430,000 users across the world.    I recently attended my 4th Pattern Review Weekend.  Deepika is the featured speaker at the July 2018 national ASG (American Sewing Guild)  convention.

And before I talk about the event, I want to share with you a note about Deepika from the website.

 Deepika Prakash is the founder of PatternReview.com – A site she started in November 2001 when she couldn’t find any sewing resources online. A lover of fabric and patterns she has a simple goal. “Everyone should sew!” and with this goal in mind she decided to teach her first video class right here on PatternReview.com. “Anybody CAN sew“, she says.. “You are only limited by your own desire to learn”.

Deepika has been a contributor to many sewing publications over the last few years like Threads and Stitch. She is currently designing easy to sew patterns for all body types. She has also been featured on It’s Sew Easy TV series.

 

PR Weekend is a 2-3 day event that is in a different location every year.  This year for the first time the event was held in and around Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

The event is limited to 100 participants, and is totally organized by volunteers.

Several of us arrived early so we took a side trip to the town of Kitchener.  There we shopped Spool and Spindle, Len’s Mill and Shall We Knit (http://spoolandspindle.ca/  and https://lensmill.com/  and https://shallweknit.ca/ )

Shopping buddies: Karin from Sweeden, Lisette from Maryland and shop owner.

 

Stratford is the home of the Stratford Festival. (https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=CjwKCAjw6djYBRB8EiwAoAF6odFtdjx7koKl1cRYasFybaxSrMGoBLvZUQ9p2NUeSW4wxAw_sPGJIRoCFNkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds )

Many of the attendees took advantage and attended one of the plays.  I totally enjoyed Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”  and the costumes were outstanding.

The costuming was in a steam punk style and features 2 set of twins separated a birth and the confusion that occurs when they meet as adults.

The highlight of the first official day of the event was a tour of the Stratford Festival Costume Wearhouse.

(https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Tours/Warehouse-Tour

They operate tours from June through December.  It is a must see!  Principal actors get custom made costumes, wigs, hats, hair and makeup and even custom made shoes!!!

Photo by Judy Voss

Photo by Judy Voss

One of many racks of hats

 

Elizabethan ruffs – photo taken just for Jami

We were treated to a class from Gillian Whitcombe of Crafting a Rainbow (https://craftingarainbow.wordpress.com/ )  formally a blogger for Cashmerette’s Curvy Sewing Collective. (http://curvysewingcollective.com/)

The class was on how to take better pictures to show off your sewing.  She has a section on her blog if you want to check it out.

PRweekend always includes a pattern exchange.  Attendees can bring patterns to swap, and even if you don’t bring any, you are welcome to take home as many as you can carry.

The day also included sewing demos from the Jalie Pattern team of Emilie, Jean and Mel.  Jean is the creative designer behind the patterns and she is so much fun, as well as being Emilie’s mom)  They also introduced their latest pattern collection with a discount.  (https://jalie.com/) I added Clara and Julia to my collection.

The evening included a camp shirt contest that honored recently deceased member Kathi Rank.  A pajama contest was also on tap.  We were even entertained by organizer Connie Bontje’s ukulele band.

Saturday was non stop shopping bus tour to Hamilton’s Ontario street (home of Beverly Johnson’s Bra Lady store), Ann’s fabrics and Lens Mill in Woodstock.   We ended the evening with the Fabricland store in Stratford staying open late for our group.  Before the late night shopping our bus had purchased 700 meters and bus two 680 meters of fabric.  A meter is 39”.  Many stayed after for shopping and sightseeing in Toronto.

Next year – Portland Oregon.  I will be there!

 

 

I met and/or reconnected with so many amazing talented folk.  Here are a few with great blogs:

Kay Young – (one of my sewing crushes!)  http://kaythesewinglawyer.blogspot.com/

Olga Balasa https://www.ageberry.com/

Sue Anfang (https://sewstashsew.wordpress.com/)

Masha Zelenaia (from Coppell,TX !!)  https://www.instagram.com/maze.handmade/?hl=en

Mary Grabenstatter has a subscription company Needle Sharp ( https://needle-sharp.com/ )

Margaret De Lap (http://stoffandnonsense.blogspot.com/ )

Krstina Rudnitski has a silversmithing blog on using sea glass  (https://www.seacycledglass.com/)

Kyle Burkhardt – great info on shopping NY (http://vacuumingthelawn.blogspot.com/)

Lisette Albano – (http://lacubanitacose.blogspot.com/ )

Karin Mantefors (http://karinskammare.blogspot.com/)

Helen Wilkinson  creator behind Helen’s closet (https://helenscloset.ca/)

Lori Beckstead (https://frivolousatlast.com/)

Helena Ashbridge http://www.grayallday.com/

Lori and Helena also have the podcast clothes making mavens http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/

Heather Gibson http://www.thepugandneedle.com/

Devery Ward https://boonetowneseamsta.com/

Anya Cooper http://www.anna-zoe.net/

 

Bonnie Ossege http://tresbonbabble.blogspot.com/  and one of my fabric twins. (Running skirt Jalie #2796)

Bonnie always organizes a run or walk before the events.

 

Want to read more ??   Here is a link to Deepika’s review and pics of the weekend.