Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weekend in Paris

Past week/weekend was the European Pattern Review meeting. I went and had a wonderful time. Due to a strike with the trains in Belgium I had to make it one day shorter than planned. I had a ticket for Thursday, but there were no trains that day from the Netherlands to Paris. I changed my ticket to Friday and was there from Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon.

It was such fun to meet Annika, Tini, Val (from Australia!), Vibeke, Nowak, Claire, Lista, Karin, Lara, Berry, Katharine, Sheila and her friend. Talking about sewing, patterns, fabric shopping, visiting the Vionnet exhibition en a bit of sight seeing. It was a great weekend.

I’ve posted pictures in the general picture album created by Annika, more pictures of participants will hopefully soon be added.

Two pictures from a tailor window and a small box with a sewing room pictured:


And of course I couldn't resist some fabric shopping. First this gorgeous wool for a coat.

A grey pinstriped wool for a pair of pants. Nothing spectacular but very soft.


Two sheer silks. I call them my "difficult fabrics" as I've never before worked with fabrics like this.


The silk is so soft and thin, that the whole 3 meters can be pulled through my wedding ring (don’t remember who talked about that to me, but it can be done easily)


They are all future projects, nothing short term.


  1. Sounds lovely! That wool is gorgeous. I think the thing about pulling a piece of fabric through a wedding ring has to do with the delicacy of the "wedding ring shawl", usually knit of very fine wool in a lacey pattern, it is supposed to be so fine as to fit through the wedding ring of the bride.

  2. First, love the new look of the blog!

    Second, how delightful! I'm so jealous that you can get to another country so easily.

    Third, I'm supposed to be planning a bicycle trip in Rotterdam for this fall!!

  3. Sounds great. What lovely fabrics you bought. The coating in particular is exquisite. I never know what to do with chiffons, but they look wonderful too.

  4. Lovely way to spend time with new and old friends. The pictures are wonderful.

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

  5. I checked out the pictures, it looks like you all had a wonderful trip. I'm jealous over here!

  6. Gorgeous fabrics! I'm surprised you've never worked with that silk as you are skilled at everything!!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. Oh, I'm glad you got to go after all even if it was a shorter trip! How fun to meet and shop in such a great city. The silk in particular is just lovely.

  8. What a wonderful trip! I love the fabrics you bought. I'm catching up on my blog reading and I have to tell you that I love your coat. Well done!

  9. Sounds like you had a great time. Nice fabrics!

  10. Love the wool coating. What a great trip!

  11. Sounds like a lovely weekend! I liked hearing about your sewing excursions because it's wonderful to meet up with like-minded people who love to sew.