Monday, January 14, 2013

California Adventure




Good morning, readers! I'm writing this from lovely Los Angeles. I've had a whirlwind few days! I arrived on Friday afternoon and drove to Anaheim for the Craft & Hobby Association show.
Remember how I was making my design, Butterick 5814? Well, I finally finished it on the plane. (Don't worry, I'm going to do some more proper posts on it, plus that 3/4 length sleeve tutorial.) I desperately wanted to wear it that night, since I was going to Butterick's company dinner. They're celebrating their 150th anniversary! I finished it just in time to take a cell phone pic (I call it "Self Portrait with Toilet") and then rush down to dinner, where I had the most amazing time catching up with the Butterick/McCalls folks.



I wore it with a vintage cardigan since it was chilly.


Also, another week, another shade of pink hair! My last dye job was looking weirdly patchy (purple-magenta in places, pink in others) so I went for an emergency touch-up before my trip. We used a mix of Special Effects Atomic Pink, Cupcake Pink, and Cherry Bomb. I think I've found my perfect color!



The next day I had my book signing at the Butterick booth! I wore the scallop waist skirt and Peter Pan collar blouse from my book.




I met some kindred spirits.



 And caught up with friends, old and new. (That's Haley from The Zen of Making on the left there.)




 I also got to see my friends from Creativebug!




Yesterday was my big party at Sew L.A.! It was fabulous, to say the least.




Christine Haynes and the other ladies there went all out with a retro picnic-theme. I put tons of garments from the book and my Butterick line on display.







Everyone came all decked out in their retro finery!


See more fab pics on Christine's blog. Thank you so much, Sew L.A.!
Now I'm heading out for a couple days of exploring Los Angeles, starting with the garment district. (I'm sure I need more fabric, right?)

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    1. Ignore previous post! Looks like you're having a fabulous time!

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  2. I can't wait to meet you in Ann Arbor Michigan. I am bringing a couple ladies from my Kalamazoo chapter of the American Sewing guild. Love the photos!

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  3. You look like a super sweet piece of candy in this pale green outfit. I love it, so perfect!

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  4. I am, once again, in love with your rose-print shirt-dress. & I want blue dip-dyed hair (nothing as bright as yours, as chemical sensitvities preclude using bleach!).

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  5. WOW. Your weekend looks like it was wonderful! And, you look amazingly well attired!

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  6. Wow! What a whirlwhind indeed! Thanks for taking some time out to write about it for all of us! Makes us feel like we're part of the buzz and excitement of your journey! Enjoy your days of exploring.

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  7. Not to do with your post, but I finally got your book (Christmas present from my brother!) and I just finished my first tailored coat using your instructions. My coat turned out awesome and I wanted to say thank you!

    Have fun in LA!

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  8. Thank you Gretchen for coming to Sew L.A. and allowing us to throw you a big party! It was a pleasure to have you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in LA!!!

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  9. I love that you wear your book's sample garments in "real life". ;-) And are those new tattoos that I spy on your feet? I'm always checking out which shoes you pair with your outfits, and this is the first time I've noticed the anchors.

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    1. Yes, they're new tattoos! Just got the second one done last week!

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  10. Looks like it was a wonderful party :)

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  11. Anyone who uses the phrase "kindred spirit" must indeed be one. I had a hunch.

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  12. I had so much fun at the party and it was so great meeting you! You are such a sweet and funny person, I hope we will meet again someday :) Have fun downtown today and don't freeze. It's been colder than normal!

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  13. Gertie, what sewing stuff can you take as carry-on on the plane without the TSA having a problem with it? I've wanted to do that for years, but haven't yet figured out a way to get away with it.

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    1. I guess I'm not the only one who was wondering...

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    2. Hi there! You can take scissors with up to a 5" blade. I bring small embroidery scissors, hand sewing needles, and thread. Pins in a project are fine. I haven't had any problems!

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  14. As a new sewer I found your blog a couple of months back and didn't realise that you have you own line in butterick until yesterday,so it's funny that this post came out today hehe:)
    I love everything you do, the dress pattern is adorable

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  15. Is the rose dress pattern in your book or available in the line of patterns? It's EXACTLY what I've been looking for!!!

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  16. I'm also a new sewer, and I was happy to take a peek at all of your designs in person. I wore my red Beignet skirt, but had no top to wear with it. I fell in love with the pink keyhole blouse that you had on display!

    I can't wait to make my own and start on every one of your designs. :) Maybe I can make a Diane's Newer Blog for Mediocre Sewing?

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  17. Um this looks like the most fun day ever! Congrats!

    Cat
    catgotdressed.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow - looks like a great day . . . . so when do you fancy crossing the border and coming to Calgary?! :)

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  19. That scallop-waisted skirt is fantastic! Love it!

    http://my20hobbies.blogspot.com/

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  20. You and your sewing creations look AMAZING!

    How about a hop skip and a jump across the Atlantic and visit us Brits?!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  21. Wow those dress are absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations on your book signing, that's amazing!! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. What an amazing time you are having! Can I second Helen Le Caplain in her comment above and ask whether you are likely to come to the UK at some time in the future?

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    1. I really hope so! I've never been to the UK and am dying to visit! You all will be the first to know if I do. :)

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  23. Looks like it's hard work but also a lot of fun.

    What a great stand, all the more so for your gorgeous dresses adorning it!

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  24. Thanks for sharing the photos! Looks like you had a great time! I love the Butterick dress..that garnet color looks awesome with your hair!

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  25. Great meeting you in person! Sew LA throws the best parties. I'm sure you had a blast in the LA garment district. What's not to love.

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  26. Yes it was great meeting you and I am really enjoying the book. I can't wait to start on a project!

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  27. So glad I finally got to see that fabulous pink hair in person! (Also, the bunting for your party is awesome, and I hope you got to take it home.)

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    1. Oh I totally got to take it home! I'm thinking of hanging just the part that says "Gertie's Party" in my sewing room.

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  28. Am attempting to comment unanonymously but it doesn't seem to be working -- wanted to ask whether you'll be doing any more signings here in LA? To my great chagrin I've only just found this blog post. Oh, and don't forget to check out Michael Levine in the fabric district!

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    1. Sadly, I'm leaving in the morning. I did visit Michael Levine; it's amazing!

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  29. Hi lovely, it was sooo lovely to meet you at CHA, and I am overwhelmed, to see my picture on your blog. Can't wait for the new book. Mwah xx

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  30. Call me a Gertie Groupie. I flew out from Nashville just for the party. It was nice to see your garments in real life. You are so much prettier in person!

    http://seamslikeparadise.blogspot.com/

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  31. Gertie, please help me! I am dabbling in the art of making shirt waist dresses and I need help figuring out what kind of fabric to use. I love the photo you have attached in the post with the red floral print (the short sleeve dress), I like the way that fabric hangs, what kind of fabric is it?

    Thank you!

    Heiidi

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  32. You look adorable, like a cartoon character, I love your new hair. The green skirt looks amazing with it!

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  33. Augh! I just found out that you were coming to Ann Arbor (about 10 minutes away) to give a presentation at the library!! I can't wait! I've been following your blog for almost 2 years now and I can't believe I'm actually going to get a chance to meet you <3
    Sorry, I'm going a little into fan-girl mode now, but oh well...can't wait!
    Rachel

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  34. Gertie, it was a delight to meet you in L.A. -- you are even lovelier in person than you are in blogland!
    Jace

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  35. Gertie,
    It was so much fun to meet you and hear about your sewing and life journeys. Thanks for sharing and hope your flight back from Michigan was a breeze.

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