Ellen, Meg and I spent the weekend in lovely Schaumburg, IL, at the Original Sew and Quilt Expo. We really wanted to focus on upping the sewing red of this show, so we planned some fun events that we hoped would show people how fun sewing can be!
Every day we started off with a sewing swap, where people brought in small projects wrapped in paper bags and got to go home with something that someone else made. I wasn’t there for a lot of that — I was prepping the next event and wasn’t around. I did get to see a few people who came later because they had classes during the swap time, and there were some really cute things being swapped. Ellen got a set of adorable pincushion rings which I need to recreate!
Our next event was the Burda Fashion Show, featuring the very garments that were photographed for BurdaStyle magazine. It was amazing to see them in person — the construction was gorgeous, and the fabrics were to die for. Meg was our MC, and I was backstage helping the models change and get onto the runway, which was challenging because we only had five models and they had to change fast! Still, they were nice group of women and I really enjoyed meeting and working with them all. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from the fashion show because I was in back the whole time, and though I took some pictures of the models with their phones, I never did get a single one with mine!
Our big event, though, was the Sewing Mad Libs Relay. The idea was simple: we worked in teams with participants from among the attendees. Each team had 30 minutes to work on a project based on a sentence that Ellen gave us, randomly filled in with words suggested by passersby during the day. After our 30 minutes, we passed off the project to another team, who got a new sentence that could potentially completely change the project.
On our first day, this was our set of sentences:
The skirt and zipper were from the first team, the lace and button (and side seams) from the second, the stretchy pockets from the third, and the fringe and sparkle from the fourth.
As fun as this final project was, we felt that doing one project between the four teams was too easy, so the next day we did two projects, which two teams working on each. Here’s the first of our second-day projects:
Look for the rest of our silly Mad Libs projects in an upcoming issue of Sew News. You’ll see a purse for Carrie Bradshaw, a sundress for a flamenco dancer, a skirt for Wonder Woman and a cape for a kid.
We had a lot of fun at our OSQE events, and we thank everyone who came out to swap items, watch our fashion show and relay, and especially our wonderful participants, who we had a blast problem-solving and sewing strange items with!