So we got to visit the beautiful Whipstitch during our weekend in Atlanta. The place is very adorable, you should really check out Rachel's great pictures of it if you haven't yet. I realized that I hadn't ever visited another modern fabric shop besides the one I work in. While everyone else was hyperventilating over the fabrics they only get to order online most of the time, I was contemplating the layout of the store and trying to spy on the beginning class they had going on. (Not that I would need to spy, you know what I mean.) I was also learning up-selling techniques from the lovely girl who cut our fabric. Maybe it was just the Southern charm, but I feel like she could've convinced me to buy just about anything!
Sophie using some in one of her awesome boy blazers? (Maybe Soph? Can't find it.) Anyway, mine will become a Nituna for Elsie in the fall. SO EXCITED.
And I'm thinking this Melody Miller panel will become a new bag in the fall. I love everything on it, but especially that purple lady bit. (Gotta be a better way to say that...)
Sunday night was such a special treat. Four sewing celebs who live in the Atlanta area were gracious enough to join us for dinner. Deborah Moebes, author and the owner of Whipstitch, along with designers/ authors Rashida Coleman-Hale, Melody Miller, and Ellen Luckett Baker. And they didn't jet home to their families after dinner, which they totally would've been justified in doing, they hung around and chatted with us until after 10.
Now I'm not one to get extremely worked up about meeting cool people. I got that they were all kind of big deal, and I mostly worried that I'd say something that sounded stupid. I just wasn't squealing and wetting my pants or anything. But I didn't realize that this night would be one of my favorite experiences of the trip. They were all just so lovely and I truly admire the beautiful and refreshing ideas they are each bringing to our industry. As I listened to them humbly talk about these things, I realized how awesomely creative and ambitious they really were. Then I peed my pants. It was awkward... :)
We were even more floored that they each brought us gifts! Deborah had already given us the wonderful gift of 10% at Whipstitch. Rashida had signed copies of Zakka Style for all 8 of us, Ellen brought us fat quarters, and then Melody passed out a bag of Doritos to each of us. It was hilarious. Then she came back around with the typewriter fabric goodies, but the fact that she passed out Doritos first, sealed her place in my mind as the most adorable person ever. As you can see, I've been enjoying mine immensely.