This weekend I attended the first ever Sew Pro 2016 here in Chicago. This was the first sewing conference I had ever attended and the first I had heard of that didn’t include actual sewing! Here a snipped of the purpose of the event where attendees will attend two full days of lectures, panels, and instruction from professionals in the sewing industry. In addition to classes, attendees will midday lunch sessions and surprise fun events and cocktail parties after hours! Sew Pro is a truly unique event that allows budding designers and writers to learn from and mingle with the people who have the best advice to offer– those who have been there and done it all themselves. Our two hostesses were Sew Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness and Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics.
The Mixer 4-6pm
Registration was Thursday from 4-6 followed by a mixer. I was sew:) glad that the conference was in Chicago so it was a quick hop on the el. Upon registering I picked up my goodie bag and met Sara Lawson! I was honored, she is a wonderful designer and really sweet you can find her shop here and her fabrics here. I love that she took time to fill an industry need!
Even though you are among your people it can be a bit daunting to network with strangers. A group of wonderful ladies invited me to join them as we waited for the mixer to begin and a night of networking was born. The mixer was from 7-10pm and I thought oh! I won’t be staying that long…..and then the most amazing thing happened! THIS!
Ha! I was super excited and in awe! Thank you Sherri of Rebeccamae Designs and Guess what …she said I smell good…..I nearly died.
If you aren’t familiar with Tula here are a few of her prints that I’ve worked with.
She is a very fun and open person…oh and tall! The networking continued as I met a new friend from HydePark and the Bahamas! I totally felt rejuvenated and excited..and guess what..it was 9:53!..I stayed until 10 and headed home…saying I can’t believe I got pictures with Tula!