BurdaStyle PARTY! SO. MUCH. FUN!

by Daughter Fish

Sewing is a solitary sport. Most of the people I know who sew aslo happen to own two cats. Combined, this means most of us only talk to our cats about our passion for the cloth, and cats are terrible conversationalists. But last night  Mr. Fish (shall I call him King Fish?) and I went to the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook launch party at Housing Works Bookstore, and we were surrounded by women and men who love sewing—and talking about sewing—as much as I do.

I got to geek out on bound buttonholes and lapped zippers with Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing (and get the inside scoop on her book coming out next fall!), catch up with Wanett and her super nice husband of Sown Brooklyn, talk vintage patterns with Peter of Male Pattern Boldness, swap Brooklyn restaurant recs with Grace from Restless Grace, and meet pants maker extraordinaire Hélène, aka CarotteSauvage on BurdaStyle. (All those peeps also happened to be contributors to the book!) As if that weren’t enough, I also talked fabric design with Stephen, co-founder of Spoonflower (I am so digging that company!), discussed alterations and fashion anthropology with Rachel (girl is wicked smart), and made plans to grab Ramen with David, new community manager at BurdaStyle. Plus we randomly caught up with a publicist friend at Random House. Phew. I’m still buzzing on sewing socialization.

The book, by the way, looks great. BurdaStyle had members from all over the world contribute their renditions of five patterns, and it’s awesome to see the different interpretations. Can’t wait to get my copy! Derek and Andy, our cats, will be hearing about it soon.