I couple of years ago, before I went to Sewing Summit, a couple of partners in crime and I ran a series called the ASS (Alternative Sewing Summit) Gurus. The series was entirely irreverent and full of the kind of advice that needed several handfuls of salt, however with Market coming up there has been a very special request for a resurrection, and this being the season for all that, I bring you the Market Mayhem Mamas (MMM)
** If you are easily offended this series will run for the next 4 Sundays, you may wish to skip on over!
This is my first trip to Market and I’m really worried about fitting in, what should I do blend in with the crowds?
Paranoid In Philly
In the run up to Market people are busy sewing up a storm, and I suggest you join them ad start working on your wardrobe right now.
Firstly you need to see if you can get hold of some overalls and a bunch of fabric, and start frilling them on up. You can use a ruffler foot for this, or maybe just pleat the fabrics, but do make sure you get a good few frilly layers. Do not underestimate the benefit of wearing overalls now, for instance they are absolutely loaded with pockets, perfect for sample spree where you can stuff them as full as you possibly can. Don’t forget to add a few yo yo trims, and make some matching bows for your hair and shoes.:
Once you’ve got your overalls sorted, it’s time to move onto the t-shirts. Now you really want people to know what it is you do, so break out your fabric scraps and knock up some mini blocks to applique on to the front of a few plain tees, then you can use iron on letters to put a few pithy sayings around them:
Finally it’s on to the comfortable shoes. Do not underestimate just how long you’ll be on your feet marching around that convention centre, not to mention going to and from your hotel. The advantage of using these crocs is that look, they have holes in them, so you can thread through bows, yo yos and all sorts to co-ordinate with your outfit for the day:
Now you should fit right in, have a lovely time!
Ok that's like my everyday outfit so what do I wear to market?!
Yikes are you sewing already, I wonder what colour ruffles you will be wearing?
wow!!! so looking forward to seeing your spiffed up overalls. Hope you'll post the pics 🙂
Those frilly overalls are ever so stylish.
Is it bad that I want to run out and put ruffles on everything now?
I miss irreverent sewing humor. The Selfish Seamstress provided us with huge gobs of satirical sewing prose until she got famous.
Someone needs to take up the torch.
?????? Are you setting a new style in fashion?
I couldn't pick you out of the frilled dungarees selfie – I hope to see yours this year! I do like the idea of the male boldly in the keep calm tshirt
I particularly like the bows in the shoes! Does this mean you're going to Pittsburg?
🙂 fun. I wonder the next part of your series brings.
You could have improved the whole outfit with a patchwork waistcoat 😉
And ruffles on your tote bag!:)
How about a quilted poncho to sleep under when it all gets too much?
Ha ha, very good 🙂
Where is the picture of your overalls?
Well I haven't been yet, so they're top secret ;o)
Oh my gosh, I forgot about this series! So glad you are bringing it back. Very funny!
I want pictures of those who take all this wise advise on board!
You're gonna look just adorable in those frilly dungarees!
Um. . . Have you cleared this with the Fashion Police? Yeah, I didn't think so. 😉
can't wait to see you in that denim number. when are you going? i've just booked France for next month – any tips re fabric shopping? (as in 'don't bother?)
Oh how I wish I was going this year!
Oh, I'm not going to market 🙁 am I allowed to sit at home in my pimped up dungarees?