Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am always conscious of what people are wearing.
My priorities were to find the indie fabric shops and the best coffee shops. Facebook is great for recommendations. I quickly found The Fabric Place and made sure I was one of their first customers. Tami, the owner, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about her products plus really cool to talk to. She was kind enough to let me take a photo. The Fabric Place has awesome couture fabric!
Jeffrey is finally getting his Betty Ford Clinic robe without being admitted!! and I’m getting Versace purple wool something for Christmas.
The Warhol museum was fantastic as well as inspiring! Prolific as he was he truly loved his work and tried all kinds of mediums including pencil drawing, figure drawings, fashion drawings, stamping, stenciling, screen printing, collaborations, record album art, photography, music, film and more. The museum has 7 floors, you start at the top and work your way down. There is even a taxidermist stuffed African lion that was gifted to Warhol from a friend. A couple of things that surprised me was that he hired his mother to sign his art work because she had such nice hand writing and that he was obsessed with collecting and the documentation of EVERYTHING. I am also obsessed with documentation of my work.
We hit up the very eccentric Randyland and couple breweries, a restaurant that won a 2017 Zagat award, The Station and a cool Tiki bar. It was raining the entire time we were in Pittsburgh, lucky us, we felt the town was ours.
Behind the scenes~
I wanted to make a 1960s pattern that I own although there was not enough fabric and the pattern was way to big for a knit conversion. I wound up hacking a Sew Over It London trousers pant pattern. I omitted the darts, added a waistband and made it 2 sizes smaller. I drafted and designed the top.
I have two big classes coming up that are starting to fill up. For more information click here.
My insta dress class Jan.6, 2017.
And don’t forget my endless tea and scones embroidery class at Community Cafe. We will be making family trees and all supplies are included.
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