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U.S. Road Trip: Sewing Related Itinerary

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Our road trip into the states to film an episode of Sew It All in Golden, Colorado, is just a little over a month away and we (Matt, Matt’s parents and I) have all been busily gathering ideas for our shared road trip.  Mine (and some of theirs) have of course been sewing related and I am thrilled with the opportunities we will be having to meet people who’s blogs I read and whose stores I have wished to visit!

Along the way I will be gathering sewing related souvenirs not for myself (well, maybe some for myself) but for three menswear sewing prize packs that we will be giving away in May and June as part of an exciting competition that we have planned for you!  There will be more info on the competition when we are back from the road trip at the end of April, but in the meantime, I am still taking suggestions of places to go and people to see when we head south across the border.  If there is a sewing store that you love or wish you could shop in, please mention it so I can add it to our list!

PORTLAND

We have lots planned for Portland and might not be able to accomplish it all (but I still want to try!).

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We will be stopping in to meet the lovely people at our Portland stockist location, Modern Domestic.

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I’ll be heading to the  Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet to drool over luxurious wools for our Goldstream Peacoat pattern.

And we’ll be checking out Mill End as per several people’s very convincing suggestion.

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We’ll also hope to have time to see The Museum of Contemporary Craft and will be having a nice dinner at one of my father-in-law’s favourite restaurants, Andina.

BOISE

Have you been to Boise, Idaho?  I haven’t come across or been recommended any sewing-related sights for this city yet.  I would love to hear of some as I am sure there are many great fabric stores and sewing studios in the city.

SALT LAKE CITY

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Of course, we couldn’t go to Salt Lake City without stopping in at Sunni’s store, A Fashionable Stitch.  Thank you, Nikki H. for letting us know that this is where Sunni’s store is!  I loved the outfit Sunni created for the Project Sewn “If the shoe fits” challenge (pictured above) and love that she also altered and re-lined her man’s velvet jacket (described in the same post) – what patience and skill!

GOLDEN/DENVER

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(Image courtesy of The Cottage Mama)

In Golden, we will of course be busy at the Sew It All studio filming an episode of Sew It All TV!  On top of this, we will be going all out that day and will head to Denver after we’ve filmed the episode to spend a wonderful evening with all the connections we have been developing there.

The evening of April 22nd in Denver will consist of eating dinner at El Taco De Mexico to sample Denver’s famous green chili.  We’ll be eating with Sara of An Elemental Life and anyone else who would like to join us (leave a comment and we’ll arrange a time at a later date)!

Then we’ll head over to Fancy Tiger Crafts who so fabulously suggested they host a trunk show for us.  Join us there from 7-9pm so we can meet you and talk sewing and menswear with you!  You’ll even have a chance to examine our sample garments (which are in various stages of wear…brand new to realistically worn in…one garment has even survived a welding burn!).

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After the trunk show, we are continuing on for a wind down beer at the intriguing TRVE Brewery.  Apparently the beer is superb and the atmosphere is very unique…does heavy metal and beer strike you as a no-brainer combination?  I can’t say it does for me but I look forward to seeing how it has been done!  We hope anyone in the Denver area can join us for all the fun!

What do you think, am I missing any important sewing-related stops?  Thanks, everyone, for all your helpful comments on my last blog post about the U.S. road trip!

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Road Trip! We’re heading state-side!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.  We’re glad that you are taking advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale (its on for the whole weekend, enter VALENTINE upon checkout to receive 15% off of our tissue sewing patterns).

Today I have some big news that we’ve been very eager to tell you: We’re heading on a ROAD TRIP!!!

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We’ve been invited to appear on Sew-It-All, the PBS TV show!  We are thrilled to have been invited onto such a wonderful sewing show and have been busily planning the project that we will be filming (it will include a free sewing pattern on the Sew-It-All website).  Of course, the Comox Valley (B.C., Canada), is not conveniently located next the the Golden (Colorado) studio so Matt and I (and Matt’s parents) decided to scrap quick and easy plans to fly and instead make the trip into an epic U.S. road trip!  We have our itinerary set for the way there and will be winging it on the way back.  We leave on April 16th and we plan to travel down to Portland and across to Golden and then head up to Yellowstone park on the way back.

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What we really want to know is, can you meet up with us?  If you don’t live at one of our stopping points, have you been there, do you have any recommendations of where we should go, who we should meet, what we should see and do?  We would love to hear from you!  We are hoping to check out lots of sewing related stores and studios as well as enjoy the culture of each city we stop at (of course, especially if it is sewing or fashion related!).