Readers, what fun we had at Saturday's first annual Winter Frolic!
We started at the museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where we saw three (three!) wonderful exhibits: Denim: Fashion's Frontier, The Women of Harper's Bazaar, and the breathtaking Fairy Tale Fashion. I hadn't yet seen any of these exhibits and I am certain to return to see them again (and again). (More info about the shows at the museum's site here.)
|Claire McCardell's denim beach ensemble|
|Christian Dior coat and its photograph in 1954 Harper's Bazaar|
|J. Mendel imagines the Snow Queen.|
After an hour and a half at the museum, we headed to lunch. As is our tradition, we took over the second floor of Panera's, and held the biggest pattern swap I'd seen since...the last MPB Day pattern swap! A very special thanks to Kate J. who contributed two enormous bags full of vintage pattern loveliness (each pattern packaged and labelled, no less).
|Kyle, Tomasa, Kristina, and Chris -- hope I got that right!|
|Frannie, Duane, and Marty|
|I didn't take this Nehru jacket pattern home with me. I'm more the flannel type.|
Next, we hightailed it up to the Garment District for some frenzied fabric and notions shopping. Kyle and Tomasa led a contingent to Mood Fabrics (and beyond), while I led a group to the many smaller shops on 39th St., including AK Fabrics, Paron's, Daytona Trim, and Fabrics for Less. Oh, and the always incredible Spandex House (on 38th St.)!
|Kelli and Johanna -- color coordinated|
|Me and Howard and the beautiful Singer 201 in Beckenstein's store window|
|Ethereal Florence and one of her many fabulous fabric finds|
|This look worked better for Marlene Dietrich than it does for me. (Spandex House)|
Around 4 pm, the crew headed to the spacious International Gourmet Kitchen (IGK) on 35th & 8th Ave., where we found plentiful seating, a wide assortment of snacks, and (thankfully) clean restrooms. While we rested and noshed, we displayed our purchases and dreamed up plans for all the new outfits we'll be wearing to the next MPB Day, Saturday, August 13th (Save the date). I left around 5 pm; who knows what happened next?
Many thanks to all our attendees -- my new best friends: Howard, Kelli, Claire, Nick, Marty, Johanna, Mimi, Michael, Rebecca, Florence, Karen, Carol, Jocelyn, Theodore, Frannie, Aimee, Tomasa, Duane, Meta, Chris, Kristina, Trudi, husband Nick, Amanda, Lore, Kate, Kyle, and Pam.
Your enthusiasm made this, our very first Winter Frolic, an event I want to repeat every March from now on.
More pics from Saturday's festivities here.
Have a great day, everybody!
|Amanda's marvelous fabric haul|