I had the opportunity to attend the Mimi G Style 6th Annual Fashion Sewing & Style Conference over the weekend, and it was such a great time. In today’s blog post I’d like to share all the photos I captured to highlight the event. I enjoyed every bit of this weekend, but the best part of all was getting to meet and hang out with so many of my sew sisters. Putting faces with names was so exhilarating. By the end of the day on Sunday, I was exhausted from laughter and screaming. Hahaha! I seriously had a hangover on Monday morning from too much fun. No drinking necessary for this girl. Just give me a room full of sew sisters for three days and that’s all the high I need.
To those of you I was blessed to meet in person, I’m still smiling as I remember our conversations and look at your beautiful faces through my photos. Even if I don’t remember all the names, the hugs and smiles mean everything to me. I wish you all could know how much you encouraged me with your words of affirmation this weekend. Hearing from you gave me even more motivation to take this thing to the next level. In the words of our lunchtime conference speaker, Miranda Anderson, I’m ready to “Make it until I MAKE it!” Each person’s “Make It” is unique to them, and applies in all areas of life. My “MAKE it” is whatever God says it is.
I’m sending a HUGE thank you to Mimi Goodwin for all that she does to promote growth and diversity in the sewing community. The conference was amazing and so is she. Enjoy the photos!
(Warning: This is a photo-heavy post.)
I was totally thrilled to sit under the teaching of the master, Kenneth D. King. He led two classes at the conference, Cool Tips & Tricks, and Sewing with Leather & Fur. I learned so many helpful tips and I’m ready to up my sewing game.
I also got to learn from Deb Kreiling, the Creative Bug Instructor from Simplicity Pattern Company, who taught a class on The Perfect Pant. Joy MacDonell inspired us with her lesson on Wardrobe Planning. Mary Alice Duff led a class on Pattern Alterations. I wish I had been able to sit in on her lesson too, but I heard she was fabulous and everyone loved her. Madalynne Flanigan taught a class on lingerie fabrics. She is the master when it comes to sewing lingerie.
The Babylock Sewing Company, one of Mimi’s sponsors, is so supportive of her. They provided the sewing machine for the winner of the fashion show, and they provided a catered lunch for the attendees on Saturday between sessions. What a pleasure it was to meet the Babylock team.
The fashion show was a blast, with over 80 different pieces shown. While I did not get photos of the garments in the show, I did get a photo with the winner, Nola Semana-Castillo. Oh my goodness! She is so talented and it all showed in the two garments she wore on the runway. I loved both pieces and agree with the judges on their decision. Her denim jumpsuit was INCREDIBLE!!! The detail was amazing. I wish I had captured better photos.
An amazing moment at the conference: Mimi called her #1 Fan, Lawana Pwowell, to the stage and blessed her with a check for the cost of completing her education to receive her degree. We were all so happy because Lawana has been trying to raise the money to finish school. What a beautiful gesture from Mimi. Congratulations to Lawana!
A group of us sew sisters held a contest to bless two people with a ticket to the conference who would not be able to attend due to financial hardship. These two lovely ladies were the winners and we, the Mimi G Angels, were blessed to be able to give back.
What a pleasure it was meeting Cristina Tudor, the fashion illustrator of CT-Sketches. She was so much fun to talk and hang out with. On Friday, we handed out lei’s together before the fashion show. She blew us all away with her amazing sketches during the conference. Her work is incredible and speaks for itself. The artwork you see on Mimi’s pdf patterns in Sew Sew Def Magazine is the work of Cristina. Check out her blog post to see all the beautiful sketches she did at the conference. I really like her.
Okay, do you see this smile? I promise you, every time I saw her, she had this same beautiful smile that made my heart so happy. I sure wish I had more time to spend with this beautiful woman.
These two couldn’t wait to meet each other. My husband, CEMO, and my sew sister, Carol Crocker-Ware. I knew they would hit it off.
This is the awesome team from Sewing Portfolios. Their booth was amazing, complete with giveaways, a spinning wheel, and video presentations by some of their members. You’ve got to check them out to learn about what they have to offer to the sewing community. I was so impressed.
(Great photos courtesy of CEMO!) (Not so great photos courtesy of my cell phone!)