After my time teaching in Seattle I spent almost four days in Portland. I've been to Portland many times in the past, but I've never taught there, and I haven't visited since one of my BFF's Haley (pictured above) moved there last year, so it was awesome to rope in some social time with her along with my work obligations.
After arriving I met up with Haley at Colette Patterns where she works as the Managing Editor of Seamwork Magazine. I have known Sarai and Kenn, who own Colette, for many years, but it was nice to also meet the rest of the team and see their new studio offices. I didn't take any photos, but it is an open and beautiful space. Haley, Sarai, and I headed out for some happy hour fun (where they set drinks on fire!), and it was great to talk pattern shop and catch up with these lovely ladies.
The next morning I was off to Modern Domestic to teach five lovely ladies how to sew my Emery Dress. It is a hard garment to do in a class setting, even with 12 hours of class time, but they did a great job, getting very far along, with only the sleeves and some finishing details left to do.
I hadn't been to Modern Domestic before, and it is a good sized shop, jam packed with a large inventory of fabric. Much of it is quilt weight cotton, but there are some bolts of garment fabrics, knits, and bottom weights mixed in too, along with Bernina machines, indie patterns, and notions. There are also loads of quilts on display in the classroom area, making for some lovely inspiration.
I buffered my time on Monday to be in Portland for the day before flying to my next city on the tour, so that Haley and I could get in some visiting time, and of course, to hit up some fabric stores. I don't always shop when I'm traveling for teaching, as it kinda defeats the purpose of going to make money, but I had never been to Mill End or the Pendleton Woolen Mill store, so Haley was excited to take me to both.
Mill End reminded me of shopping in Downtown Los Angeles, where the building isn't anything to write home about, but the contents inside are really worth the trip. Once you look beyond the structure, you see that it's a giant space with a huge inventory of fabrics, notions, and more.
Just down the street is the Pendleton Woolen Mill store, where you can get Pendleton wool by the yard. It's the kind of place that you really want to go in with a plan and not just buy fabric there for a random future project. Most of the wool is $60-90 a yard, and it's worth every penny for that wool coat you're planning for next winter.
To my surprise they had other fabrics there too, and some of it was on super discount. The fabric I liked the most was on clearance, which never seems to happen, so I ended up scoring some gorgeous blue and white linen gingham for $2.50 a yard. OMG! Can't wait to make something with it. One day I absolutely plan to get some of the beautiful wool, but it's just way to expensive to get without a clear idea of what you want to do with it.
Portland is a lovely city, and I am always impressed by the quality of food and drinks in town. I'm vegetarian, not vegan, but I love to eat vegan whenever I can, and this is a city that is easy to eat quality vegan food almost everywhere you go, and with a fancy and interesting cocktail too! But unlike Seattle, I know for sure Portland isn't a place I could move to–too much rain and way too small–but I love coming up for visits! Thanks to everyone in Portland for a lovely time!