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!).

Modern Domestic 2

We will be stopping in to meet the lovely people at our Portland stockist location, Modern Domestic. Pendleton 2 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. Museum 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 Sunni 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 SewItAll7-725x483

(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)! [gallery type="square" ids="2078,2074,2080"] 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 garment has even survived a welding burn!).


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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Lindsay Woodward said:

Totally not sewing related, but Andina is sooo good. I’d complain about missing the food in Portland, but I think I’m equally spoiled in Austin. I HIGHLY recommend these two dishes, although I’m sure everything there is fabulous: Hongos saltados (wild mountain mushrooms wok-fried with onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, garlic and ají amarillo, served with Yukon Gold papas fritas and garlic rice) and Locro serrano de zapallo andino (savory squash stew with Andean tubers and cheese, served with garlic rice and a fried quail egg). Delicious!

Your trip sounds like a blast! Hope you guys have a great time!

ThreadTheory said:

Most definitely a trip on my bucket list! When Matt and I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a year we had hopes of travelling south to NY but it was still a very lengthy drive (and likely an expensive trip) so we will have to wait until a TV show gives us an excuse for the journey :P.

ThreadTheory said:

MMMM Those dishes sound amazing…It sounds like you were a very devoted customer :) The squash stew sounds especially tempting!

ThreadTheory said:

Wonderful! Thank you for the insider info. I’ve just peeked at Outdoor Wilderness Fabric’s website and I’m really excited for the chance to visit such a relevant speciality shop! Their fabrics look perfect for pairing with our upcoming Alpine collection and I look forward to picking through their hardware. I’ll be sure to check out the other two links as well :).

Teri said:

I live in the Boise area. Boise is a great little city. There is a wonderful fabric store called CLOTH, Outdoor Wilderness Fabric that has cool stuff, and a sewing school called Sew Boise There are also several quilt shops in the area. If you have any questions regarding Boise, email me and I will try to answer them. Cheers!

Fleur said:

Come over to the east coast sometime, we’d love to see you in NY!

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