The tall gal in back is a new acquaintance, Jana Nielsen of Izzy & Ivy. I loved meeting Jana, seeing her beautiful booth and sewing pattern line. Jana, like nearly everyone I met is warm, friendly and super fun. I really appreciated getting her perspective on the sewing pattern biz. Thanks, Jana!
I was also lucky enough to attend the book release party that the publisher Wiley put on for Anna Maria Horner, Sandi Henderson and the unicorn-lovin’ Melissa Averinos. Lovely ladies, lovely books, and what a swell publisher!
Last but not least in the photo on the right, that’s me! Looking a little tired and buzzed out on cake, but thrilled to be with a fabulous supportive group. (many of whom are not shown here but are greatly appreciated none-the-less!)
Ok, so enough about the social butterflying, what about my pattern line pitch? Honestly, I didn’t realize how challenging it would be to get my work in front of the right people. Exhibitor or not, people are on the move at this show! Buyers are so busy working the show floor that it was a trick catching them at their booths. Turns out the social scene really was the best way to make connections! Many times it boiled down to “who ya know” and I am grateful for all of the introductions that resulted. And the good news is that the people whose attention I could catch gave me a warm reception and positive feedback. What more could I ask for?
The next few weeks for me will be all about follow-up with Distributors and Buyers, putting the finishing touches on the patterns in the pipeline and prototyping all of the new ideas popping into my head!
I’ll be back soon with photos of my new patterns. But for now I need to take the weekend off to catch up on household blah-blah but mostly major kid snuggling! Mwah!