20090517-dsc_0577Oof! What a great event! PR Weekend is a two days filled with lecture, activities and shopping for PatternReview.com members. I was so lucky that they came to Portland this year and got to attend. It was a very exhausting two days, but the most fun I have ever had with a group of strangers!

I met so many people and everyone was so nice and talkative.  I’m always scared to go to places where I don’t know anyone, but I’m glad I did!  Thursday night I finished hemming my Jalie knit top (review to come once I get a decent picture!) then Friday morning I picked up Leslie downtown on my way out to Clackamas.  The event was held at the Monarch Hotel right at I-205 and Sunnyside.  Friday consisted of lecture from Pati Palmer of Palmer/Pletsch who talked about fitting patterns.  Pati went through her jackets, pants, and fit books.  I own Fit for Real People and it’s a great resource for all body types.  I’ll get the Jackets or Pants book should I ever have the desire to make either- at the moment I just don’t wear jackets and I really have no impluse to make pants.

Pati also brought along a lot of samples of her McCall’s patterns clothes. Some were the same ones photographed for the pattern and pattern book and some were her from her own personal wardrobe.  These were so fun to pick through and see in person.

Friday night we had a group dinner at Ye Old Spaghetti Factory and then a contest where we all brought a yard of ugly fabric and trim then split up in groups.  We had half an hour to make an ‘ensemble’ with whatever tools we brought (short of a sewing machine).  There was duct tape, staplers, pins and all sorts.  The winner was the outfit with the head wrap, but we all ended up with prizes.

Here some pictures from Friday, click on the mosiac to head to the Flickr set.

PR Weekend Day 1