Sunday, November 6, 2011


Last night, I went to the grand opening of an ASG friend's new business venture. Stitchology is a sewing parlor and fabric boutique that will offer a variety of sewing classes. It also carries independent patterns, such as Colette and Sewaholic, as has a select group of fabrics.

The proprietor, Melissa, is an Albuquerquean who returned to town after earning her degree at Indiana University. She was in the fashion program there, and spent the last few years custom designing and making custom clothing while also teaching sewing. Now she's decided to be her own boss.

The shop is charming, with vintage touches and pops of Tiffany blue. She has a great location in the North Valley that's just a hop and skip from Old Town and I-40. She's pretty close to my house, so I know I'll be visiting often,  especially with La Montanita, our locally owned food co-op, in the same shopping center. How simple--sewing and food in one place!

I'm considering the class on making a special occasion dress using the Peony pattern from Collette--I could use some help fitting a sheath dress and haven't yet tried this pattern line. And of course, I've already bought some fabric--

Congratulations on your new venture, Melissa! I hope your business is wildly successful for years to come!

And thanks for your hospitality! The grand opening was a lovely opportunity to preview your new place and celebrate. Aren't these sewing oriented mini cupcakes cute, by the way? Needles and thread, and the others are spools.  And the chocolate requires no design, just sprinkles.


On the home front, no sewing since last weekend. Halloween and DH's birthday on November 1st took two evenings out of the beginning of the week and I never got caught up. DH is taking a leave of absence from work, so he's around every evening when I get home. Which is good, but on the other hand--let's just say it's like a preview of his retirement.

As a result, the cardi is still waiting to be finished. Perhaps I'll set up the buttonhole machine this afternoon and at least do some testing of buttonholes.

Also, I appreciate the concern over my foot issues. I am under a podiatrist's care and she has given me the go-ahead on limited heel wearing if I feel up to it. Most days, it's some variety of "comfort" shoe--Born, Clark's or Sofft--and now that the weather's cooler, I can add boots and clogs to the mix.


Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Sounds like a fun place to have near by :) and the fabric you bought is gorgeous!

Duchesse said...

Those fabrics are delicious, as are the cupcakes! Eager to see what you make.

Linda said...

Looks like a good grand opening. I hope it is successful as I would love to see a comeback of fabric stores!

Anonymous said...

Please give your friend my very best wishes for success in her new venture. The opening party looks fun.

Barbara said...

Lucky you to have a new, convenient place to shop. The fabrics you pictured are delectable. So were the cupcakes!

The quality fabric shops where I live are few and far between. I sure hope your entrepeneur friend is wildly successful.

gwensews said...

What better than a local fabric shop! Great place to hang out. Oh, and things do change when the hubbies retire!

Melisa Hart said...

I just found this! Thank you! What a lovely write up about my little store. And thanks to all you lovely ladies who send your best wishes!