Continuing on with the book theme of my blog posts today, I’m sharing my experience at the Sip & Sew event in the city a few days ago to celebrate the launch of the soon to be released novel, Spin the Dawn. I was so excited to be invited to the event and to be able to attend. I get invited to some things from time to time as a blogger but oftentimes I’m not able to go, so being able to go to this was amazing.
What is a Sip & Sew? It’s exactly as it sounds. We sipped on drinks and sewed! Why sewing? Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim follows Maia Tamarin who dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the world. Elizabeth describes the novel as Mulan meets Project Runway. Maia disguises herself as a boy to compete to become the imperial tailor. The book sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it! Those of us at the event were lucky enough to be gifted a copy of the novel, a fabulous tote bag, and some little things like a Spin the Dawn pin and bookmark.
The event was held at Mood Fabrics in the garment district. During the event we used the sewing machines to make pouches! I have a few mistakes with mine, but I don’t think you can notice unless you look closely so it’s a win in my book! The instructor gave us great guidance and directions and he had a camera on his machine to show us what to do. Elizabeth, the author, sat at the machine next to me so I got to chat with her a little, which was so cool!
Overall, this event was so fun! I was not expecting to make a pouch and for it to turn out so well (minus the few little mistakes I made)! The last time I used a sewing machine was in middle school. Fun fact: I loved sewing in Home Ec so much in middle school that my mom signed me up for a summer class at a fabric store and I bought a pattern for a dress and made a dress at my aunt’s house.
But back on topic – the event was so fun and I loved getting to meet Elizabeth in person and celebrate her and her book. Unrelated to the book, but I’m really proud of myself because I am usually pretty awkward in these types of situations and I don’t know who to talk to. However, I made a conscious effort to try to make friends and I did talk to a few girls throughout the night so the evening was a big win for me in all aspects!
If you’re interested in reading the book, it’s available for pre-order right now and will be released on July 9! I’ve linked to it above when I first mentioned the book.
Thanks to Elizabeth and the team at Random House for inviting me to this awesome event!
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