Sewaholic hits the road!

(I like this title, I feel like the star of my own TV show, or something equally cool.)

Starting July 31st… I’m going on vacation! Technically I’m not hitting the road, more like the runway and airport, and the hotel.

But I’ll be taking a break from blogging, from work, from laundry, from the routine of everyday life and heading to… BOSTON!

(image source: http://www.bc.edu/centers/cwf/news.html)

And after that, WASHINGTON DC, for the rest of our vacation. Sewaholic visits the White House!

(image source: http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/washington-dc/white-house)

Now, I’m from the west coast of Canada, so this is FAR for us. Another country, another coastline, another time zone. What a trip it’s going to be! I’m really looking forward to getting away and enjoying some much-needed quality time with my guy.

I’m planning to line up some posts for while I’m away, so you don’t forget all about me while I’m on vacation. Posting may be infrequent, and I’ll respond to comments or emails when I return the week of August 23rd.

I’m thrilled - two new states I’ve never seen before! New places to (fabric shop) visit! Where should I go? What should I see? Where should I (fabric) shop?

For Washington, I found this lovely, super-detailed post on G Street Fabrics on Trena’s blog. My favourite part of the review is “lots of good stuff to touch and squeeze and love and hold.” My kind of store! (Time to sweet-talk Mr Sewaholic. I’m going to owe him a fancy dinner or something if we get to go though, it sounds amazing!)

I’d love to hear from the local experts, or people who’ve been to the area… If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below!

Also: I’m very close to 100 followers on Google Friend Connect, which means I’m close to a giveaway! And it’s a good one.

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20 Responses to Sewaholic hits the road!

  1. Katie July 21, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Have fun on your trip!

  2. Margie July 21, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    I live in Boston!! You’ll have a wonderful time. It’s beautiful here right now. We’re kinda in a heatwave, high 80′s and 90′s. Boston is fabulous though, very full of history, and there’s tons to see.

    Anyways, I shop for my fabric at Sewfisticated Fabrics: http://sewfisticated.com/ there’s one in Cambridge, and one in Dorchester (I go to the one in Dorchester). It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the fabric is plenty and the prices are good. Stock changes a lot too.

    The other place I would recommend is Windsor Button. I think this is located right downtown Boston. I haven’t been, but I’m dying to, cause I hear a lot of buzz about it. They sell notions and buttons…tons of buttons. http://windsorbutton.com

    Have fun! You should make sure that the Science Museum and the Aquarium are on your agenda :) They are both fabulous :)

  3. taryn July 21, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    i used to live in dc – and my girlfriend and i would hit up gstreet all the time. it is a FABULOUS fabric store!!

  4. jesse July 21, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    The best (and only) fabric store in downtown Boston is Winmill Fabrics, on Chauncy Street (in Downtown Crossing, directly behind the Opera House and the Hyatt). It’s also very close to Windsor Button, so that makes a nice two-fer.

    Sewfisticated is great, too, just further outside city limits. Oh, and a sweet kitty lives in Winmill…

  5. Susan - Knitters Delight July 21, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Have fun and shop til you drop!

  6. ~Sherry~ July 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    I hope you have a fun holiday Tasia!
    By the way, you are allowed to go fabric shopping – as long as you show us what you have bought!!

  7. Lynne July 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I live in D.C. and whole-heartedly recommend G Street Fabrics! Especially the Seven Corners store, it’s like a beautifully organized warehouse of awesome. The $6.97 silk table, the $11 wool skirt and pant lengths, the $7 linen blends table! When you walk in, it’s a tiny tiny room full of sewing machines and accessories, but take the escalator down, and it’s a fabric lover’s heaven.

  8. Renay July 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Ohh cant wait to see. It will be great to have some time off! have fun :-D

  9. The Cupcake Goddess July 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Boston! and DC! I’ve heard nothing but love and beauty about Boston. DC, I’m sure will be fabulous too! So so so jealous that you get to see new fabric stores. How exciting. I’m quite sure excellent finds are in your forecast!

  10. Amy July 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    What an exciting get-away you have planned. Have a FANTASTIC time!!

  11. clare July 22, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    have a wonderful break! take an empty suitcase just in case the local fabric shops are full of things you need to buy.

  12. cidell July 22, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    Well, if you’re going to be in DC, I have to encourage you to day trip to Baltimore. How can you see one without the other? The truly go hand in hand. We have the National Aquarium, a beautiful Inner Harbor, Ft. McHenry where the Star Spangled Banner was written, plus our infamous crab cakes. If the touristy stuff isn’t enough, we also have two great fabric stores. one, Guss Woolens in the downtown area and a second, A Fabric Place just on the city limits. You can take the MARC train for $7 or Amtrak for $11. I’m just sayin’….

  13. Suzie July 22, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Ooo – would love to go to Boston! It’s definately on my list. Are you brining many Tasia-made goodies with you to wear on your hols? I’m just back from my hols and brought along two bags I made and was able to do ‘on-location’ photo shoots for my blog for them – ha ha! Anyway, hope you have an amazing time!!!

  14. The Sew Convert July 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    End July to almost end August vacation! you are a lucky girl! Have a great trip!

  15. The Slapdash Sewist July 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    DC is such an awesome place to visit–so many free museums and beautiful sights! Unfortunately, it is unbelievably hot right now, but hopefully the heat will break some before you arrive.

    I finally took the bus to the Seven Corners G Street Fabrics in Virginia (the Rockville store is the one reviewed on my post because it’s easiest to access by public transit). I think it is a nicer store than Rockville, but if taking the bus would be nerve-wracking it’s not nicer enough to justify the stress (I hate taking the bus in a town I don’t know because how do you know where to get off???).

    To get there, take the Orange line train to Ballston and then take the 1A, 1B, 1E, or 1F bus (they originate at Ballston, so you can’t accidentally go the wrong way). When you exit the station the stop is around the corner to the left. Get off the bus on the first stop after it turns off Patrick Henry onto Leesburg Pike (the bus has an LED sign that says what street you’re on); you will see the large Shopper’s Food Warehouse in the shopping center on your right. Walk toward the Shoppers and then make a left to go down the length of the shopping center. You’ll pass a Michael’s (general crafts) and a Joann (generally has at least one brand of pattern on sale for $1.99). At the end of the block of shops there is a set of stairs, go down them and turn right to continue along the shopping center. G Street is about in the middle of the row. This sounds complicated but I think it not will be terrible for someone unfamiliar with the area. Catch the bus going back to Ballston on the lower level of the shopping center right next to the stairs you took down. It terminates at Ballston so you don’t have to worry about where to get off at the end. This takes about the same amount of time as going to Rockville (1.5 hours), assuming you are leaving from the city. If you’re staying in Crystal City or one of the other large Virginia hotel areas it will be a little quicker. You could also just splurge on a cab from the East Falls Church Metro; it would probably be around $10 or even less as the station is a little under 2 miles away. I don’t recommend walking from East Falls Church because it involves negotiating a complicated mixing bowl that has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the area. You’d probably have to call a cab to return, as I don’t see them pulling in looking for customers.

    If you don’t have transport from NYC to DC lined up yet, I highly recommend the bus. I finally splurged on the Bolt Bus, one of the nicer lines (regular Chinatown buses are $35 round trip; the nicer buses are around $50, but vary) and it was awesome. Other nice lines are the Megabus, Vamoose, and dc2ny. The buses pick up near Penn Station in NYC and drop off in Chinatown in DC (except Vamoose, which drops in Arlington, VA) near all 5 metro lines. The train is nicer and 1 to 1.5 hours shorter but can be up to $200 round trip.

  16. Tasia July 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Thanks everyone, for all the ‘have a good trip’ wishes! You bet I will!
    @The Sew Convert: I AM lucky, I’ve saved up all of my vacation time and am taking in one big chunk. It’s going to be an awesome break!
    @Suzie: Of course I’ll be wearing me-made goodies! I had a plan to make a bunch of lightweight summer dresses and somehow, I’ve run out of time..
    @cidell: Thank you Cidell for the ideas! We were thinking of taking the train out of DC since apparently (from looking at a map) there are many other states really, really close by! (Looks like walking distance but I might be wrong…) Mmmm crab cakes, that sounds delicious. Thanks for the fabric shop suggestions too :)
    @clare: Ah, good idea! I have one of those expando-suitcases that zips out by a few extra inches, I’ll be sure to leave room for fabric. Very important :)
    @Amy: Thank you thank you! I’m pumped. It’s gonna be great!
    @The Cupcake Goddess: I sure hope you’re right, I’m sure I will find lovely goodies to bring back with me. I love fabric shopping on vacation! Some of my friends think it’s cruel to ‘invite’ my guy to visit fabric stores on vacation but it’s just such a treat. (for me)
    @Renay: Thanks! Will definitely share pics when I’m back.
    @Lynne: Ooooh..you had me at $6.97 silk table. Oh wow. I have so many great ideas for sewing with silks! Linens and wools, too. Oh yay! A warehouse of awesome, my kinda place.
    @~Sherry~: You bet! I will for sure share what I bought. Since I have an audience here that is pumped about fabric purchases and will cheer me on to buy things! Thanks, fabulous enablers!
    @Susan – Knitters Delight: You bet I will!
    @jesse: Great, thanks Jesse! Awesome that the fabric store’s close to the button store.
    @taryn: Oh I can’t wait! Sounds absolutely wonderful. I love the enthusiasm you all use to describe this place.
    @Margie: Thanks Margie – I knew some of you readers would be Boston or DC locals! A heat wave sounds awesome and perfect for being on vacation! It’s nice enough here but there are still cold days. I’ll check and see how far Cambridge and Dorchester are from where we’re staying, I believe we’re at the harbour or waterfront? There’s a view of water, anyhow :)
    @Katie: Thanks Katie!
    Thanks so much for all the tips, it’s so great to hear it from people who’ve been shopping there and would be interested in the same things as me! I’m excited to see all the history as well. Being Canadian, I don’t know American history as well so it will be wonderfully eye-opening I bet… so excited!

  17. Tasia July 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    @The Slapdash Sewist: Oh WOW. Thanks for such an amazingly detailed comment! I’m staying right in DC, apparently very close to the White House. 1.5 hours is going to take some convincing to get my guy to come along with me! It sounds totally worth the trip though (in my eyes, anyways.) I really appreciate all the great tips about how to catch the bus – you’re right taking the bus can be nerve-wracking in unfamiliar places, but nothing that will ruin my day. I’m not afraid especially if there’s FABRIC at the end of the journey!
    Thanks again, this totally rocks. I’m going to print all of these tips out and take them with me!! Much appreciated :)

  18. amber July 28, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    I’m embarassed to admit this, but I’ve never been to DC. :/ However, my husband went to law school in Boston and we shared many a wonderful italian dinner in the North End. And no evening there is complete without a stop at Mike’s Pastries – you’ll see everyone on the T carrying homes boxes of goodies on Friday and Saturday nights. :)

    Have a wonderful trip!!

  19. EL July 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    There are 3 discount fabric stores accessible by subway near Boston. 2 of them are in Cambridge, at the Lechmere station on Green Line: SewLow (http://www.sewlowdiscountfabrics.com/) and Sewfisticated (http://sewfisticated.com/). The third store is Winmill Fabrics in Chinatown. It’s near Downtown Crossing subway station (111 Chauncy St., Boston). The first 2 stores have large but very random selection. If you’re lucky, you can find really good stuff. The third store has some designer fabrics and super cheap patterns. Oh, and while you’re in Chinatown, check out Van’s Fabrics at 14 Beach Street if you want some silk or Asian fabrics.
    Have fun in Boston.

  20. Tasia July 30, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    @amber: I’ve never been to DC either! Thanks for the tips about where & what to eat in Boston. I checked out Mike’s Pastry online, looks delicious!!
    @EL: Fantastic! Thanks for the fabric store info, I am totally pumped to go! Designer fabrics and cheap patterns and silk, oh my!

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