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May 14, 2018


Friends, its official!

Saturday, August 11, we'll be holding our eighth annual MPB Day celebration!

For those who have never attended MPB Day before, and a reminder for those who have (and some of you have near-perfect attendance), here's a brief rundown of the day.

We'll meet outside the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum at 11 am, where we will see the sure-to-be excellent Fashion Unraveled exhibit.  The museum is free and is located at 27th Street and Seventh Avenue. Directions here.

We'll spend an hour at the museum and then head up the street for lunch at Panera Bread.  During lunch you'll have the opportunity to re-home some of your unloved sewing patterns at our renown MPB Day pattern swap!

After lunch we'll hit the Garment District on foot (approximately half a mile away).  We'll visit some of our favorite fabric and notions stores including Mood, Chic Fabrics, Pacific Trim, and so many more!

After shopping, we'll meet up in Bryant Park in the late afternoon, where we'll hang out for a few hours, display our treasures, and grab a light bite if so inclined.

Early Bird Special!

As in years past, morning people who wish to start their MPB Day earlier can join me at the outdoor Chelsea Flea Market at 9:30 am and spend an hour or so hunting for treasures.

We'll meet outside Perpetuum Cafe (a great place to grab a cup of coffee, btw), 124 West 25th St., just west of the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 25th Street.   

MPB Day is always fun, free, and, so far (fingers crossed), dry if occasionally sticky.  Regardless, MPB Day is a rain-or-shine event.


I'll be reminding everyone when we get closer to the date but if you know you'll be joining us,
please RSVP by sending an email to me at peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com, so I can keep track of who's coming.

I hope to see you then!

(For a rundown of previous MPB Day events, check out the archives under MPB Day.)

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