Wednesday, 18 May 2011

DRESSMAKING Sew Weekly, London Meet Up.

Sew Weekly covers the whole world! But the girls in the UK have been planning to meet since early Feb, and 14th May 2011 we did it! Thankyou to Charlotte Tilly for her amazing organisation skills and keeping us girls together whilst trecking round London.
It was also agreed that we should in the spirit of SW make our outfits, so best of British we had a red, white, and blue theme. I personally thought FAB, as these are colours I would wear, so I was on the case. My patterns where a 70s number bought for me on Valentines day from my hubby and the fabric a vintage bed sheet, and the pattern to go trousers which I have posted before.

So the trousers have already been made up, and I love them! The shirt was great, I was really enjoying making it, the whole wrap idea was lovely, the way the sleeves where all floaty! Untill I put it on, oh no! It was rather to short in the body, as 70s trousers would have been much higher or you may have been ok about bearing your middle. So I wore a vest underneath.

Now for the actual day! It was amazing, there was such an air of excitement, imagine meeting a pen pal for the first time and times that by 14! You just didn't know who to turn to next and examine their out fit, they where all brilliant. It was really rather emotional. My mum came along too, so she to loads of photos at the V&A, our meeting place, and where we also saw an exhibition.

Just look at all of these women, we all made our outfits, time, effort, personal style, all coming together, no wonder everyone else couldn't take their eyes off us, what a sight !!
After the exhibition, and plenty of tea and cake it was off to Goldhawk Lane to do some serious fabric shopping. At the tube station we meet up with another sewing blogging group, I made that, so collectively there where 40 sewers in one place! All hitting the 13 fabric shops! I thought I was quite restrained and bought four fabrics.
The blue jersey, a green patterned cotton, ared flower flanelette, and my favourite green flower baby cord.

When needing a pit stop we all headed to a trendy bar, this gave a great oppertunity for yet more related sewing stuff, a pattern and fabric swap.

It took quiet a while there was just loads to go through, but I was really pleased with these two.

All in all it was just a brilliant brilliant day.