Friday, 29 July 2011

Spending time with people who sew!

Have you ever started to talk about your favourite subject, yes, I mean sewing, only to see your companion's eyes glaze over? It happens to me a lot. But not last Wednesday. Why? Lucky, lucky me I spent the afternoon with these lovely people

Helen, Catherine, Claire and Elizabeth

Helen, Catherine, Claire and me
Elizabeth, from SEWN was visiting London from New York (I was very happy to see her again - we first met last summer in her home city). Also in the party were Helen from Sew Stylish, Catherine Daze and Claire from Sew, Incidentally. I was so pleased that Elizabeth's trip was the catalyst that enabled me to get together with these UK sewing-blogging ladies whose work I have admired from afar.

Naturally all of us wore something that we hade made. Helen's stunning colourful top, Catherine's amazing plaid dress, Claire's fabulous Sorbetto top and Elizabeth's super-cool linen pants perfectly showcased their wonderful sewing skills. Oh, and the skirt I am wearing was made by, yes, me!


We shopped at Liberty then trawled the fabric stores of Berwick Street. We laughed at shiny, sparkly theatrical polyesters and swooned over wildly expensive embellished silks. Have you ever cut into a piece of fabric costing £150 (USD 245) per metre? Phew!

We finally settled ourselves into one of Soho's characterful public houses for a well-earned drink, where we were joined by the lovely Karen, from Did You Make That? I am so sorry that I missed meeting Melissa, from Fehr Trade who joined the party just after I had to leave.

There is nothing like spending some time with like-minded people who sew to inspire you and reinforce your love of sewing. Do it whenever you can - I heartily recommend it!

28 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all!

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  2. It's so nice to be able to talk sewing to like minded people. Sounds like you had a great time.

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  3. I was so desperate to come to this! But I am staying with my parents in Bristol so I was too far away to get into London. I am now Wholeheartedly jealous but glad you all had a fab time! I will be there for the next one!

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  4. Glad you were able to meet up with Elizabeth and the group! It must have been wonderful and so happy you had a good time.

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  5. Sounds like it was a really enjoyable afternoon :)

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  6. There's nothing like shopping for fabric with fellow fabric lovers!

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  7. Awww, sounds like a wonderful day!

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  8. Sounds like so much fun! And tell, tell, do tell about your fabulous skirt - what pattern is it?

    MelissaB.

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  9. Hi MelissaB. Thanks for the very nice compliment on my skirt. The pattern is Vogue 2647 (which is now out out of print). Here is the link to my original blog post about this skirt http://theworldofeugenia.blogspot.com/2011/01/vogue-2047-simplicity-2599.html

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  10. I'd love to come next time please, if you can let me know!

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  11. Look like you had a FASHION of a time :)

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  12. You are lucky to have been able to get together with such a wonderful group!

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  13. Oh that sounds good, people's eyes always glaze over when I talk about sewing no matter how exciting I try and make it sound. I hope you had a great day.

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  14. Oh I meant to tell you how much I loved your skirt. What kind of thread did you use for the top stitching? Was it sparkly? It was so good to see you again. I hope my colorful language didn't put you or anyone off - just was so excited. :)

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  15. Hi Elizabeth - I'm impressed that you noticed the top stitching on my skirt! Yes, it was sparkly - I used Gutermann Sulky machine embroidery thread in a silver colour. It is quite fine so the effect is subtle. I didn't notice colorful, I think we were all animated and excited! It was great to see you again :)

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  16. How nice to hang out with people that share the same interest! Looks like all had a great time.

    Lilian

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  17. Lucky you! It's nothing like sharing your sewing stories with people who understand.

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  18. I can't imagine talking to people about sewing without seeing their eyes glaze over!!!! How delightful!

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  19. Wow, to talk with people who understand! What fun. Sounds like you had a great day out with some wonderful people.

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  20. oiiiiii,sou sua seguidora vem me visitar.amei seu blog,omeu e novinho.

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  21. I think you're lucky to know these women. I'm visiting London (from Australia) in early January and would love to catch up with you too.

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  22. Wow Eugenia glad you enjoyed yourself! I so wish I could meet a group like this, just to hang out and talk sewing!! I depend on blogs like yours and Pattern Review.com to get the sewing camaradarie I need!

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  23. I agree! Looks like you had loads of fun. Connecting with other sewers is invaluable:)

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  24. Ohh! I am dying of envy .... but very happy that you spent a while so nice with the other ladies ... And if ... I have sewn fabrics 250 euros per meter, obviously not for me ... I can not afford that ... but when I sewed for other clients such wonderful fabrics full of pearls and sparkling rhinestone ... or wool fabulous ... sigh ...

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  25. There is no better way to spend the day! I'm so happy for you all. When Lori and I met last week, it was a long awaited and fun visit.

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  26. Eugenia it was fab to meet up with you and all the other sewing ladies - you have such wonderful enthusiasm for sewing, it's infectious!

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