Tell people you’re spending your Saturday with more than 30 strangers off the internet for fun and frolics and you get a few raised eyebrows. Which aren’t necessarily lowered when you tell them it’s all about sewing.
On arrival we all received a lovely handmade button rosette, found ourselves a buddy to keep us from falling behind, and headed over to our first port of call: Barry’s Fabrics.
It’s a great store, with a huge range of fabrics and we fair took over the place as we admired each other’s fabric selections and chatted about our love of material. After swamping Barry’s and indulging in a few purchases, we headed for lunch and the swap. Wow this was some swap. There was a table for fabric, a table for patterns, and a table for notions. Everyone was very generous with what they brought along.
After some masterfully self-controlled selections, we headed off to the rag market where bargains aplenty could be found. We had a handy map courtesy of our hostesses as well, so we could zero in on the best spots.
For those who were still standing, the day was rounded off with a trip to Fancy Fabrics nearby. Whilst not as cheap and cheerful as the market, it had some great fabrics, including a big selection of wools.
If you’ve never been to a meet-up, I really recommend it. Meeting a group of strangers is always intimidating but since you know going in you have something in common, starting up conversations is a lot easier. Plus it’s a real pleasure to chat to people who know and care about sleeve heads, french seams and burn tests!
Marie and Kat both have lists of the attendees, so you can check out all the lovely ladies in attendance, many with exciting blogs to check out as well.
My favourite part of the day was hanging out with such cool people who shared my passion. But what good’s a day-trip without some souvenirs?
1. Animal print viscose from Barry’s £7.95/m. 2. Navy and brown striped synthetic fabric £1/m. Stall in rag market. 3. Print knit from Barry’s £7.95/m. 4. Chambray from Fancy Silks. 5. Blue and white polka dot viscose £2/m. (Everyone bought some of this when it was spotted outside the market!) 6. Navy wool and polyester blend with gold thread £5/m from Fancy Silks. 7. Metallic sheen grey-blue fabric from swap.
And I maybe picked up some patterns in the swap as well…
1. Maudella 5877 dress. 2. Style 4365 dress. 3. Burda Style 7283.
Whew. Many thanks to Maire, Kat and Claire for all their hard work and time. They created a really special day out. Proof again that the sewing community is a pretty fab place to be!