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First meet up of the year with Crafty sew & so

First meet up of the year with Crafty sew & so

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Elle Harris

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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance ๐Ÿ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”โค๏ธ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
@dashwoodstudio #dashwoodstudio #papermeadow #sewcialists #sewing #makersmovement #scdesignteam #makersforgrenfell
  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
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#makersforgrenfell #sewists #sewing #sewingforgood #memade #destash
  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
#sewcialists #sewing #sewcialist #memadeeveryday
  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique โค๏ธ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs ๐Ÿค— xxx.
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#sewcialists #hotelchocolat @hotelchocolat #gin #ginstagram #worldginday #ilovegin #sewcialists #girlguides #girlscandoanything
  • Doing a bit of the old fabric touching with @dinoprincesschar + @amilliondresses. Total fabric enablers ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ. .
#sewcialists #sewing #fabric
  • Today I'm going to sit down and sew myself something. It's going to be red โค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ. And I'm hacking a pattern to keep my mind occupied. Whilst the uncertainty continues I'm so proud we stood together. Let's continue to show love will out. Happy Friday friends. Xxxxx
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Pattern by @sewcraftyshop โค๏ธ cord fabric and @dashwoodstudio confetti ๐ŸŽ‰ both from @sewcraftyshop.
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#scdesignteam #sewcialists #memade #sewing #dashwoodstudio #coverbuttons @uklabour #redfabric #sewingmendsmysoul #shiftdress
  • If you're voting Tory today please stop and think why. Is it because you earn over ยฃ80,000 a year and don't want taxes to support benefit wasters? I'm one of those wasters, and the tax payers support has meant I was able to stay in my small flat when I was diagnosed and needed critical care. I'm now off benefit support and paying taxes. Without Employment And Support allowance I'd of been homeless and unmediated. A danger to myself and others. Is it because you don't care if the NHS gets privatized? Without affordable access to my medications (I already pay for them because mental health isn't seen as life threatening) I'll be back to being a danger to myself, unable to work and therefore not paying taxes. Millions like me are being pushed into desperate situations as their benefits are cut or taken away.  Real humans. Not statistics, or the scum the papers tell you I am. Our grandparents fought wars on foreign soil so that fascism didn't reach the shores of Britain. Don't let the papers lie to you about The Conservative being for middle class people 'like you'. They are ruining working and middle class peoples lives and only the extremely rich will benefit from their continued rape of our political system. Fight hate, fight lies, fight fascism and vote for the many. If you think Corbyn is a joke, ask yourself why? Did the Daily Mail tell you this? Did the independent tell you you'll never guess what Jeremy did next? Did the sun remind you that he's scruffy and rides a bike? No party is perfect but don't support one who has major leaders who are against gay rights, human rights and have cut funding to our most needed services in order for you to believe we need 'tighter internet laws' and 'the NHS is failing'. The Conservatives have failed you. Let's stop this together โค๏ธ .
@uklabour @jeremy_corbynmp @robryanstudio #voteforbritian #voteforthemany #conservatives #theconservatives #teresamay @theresamay
First meet up of the year with Crafty sew & so

 

One of my favorite things about sewing is meeting up with other sewists. I am extremely lucky to live in the Midlands where we have Charlotte @Englishgirlathome’s SewBrum and quick access to London where it’s all happening, but variety is the spice of life and I never turn down a chance to visit a new event.

If you’ve never been to a meet up you may not know what to expect and I meet lovely ladies at every event who say how nervous they are about it and nearly didn’t join in. I know those feelings well! It took me 3 failed attempts to actually go to my first. I used to sit in the car believing that it would be like school and I’d feel left out or awkward. Although I had spoken to many of the other meet up members for ages, which should have soothed me it didn’t. It made me feel even more stalkerish. Let’s be honest, it is a bit weird that we all know each other before we meet.

 

 

What you can generally expect from every sewist meet up is a given start location, which usually is somewhere to get a drink/slice of cake that gives everyone the chance to chill out and steady the nerves. Even I, after double figure attendance, to meetups end up feeling nervy before arriving. This initial start point is a great place to meet new people, ask attendees about the outfit they are wearing and what pattern it is, hug some long-standing social media friends and eat cake.

 

 

Depending on the style of meetup, sometime there are plans to move location for fabric perusal and purchasing. Freya from Crafty Sew and So walked us through the very pretty back streets of Leicestershire introducing us the location of their Dress Makers ball, which takes place in May. We then all trooped to the market area that has a selection of fabric and is very much LESS crowded on a Saturday than the Birmingham Rag market. This gives you a little more room to wander about without feeling pressured and I usually wander over to the largest and most lavishly stocked stall owned by a chap called Stuart.

 

 

It can be all a bit daunting on the first meetup and I definitely suggest bringing a budget and list of fabrics you need, want and have 200 more than you should already own so you don’t fall down a rabbit hole and get persuaded to buy things you will never use. Most market stall holders are well accustomed to telling you ‘no one else has this’ and ‘once it’s gone it’s gone’ but take it all a bit with a pinch of salt and always do a little haggling.

 

 

As with most purchasing sewing meetups we ended up at an arranged final location, which helps those who have been left behind or want extra time in other areas. Crafty Sew and So have a bricks and mortar shop located in the lovely lanes of Leicester, which was to be our final stop. They supply a lovely premium collection of different fabric types, but not so many that you get baffled by choice and end up feeling lost. Does that happen to you am much as myself? As I am on the continual hunt for the holy grail of striped jersey, my only purchase of the day was exactly that from Sarah and Freya’s shop. (you can just see a sneaky glimpse of it in the background) I am yet to proclaim its position on the holy grail scale, but I’m assured by Bianca that it is pretty good stuff.

The event progressed with a paid workshop so at this point me and a small group of lovelies escaped the shop bustle for a marvelous BBQ grill eatery next door. Shopping makes me hungry as F and I couldn’t eat all the cake provided without stigma. The evening rounded itself off with a talk by Charlotte about blogging and vlogging. I didn’t take pictures because I found her talk too interesting.

If you’ve never visited Leicestershire I would recommend setting at least half a day aside if you are within comfortable driving distance, but be sure to check if both Stuart at the Market is open and Sarah and Freya are frequenting the shop before setting out. No one wants a wasted journey!

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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance ๐Ÿ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”โค๏ธ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
@dashwoodstudio #dashwoodstudio #papermeadow #sewcialists #sewing #makersmovement #scdesignteam #makersforgrenfell
  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
.
#makersforgrenfell #sewists #sewing #sewingforgood #memade #destash
  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
#sewcialists #sewing #sewcialist #memadeeveryday
  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique โค๏ธ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs ๐Ÿค— xxx.
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#sewcialists #hotelchocolat @hotelchocolat #gin #ginstagram #worldginday #ilovegin #sewcialists #girlguides #girlscandoanything
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