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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

Sewcial seamstress
  • Mint ice cream dress for the @newcrafthouse summer party doing a matchy matchy again πŸ’šπŸ’…πŸ»πŸ¦πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ’š. Bought some mint tights today so I can be ultimate ice cream πŸ˜‚ on a side note the viscose from @stoffstil washed perfectly, is easy to work with and they have all the colours..... definitely going to need more. Maybe we should arrange a sewist trip to their flag ship store? It would be totally worth it. .
#stoffstildiy #stoffundstil.
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Tickets still available for the Party from @newcrafthouse πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ.
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#sewing #makersgonnamake #imakethingswithmyhands #makersmovement #icecreamfabric
  • Sorry about the unusual amount of boomerang on my feed, but these pretty butterflies look beautiful when 'in flight'.
My #orladress is finished and just needs photos... please sun. Don't fail me!!!
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@frenchnavynow #orladresshack
  • Yes!!! Always beautiful packaging + awesome size range @colettepatterns. ❀️❀️❀️❀️ Who else is going to be sewing up a penny soon??
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#colettepenny #colettepatterns
  • Today is going to be a VERY interesting day 😍 The sun may not be shining but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on hot hot machines! πŸ”₯ . Anything you guys what to know whilst I'm here?. .
@janomeuk #sewcialists #sewingmachines #janome
  • Today Emma shared a blog post of the Sewcialists Wordpress for there tribute challenge and it included me. I'm honored to stand next to these other awesome sewists ❀️ have a read by heading over to @emmaandhermachine link in her bio. .
#Tributemonthsewing #sewingblogger #makersmovement #wordpress
  • When your seams match up πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› Can I manage to get the other one to match.... πŸ€”.
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#anorlaaffair #orladress @anna.zoe.sewing @maddiemadethis @helloalliej @maker.style @frenchnavynow
  • GIVEAWAY TIME! Summer sewing event season is upon us and I've got some lovely giveaways coming up over the next month. Have you ever been to Birmingham's festival of quilts? I haven't but I realized that some of my favorites like @coolcrafting, @ernestwrightandson, @fabricsgalorelondon, @higgsandhiggs @janomeuk, @toft_uk @sewmesomething will be there so there's no way I'm missing it. I may even take a workshop on how to finish my quilts correctly. It runs between 10th-13th August at The NEC Birmingham. The lovely organizers have kindly given me 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway ❀️ To win a pair of tickets all you need to do is:
1) follow my account.
2) like this post.
3) comment below AND tag at least 1 person you think would like to go or enter the comp. The more people you tag the more entries you get :) .
Competition runs from now until 27th July and the winners will be notified via direct message. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen. .
No private accounts will be entered. Winners are responsible for travel etc.
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Competition is not affiliated with Instagram.
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@thefestivalofquilts #festivalofquilts #sewcialists #sewmesomething #coolcrafting #ernestwrightandson #higgsandhiggs #fabricsgalorelondon #janomeuk #memade #quilting #sewinggiveaway #toftuk #necbirmingham @necbirmingham #midlandssewcialists #quiltsofinstagram
  • Yay! I managed to photograph my @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack AND blog about it! The blog includes a pattern giveaway which is open internationally ❀️AND sew crafty have 20% off their website stock using the code xjuly20 so you too can own some of this amazing fabric!!!.
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@dashwoodstudio @ilovecrafty @clarksshoes #scdesignteam #patternhack #sewcialists #memadeeveryday #stripesplease
  • Let's do this!
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@frenchnavynow @maddiemadethis @helloalliej @maker.style @anna.zoe.sewing ❀️
#anorlaaffair #frenchnavynow.
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@harts_fabric @guthrieghani @beyond_measure_uk @hawthornethreads @califabrics @makermountainfabrics @shoplamercerie @threadbarefabrics @lafinchfabrics
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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  • Mint ice cream dress for the @newcrafthouse summer party doing a matchy matchy again πŸ’šπŸ’…πŸ»πŸ¦πŸ’…πŸ»πŸ’š. Bought some mint tights today so I can be ultimate ice cream πŸ˜‚ on a side note the viscose from @stoffstil washed perfectly, is easy to work with and they have all the colours..... definitely going to need more. Maybe we should arrange a sewist trip to their flag ship store? It would be totally worth it. .
#stoffstildiy #stoffundstil.
.
Tickets still available for the Party from @newcrafthouse πŸ‘ˆπŸΌ.
.
#sewing #makersgonnamake #imakethingswithmyhands #makersmovement #icecreamfabric
  • Sorry about the unusual amount of boomerang on my feed, but these pretty butterflies look beautiful when 'in flight'.
My #orladress is finished and just needs photos... please sun. Don't fail me!!!
.
@frenchnavynow #orladresshack
  • Yes!!! Always beautiful packaging + awesome size range @colettepatterns. ❀️❀️❀️❀️ Who else is going to be sewing up a penny soon??
.
#colettepenny #colettepatterns
  • Today is going to be a VERY interesting day 😍 The sun may not be shining but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on hot hot machines! πŸ”₯ . Anything you guys what to know whilst I'm here?. .
@janomeuk #sewcialists #sewingmachines #janome
  • Today Emma shared a blog post of the Sewcialists Wordpress for there tribute challenge and it included me. I'm honored to stand next to these other awesome sewists ❀️ have a read by heading over to @emmaandhermachine link in her bio. .
#Tributemonthsewing #sewingblogger #makersmovement #wordpress
  • When your seams match up πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› Can I manage to get the other one to match.... πŸ€”.
.
#anorlaaffair #orladress @anna.zoe.sewing @maddiemadethis @helloalliej @maker.style @frenchnavynow
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