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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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  • Although I missed the Birmingham meet up, today I've had a incredibly crafty day with @craftysooze ❤️. A trip to @fabriclanduk resulted in some rayon swan fabric for no idea what and some lightweight wool knit for a @grainlinestudio driftless (get me actually knowing what I'm sewing with something). A trip to @franklins_group resulted in a very much needed Bernina foot, needles and some silver Cleo buckles. Then a trip to @createescapeuk brought some lovely sewing chat and inspiration, finished off with purchases of the latest sewing magazines for browsing later ❤️❤️❤️❤️.
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@thefoldline @lovesewingmag @sewnowmag @craftnetwork.
#sewingblogger #sewcialists #sewing
  • I don't care what the weatherman says, if the weatherman says it's ☔️ MAKERS GONNA MAKE SPRING CLOTHES ANYWAY!!! Up on my table today, these beauties 💙 Amazingly soft cotton denim + holy grail jersey both from one of my very first resources for fabric @higgsandhiggs. I found them way back in 2006 on eBay and have loved them ever since.
📘🖌💙🎐💎🛢⚓️🚙🎽🐬🐳🐟👕.
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#higgsandhiggs #sewist #sewing #sewcialist #sewingblogger
  • My @ercolfurniture transformation is nearly complete ❤️. Sneak peek! .
Fabric: @robertkaufman @suzyultman #suzysminis and grey cotton from @sewcraftyshop.
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#sewingproject  #scdesignteam #sewist #llama #ercolfurniture
  • When you FaceTime your partner to laugh at how much make up you have on, and the camera man catches you 🙈. Today's @thatwendyward + @dressmakerssocial question 'craft' leaves me(pun intended) with only one major love other than sewing. Paper flowers. I absolutely adore making flower crowns + bouquets from paper that will last forever. I'm wearing a quick Christmas crown here, because I'm likely to fall asleep on them during Christmas 😂.
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Dress fabric: @libertylondon from @abakhanfabrics.
Dress pattern: @simplesewpatterns boudoir dress.
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#miymarch17 #memade #sewingcommunity #sewingblogger #simplesewbloggers #simplesewpatterns
  • Mega fat piping calls for special mega fat piping foot on my Bernina. She handled it like the pro she is. Really looking forward to sharing the finished project. I want to upholster all the things!.
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@berninaag foot 12c from @frank_nutt_sewing_machines.
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Fabrics both @sewcraftyshop.
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#sewingcommunity #sewing #scdesignteam #llamas #sewingblogger #suzyultman
  • It's all about the community ❤️ you all probably get sick of hearing it but without you guys I'd be super lost. It's why I love organizing community parties and joining in with your amazing initiatives ❤️ Real life and online, you're the ones that I want!.
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@thatwendyward @dressmakerssocial #miymarch17 #sewingcommunity
  • A little bit of Seam porn before I clear up for the night. ❤️ Really in love with those llamas.
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Fabric: #suzysminis by @robertkaufman. Grey: #sevenberryfabrics yarn died cotton. Both from @sewcraftyshop. #scdesignteam. #sewingblogger #suzyultman #suzysminis @suzyultman
  • I was 'just' admiring this @robertkaufman fabric's selvedge which made me think of @craftysooze whom I'm traveling to see next weekend and @suzymagazine ❤️ This fabric is from @sewcraftyshop and I've nearly finished my llamatastic upholstery project. I've managed to be super fussy on my cutting and pattern drafting meaning I've got about half a meter left of this beautiful fabric... any ideas sewists?.
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@thatwendyward @dressmakerssocial #miymarch17 #sewing #scdesignteam #llama #robertkaufmanfabrics #suzysminis #suzyultman @suzyultman
  • So the #monetaparty may now be officially over but don't be sad. Adam Ross are giving us an after party glow with 20% off their fabrics to make something other than a moneta? 😂 But hurry, it won't last forever! .
Another massive thank you to everyone who partied with us and hope you want to party again in the future 😍 .
@adamrossfabrics #monetaparty #sewingdiscount #sewcialists #sewingcommunity #adamross #dressmakers #sewist #sewing #dressmakersball
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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  • Although I missed the Birmingham meet up, today I've had a incredibly crafty day with @craftysooze ❤️. A trip to @fabriclanduk resulted in some rayon swan fabric for no idea what and some lightweight wool knit for a @grainlinestudio driftless (get me actually knowing what I'm sewing with something). A trip to @franklins_group resulted in a very much needed Bernina foot, needles and some silver Cleo buckles. Then a trip to @createescapeuk brought some lovely sewing chat and inspiration, finished off with purchases of the latest sewing magazines for browsing later ❤️❤️❤️❤️.
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@thefoldline @lovesewingmag @sewnowmag @craftnetwork.
#sewingblogger #sewcialists #sewing
  • I don't care what the weatherman says, if the weatherman says it's ☔️ MAKERS GONNA MAKE SPRING CLOTHES ANYWAY!!! Up on my table today, these beauties 💙 Amazingly soft cotton denim + holy grail jersey both from one of my very first resources for fabric @higgsandhiggs. I found them way back in 2006 on eBay and have loved them ever since.
📘🖌💙🎐💎🛢⚓️🚙🎽🐬🐳🐟👕.
.
#higgsandhiggs #sewist #sewing #sewcialist #sewingblogger
  • My @ercolfurniture transformation is nearly complete ❤️. Sneak peek! .
Fabric: @robertkaufman @suzyultman #suzysminis and grey cotton from @sewcraftyshop.
.
#sewingproject  #scdesignteam #sewist #llama #ercolfurniture
  • When you FaceTime your partner to laugh at how much make up you have on, and the camera man catches you 🙈. Today's @thatwendyward + @dressmakerssocial question 'craft' leaves me(pun intended) with only one major love other than sewing. Paper flowers. I absolutely adore making flower crowns + bouquets from paper that will last forever. I'm wearing a quick Christmas crown here, because I'm likely to fall asleep on them during Christmas 😂.
.
Dress fabric: @libertylondon from @abakhanfabrics.
Dress pattern: @simplesewpatterns boudoir dress.
.
#miymarch17 #memade #sewingcommunity #sewingblogger #simplesewbloggers #simplesewpatterns
  • Mega fat piping calls for special mega fat piping foot on my Bernina. She handled it like the pro she is. Really looking forward to sharing the finished project. I want to upholster all the things!.
.
@berninaag foot 12c from @frank_nutt_sewing_machines.
.
Fabrics both @sewcraftyshop.
.
#sewingcommunity #sewing #scdesignteam #llamas #sewingblogger #suzyultman
  • It's all about the community ❤️ you all probably get sick of hearing it but without you guys I'd be super lost. It's why I love organizing community parties and joining in with your amazing initiatives ❤️ Real life and online, you're the ones that I want!.
.
@thatwendyward @dressmakerssocial #miymarch17 #sewingcommunity
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