|Lovely little name tags!|
As I have never been to a meet-up before, I was super nervous and also a little bit scarred (because normally I am not meeting up with strangers and there were so many of them!). When leaving the tube at Goldhawk Road Station I could hear them already and my excitement grew. How should I approach them? How do I introduce myself? But actually, there was no need to worry because I was welcomed immediately with cookies and a little name tag. Everybody was wearing their own creations and there were many uhs and ahs when looking at each other. Sooooo pretty. Although I didn't recognise the patterns (not yet, but hopefully soon) I was impressed by all the lovely dresses, trousers and blouses.
After almost everybody had arrived we split up in little groups and "attacked" the fabric shops. First stop was "Classic Textiles" my favourite fabric shop where you can get cotton silk for 4£/meter and also Liberty copy prints and lots more. I avoided looking at the Liberty fabrics because I fall in this trap every time I am there. I was astonished by all the fabric knowledge everybody had. One touch, one view and yeah it is a Chambray. We moved from shop to shop and it was really fun because every shop you entered there would be somebody with the little yellow name tag. The advantage (or disadvantage?) when fabric shopping with several people is that everybody spots different fabrics. Fabrics that I liked as well and wouldn't have seen otherwise! So I was tempted several times to buy - but didn't!
|Dibs and Wendy.|
In Fabric House I bought my first jersey ever which was 3.50£/meter. I was not sure if I should buy it or not because I have never sewn with jersey before and thought I need an overlocker to sew it - although several people told me you don't! So, Jamila convinced me to buy it for later when I am more confident. I just love the pink flamingos on the jersey. I am hoping to sew a dress from this, but have to find a pattern first. Any recommendations? I also found some cheap cottons in the scraps bin of A one fabrics.
|Flamingo jersey and some cottons.|
After lunch it was time for the epic fabric swap! Everybody had brought some fabric, notions and/or patterns that they wanted to swap. As my fabric stash isn’t that big yet I brought only a liberty copy print (leftover from my meringue skirt), a pattern and a few vintage-looking buttons. Everything was put on big tables forming a massive heap. Actually it reminded me of the days when the sales start in the big department stores. There would be heaps of clothes on the tables as well as lots of woman waiting to dive into it :) We were a bit more restrained and everybody got the chance to find a lovely fabric or pattern. There was no rule for how many items you are allowed to take. So at the end I ended up with quite a bit of fabric. I felt a bit greedy though (usually I am a modest person), but for me it was a possibility to pick up fabric that I wouldn’t usually buy because I am afraid of sewing with it yet (I just say stretch).
I also got some lovely vintage patterns and a modern pattern, which I am going to try soon! I just love the dresses! After the swap we split in groups again and went for some more shopping. I left shortly after because my bag started to get really heavy!
So, if you ever have the chance to attend a meet-up just go! All the lovely people you meet will not be strangers any more at the end of the day! I honestly enjoyed meeting everybody. It was also my first opportunity to meet up with other sewing enthusiast and I had the feeling we were all talking the same language! I know a few of the patterns we talked about just from reading other peoples blogs and it was just amazing to have an idea what was going on. So thank you ladies for such an amazing day!!!