A day of sewing with new blogging friends!

I am trying ever so hard to keep finding time to sew for me not just for work- it’s weird that it’s so hard! Yesterday I went to my first ever blogger’s meet up. It was a really fun day and I loved meeting some of the blogger’s I’ve been following and making some great new blogging friends too.
The event was hosted and organised by Sew Essential, an online haby, fabrics and sewing machine retailer.
Freya, Bekki and I drove up together and it was really nice to go on a Crafty Sew&So outing with the team but also with the mindset of a stand alone blogger and hobby dressmaker too. We all tried our best not to talk too much about work and focus on sewing as a hobby. I couldn’t help myself though and did talk quite a bit about the shop and bought a pattern cutting book I’ve had my eye on for a while with the 10% discount on offer. I also picked up a Prym clamshell purse kit as it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a while.
We settled down for an intro from Lucy, the company’s social media and marketing director, then enjoyed yummy breakfast nibbles including my favourite almond croissants and big juicy fresh strawberries (I know they are probably from Egypt but they always get me excited that summer is coming to us too!) plus copious tea. Then we had a tour of the warehouse and a spot of shopping and lots of chatting.
We then set about a little crafting project creating hand hoop embroidery monograms, I didn’t get that far with mine but have been working on it a little bit since and I really like how it’s coming along. I’m going to get another mini hoop and make an ‘M’ for Matt too 🙂
We then all went out for afternoon tea at a really sweet restaurant called the Lakeside Bistro. I could definitely do this more often!
I met lovely Charlotte of englishgirlathome. She runs monthly sewing meetups with Midlands Sewcialists and I’m really looking forward to going to the next one in Birmingham with Freya at the end of the month.
Charlotte was wearing a fab Emery dress in a really sweet soda pop print fabric (why didn’t I ask here where it was from?!).
I also met Kat from akraftykat who had made herself a lovely maternity dress in this fab Girl Charleejersey fabric (again why did I not get a photo?! I will get better at this I promise!)
And I spent a bit of time getting to know Crafternoon-tea hostess Samantha of CreateItSamantha

Samantha, also wearing a lovely floral print handmade dress- Putting florals on my make it next list!

It’s a bit silly but I really did have trouble trying to decide what to wear. It’s a good thing as it was because I actually had a fair few outfits to choose from! I thought about wearing my Ginger jeans and Granville shirt but they were in the wash, or my red polka dot 40s style dress but I decided it was a bit too formal, so instead I wore my latest make, a lightweight denim Colette Laurel dress- this felt like a very good choice as I could layer it over a vest, I do love a bit of layering, and pop a cardi over. I also wore one of our cowl infinity scarves- I am pretty much never seen without one these days! At the last min I grabbed a scrap of fabric and used it as a hair band. I tied it round my head which looked quite fun.
Inspired but my last minute accessory grab, I set to work yesterday on a proper headband based on something I’d seen a while back somewhere.
I made 2 of these yesterday. I’ll be making another one today for Freya in the red floral fabric to the right.

I’m having a non-selfish sewing day today and FINALLY starting on Matt’s shirt- it’s cut out and ready to sew – and the headband for Freya plus a little bit of patchwork too.

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