The Big Blogging Meet-up

Rachel from House of Pinheiro organised a blogger meet-up when she heard Sew Busy Lizzy was coming on holiday to London and yesterday it felt like almost every sewing blogger in travelling distance from London wanted to come and hang out! Estimates ranged from 40-50 bloggers descending on Goldhawk road for shopping, and people came from all over the country (and globe!) to join in the fun.

We all met at the V&A for a chat in the tea rooms and a chance to get to know everyone (Rachel provided name labels for everyone) before heading to the courtyard for a proper photo-shoot (and a chance to look at everyone’s outfits in the glorious sunshine).

meet upThere were so many people taking pictures that I only grabbed a few snaps – I’m sure more pictures will appear in the blog-world soon!

We did some good fabric shopping before heading to a Lebanese restaurant for a lovely buffet-style lunch (lots of hummus, bread, salad and grilled meat) before heading downstairs to get goody bags and swap our stashes. Vicky from Minerva Crafts came down from Lancashire with goody bags for everyone! They were all generously full of goodies, and each was different with a little hand-written note. Here is my Gothic/Pirate fabric stash!

goody bag

So what did I come away with? Well, I stuck mostly to my shopping list and I stuck to my cash limit (no card spending needed!) and most items were purchased with a plan in mind.

fabric stashFrom left to right:

  • Some navy polka dot cotton to make another Cambie dress. Navy was chosen so it will go with my new red cardigan AND my turquoise jacket I’m making.
  • Black and white striped jersey I’ve been searching for for ages. My favourite top is getting sad-looking, but it has taken a long time to find the same type of stripe.
  • The red and white stripe was an impulse buy to make some type of top, not sure what yet.
  • Blue polka dot jersey for a Tiramisu wrap dress (the pattern was just purchased on advice of twitter sewcialists).
  • Dark denim for another pair of jeans, since I live in jeans.
  • Floral blue denim. Shivani (who blogged that she was not going to buy anything!) and I both got some of this cute print thinking about summer skirts, although now I’m wondering if printed cropped jeans might work…

In the swap I picked up:

  • some black and white check that has a nice texture and weight, probably to make a dress with some contrast details.
  • a teeny bit of navy spots (yup, I’m a bit predictable) that I’m hoping to squeeze out a Portrait blouse or Sorbetto from.

Looks like it is time to get sewing! I still have my jacket toile to work on. We will see what I can manage with one and a half hands!

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