Picture the scene…you’re on holiday, you finally get data signal so start checking Instagram (classic FOMO from being offline!) to find that the big surprise from The Foldline and English Girl at Home is not only a Sewing Weekend in Cambridge but that it’s also sold out very quickly! Gutted! Thankfully, just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory there were two golden tickets…and I won one! (Thanks to the lovely people at Minerva Crafts for sponsoring the ticket also)
So early on Saturday morning I set off to Cambridge. The Sewing Weekender was set at the Murray Edwards College and was the perfect venue as we all excitedly arrive for our two days of fun! Saturday was very much about the Sewathon and we begin the morning with our goodie bags – we had so many fab gifts from so many brilliant sponsors including Adam Ross Fabrics, Remnant Kings, Sew Essential, Guthrie & Ghani, Girl Charlee, Janome and many, many more – I don’t think I’ll run out of supplies for a while!!
I was sat at a table with three lovely ladies – Lucy from Sew Essential, Hannah of Cinderellis and Veronica (whose homework it is to join Instagram and to start blogging her beautiful me made wardrobe). Given how much talking, coffee drinking and sweet eating we managed, I’m pleased to say we did really well with our projects – I decided against taking my trusty Brother with me and used one of the machines supplied by Janome for us to use – I’ve got to say, I was quietly impressed, although I’d still not trade it in for my own.
It was so great to have a day where I could selfishly sew all day (literally…from 10.30 until 5.30 and we only stopped then as we were getting tired, instructions may have well been written in another language and we began making little mistakes!) It was even better that I could chat through ideas with lots of lovely people, as well as seeing what they were making – I’ve certainly got a lot of ideas to take away…my To Sew list is ever increasing! So many people were wearing me made creations as well as sewing – it was like Pinterest Live.
The sewing chat continued into the evening as we went out for dinner and drinks…needless to say by the end of day one, I was exhausted! (That said, many of us came back to our rooms and started going through our goodie bags and scrolling through Instagram rather than going straight to sleep!)
Day two was very much about the talks and we had Rachel from House of Pinheiro, Grace from Beyond Measure, Marilla Walker, Elena from Randomly Happy, Gabby from Gabberdashery and Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons speaking. In a nutshell, my main takeaway points from them were:
- You can wear anything, it’s all about getting proportions right
- Look at how you can make commercial patterns more ‘you’ – how can you put your own twist on something? – challenge yourself
- Mindfully sewing a garment from scratch is good for the soul
- You don’t need a master plan – it’s fine to make it up as you go along
- It’s fine to make 20 bras you can’t wear, as long as you’re learning in the deconstruction process (or so Marilla said :D)
- You’ll never be an expert – sewing is a continual learning process
- Think about what you do in life (work, home, going out etc) and what you want to wear to do that activity
- When planning your me made wardrobe, stop for a second and really analyse what you need – otherwise you’ll end up with lots of beautiful clothes but have nothing to wear
- It’s great to learn from your patterns, rather than solely getting a finished garnent at the end
Tilly bought patterns along and I’m not even sorry to say I’ve bagged myself a Coco and Agnes pattern – I’m signing off now to use my goodie bag discount codes for some fabric shopping!
To sum up, it was an absolutely amazing weekend, I loved being surrounded by so many wonderful, creative people, meeting some of the lovely people whose blogs I read and whose IG posts appear in my feed every day.
I must say a massive thank you to Charlotte, Kate and Rachel and I can’t wait for the next one!