I had an absolutely fabulous day at #sewupnorth! When you live in a house full of males, there is something really lovely about shopping for fabric and chilling with other dressmakers. The day was wonderfully organised by Rebecca and Sally who worked incredibly hard to give us all a day to enjoy and raised over £700 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance !
Just to reflect on the whole day, it was just such an uplifting experience. Just seeing women of all shapes, sizes and heights, all looking unique and individual in our handmade clothing, was so brilliant! I wore one of my favourite dresses.
We started in Costa, in our own private area, and received a goody bag each containing discount vouchers, badges, sweets and a pattern. We had about an hour to meet new sewing friends, and reconnect with old ones. Sally and Becca explained what was planned.
Then off we went round Leeds Kirkgate market and local shops in smallish groups , before hitting the newish John Lewis. I was reasonably restrained ! Lovely white embroidered cotton from John Lewis, navy and white ponte and grey, pink and white jersey from B and M fabrics, and raspberry red ponte from Jaks fabrics. I went round with Eleanor and Liz who were great shopping guides to the fabric delights of Leeds. They have both made the sew house seven toaster tops, so I decided I needed to buy the pattern before the winter. Hopefully I’ll make the navy and red into toasty toaster tops!
Liz and Eleanor bought some African wax fabric from this lovely stall. The fabric is sold in 6 yard lengths.
We reconvened in The Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen which had a bar and cheap tasty pizza. We took over the top floor, as there was loads of room for a swap table, raffle prizes and seating. Here I am having a good nosey at the patterns and fabric. I took five patterns and two lots of fabric to swap. I know that Eleanor took a pattern and Ali took my fabric so I look forward to seeing what they make.
Everybody had a good rummage!
My final haul included four patterns from the swap, and some grey and red satin I’m hoping to use for lining. I also bought a packet of needles in the market, probably the only thing I really ‘needed’
Liz had also made a bag and jacket from the Makers Atelier book I’ve got, so when I got home, I went onto the Fabric Godmother site to buy the toaster pattern, some faux leather ideal for bag making fell into my basket, and yes I’ve decided to make a loud jumpsuit to wear to graduation seeing as my dress failed! I intend to use the poppy playsuit pattern by Sewoverit, I’ve not had a lot of success with their patterns, so am hoping this works.
Managed to sneak in a visit to the Shuttle in Shipley on the way back from a meeting. I was very restrained though! I bought 12 metres of fabric for toiles or lining, two metres of fleece backed sweating shirting to try a warm version of the toaster sweater, and a one metre piece for a teeshirt.
I’ve used 56 metres of fabric so far in 2017, but bought 45 metres! Which doesn’t include the three metres for bags above. I’ve had a lot of failures in the first six months so here’s to successful sewing and no fabric purchases for the rest of the year! Well, except for Black Friday!