Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blogger Meet-up of the Century

I had soooooo much fun yesterday.  Seriously, it was my version of the perfect day.  An entire day of meeting women who inspire me, talking about sewing nonstop  (without feeling like I'm boring someone), visiting the V&A museum, fabric and pattern swapping, and fabric shopping!   No wonder I slept until 1:30pm today...hehehehehe

I took the 6am train from Edinburgh and got into London just before 11am.  At the train station, I met Charlotte and Diane from the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle.  We headed over the V&A where together we were a group of 14 fabulous sewists plus one mum!  Not only that but we had each wore a colour-coordinated theme of red, white and blue to celebrate this next week's theme of Rule, Britannia! at the Sew Weekly.

I am going to do a guest post tomorrow on the Sew Weekly about the meet-up.  So definitely check there for the fun details of the day with loads more photos!  I do, however, have to show you the BEST photo ever taken by Charlotte's Mum (thank you Charlotte's mum for taking all these lovely photos) on Diane's camera:

The pigeon wanted in on the fun.  But as the other Charlotte mentioned, she didn't follow the colour scheme ;)  First a big thank you to Charlotte from the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle for helping to coordinate the Sew Weekly meet-up!!!  I had such a fabulous time!

Well, it gets better because when we were originally planning a meet up, Karen from Did you Make That was also planning a meet-up and did a post suggesting the SAME day!  How fabulous is that???

So the second part of the day involved meeting-up with a load of other sewing bloggers for the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango --10-12 fabric stores, 38 + sewists, 1 bar....who could ask for more?

By chance, we actually met up in the Goldhawk Road tube station....there were giggles and hugs galore.  In fact, as Karen and I lunged for each other to hug, some poor passerby almost got caught between us! hahahhaha
Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons took the photo above.  Look at all of us chatting away!!

Isn't it funny to meet people you've only known through blogs?  When I saw Charlotte from Tuppence Ha'Penny coming down the street, I yelled "Charlotte" and she yelled "Debi" long lost friends! I actually think Charlotte and I probably knew each other in the 40's ;)
Thanks to Sofia from the Needle Diaries for taking the photo above and the ones below! 

I literally made the dress on Friday (from cutting out to sewing in the sleeves at 4am on Saturday) and was finishing sewing it up on the train (hemming, tacking facing and sewing buttons).  I actually, ahem, didn't go to sleep at all.  All the sewing madness and I was so excited for the meet-up! :)  I'll do another post on the details of the dress--but it's from a 1940 McCall pattern AND it has a hood lined in union jack material!
It's also funny when you know someone's blog name as their nickname...the whole time I was thinking, I've gotta find Scruffy Badger...I haven't talked to her yet! hahahha
Another one of Tilly's fabulous photos with Jane from Handmade Jane and Winnie from Scruffy Badger.

The other fabulous part was running into everyone in the fabric stores! Seriously, I wish all my fabric shopping was with my 40 new best friends!
Me and Karen from Did you Make That in one of the jam-packed fabric shops!

After some fabulous shopping and pattern swapping, I then got on the 6pm train back to Edinburgh and arrived just after 11pm.  Phew! Talk about whirlwind.  I seriously think we need to plan a weekend extravaganza sometime soon!  Next time I'll definitely spending the night in London!

 My loot from the day:  3.5 metres of the loveliest tawna lawn fabric, several 1950's patterns, one pattern from the 1970's and one from the 80's, plus some lovely trim from Judy that I won in the swap.

Karen put together a list of all the sewists in the fabric fandango meet-up and I've added all the Sew Weekly ladies for this amazing list of folks that were all there!


This was the week of meet-ups as I also had the chance to meet up with Elise who blogs at Chez Napier on Monday in Edinburgh! That was such a fun time as well....fabric shopping, charity shops and tea!  Elise, I can't wait to following the fruits of your labour over the next year!

Ladies...this was too much fun!  I'm already thinking towards the next fabulous meet-up! I hope it's soon!!!



  1. What a fantastic day you all had! I have to say I wish I'd been there too...

  2. Nice to meet you in person Debi. What a fab day!

  3. Wow, looks like you had a great day! :)
    Ashley x

  4. Hi Debi,

    You look amazing in that outfit! I had to chip off early from the fabric shopping mission, I'm so gutted I didn't get to meet you in 'real life'! Please let me know if you are heading down south again, I'd love to meet up.

    All the best
    Zoe xxx

  5. It was an unforgettable day, Debi. So lovely to meet you. I thought all the Sew Weekly ladies looked absolutely fabulous.

  6. Debi, I am so envious!!! Your outfit is utterly sensational and looks fabulous on you!! As always, I am utterly delighted and amazed by your incredible sewing prowess! How I would love to meet you face to face (not to mention all the other fab bloggers)!!!

    Looking forward to your Sew Weekly guest post. :)

  7. Oh, that sounds so fun, Debi! Also, it makes me nostalgic for the beautiful train ride from Edinburgh to London (and back again). My husband and I traveled there in the autumn of 2009, and it was *so* lovely.

    Your dress is delightful, and I really look forward to your post about it!

  8. I am sooo Jealous. It Looks like you had an amazing day, I would love to know the next one thats coming up if anyone can tag along! I always go fabric shopping on my own. I live in London so it can be short notice, love your dress.

  9. Oh, I wish I could have gone! next year for sure! the pictures are fabulous, and your outfit is amazing!

  10. Wait a minute - AND you went to the Victoria and Albert? Wow - I'm totally blown away here. I have this image of the poor store keepers on Goldhawke Road completely overwhelmed and bewildered by you all descending upon them en mass. Must have been a complete hoot.

  11. HI Debi. So sorry to have missed you but sooo happy to have found your blog. I came along at 5.30 to join the ladies at the bar. Sounds like you had a fabulous shopping trip. I really enjoyed meeting everyone sooo much and will definitely be there for the next one. Your dedication is truly inspirational...I'll be back! :-)

  12. sad I missed you too!!! I'm definitely planning to attend any future meet-ups! They are so fun!!

    Sarah, Ashley, Miss Oakden, Kristen---you guys definitely have to come to the next meet-up! Not sure when or where but I know it will be fabulous!

    Ooobop...sorry to have missed you..LOVE your blog--

    Toby: I know...we sure packed it in! and yes the shopkeepers were a bit surprised!!!

    Miss P and Karen: I had SO MUCH FUN! It was fabulous to meet you both!

    Sarah: Oh...I am definitely coming to Canada sometime...we definitely have to meet-up!

  13. Oh my gosh, it looks like SO much fun!! And I really love that photo of you and Charlotte, what stunning outfits together. :)

  14. Looks absolutely wonderful! It must have been amazing. I like the new dress. The hood is so cute!

  15. oooh now i want to go, that looked like so much fun! but more importantly, you're dress is AMAZING!!!! i love it!

  16. Gosh that looks like such fun! And thanks for the reminder I used to go to Goldhawke Rd all the time for fabric and haven't been in ages!!

  17. woooooooooow look at all those ladies! COME TO NEW YORK!!!

  18. It was fantastic to meet you in 'real life' Debi - I had a truly memorable day. xxx

  19. What a GLORIOUS day out you all had!! I love it when you meet fellow blogger & they are EXACTLY as you thought they would be!!! And what a lovely long list of blogs for me to check out!!!

  20. That's neat that it only took 5 hours by train to get to London from Edinburgh! I hang my head in shame that I never made the trek up to Scotland when I studied in London! When I take the train from Virginia to New York it takes longer than 5 hours, doh! Your day looked absolutely amazing. Why weren't sewing blogs a popular thing when I was studying in London, oh, 8 years ago now? :)

  21. Oh, it was SO much fun! I'm so jealous that I couldn't be there! I love the photo of you and Charlotte, you girls looked as if you just walked out of a vintage dress catalogue, tres chic!

  22. Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun! And I can´t believe you went through all day without even any sleep the night before. Love your coat, and your new patterns - what a day it must have been. Hope for another meet-up for a whole weekend too, maybe I could take a plane over to join all of you! :-)

  23. What an amazing meetup!

    Sadly, the fabulous fabric shops of Goldhawk road are at threat of demolition.
    You can read the full details on Melissa’s blog:

    Please spread the word, join the facebook group, write to the council and lend your support in any way you can. Otherwise fabric shopping trips to Goldhawk road may sadly become a thing of the past.


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