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Blogger sewing day at the stitchery

blogger sewing day at the stitchery
Last Saturday I went through to Glasgow for a blogger sewing day organised by Kerry of Kestrel Makes. We rented out the sewing studio the Stitchery for four hours of sewing. Which was quite novel for me, since I only really started sewing post-Milo, I’ve done all my sewing in little bits. That thing people talk about of spending all weekend sewing? Yeah, no idea! Anyway, I didn’t actually sew for four hours, more like two and a half or three, I finished my first project and then faffed about taking photos and drinking tea until there were only 20 minutes left, so I didn’t bother starting another one. I’ll show you what I made on Monday, for now here’s some photos from the day.

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryBy the entrance

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryHard at work

blogger sewing dayThe swap table; Kerry of Kestrel Makes trying on her 1970s (?) denim skirt

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryHazel of Disaster in a Dress, Nessa of Nessa’s Place, Katy of The Littlest Thistle

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryNessa’s quilty bits. it’s going to be a wedding ring quilt. I’ve no idea what that means and am looking forward to seeing it blogged!

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryShelves in the main studio space

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryElaine of What Diana did Next; Alison of Heavenly Handmades; Amy of Boldly Gold

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryThe Stitchery is in a third floor tenement flat with lovely views

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryElaine trying on her scuba dress

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryCute dress form

blogger sewing day at the stitcheryKerry and Jen (as of yet blogless) compare denim

Swap goodiesThis is what I got from the swap: 1 m of jersey, 2 m of liberty paisley, small piece of floral fabric, and two patterns.

The tshirt pattern only goes up to a size 12 though, and according to my (pre-preggers) measurements I’m between a 14 and a 16, so unless something miraculous happens post-birth, I’ll be passing this on. I actually find it pretty annoying how big 4 patterns come in different size bundles. What if you’re in between? For that Vogue dress I made in the Red Thread class, I was between the largest size on one pack, and the smallest one on another. Because there were others in the class doing the same dress, I was able to trace their smaller size in the relevant places, but if I’d bought it to make myself, I would have just had to wing it.

The dress pattern came free with a magazine, and I’m slightly questioning it, since it clearly involves a zip, but there is no mention of it in the list of materials, so nobody knows how long a zip you’re meant to get. I do like it though and it looks straightforward enough so maybe it’s in my future

I think there’s a plan to make this sewing afternoon a semi-regular thing, so if you fancy joining next time, let me know!

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  • Helen // Grosgrain Green 6 February 2015, 9:32 pm

    Yes!! I want to come next time!! It sounds like you had a great time.

    Double check the finished garment measurements (or measure the pattern pieces, if there are none), as Big 4 usually come up quite big. You might find it fits ok. And I would check a similar dress pattern (look online) and use whatever zip length they suggest. It doesn’t matter too much, as you can sew the back seam to accommodate it – you just need to make sure you can get in and out of the dress!

    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:26 pm

      Oh, ok, will have to measure when I am back to a normal size! I do like the pattern a lot.

  • Katy 6 February 2015, 11:26 pm

    Was lovely to see you again at the weekend, and thanks for being the resident photographer for the day!
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:27 pm

      good to see you too Katy!

  • Nessa hux 6 February 2015, 11:34 pm

    Lovely photos Franca! Nice to meet up with you all again. I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t get done! There’s just never enough time!
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  • ElaineOC 7 February 2015, 11:53 am

    I had a great day 🙂 Love your pics!
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:27 pm

      me too 🙂

  • Alison 7 February 2015, 7:56 pm

    Thanks for taking such fab photos of the day! I agree with Helen, you may well be fine with the smaller size, I measure a 16 – 18 in all the patterns but they drown me so I now cut a 14 and grade out a little at the waist.
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:28 pm

      That’s good to know, will definitely try it!