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So by now you’ve probably seen a few posts about the meet-up in Birmingham this Saturday.  It was the first one I’ve attended, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was fairly excited to finally meet some of the people with whom I’ve been conversing via tinternet since starting this blogging adventure.  I was planning to drag Daughter No1 out with me, mum-daughter quality time.

Daughter No1 & I arrived late at New Street, thanks to London Midland not having proper staff or facilities at their Selly Oak station.  But we were determined not to be down about it and headed to Fancy Silk Stores hoping to catch up with “a large group of ladies clutching armfuls of fabric”.  We didn’t see them at Fancy Silks, that’s because they started at Barry’s!  Not deterred, we found stuff we wanted.

Black wool crepe for a Gabriola, grey polyester for a draped blouse & black silk jacquard for a vintage dress
Black wool crepe for a Gabriola, grey polyester for a draped blouse & black silk jacquard for a vintage dress

We found the most devine black wool crepe which will be a Gabriola for the winter for Daughter No2 – a specific request.  The grey polyester has the most amazing drape, it feels like washed silk – now that’s what I want to buy!  I’ll make an All Saints type draped blouse for Daughter No1 with it.  The black silk jacquard is for a vintage dress for Daughter No1.

On the way out we were met with the ladies coming in from Barry’s, but we needed tea – and lunch.  Our go-to place for lunch is The Handmade Burger Company.  We met the group again at 1pm to get the bus to Moseley & Guthrie Ghani.  We left our bulging bags upstairs with the tea & cakes & headed into the shop to see what treasures were inside.  There was a decent amount of fabric, lots of quilting cotton stuff.  We ended up with a remnant piece of jersey – another Maria Denmark Day to Night top & two pieces of cotton.  The shop also had the largest range of independent patterns I’ve seen in one place. Fabric from Guthrie & Ghani, grey & white striped jersey and two weights of cotton.

Fabric from Guthrie & Ghani, grey & white striped jersey and two weights of cotton.

It was great to see so many sewists all together, but there was one problem, I didn’t have a clue who anyone was!  I managed to discover Claire from Sew, Incidentally who I follow on Twitter and met some new people too, Amanda, Ann & Toria.  I have to add here that Daughter No1 was far better at starting to chat to people than I!  The fabric & pattern swap was interesting, more of a free-for-all than I had expected!  Nontheless, I managed to get rid of all the patterns I took (& I took a fair few) and come home with a couple of new-to-me ones.  I only got rid of 1 piece of fabric, but brought 3 home!

Burgundy jersey with fabulous drape & pale green polyester satin backed something-or-other!  :)
Burgundy jersey with fabulous drape swapped from Claire (see above) & pale green polyester satin backed something-or-other! 🙂

I’ll dye the green satin backed stuff, the metres of burgundy jersey will be dresses & tees for Daughters No 1&2 & I also got a piece of black jersey, not photographed.  That’ll be a Renfrew for daughter No1.  So I have my work cut out for me with all these new goodies added to my already overflowing stash boxes!

I will probably get the black jersey from the swap & the grey & white stripe jersey made up first as they’ll be the quickest.  The toile for the 60’s dress is under way so it’ll be a tousle between making that dress or the black crepe Gabriola next!  I thoroughly enjoyed the meet, my feet hurt, I was desperately short of tea & my arms were a good 5cm longer by the time I finally made it home, but it was so worth it!  Thanks Charlotte from English Girl at Home for organizing it all & to Lauren for letting a hoard of fabric-aholics into your shop!

Coats & Jackets

After finishing the cushions the other day I am really inspired to get going and finish the jacket and coat I started the patterns for last month.  However – Daughter no 2 and Husband and I went into Birmingham on Friday….  A quick visit to the Fancy Silk Store and a much longer visit to the Bullring has resulted in more fabric and more ideas!

Caramel wool

I got a lovely piece of caramel coloured wool (only £12.99/m!) to make some carrot leg trousers for me – I do need to make sure the style works on me first though!  I also got a caramel and blue plaid – daughter no 2 fancies a jacket…

Plaid for jacket

But – a pop into the French Connection store put something else in the front of the queue…  She found this coat, and can I please make one of these???

Coat from French Connection

It’s double breasted, collarless and has an interesting skirt.  The back doesn’t connect to the front at the side, but further forward.  This accommodates in-seam pockets pretty well. It also has bound buttonholes, but I didn’t think the opening on the facing side was done very well – it wasn’t very “City & Guilds”!!  😀

French Connection coat

Of course, I don’t have fabric for it now either, so I may have to force myself to go shopping – again!  😀

We also slipped into the Waterstones in the Pallisades.  The best part of the shop is right at the very top – 4th floor- in the Book Garden.  Daughter no 2 and I collected up a pile of craft, fabric and cookbooks and snuggled into the leather seats.  About an hour later we had whittled the pile down to three that had to come home with us.  All told it was a productive day!