Earlier in the year I popped over to Brighton for the first Sewmance event. It was well attended but I found the venue a bit claustrophobic. It didn’t matter though because I met up with some sewing friends which is always a good thing.
Stacie from Brighton Sewing Bee found a new venue for the winter event on 12 November and St George’s Church in Kemptown was a great improvement. Stacie & Co had worked so hard to get the space ready for the day. When @vintage_charity and I arrived around lunchtime the church, bedecked with beautiful quilts, was heaving! We bumped straight into Louise, who we’d planned to meet up with, and then into Zoe with her absolutely adorable new baby – a lovely surprise. That baby got a LOT of cuddles!
We had a stroll round to see what was on offer, listened to Josie/Fabric Godmother’s Sewing Story and then decided we needed a snack. I think Stacie and her helpers had prepared all the food – she seems to have boundless energy as well as being lovely.
I spotted someone buying the gold spot/stag fabric I’ve just used for a skirt from Anna at The Eternal Maker – and the same gold zip! We had a quick conversation about using gold thread for sewing the zip. Whoever she was we will be skirt twins.
I also recognised and introduced myself to another Louise from Not Sew Simple whose blog I’ve followed for a while.
Overall we were pretty restrained (although The Fabric Godmother had some very tempting fabrics) and I came away with just two purchases. The fabric kit for a baby make from The Eternal Maker as mentioned in my last post and these bangles made from knitting needles from Yellow Bear Wares which are very satisfying to wear. Mostly though we sat – or walked – around and chatted to fellow sewers – which was just perfect. All the workshops were very busy – especially the ones where you could make your own floral headdress – and there were plenty of these on show.
It was a real shame the weather was so awful on the day but it didn’t seem to put people off. Stacie is planning a summer Sewmance, possibly at the same venue, so look out for details of that.
Obviously there were lots of me-made clothes on show in the room. I decided I wanted something new to wear but with almost no time I went for another Annie A-line Skirt (definitely a TNT) using a really nice remnant picked up in C & H Fabrics a few weeks ago. I’m hopeless at identifying fabrics but this was a lovely weight with a bit of stretch and the print is a kind of faux tweed. I love this pattern, it comes together so quickly, although I did decide to add a lining because I thought the fabric might be a bit clingy with tights.
I was pretty happy with my concealed zip and I love the bias bound finish on the waist facing. I must mention and recommend the iron-on interfacing I bought at The Eternal Maker. It is woven to replicate fabric and I much prefer the finish to the stuff I usually use which often rucks up at the edges or creases when it’s ironed.
We did find our trip to the loo in the church quite entertaining. We’d rather hoped it would be through the door marked Alleluia but instead it was quite a route march up and down stairways and through multiple doors, dodging a mop and bucket in the middle of a puddle (of water). We wondered whether we’d ever find our way back!
Thank you to the amazing Stacie for all her hard work to put this event together. There was talk of a fabric buying/pattern swapping/sewing chat event in Chichester in the not too distant future. If anyone would be interested, let me know and we’ll see what we can do.