I am feeling quite inspired and the sewing machine has come out of the loft already.
Thanks for hosting – I enjoyed it so much.
It’s given me the sewing kickstart I needed.
Such a great evening.
A fab evening of chatting, sewing, tea and cake. Met some really lovely people.
I absolutely loved it …. Can’t wait for the next one!
Karen The Draper’s Daughter and I thought we might be sitting by ourselves eating all the cake at the first meeting of the new Chichester sewing group, so Wednesday night’s turnout was nothing short of phenomenal! Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening such a success. As you can see, the feedback we’ve had since has been really encouraging.
Apart from my recent blog post and a couple of posts on IG we had kept it fairly low key so were pretty overwhelmed when 20 people arrived at the church hall! Sewists were arriving from about 6.30 – two people had driven over from Portsmouth – and they were still coming through the door with their sewing machines after 7.00 pm.
Karen and I kicked off with a quick introduction explaining the outline plans for the group but making it clear that the future direction will be guided by everyone. Ideas were already flowing during the evening so I don’t think we’ll be stuck for activities.
Individual introductions took a while but I’m afraid it was all a bit of a blur …. I think Karen and I were in a state of shock! There were several familiar faces, including old friends, as well as some virtual friends I only knew from IG. It was so good to finally meet Cathy from @cathysewsstuff. We’ve been following each other for ages and she was as lovely IRL as I knew she would be.
It was also great to see Anna and Dhurata from The Eternal Maker. Anna will shortly be celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company and it was a dressmaking course there about seven years ago that encouraged me to start sewing my own clothes after years of only sewing bags, aprons and cushion covers.
We didn’t think that much actual sewing would get done the first night but we were wrong! Once the introductions were over everyone got stuck in and the sewing machines were whirring.
It was great to see people helping each other. My friend Sally received some expert advice from Cathy on altering a dress she’d brought along. This was the first dress she’d ever made and the fit was not quite right. By the end of the evening she’d unpicked the sleeves, put in some new darts and is already planning her next make. With a little help from her friends another new sewist started and nearly finished a pillowcase dress to take on holiday. There were some lovely hand painted tea towels being hemmed for a gift, some people were cutting out new garments and there was also some crochet going on.
Karen and I did absolutely no sewing! We had both cut something out to take along but we ended up speaking to everyone, making tea and cutting cake instead. There was A LOT of chatting going on in the hall, the atmosphere was amazing!
I was very pleased that some of my ‘surplus to requirements’ fabric on the swap table found a good home, as did some patterns. In exchange I acquired this New Look pattern which I’m very pleased with as it’s one I’ve thought about buying in the past.
There was also cake. My kitchen has been like the Bake Off recently what with birthday cupcakes and the sewing group. The beautiful Victoria Sandwich in the picture was made by Karen.
Here’s some photographs of the evening which hopefully show just how busy it was!
The next meet up will be on Wednesday 12 July, same time (7.00 – 9.00 pm) same place (St George’s Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester). We’d love to see everyone back – and any new faces too. There will be a £5 charge each month to cover the cost of hiring the hall and refreshments and what’s left over will accumulate to pay for equipment, tutors, visits etc. We already have some ideas in the pipeline.
If anyone would like more information just leave a comment below or DM Karen or me on IG – @thedrapersdaughter @janemakes
We will launch straight into sewing next time and Karen and I will definitely get something stitched.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Karen’s lovely daughter who came along to help. She shifted furniture, made tea and washed up. We couldn’t have managed without her.