Who could refuse an invitation from Zoe to an exclusive visit to Ditto and The Fabric Godmother during the bank holiday weekend? I’ve been to several of Josie’s open days at her fabric headquarters but this time we were visiting Ditto’s unit in Portslade where the online orders are processed and Gill has been holding some open days recently.
Mr Jane Makes kindly dropped me off at Ditto after finishing his park run (a personal best at 25:40) and chose to change from his running gear into ‘normal’ clothes when we arrived. Emma from @dressmakerssocial did mention later than she’d spotted him out of the window in his pants. I hope she gets over the experience soon! He has no shame.
I’ll spare you a photograph of him in his smalls!
In addition to Zoe and her friend Rea it was lovely to meet up with :
- Claire from Sew, incidentally
- Louise from Seams Odd, Louise
- Sal from @sewingunlimited
- Vicki from @vicki_mostly_sews
- Stevie from Beebee’s Handmade Dress
I nearly forgot – Zoe also brought her adorable baby, Frankie. Given that he had to spend several hours being passed around his adoring fans he was as good as gold!
Being faced with all this fabric as we walked into Ditto was overwhelming! This is just part of one room – there’s another one too! There was also a table piled up with homemade cake.
I never remember to take proper photographs but the image on the right shows Sal, Louise and Vicki having an animated conversation whilst clutching fabric!
We were very well looked after by Emma’s daughter who took orders for hot drinks and her son recorded an interview with everyone, asking them to choose their favourite fabric and say what they were going to make with it!
As if that wasn’t enough fabric for one day – off we went to The Fabric Godmother. Josie had very kindly prepared lunch for us and Claire supplied chocolate brownies. Claire has something of the Mary Poppins about her and is able to produce pretty much anything you might need from the depths of her handbag including plastic bags for take away cake!
Some people were more restrained than others. I’ve been committed to curbing my fabric buying recently, sticking to using up what I already have and seeking out secondhand fabric in charity shops. However …. I had already spotted an eco jersey on Ditto’s website which is produced without the use of harmful chemicals and once I’d seen it IRL decided it would make a perfect second Gable Top. Here’s my first one.
At The Fabric Godmother I succumbed to some mustard/gold denim. I’ve had this fabric before to make a Brumby skirt which is now too big for me and although I’ve done a lot of alterations recently I just can’t face unpicking the waistband and dealing with all that gathering. I may not necessarily replicate the Brumby but the fabric will definitely become another skirt. I was also looking for some grey denim which I also found at TFG. This may well become a Cleo dress. I’m very late to the Cleo party but Louise’s version in sparkly denim finally decided me.
One of the highlights of the day was our goodie bag from Josie. I didn’t open the package until later in the day when I discovered we had all been given a length of this amazing floral fabric and a pattern! So generous. It is not something I would normally choose for myself but it is beautiful and I’m going to think very carefully about what I make with it to ensure I do it justice.
With fabric and cake in hand I headed off for Portslade station to catch a train back to Brighton to meet up with Mr J-M at my sister’s house. Thankfully it’s only two stops because the train was rammed with Brighton supporters who had clearly already been to the pub and were singing some fairly inappropriate songs, the lyrics of which I won’t repeat here! They were probably not as cheerful by the end of the day after losing the match.
A huge thank you to Ditto and The Fabric Godmother for a great day and for the great organisation by Zoe, Stevie and Claire.