On Saturday, dosed up on painkillers as my cold didn't show any sign of letting up, I headed to Birmingham with Sarah for some fabric shopping (and, let's face it, some regular shopping) and the #SewBrum meet up.
Due to the rain we actually drove to the first shop before heading to the car park to park up for the day and we had a few errands (shoe shopping) to run before we met up with the rest of the group to get the bus to Moseley to Guthrie & Ghani; a cute little haberdashery with a studio space upstairs, where the meet up was being held.
Lauren, who hosted us at her store, was just as lovely as I'd expected her to be when I saw her on the Great British Sewing Bee, and thanks also to Charlotte who organised the day and a fabulous raffle. I'd been hoping to win a sewing machine to replace my broken one, but Lady Luck seemed to have other ideas.
Never mind, as next up was a pattern and fabric swap. Everyone was asked to bring anything they no longer wanted, so I'd out-sorted a few "what was I thinking?!" patterns and some fabric which I knew I'd never get around to. I picked up a couple of things to take back with me, but wasn't speedy enough for the fabric or the pattern I'd hoped to snap up. I think this fruity fabric should make a cute summery dress, though and the shape of the jacket / bodice of this pattern has me intrigued so I'll need to give it a go at some point!
So, here's what I bought. I was fairly restrained with my purchases, as I was conscious that being without a sewing machine is not helping my working through of the fabric in my stash. That said, I needed to find some wool to make my cape pattern up. I went for this pink and blue check and can't wait to get started - I've also ordered some pale pink satin for the lining and a buckle, since then.
The white and black polka dot is actually cord, so I'm toying with the idea of a pinafore dress. It's quite fine cord, so if I couldn't find a pattern I'd still be able to make a regular dress with it. These two fabrics, plus the orange floral in the bottom row came from Barry's. The other three cottons came from Fancy Silk Stores.
Also, in happy Monday morning news, I managed to get to Lidl before work and pick up both a new sewing machine AND and overlocker in this week's promotions. If you're in need of either of these and have a store nearby, they're a really good deal but the stock is fairly limited -my store sold out of overlockers within 5mins this morning. The machine is on Argos for £294 and the overlocker for £249, and I paid £99 for the sewing machine and £129 for the overlocker, so I'm pleased!
There's also a good Tefal steam generator iron as well for £69.99 which seems to be half of it's usual price. (I may have got one of those as well!)
So, sewing can resume. Which means that I can start browsing fabric sites again, right?