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Monday, 6 October 2014

#SewBrum




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. 

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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.


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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. 

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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! 


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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. 

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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?

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day.
    How brilliant getting those machines from Lidl. Chuffed!
    You and I need the iron too!!
    Zxx

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    1. I did get the iron as well!! :)

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  2. Wowee! That's an absolute bargain for a machine and overlocker! Must admit I'm tempted to go to Lidl now. Can't wait to see how your cape turns out too.

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    1. So good, and considering I was wanting a new machine anyway - perfect timing!

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  3. They had another sewing machine in my local Lidl last week but there was only one and I had so much to carry that I didn't buy it but I was REALLY tempted!!!!
    I look forward to the cape!! X

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    1. I'm so excited to make the cape but I'm still waiting for the lining -hopefully a project for this weekend!

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  4. Lidl bargains indeed! I would love an overlocker if i ever got back into sewing. Can't wait to see your cape!

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    1. I'm hoping the lining fabric arrives so I can get it made this weekend!

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  5. This sounds lovely, a cord pinafore dress would be ace!

    Maria xxx

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    1. I@m already browsing for pinafore patterns! :)

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  6. Was lovely to meet you on Saturday, and thanks to you and Sarah I'm now the proud owner of a Singer overlocker!

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad that you managed to get your hands on one - our store sold out so so quickly!

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  7. I loved that peacock fabric in Fancy Silk! I just couldn't think of what to do with it... Can't wait to see what you do with it :) Great purchases!

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    1. Mine will be a dress, although not sure how long it'll take me to get around to it!

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  8. Some lovely fabrics! I didn't get around to going to Barry's when I was in Birmingham on Saturday, wish I had. Although, I'm trying to restrict my fabric purchases also. Looking forward to seeing what you make with the cord. : ) p.s. Can't immediately see from your blog/About Me section; are you from Brum then? Or nearby? I'm originally from nearby Walsall and after my first fabric shopping outing in Brum last weekend, whenever I get home shall definitely be heading there again. :D

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    1. Brum is about an hour from me, so not too far and it's great for fabric shopping!

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