Last weekend I attended the Sewing Weekender run by English Girl at Home and The Fold Line in Cambridge. It was a two-day event that consisted of sewing, chatting, drinking tea, listening to talks and eating food!
When I go there, I was greeted by an awesome goody bag, I love the bag itself (it has become my new motto!) and inside there were lots of awesome stuff including sewing magazines and some patterns which I can’t wait to make. Then we had a chance to have a cup of tea and chat with people before starting our sewing for the day. I was sewing a Helen’s Closet York pinafore, which was an easy but fun sew.
In the morning, I attended a workshop by Spoonflower where I learnt how to make a repeating pattern by hand. I made a design cut from paper inspired by some beetroot the tutor bought in. It was such a fun activity and I’m definitely going to make some more! I had a go at scanning it and uploading it to Spoonflower, which you can check out here. I think I need to have another go at scanning it because the colours were not as bright as in the photo, but it was so neat to see how well the repeating pattern worked!
After a delicious lunch at the Cambridge college, we had two talks. The first one was by Sheona McMahon of Sewisfaction, where she talked about how she runs her sewing business. It was really interesting to listen to the thought process that goes behind choosing which fabrics they sell.
The second talk was by Frances Tobin of The Maker’s Atelier about the evolution of sewing patterns and magazines. I love talks which cover the history of sewing and found it so fascinating how the different sewing magazines evolved. Frances Tobin was such an engaging speaker and I really enjoyed hearing about how she developed her personal style.
In the afternoon there was more sewing (and chatting!) before heading to a nearby pub for dinner. After talking about sewing all evening, I headed to bed as I had an early start to get the train to Cambridge and I wanted to be nice and rested for the next day.
On Sunday I woke up bright and early (it felt like Christmas! Sewing Christmas!!) and headed to the college canteen for breakfast. Then it was time to sew again, as I’d finished my pinafore the day before, I grabbed some scrap fabric from the swap table and made a couple of drawstring bags, as they are always useful to have around.
After sewing we a talk from Karen Ball from Did You Make This who was talking about publishing a sewing book. It was super interesting to hear about the publishing industry from a sewing point of view, and how now is a good time to pitch a sewing book!
We then had a talk from Harriet Johnson of the Clothing Care co, who I completely forgot to take a picture of, but did an awesome talk about caring for your handmade clothes. I also bought her book on stain removal, which I know will come in handy as I have a reputation for spilling food down myself!
After that, it was unfortunately, time to go home. I had an excellent two days, and the highlight was definitely getting to meet so many wonderful fellow sewists. It was so much fun chatting about sewing all weekend, and I left very inspired having seen everyone’s makes and the lovely clothes they were wearing!