Sew Up North 2016 and The Avid Seamstress Day Dress

Sorry for the well late write on Sew Up North 2016, as you can tell I have a new blog!

Well where do i begin?!

What a fabulous Day had by all for Myself and Becca’s 1st Sew Up North Sewing Meet up!

Sew many People! Credit to RedWSews for the photo!
Sew many People!We have taken over Costa Coffee! Credit to Becca aka RedWSews for the photo!

As me being me I was having sooo much fun, I had forgotten to take any pictures!!

So we all meet at Costa Coffee, Well I arrived nice and early to get these little goody bags ready with the help of Hayley and Becca.


Then we went on to tackle the Fabric Shops of which of course B and M Fabrics were our 1st port of call!

Becca is sure is sneaky with that Camera! Credit to Becca aka Redwsews
Becca is sure is sneaky with that Camera! Credit to Becca aka Redwsews

Now I’m not entirely sure what i was talking about at that particular moment in time but the look on my face is hiliraious!! But I’m sure I was keeping Alice and Kate entertained!

Then of course we had all split into little groups as there were loads of us! Amy aka Love Sewing Editor (OMG!) shown us a great place to eat They did Posh Fish Finger Sarnies Yas! – Both myself and Becca can say we was in the ‘Cool’ gang!

#sewupnorth wooooo little portion of the group

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Thanks to Amy for posting this pic of us all!

Then we headed up to Fabrication, where lots of sewers were already gathering. They had beaten us to it lol! The Fabric and Pattern Swap had already commenced! As you can tell by the photo it def got a bit busy down there!

So it begins! The Fabric and Pattern Swap! Credit to Becca aka Redwsews
So it begins! The Fabric and Pattern Swap! Credit to Becca aka Redwsews

We then got onto the Raffle, where we had lots of generous prizes from Minerva Crafts, GirlCharlee, Sew Essential and thats just to name a few!

We had raised a massive £217 from the Raffle for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, thank you everyone that bought a ticket!

Phew, what a day eh?! Here is my fabric haul:

Sorry I’m late with posting my fabric findings from #SewUpNorth! By the time I arrived at my home station, I was straight out to our Local Park’s Firework display and then at work today! Phew what a busy weekend! Thankfully I have tomorrow off! The Taupe Knit and Vintage Brown Floral Cotton is from the Fabric Swap, the Cherry Needlecord is from Fletcher’s then finally the Geometric and Black are Jersey and the ever so cool Navy Arrow is a sturdy Knit but soft! I would love to find out who put the lovely fabrics I’ve picked up from the swap! #leeds #market #fabrication #sewcialists #dailyseam #blogger #fletchersfabrics #bm_fabrics #jersey #black #geometric #grey #pink #arrow #knit #cotton #brown #floral #cherry #navy #cherries #needlecord #busy #blazer #needadayoff #trainride #recover

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Now here is my Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress that i made especially for the day! I Pattern test for Lisa and she kindly provided me with this Pattern, Thank you! I used the ever so gorgeous Swallow print Chambry from Minerva Crafts. This is a fantastic pattern to sew up, Lisa shows you an great way to get perfect gathers using elastic!! I will be definitely doing that nice little trick from now! :). I didn’t need to make any adjustments to the Size 3 that i cut out which is fantastic as normally with other Pattern Companies i find that i need to make an narrow back adjustment but not for this fab dress so it was a good job that i made a toile from some old bedding to make sure it fitted ok!

With it being a bit chilly, I teamed it up with my mustard cardigan and Brown Boots. So here we are, the organisers of Sew Up North 2016 of myself and Becca


Watch this space as we are planning a Sew Up North 2017!!

Sal xx


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