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Sewnotts Meet Up April 18

I have always loved the idea of going along to sewing meetups but always been so nervous. I worried that going solo, I would just be wondering around on the sidelines. So when I met Laura from Material Girl Laura and she told me about the upcoming sewing meet up in Nottingham, I thought now is the opportunity to just go for it.

Sewnotts is organised by Chantelle from @i_seam_sew_happy_xx and the details are given through an instagram page @sewnotts. Laura suggested that we go along together which made me feel so much better. At least then I have 1 person to chat to 🙂

As the day approached I couldn’t decide what to wear. I was constantly checking the weather reports and what bad luck, that after all the lovely sunshine, it was forecast to rain. I decided to wear my Tilly and the Bittons ‘Freya’ dress as its great as a thicker layer. We met the sewnotts ladies at a local sewing shop in Notthingam City Centre – Coles Sewing Centre which I had never visited before. Taking a deep breath I pushed open the door and went inside.

The group were instantly inviting, with everyone greeting me with a smile and a warm hello. I have to admit it is a very surreal feeling meeting people that you have followed on instagram. You feel that you already know them, instantly recognising faces, but I I introduced myself and asked each lovely lady their names! (I can’t call everyone but just their instagram handle!!). It was lovely to ask about the stories behind people’s handles too.

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The one thing that I really loved was the question of ‘what are you wearing?’. In my everyday life I don’t have many people surrounding me who make their own clothes, so often the conversation is kind of one sided. But straight away I was swept up with admiring everyone’s makes and actually being able to discuss experiences with patterns.  I had to apologise a few times that I hope I didn’t appear to be rude, because I was just looking at people’s outfits when chatting away. I saw my first Blackwood Cardigan in the flesh made by @_claires_creations_ in a lovely red roma ponte and the most amazing sparkly Freya top by @sewlove2sew. I was bowled over by @jeanettesewncycle coat, it is breathtaking. The dressmaking fabric selection in Coles was great and there was a mustard yellow dandelion jersey that caught everyone’s eyes!! I think 6 of us came away with it! I’m looking forward to seeing our matching makes. The lovely ladies in Coles put on coffee and cake for us, thank you x

After Coles, we went onto to Sneinton Market which was actually on its closing day! They had a great range of fabrics at super bargain prices but I restrained this time to the temptation to add to my stash. It was lunch time by the time we left here and a few ladies had to leave so we said our goodbyes until the next meet up. A few of us went into town for a spot of lunch and there was never a quiet moment. We chatted about our sewing stories, our favourite makes, our inspirations and of cause the GBSB. I have to say that all my fears of going along to a meet-up were quashed the moment I meet these lovely ladies. If you have ever wanted to go along to a meet up but felt too anxious, just go! You will leave, having made a bunch of new sewing friends that don’t think you’re crazy with all your sewing talk.

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Hello to all the sewnotts ladies: @sop.pen  @veraanddoris  @notes_from_the_sewing_room  @dawnyssewingroom  @sewlittlesparrow  @sewlove2sew  @chrisyshouse   @stanners1984  @sewdebs  @_claires_creations_   @material_girl_laura   @jeanettesewncycle

8 thoughts on “Sewnotts Meet Up April 18

  1. It was a great day and lovely to meet everyone! I never thought I would dare to go to something on my own not knowing anyone but so pleased I did 😃. Looking forward to the next meet up

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