15 May 2011

Blogger Meet Up on Goldhawk Road




Exact numbers are a subject of contention and may never officially be confirmed. By my calculation, it was at least 40. 40 sewing bloggers who hit the 13 fabric shops of Goldhawk Road in West London at 2.45pm yesterday.

Karen of Did You Make That? had arranged for a few of us to meet up, and by some bizarre coincidence, or cosmic alignment if you prefer, The Sew Weekly British contingent were planning a meet up of their own, on the same day at the same place!

As you can imagine, meeting so many sewing bloggers in the flesh was pretty exciting. Add 13 fabric shops into the mix, and you have one pretty awesome afternoon. Karen has written a hilarious post summing up the day, so I'll just let my photos do the talking...

"Calm down, Zoe!"

Handmade Jane and Scruffy Badger coordinated outfits

Portia and Zoe share an Essex joke

This was the point where Catherine, Pia, Laura and I got physically stuck in the fabric aisle


Dibs wins the shopping!

Inspecting the finish on the bags Karen was handing out - flawless French seams!


Having learnt my lesson from previous fabric shopping blogger meet-ups (fabric + bloggers = overenthusiastic purchasing), I was extremely restrained and limited my purchasing to this beauty above, which I'm going to make into a simple Toast-style A-line or shift dress.

Heartfelt thanks to Karen for organising another fantastic meet-up. It was so lovely meeting everyone, I'm just sorry I didn't get time to chat to each of you properly. Next time!

25 comments:

  1. Wow, you were very restrained! I can see why you had to have it though, it gorgeous! :)
    Ashley x

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  2. Hi Tilly, great to see you yesterday! That fabric is amazing, can't wait to see it as a dress :)

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  3. Nice to meet you yesterday. Hope you find some jersey to play with ;)
    Px

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  4. Crikey. I'm glad I didn't know my bags were being inspected that closely! That's what happens when you make things for Sewists! Fab photos, Tilly, as ever. Thanks for coming!

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  5. Looks like an incredibly fun day! Congrats on your self-control. :)

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  6. You guys are so lucky...no one lives near me!

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  7. It was nice to see you rather than properly meet you yesterday, but maybe next time we'll get to chat a bit ;o) I can't believe how restrained a handful of us were, but I cannot wait to see what everyone makes with their loot!!!

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  8. Oh how fun! You all are so lucky to live so close. Finally a community of sewers.

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  9. Is that all you bought? OMG I need to hang by your side next time so some of your restraint can rub off on me. Your fabric looks like the toast one, so it will be interesting to see your take on that.

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  10. Looks like tons of fun! *Sigh* This is why I need to invest in a private jet. ;)

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  11. Looks like fun! I wish I had that many sewing enthusiasts in my vicinity.

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  12. So much fun to meet up!!! Next time we'll do a large group photo!!! How fun would that be?? Sorry I missed Zoe...I didn't see her!

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  13. I'm in the States, but every time I see a UK meet-up in blogland I recognize most of the ladies there! I wish sewing blogs were a big thing when I was studying in London, would've loved to do something like this. Good job showing restraint on fabric purchases :)

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  14. I think that is great both groups were all together. Dibs looks so happy with all her purchases!

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  15. Aww, this looks so fun! I'm v jealous - I need more stitching friends! I hadn't realised how many British sewing bloggers there were (and I follow quite a few - strange recognising everyone!). Somehow I also hadn't realised that there were British meet-ups - d'oh!

    That fabric is beautiful - gorgeous colours!

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  16. Lovely photos! (Though not of me!) It was so nice to meet you in the flesh. The fabric you bought was totally stunning and I can't wait to see what you make from it. Hope to see you again before long

    Zoe xxx

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  17. Oh, so lovely! I'm sitting here pea green with envy in lonely Southern Ontario! The fabric is great, as are your photos. I love the one of Zoe with her hand up in the air - keener! :P

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  18. I had such a great day and it was lovely to meet you at last (although as you said, I felt like I already knew you!) And thanks for taking the nicest picture of me I've seen for about 20 years! Why don't I look like that when I take them?! Hope to see you again soon. x

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  19. Heya, was great to meet you - can't believe you put that photo up of Dibs and me admiring Karen's stitching. :p Anyhow, have been reading more of your blog from the beginning and am continuing to be inspired so thank-you very much!

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  20. Looks like a great time was had by all, what fun! I understand about the shopping, the more fun I have the more I want to spend.

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  21. Great to meet you on Saturday, albeit briefly. I can totally see your material as that style of dress. Sometimes simplicity is everything.

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  22. wasn't it just a great day, I was with the Sew Weekly group and came up from Devon. I had such a great day. Looks like you guys did well when shopping!

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  23. Tilly I was lovely to meet you on saturday - hope you find some jersey elsewere :-D
    Get bussy with the beautiful fabric so we can see the dress on

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  24. I just found your blog through link-surfing... possibly from sew-weekly? I dunno. In any case I'm looking at these photos and thinking "What a fashionable bunch of ladies! And look how nicely their clothes fit!"

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  25. What a great meet up!
    Sadly, the fabulous fabric shops of Goldhawk road are at threat of demolition.
    You can read the full details on Melissa’s blog:

    http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/444/save-goldhwak-road

    Please spread the word,join the facebook group, write to the council and lend your support in any way you can. Otherwise fabric shopping trips to Goldhawk road may sadly become a thing of the past.

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