19 September 2014

What's On My Sewing Table... (apart from Champagne)


As soon as I saw the Bruyère shirt (shirt? dress? shirt dress?) by Deer and Doe I knew I had to make it. I love wearing leggings and jeggings (sincerest apols if that word offends you), but on the other hand I don't think the world is ready for this jelly in lycra. So the tunic length booty coverage on this pattern seems like the perfect compromise between comfort and dignity. Plus I just love the overall design - a feminine shirt that isn't too girly. 


I'm making it in a deliciously soft cotton chambray by Robert Kaufman, which I bought from M is for Make. As I was cutting this out and stitching it up last Sunday, Rachel was sitting next to me making some trousers in a different colourway of the same fabric. For what better way to warm the new studio than to invite a bunch of sewing pals round to get the sewing machines out of the boxes for me for a social sewing session? Or, as Rachel called it in her best Cribs presenter style, Studio Takeoverrr! 


When I started this blog, I didn't know anyone who shared my passion for homemade fashion. Five years later I've met so many awesome people through reading sewing blogs, blogging myself, and going on fabric shopping meet-ups, many of whom have become real friends. Sewing solo is good enough as it is. But being surrounded by these lovely ladies, some sewing machines, Jane's homemade sausage rolls and an atmosphere of conviviality and giggles, was the perfect way to spend the day. Have you ever had a sewing social?


Ooh and finally - by the time you read this, I'll be at Hampton Court Palace for The Handmade Fair, teaching 240 people (mercifully not all at the same time) how to thread a sewing machine. If you see me there, please do say hello, I always love to meet blog readers! I'll be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in the Janome sewing tent for the majority of the weekend, popping up for air/food/the loo occasionally and definitely going to the Quadrille stand at 3.15pm on Saturday to sign some books. Hope to see you there!

What's on your sewing table, please?

32 comments:

  1. sewing with friends rocks! I started "crafty tuesday" once a month at my house two years ago & we always have so much fun! I finished up a schoolhouse tunic yesterday & my sewing table is clean and clear today ready for a new project!

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  2. Looks like a good time was had by all... smiles all round! On my sewing table: loads of half square triangles for my medallion quilt. I intend to get back to dress making at some stage, but quilt making has taken over for now...

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  3. That looked like the most fun day ever.... once the madness dies down a little around here I'm hoping tohave weekly sewing drop in parties. Because sewing is more fun with a gang, n'est pas?

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  4. Ohhh! We're going to be shirt twins!! I finished my bruyere shirt in this exact Robert Kaufman fabric last weekend! I posted it on MOnday! So I'm just going to have to go ahead and compliment you on your faaaaaaaaaaaabulous fabric selection! ;) Can't wait to see how adorable you look in yours!

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    1. Yay, shirt twinsies! Just checked out your blog and your shirt looks gorgeous!

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  5. Looks great fun. I hope that champagne didn't cause anybody wonky seams.

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  6. Oh my! Looks like a room full of some of my favorite bloggers. What a fun time. The sewing ladies in my community try to have a get together once a month. We always have a great time!
    Some fall dresses are what's on my sewing table! I really like that Deer & Doe shirt. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

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  7. Oh. Looks like you all had a great time. Having someone to share your passion for sewing in real life is super. Some other ladies and I meet up once a month to sew. I look forward to this weeks in advance every time.

    On my sewing table right now is a Burda biker jacket pattern that I'm making in a rather heavy upholstry flower fabric combined with some fake leather. I'm hoping this will be a nice autumn jacket.

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  8. Ooooh, I have some of that exact chambray on my sewing table at the moment, although mine is being turned into a Gather Mortmain dress. It's lovely fabric isn't it? Sure it will make a great Bruyère!

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  9. You're such a doll! I can't wait to see the top on you, it's going to be adorable. I'm working on a Halloween costume for an event next week. Princess Peach!

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  10. I love sewing socials! When I was at school I was lucky enough to have friends who loved to sew and we did 'sewing days' where we went to each other's houses with piles of fabric and old clothing and just made something completely new. Then everyone moved away from each other and I no longer had sewing friends. That was when I turned to blogging and I've met so many amazing people through it. God bless the internet! Good luck at the show Tilly :)

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  11. I read Rachel's recap and was so jealous. What a wonderful meet-up! I wish ya'll could come to America or me to go to Europe so we could have one giant meet up!

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  12. Sewing and socialising looks like lots of fun! Sadly in Hong Kong I haven't found anywhere to do it, maybe i need to create one...

    On my sewing table is the Mathilde! It's waiting to be sewn in a Michael Miller boat fabric in coral. I just need to decide on sleeve length!

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  13. I'm on holidays in Tasmania atm so my sewing table is several thousand kilometres away, but I have a Bellini blouse half made and a retro Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress cut out and languishing in the corner.

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  14. The same thing that's been on my sewing table for months - a 50's inspiered jacket. But it's getting there - time for pressing and lining this weekend...!

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  15. I can't believe that many of my favourite bloggers are all in the same room!

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  16. Struggling (because of other time-sucks) to finish the top of my grandson's quilt. I started two quilts, for him and his twin sister, before they were born and now they're 2 1/2! Almost there.

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  17. How fun! I love this! What a great day!

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  18. so many familiar faces! Looks like a wonderful day! And congrats to you on all your successes!

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  19. OOOO just look at you up there on that poster.. with Kirstie, Annie and Cath you superstar you!
    bestest as ever Daisy j x

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  20. Nice story! :) I was very surprised that I saw three women which blog I follow in one picture! That must be a very nice and educational day.

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  21. Love the colour of the fabric, you always choose such lovely rich colours! Looks like a really fun day!
    I'm working on a teeny weeny pair of dungarees for a 6 week old, and a raincoat for my 2 year old, nice autumny stuff! X

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  22. WOW!!! I want to be there too! Shame I'm in France! And you know what! I also have the bruyere shirt on my sewing table, it was seeing it and buying it automatically!!! I hope I sew it soonnnn!

    Xx

    Isabel

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  23. Sewing with friends sounds like so much fun!!!! I don't know anybody that loves sewing (at all!) So I'm learning and practicing solo :(
    Good thing for all of these blogs, at least I know I'm not the only person in the world with this passion :)

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  24. Greetings from South Africa! Thank you for a great blog and soooo much helpful information. I am inspired to go from sewing newbie to sewing rockstar! Ordered your book this morning and can't wait for it to arrive:) On my sewing table is a skirt I finished following a blog tutorial, will post it on my brand new blog as soon as I start adding content to it...(alot of discipline goes into starting and maintaining a blog!- respect to bloggers!) Hoping to move from diy clothing to working with patterns with the help of your book. Ok this is getting looong-bye!

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  25. That looks like tremendous fun! Occasionally I have been to Sewcial gatherings (see what I did there?!) at my friend's lovely shop, perhaps I should suggest another soon. I have some blue polka dot rayon and Sew Over It's silk cami pattern on my 'to do' list at the mo, I'm just arranging a sewing machine service as poor old Betsy is a bit clunky right now. I hope the nice man (Martin, apparently) can mend it, otherwise I will cry my little heart out. Luckily, I have a birthday coming up and a very nice husband ;)

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  26. That does look fun - I've had knitting socials in the past, which are only made better with cheese and wine.
    I'm currently making the Delphine skirt from you book in navy blue hand-loomed silk dupion, and going to line it in maroon, with secret maroon velvet ribbon trims inside the waistband. About to add the zip - nail-biting times. As luck would have it, I had just enough silk left for this from my last project (see last blog post!)

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