Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Brisbane meetup report and what I did on the way home

 I can't believe how much fun it was! The official report is here with links to the blogs of the attendees.

I am so glad I went. I might have to join Facebook so that I can look at the photographs ;(. 

Everyone else wore gorgeous dresses.Mine was a rather mature Simplicity 3447, selected by the teenage fashion panel as the best candidate for a lunch time meeting of strangers and previously virtual acquaintances, because I was too lazy to make myself a new frock last week. As due punishment for this lack of application it did not strike me until entering the hotel that I had failed to consider that a room full of sewing experts can spot a not-very-good invisible zip insertion from half a block away. Fortunately they are also too polite to mention this.

 I talked so much I could only fit in a couple of treats and had absolutely no time to eat any sandwiches (at least that is my excuse for going straight to dessert).  I have not been able to talk about sewing for 3+ hours very often before without causing severe boredom in the victim. It was a very stimulating conversation.

Thank you to Busy Lizzie In Brizzy  and the other ladies who organized the delicious and extra long high tea followed by a pattern and fabric swap.

I felt so stashbusting on my way there - I took a mere 10 metres of fabric and about a dozen patterns, thinking I didn't want to look as if I have excessive sewing supplies at home , but some people had suitcases full to put on the table, so clearly acquiring sufficient goods, not all of which make the cut, is a crucial part of this hobby . My lips are sealed about how much was in the same suitcases after the acquisition phase.

I had intended to come home without any treasures, but guess what?

Just under 4 metres, so not too bad for the fabric and pattern diet. I have been wanting that Jasmine pattern for such a long time......I could only resist it when it wasn't in front of me.
I promise to make them up straight away (fingers crossed).

Having taken a day off work so that I didn't have to drive home after lolling about on a Sunday afternoon in Brisbane drinking champagne.(I have such a hard life), naturally I had to visit Packer tannery at Narangba on the way home on Monday, as it is not open on the weekends.
 Leather definitely does not count as fabric for fabric dieting purposes.

Honestly, that will be a HotPatterns Nomad Hobo bag by the weekend. I am not delusional at all.


Summer Flies said...

Karen it was just SO fun. I felt like a child meeting their rock star when we met. You are so beautiful in person it was a pleasure to meet you. Can't wait for more meet ups. Thanks for the heads up about the leather place - I have never heard of it and I really want to make a wallet in the style that I want to use.
See you soon!

katherine h said...

I didn't know about that leather place either. Can you give us the address? Can't wait to hear about your experiences sewing a bag out of leather, as I have not had much luck in that department.

velosewer said...

The photos show how much fun the day really was:)

Nursebennett said...

What fun that must have been! I'm so envious, as I have zero real life, in the flesh sewing friends. :( That leather is beautiful!

Marie said...

That leather looks amazing. Sounds like the meet-up was lots of fun.

Anonymous said...

It was so lovely to finally meet you! I have updated your link now so hopefully it should be working :)
I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Mary said...

Such fun, and that leather is gorgeous!

Marjorie said...

It was so lovely to meet you too and I have to say I loved your dress and thought you had sewn it beautifully. I think we all just loved talking sewing and were not judging sewing abilities at all. 3.5 hours of sewing talk was heaven!!Thank-you for the name of the leather shop. I am studying millinery at MT Gravatt TAFE and we need leather for hat trims etc and I will now head out there and stock up. All the other students will be happy with this information thank-you. Look forward to seeing you at the next meet up.

Sharon said...

Wow it looks like you all had the most wonderful time and that leather, a bag, no a jacket!

poppykettle said...

Blogger meetups really are the best fun :) Thank you for mentioning that leather place - I'm going to have to visit the next time I'm in Brisbane visiting the parentals!