Sunday, 15 May 2011

What a day!

Wow!  Yesterday was just amazing!  Not only was it my birthday but I got to meet some really amazing people too.  It all started with the bestest presents from B
I've been jabbering about getting one for ages so he got me one, and its the one I wanted too.  The one with the legs for when I get brave enough for trousers!  He also got me a few books I've been eyeing up Creepy Cute and World of Geekcraft, also the new album by one of my favourite bands Foo Fighters. He's been a good boy and paid attention to my mindless muttering about randomness :)

All that before 7.30 am on a Saturday too! Wow, but it was by no means the end of the fun for the day. I was up, out of the house and en route to London baby! I just had to tackle what felt like a million football fans first, damn Cup Final on the same day!

Anyway I made it to London without much trouble and met up with the fabulous ladies of the UK part of The Sew Weekly and we had an amazing time.  We had our pictures taken, and not just by us too, lots of random people decided that they should take pictures of us too... (I only took one picture on the day so the credit for any of these is not mine)
Picture credit to Sofia
All of us had made out outfits especially for the meeting, and they were all fabulous (just like all of the ladies who made them).  This is my outfit (Pattern is New Look 6699)
Picture Credit to Debi
So after picture taking we went off to view an exhibit by Yohji Yamamoto - such fabulous clothes but we couldn't take photo's so I've got to try and remember what I saw.. eek! There was a gorgeous green jacket with purple detailing, some amazing pleats (which Debi and I were in awe off and though they had been done by hand until I remembered there was such a thing as a pleating machine, still awed by it but not as much), the crazy sculpted dress that looked like she should have been riding a horse, the "Narnia" dress and sooo many others.  Now you can't go to a museum without visiting the gift shop and the gift shop at the V&A is such a mind bender, the price of some things! Now as sewers we know the amount of effort that goes into the making of things so we know when something is well made and we know when something is a good price, but the prices were something else here! (I think a list is needed now)
  • The Horrockes Dress - £95! (Charlotte made her own from the free pattern, which is sooooo much better)
  • A Bag - £85 (its got 4 seams and its not even lined!)
  • Kilt Pin - £15 (for a kilt pin!!)
Anyway enough of that and back to the fun :) yay! After the shock we ventured to Goldenhawk road. It's like the mecca of fabric streets for some shopping and pattern swapping! You walk 5 steps and your in another fabric shop (heaven).
The pattern swap was mental soo many patterns we were like kids in a sweet shop (this one I got a picture of!)

I had to leave the girls a little early to ensure I snagged a little bit of fabric as my train home was earlier than everybody else.  Luckily Mimi and Marie also had to go a bit earlier so I didn't feel quite as bad, but you can't go to fabric street mecca and not go fabric shopping can you!

Here are the fabrics and the patterns I got (along with a fabulous crochet flower Charlotte made!)

So after a dash around some of the shops I went to get my train, thank god I did because the lady who sat opposite me should have got on a train that was 20 mins earlier and as her ticket was only for that train she had to pay for one for the one she was on at the price of £69!  I nearly fainted!

But the day didn't end there, when I got home I had a few friends round to for birthday drinkies! The perfect end to a perfect day


  1. Happy Birthday! I can't believe you didn't tell us, we would have got you cake and candles!

    Glad you had a good time though, what a way to spend a birthday!

  2. It was soooo fabulous meeting you! And what a lovely way to have a birthday!! I had such a fun time and am already looking forward to another meet-up!

  3. Happy birthday ! now we need to go for drinks !