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London Sewing Blogger Summit

2011 July 28
by elizabeth_admin

I don’t know where to start.  I am absolutely speechless.  Yesterday was so tremendous, really.  Liberty of London was a stunning mix of old and new in a beautiful building.  I will admit that I had no idea it was actually a department store, with a small fabric and haberdashery section on one of the upper floors.  There was even a knitting section.  The fabrics were just gorgeous.  The prints were drool worthy.  Really!  It was difficult to choose just one piece, but one piece was my limit.  I have very little room in my suitcases to transport anything more.  Jack has stuffed them to capacity with his own souvenirs.  And who am I to thwart a little boy’s souvenirs?

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The best part of yesterday though, was seeing such sewing luminaries as Karen and Eugenia again and meeting Catherine, Melissa, Helen and Claire for the first time (and hopefully not the last time).  I have been reading their blogs since I started sewing and can’t believe my incredible luck in meeting them in the flesh as it were.  What a joy and pleasure to shop with like-minded folk and discuss your passion with them.  –Seeing heads nod in familiarity at your words and sharing your love of textiles and sewing.  The time flew and too soon we had to make our departures.

Helen, Catherine, Claire and Eugenia

Helen, Catherine, Claire and Me!

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As I mentioned earlier it was hard to decide on just one piece of Liberty lawn to take home with me.  At first I glommed onto this print, but I was soon distracted by this one.

Velvet Love

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I bought two metres of this loveliness and I swoon every time I look at it.  Can you see this made up as a B5147?  I can.  And I have the perfect jacket to wear with it.  Can you say “instant outfit”?  Word!

After Liberty, we visited many other stores in the area, like the two Cloth Shops (both on the same street, but with completely different stock despite being owned by the same people).  I loved all the fabrics I saw, but my restraint surprised me.  Let’s be honest though, some of the prices were a bit out of my price range (think North of 145 GBP/metre which would be somewhere in the vicinity of $260 USD)!!!  I was sorely tempted though by some remnants, but held fast.  I have to say that I impressed myself if not anyone else.  😉

After visiting all those stores and having been on my feet for over 6 hours, we found ourselves a pub (I’ll let Claire’s post explain the local flavor in more detail) and sat down for a good long chat and some much needed drinks.  At this point, Karen and Melissa joined us after their respective workdays.  What a thrill to meet Melissa and to see Karen again.  Helen came all the way from Liverpool.  Catherine from Cambridge (I hear there’s a university there).  I was just awash in awe.  Everyone was wearing something they had either sewn or knitted.  The cool factor went up to eleven!  I wore my linen trousers (don’t call them pants or else the Brits will think you’re speaking of your undergarments).  They were so comfy and the perfect thing to wear around Buckingham Palace or Liberty of London.

L to R: Karen, Melissa, Helen, Claire, and me!

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As a matter of fact, I brought a few things I made on the trip besides my linen trousers: my subtle dress, one of my M6069 knit dresses and my NL6022.  All were perfect for traveling, wore well and I felt great wearing them.  Can you ask for anything more out of your sewn garments?  I think not!  🙂

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Unexpectedly, Helen and Melissa came bearing gifts (even though neither are Greek).  How sweet!

Left: London street map fabric from Melissa; Right: beautifully cross-stitched card from Helen

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What an incredible day and what an incredible trip.  I wish it could last forever.  I wish I could hang with these women all the time.  I will have to savor and be satisfied with my memories instead.  Claire and Karen already wrote accounts of our time together, be sure to check them out!

Until next time gals!

 

10 Responses leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011

    I’m jealous!

  2. July 28, 2011

    Your a lucky girl. I’m going to London in January and hope to meet some of these ladies myself.

  3. July 29, 2011

    I am jealous! Looks like a brilliant time and the Liberty fabric is absolutely gorgeous.

  4. July 29, 2011

    It was so nice to meet up with you again! It was also wonderful that your visit gave me the chance to meet with some other, very lovely, UK sewing folk. I had such an excellent time. Your pants (it’s ok, I’m going to use that word!) looked wonderful – super-stylish cool! As you know, I loved your choice of Liberty fabric (although it is soooo hard to pick just one) and I am very much looking forward to seeing it made up. Come back soon xxx

  5. July 29, 2011

    Thanks for organising the day Elizabeth. It was fabulous to meet you and so great to spend the day with a lovely bunch of sewing bloggers! I hope you managed to get your suitcase closed and that you have a safe journey home!

  6. July 29, 2011

    Fabulous photos! It was a blast.

  7. Meredith P permalink
    July 30, 2011

    I’m very envious…AND on top of everything else, you have a sweater on. It’s so hot back here in the USA!

  8. July 30, 2011

    How fun!
    What is that magazine Melissa is holding??? There’s GOT to be a story there!

  9. July 31, 2011

    What fun – love your fabric too!

  10. July 31, 2011

    Sorry for the late comment from me – but Elizabeth it was an absolute pleasure to meet with you and to chat with all the other fab ladies too. Come back soon – London misses you already :)!

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