On the 31st August – 1st September 2019 we hosted the fourth Sewing Weekender in Cambridge, UK at the Murray Edwards College. It was a wonderful inspiring weekend where 100 makers came together to sew, chat, make friends and hear talks from designers in our sewing community. We thought it would be nice to look back over the weekend and share our favourite moments.
The Sewing Weekender is organised by us and Charlotte (English Girl at Home) and is hosted once a year, to be the first to hear about the dates for 2020, sign up to our newsletter on our homepage here.
Charlotte filmed the weekend to give you a flavour of all fun and activities.
You can find all the details about the goodie bags on Charlotte’s blog here.
Spoonflower workshop with Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House, making knickers.
Saturday speakers included Alexandra and Caroline from Selkie Patterns and Tara Viggo from Paper Theory. Alex and Caroline are a sustainable sewing pattern and fabric business. These ladies talked about how caring for your clothes influences their environmental impact. Tara talked about why she chose to leave the fashion industry and start her own business. This touched on topics including fighting the idea of exclusivity that the fashion industry breeds and creating something that has inclusiveness at its core.
Most popular sewing patterns of the weekend
Obviously as pattern nerds we had our beady eyes on which patterns were the most popular. Here were the top 6 patterns being worn/sewn over the weekend….
On Sunday our speakers were Juliet Uzor (Sew So Natural blog and TV sewing contestant) and Nina Chang of Nina Lee Patterns. Nina talked about the planning process, the ups and downs of sewing for your own wedding or special occasion, and for others’, what really goes into making a couture-inspired gown. Juliet talked about Wax print fabrics and how she uses and styles them. Juliet is also a master at ‘hacking’ commercial sewing patterns and will talk to us about how you can adapt these patterns to suit your style.
All the Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuits!
Sew Over 50 crew
Reviews of the weekend
Don’t take our word for it, here a lots of vlogs and blogs from attendees over the weekend:
Adelle at Button & Pip
Hayley at Sew Hayley Jane
Kealy at Voice of a Creative
Laura at Material Girl Laura
Melissa at Fehr Trade
Nina at Tales of the Sewing City
Susan at Susan Young Sewing
Tamlyn at Sewn on the Tyne
This weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors, including our overall sponsor Minerva Crafts:
Afternoon Patterns / Avid Seamstress / Beyond Measure / Bobbins & Bolts / Chalk & Notch / Closet Case Patterns / Clothkits / ClothSpot / CocoWawa / Crafty Sew & So / DP Studio / Escape & Create / Experimental Space / Fehr Trade / Guthrie & Ghani / Happy Fabric UK / I Am Patterns / Janome / Like Sew Amazing / Loubodu Fabrics / Maven Patterns / Monaluna / Named / Pavillion & Batsford / Pink Coat Club / Pound Fabrics / Prym / Sewbox / Sew Essential / Sew Hayley Jane / Sew House Seven / Sew Me Something / Sew Me Sunshine / Spoonflower / Victory Patterns / Village Haberdashery / Wearology
And that’s all for this year folks!
There was a lot of chat about when we’d all meet up again so for those looking for the next sewing meet up then SewBrum is next month. It’s one of the UK’s biggest meet ups and Charlotte is organising it, so hopefully see you there!
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