How to survive a sewing meet-up

coloured threads in a box

I’m spending this coming Saturday at #sewbrum, organised by supersewist Charlotte from English Girl at Home.

I’m looking forward to it, but as someone who’s never found it easy to walk into a room full of strangers, here’s what I’m worrying about right now…

What to wear

You think your clothes get scrutinised at work/on the school run/down the pub? Well, now I’m meeting a group of closet perfectionists who’ll potentially be trying to guess which pattern I used and where I bought the fabric. What if their sharp eyes spot a scruffy hem or an ill-fitting sleeve?

I think I’ve deduced that dresses are de rigeur, and turning up in RTW is frowned on. I suspect extra points are awarded for quirky sewing-themed accessories like scarves, brooches and earrings. I own none of these.

Whatever I do, I musn’t admit to…

Having no interest in bra-making

Being content without a dedicated, Insta-perfect sewing studio

Preferring dogs to cats.

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Are you going? I’ll see you there – please come and say hi!

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Update – 26 September, two days after the event

So I went, and everyone I met was very friendly. Yes, it was a bit intimidating walking into a whole room full of virtual strangers but there were lots of other people who’d come on their own too.

It was great to meet some of the people whose creations, blogs and skills I’ve been admiring online, and it never hurts to check out some new fabric shops either!

 

 

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13 thoughts on “How to survive a sewing meet-up

  1. I was pretty nervous before my first sewing meet up, especially as I too have never been comfortable walking into a room of strangers. But everyone was so friendly and welcoming it went much better than I thought. It was great to be able to chat in detail with people about things like different seam finishes and your favourite patterns. I’ve certainly never felt that another sewer was judging what I was wearing, I think most people wear their own makes to such a meet up because its a rare chance to show them off to people who will really appreciate them. Hope you enjoy it!

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