That’s perfectly simple, isn’t it?
So, on Wednesday evening we had our SF meet-up. Beth, my lovely sewing teacher, had done a sterling job of finding a great location in downtown San Francisco. (More on Beth and our classes to come – much, much more!) We’d both spread the word, and all we could do was wait and see who’d join us. I had no idea if we’d be an exclusive club of two or part of a crowd of sewing fanatics.
Can you guess which it was? I was flabbergasted to meet Laura again, photographed above with me. We’d first met only a few weeks ago at the OWOP Cocktails in London. Yeah, London. Our second meeting was in San Franciso. How many levels of crazy is that on?
I had so much fun, helped along by the exhaustive wine list. I was thrilled to see a huge range of attendees. Amy of Sew Well arrived, wearing two beautiful Sewaholic patterns – the Lonsdale dress and Minoru jacket. That lady rocks Sewaholic! I felt a bit like a trembling fan girl.
Two other attendees – What’s Up Cupcake and Silvia – were wearing one of the new Colette summer dresses, both looking absolutely gorgeous. I definitely spotted a Sorbetto also! Everyone had come out in their beautiful finery, and we all looked splendid. Hurrah to us!
A special mention must go to Verte Adelie who brought along a selection of the accessories she’d made with painstaking attention to detail and huge originality. I fell in love with the ‘Kiss A Frog’ ring:
Isn’t that amazing? A lot of her jewellery is inspired by fairy tales – there was a mouse ring based on the mice that pull Cinderella’s carriage. I was speechless.
Other mentions must go to Courtney who gave me an exhaustive list of restaurant recommendations (there will definitely be a ‘Courtney Recommends!’ blog post coming up!), the two ladies who were enjoying their first proper outing since giving birth, and the lovely, lovely new friend from Canada who arrived with a gift for me. My flabber was properly gasted.
Last but not least, Beth deserves a trophy AND a gold medal for organising settling the bill for such a number of people. I’ve never seen so many dollar bills flying around yet Beth remained stoically unflappable throughout. And yes, the waiters – at no stage did they seem even a tiny bit unsettled by such a large group of very excited women, all stroking each other’s clothes.
I guess you see it all in San Francisco… Thanks, guys!
If you’re thinking about organising a meet-up in your area, I would urge you to go for it. It’s no big headache – set a date, time and place and turn up. At the very least you’ll meet like-minded people but at most, I am going to promise you friends for a lifetime. That’s quite a claim to make, I appreciate. So, go on – try to prove me wrong by organising your own meet up. You can buy me a drink in ten years’ time when you realise you can’t remember how you ever existed without these people in your life.