I’m just back from what I think counts as the most Surreal Sewing Shindig of my entire life – and all the more enjoyable for it. But let’s start at the beginning…
Elizabeth of SEWN was in town from New York and a few of us had organised to meet up with her. Sew Stylish had come all the way from Liverpool! Anyway, I couldn’t take time off work to join in with the shopping (sob!) but I had arranged to meet everyone for a drink once the office let me out to play.
I wandered past Liberty, idly mulling what it must be like to see London with a stranger’s eyes. Elizabeth had already commented that ‘even the trash is posh’ in the UK. Ha! That’s right, Elizabeth. I refuse to hurl my chip wrapper in anything that doesn’t carry a royal warrant.
Anyway, London was performing brilliantly for our visitor as I strolled towards our meeting place. Liberty looked glorious:
Check out the pink car and union jack mini! This wasn’t the only shocking pink on show -the Queen’s Guards had turned out to welcome Elizabeth to London:
A few moments later, and I’d arrived at our meeting place. It was … interesting. Apparently, the girls had wandered in off the street, pouncing because it was empty and congratulating themselves on finding a seat in a pub in central London.
Well, all I can say is that Elizabeth was given a true British pub experience. You know the type of carpet that the soles of your shoes stick to? Ummm, hmmm. And every warped, mullioned window that survived the Great Fire of 1666 is thrown open because air conditioning hasn’t been invented yet? Uh, huh. What else can I say about this place? We were in spitting distance of Soho. We weren’t just the only Sewists in the building, we were the only women.
Elizabeth had brought her own dollop of eccentricity to the evening, not to be outdone by us Brits. Meet Elizabeth’s friend on a stick:
Isn’t Elizabeth pretty?
Someone please remind me what this blog is so that I can check it out!!!! It’s a woman. People put her image on a stick and snap her in locations around the world. I can’t for the life of me remember what the blog is called.
Please note – Elizabeth is wearing her make of the V8584 trousers and they are awesome. I had serious linen trouser envy – and that’s when I am currently making my second pair of linen trousers!
Here’s a very blurry photo of the group:
After a couple of drinks, it was time to wend our way home. My only regret is… Actually, I don’t have any regrets. This encounter couldn’t have been more magical and surreal if it had tried. Shocking pink Queens Guards, time warp pub experience, woman on a stick, a quick catch up on sewing projects… What more could I ask for?
Actually, hold on a minute. I’ve had an idea.
Hey, guys! Next time, can we catch up whilst sitting in an outdoor jacuzzi whilst sipping pina coladas and snapping our fingers for the topless waiters to straighten their dicky bows? Tonight was just too … ordinary.
Hurrah for Sewists! Seriously – we’ll chat about sewing ANYWHERE.