Surreal Sewing Shindig

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.

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19 Responses to Surreal Sewing Shindig

  1. Carolyn says:

    My girl Elizabeth is fab isn’t she! I’m glad you got to meet her cause she’s really kewl! And I spy Eugenia there too…sewists are the best aren’t they?! Glad you had a good time!

  2. Katie says:

    That is so fun!! I’m jealous.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    You are too fast for me!!! 🙂 It was so splendid seeing you again. I hope we get to meet again in the not too distant future. It was too short a time. Until next time…

  4. I’m way jealous! And a woman on a stick – I have never seen this! Hahaha! That’s just fantastic! Totally jealous that you get to meet other celebrity sewers and I never do. Sigh….
    xoxo, Sunni

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  6. Susie Riley says:

    I’m the woman on a stick! That’s ME!! So happy to hear that you were all so entertained!

  7. Robin says:

    ooohhhhh, how fun!! Good times, for sure!

  8. Sharon says:

    Oh how fun! And I’m seriously jealous. I want to meet all of you too 🙂

  9. MrsC says:

    London to a visitor from the colonies is MAGICAL. It is full of possibilities, shiny things, and PEOPLE! And HISTORY! It totally blew my gaskets. For me, being in a place I had read about and seen in so many movies and TV programmes was like walking into a film set, only so much better because it is so real.
    How absolutely lovely to get to meet. I wish I had gotten to know some bloggers before our trip!

  10. Shelly says:

    How much fun was that! I would love to do something like this….. and the woman on a stick, so cool! 🙂

  11. Haha Karen I can’t believe you managed to post about this the same day – when do you you fit in time to sleep? I was so popped when iIgot home I ate dinner then promptly fell asleep on the sofa 🙂 !. It was fab meeting you again and to meet Elizabeth all the other new sewing-peeps! I love these get togethers (soooooo…. when’s the next Walthamstow Fabric Frenzy 😉 LOL I’m hereby publicly volunteering myself to help you show people around the market & shops?).

  12. Susie Riley says:

    Wow – you all may have come up with another way of seeing London. I, for one, would sign up for that tour!

  13. Miss Celie says:

    Am absolutely and totally jealous. What great photos of the city too. And yes, Elizabeth is gorgeous.

  14. melissa says:

    What? Eugenia was there?? Noooooo!!

    And seriously, Karen, admit you have a problem. You posted this before I even got home! 😉

  15. Eugenia says:

    Wow, you are fast! 24 hours later and I am still reeling from the excitement of it all!!! It was excellent fun. Keep in touch xxx

  16. Helen says:

    Your post really sums up the surreal aspect of our little gathering! And it did make me smile to see that you were posting about the meet-up while my train was still rattling through the darkness somewhere outside Chester!

    Lovely to meet you! And I will do my best to come along next time – I’ll just go dig out my swimsuit and cocktail shaker…

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