We Had So Much Fun!
- 6 Beautiful Women In Handmade Dresses
- 1 Attentive Waiter
- 18 Cocktails
- 5 Bowls Of Chips
- Countless Cries Of Delight
Where to begin, oh, where to begin? Yesterday my entire day was so full of sewing gorgeosity that I barely knew how to draw breath.
Plans had been afoot for weeks that we would meet up to celebrate the completion of mine and Suzy’s bombshell dresses. I woke to blessed sunshine and an early morning panic, losing faith that I could go sans bra beneath my bustier dress. So I cycled to Walthamstow high street to hastily buy a strapless bra. (I’m so glad I did.) The market was in full swing, so it felt – you know – rude not to stop by a haberdashery stop and fabric stall or two.
I was looking at bias ribbon when a voice sounded in my ear. ‘You write a blog, don’t you?’ A reader! We laughed and compared notes and I admired her awesome fabric purchases and my new friend revealed she’d been on a sewing course with Tilly at Oh Sew Brixton and … I can’t remember your name, dear one! Leave a comment and remind me who you are! It was so lovely to meet a fellow Sewist.
Then, there I was, walking down the market, thinking, Do I pop into Saeeds or not? and someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was Dibs and the Machine! Well, more screeching of delighted laughter and – guess what? -she’d bought exactly the same fabric as my new best friend. Then she showed me some jersey she’d purchased at Saeeds and my mind was made up. I had to stop by!
One fabric purchase later and the owner of Saeed Fabrics was regaling me: ‘When are you going to bring your sewing friends back here?’ All in good time, all in good time, I told him. First, I had a Bombshell Meet Up to attend – and now I was running seriously late. I cycled back home, hurled myself into my Bombshell Dress, daubed make-up and ran out of the house.
‘When will you be back?’ my boyfriend called after me.
‘I have no idea!’ I cried, waving a hand over my shoulder.
Here we are, enjoying our first drink. (Suzy would be joining us later.) Roisin chose the perfect venue – I absolutely loved the bar at the BFI. Doesn’t everyone look gorgeous? Each and every dress was a delight to behold and you can be sure we spent a fair amount of time comparing notes.
Roisin and Amy were also wearing the most adorable matching shoes, which drew several comments. How perfect that we found ourselves wandering past a poster for The Wizard Of Oz:
Then, at last, a beautiful goddess joined us:
I was SO pleased to meet Suzy, having read her blog for ages. What I love about blogging is the sense of personality that leaks through the monitor. You just KNOW you are going to like someone when you eventually meet them. Suzy didn’t disappoint with the twinkle in her eye and sense of humour. Anyone who can make a bombshell dress out of camouflage fabric is up there in my eyes.
So the six of us chatted and chose cocktails and smiled at the waiter and regaled each other with stories. (I won’t forget the Dead Goat Story for a long time…) All too soon it was time to make our way home before our waiter had to pour us into a taxi. But what fun!
I could never have believed that putting an ad on Freecycle for a sewing machine would lead to such brilliant friendships.
Oh! I can’t leave you without a photo of Suzy and I in our bombshell dresses. I love this photo, even though I look like a dork. See how teeny tiny Suzy is? I’m only 5 foot 5 and she makes me look like a giant! Aw, bless.
And how did the dress hold up? I never quite got as far as taking my shrug off, but I was impressed by how the dress performed. It had to endure a London commute, my harum-scarum dash across the South Bank running late, squeezing in and out of a banquette and general throwing around of a body. That bustier really stayed in place! It didn’t feel uncomfortable, either, though I wouldn’t go out for a curry wearing this dress.
Roisin – thank you so much for organising this and for being such brilliant company. Thank you, too, to the other ladies who joined in the fun. I can’t wait to meet up with some Sewists again.
THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED
Handmade Jane in her Oolong Dress
Lazy Stitching in her Rooibos
Dolly Clackett in her Chantilly
Diana and Me in her Very Clever Refashioned Dress