Sunday, 14 October 2012

Recipe for fun

Here is the recipe for a jolly good weekend of fun.


  • Take 10 sewing enthusiasts
  • A large cottage overlooking the sea
  • Assortment of sewing books & magazines
  • A fridge full of food and drink
  • 11 packets of "ugly fabric"
  • Sewing fabric
  • Muslin fabric
  • Lots of pins
  • Tracing paper
  • Beautiful lingerie lace
  • Sewing machines
  • English as the common language.


Select bedroom in the cottage (making sure you get the one with the on suite bathroom even though you have to share a bed) and deposit your overnight bag in the big comfy chair overlooking the sea.

Take sewing machine, fabrics, pins, thread etc., and set up in first available space you can find or on the small table you brought with you.

Select your sewing project of choice and take full advantage of the talent in the room to help you with fitting issues (even if it means them laughing and taking photographs of you in a calico jeans muslin, while being asked to open your legs wide when someone has a pin in one hand and a black marker pen in the other to redraw the inside leg seams for you).

Find purple and white gingham fabric or any other purple fabric that you can find, and use to sew on to your muslin where necessary.

Unpick muslin, draw out onto tracing paper ready to cut out in the fashion fabric.

Delve into the wonderful selection of beautiful lingerie lace purchased in The Netherlands and spend the whole of your €20 pocket money then run and hide it in your room.

Find enough restraint to stop sewing and try and clear a space in the kitchen to allow the man to bring the takeaway curry into the room.

Stand, sit, eat, drink and be very merry.

Once sufficient food and drink has been consumed clear the table ready for the ugly fabric swap.

Be prepared to receive some really really ugly fabric, be able to steal some off someone else and then have that stolen off you not once but twice sob sob lol.

Fall into bed exhausted from having so much fun and try and get enough rest to enable you to start all over again the next day.

Eat a big hearty breakfast and try and reduce the amount of food still left in the refrigerator. 

Continue with your project where you left off from the previous day, and attempt to get as much done before you have to pack away all your sewing stuff back into your car.

Drive home, unpack car, set up sewing machine and table in usual place and review your achievements and new acquisitions.

Thanks to all you ladies who helped to make this such a wonderful weekend - can't wait for the next one.............. hope you all got home safe and sound.

Catch you later.


  1. Thanks for being such fun - roll on the next one.

  2. There should be a prize for the first one to blog about the weekend!

    It was a fantastic, inspiring weekend - and all in the best possible taste ;-) and so great to see famous blog garments in the flesh, so to speak.

    Let's all do it again soon.
    All the best,

  3. Looks like you had a blast. What did you make??

  4. Oh sounds like such fun Pauline! I wish I could have been there too,Lol.

  5. An excellent weekend - who would have thought that sewing could be even more fun! Such a diverse range of sewing types, garment styles, patterns, machines and more besides. Can't wait for the next one.

  6. It was great, great fun. I'm having a very slow start to the Monday and thinking of the lovely weekend we all shared.

    You really tempt me though to publish the fitting photo ;)

  7. I'll fly over next year! haha

  8. Ohh I want to joini next time... Wonderful fun...

  9. It was fun, people! And thanks Pauline for the help with the BF's shirt, it was really helpful. Cheers!

  10. It was great fun, indeed! Just what I needed.
    Thank you for letting me use your machine to sew up my jacket muslin, Pauline!

    Can´t wait for the next meet-up!

  11. So very much fun! That would be the best weekend EVER.