This time last week I was frantically prepping to head to the Sewing Weekender. A few months earlier I’d been equally hysterical at 7am when trying desperately to book a ticket for this event which notoriously sells out incredibly quickly. I felt a blog post about my experience would be a nice way for me to reflect and see if it lived up to the hype.
I must confess that I had some anxiety about the whole thing before hand and I note I’m not the only person to express these kinds of feelings. Sarah from Crafty Sarah Sews (my company for the weekend as we shared a desk, car and air bnb) pointed out that it felt a bit like the first day of school and I have to agree. The worry wasn’t necessary however as everyone was incredibly friendly and after the initial awkwardness of recognising people for their lovely handmade clothes and not their names (is that just me??) it felt like speaking to old friends.
I haven’t sewn anything since the wedding in June so I was incredibly relieved to break that trend with the support and encouragement of all the other sewists around me. I managed to hem the wearable muslin of my wedding culottes and get started on the Kalle shirt dress in a beautiful black tencel from the shop.
Amongst the sewing there were talks from some very inspiring people in the sewing community which made the event a bit different to anything I’ve been to before. I loved hearing from Harriet from the Clothing Care Co who despite expressing that she was nervous came across incredibly knowledgeable and funny. I purchased a copy of her new book all about caring for handmade clothes and she kindly signed it for me.
The goodie bag was one of the best I’ve ever had at a sewing event. There were some really fun gifts including an adorable little garment tag from Sew Me Sunshine which reads “I made this at the sewing weekender 2018” and will be going in my Kalle as soon as I get it finished. I didn’t pick anything up on the swap table even though I was really tempted!
So, did the event live up to the hype? Yes, it was absolutely magical and I would get up even earlier for a ticket next year; 100% recommended. Now, I know a lot of people didn’t managed to get tickets and I felt gutted last year when I missed out. Reflecting on this I’ve realised that the number one thing that made this event special for me was spending time with the community.
If you’re one of the people who had a bit of FOMO, I would say don’t let it get you down, just get to another event and enjoy yourself. There’s a cool page on The Fold Line which details loads of sewing events or if you happen to be in the North in October you could come along to Sew North West with me.