Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sewers of Australia Unite! The Melbourne Meet-Up

What a success our meet-up was! On Saturday 19 amazing women from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania met at Tessuti for some fabric shopping. A massive thank you to the Tessuti ladies. I think we owe them a stiff drink after bombarding their beautiful shop.

This is a list of all who attended:

Kat**: All the whimsical things ttp://sewingwithpatience.blogspot.com.au/
** Thanks to Kat for compiling this list.
I don't have a picture of everything I got, but here is a description:

  1. 3m of a printed ponti
  1. The fabric to make my Freddie Vest out of when I take a class at Tessuti with Leith
  1. 1.7m navy linen as a remnant
  1. Some buttons for Little M's dress to wear to a wedding soon.
I learnt that people think I am much shorter than I am!! In case you're wondering I'm 1.73m tall. I had so much fun seeing people's garments up close. Melanie's trench coat was simply amazing. Leith's Simplicity 2250 jacket was very cool. Kat's printed linen party frock was gorgeous. 

Robyn: Sew love red  http://sewredrobyn.blogspot.com.au/

Rachel: Boo dogg and me http://boodogg.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: My messings http://mymessings.blogspot.com.au/
Kirsty: Rocket Sews http://rocketsews.otheredge.com.au/
Leith: Sew Brunswick http://sewbrunswick.blogspot.com.au/
Lara: Thornberry thornberry.wordpress.com/
Melanie: PoppyKettle http://poppykettle.blogspot.com.au/
Helen: Funkbunnys kitchen garden http://funkbunnysgarden.blogspot.com.au/
Christy Little Betty http://littlebettydesigns.blogspot.com.au/
Rachel: The two windmills http://thetwowindmills.wordpress.com/
Sarah: Sewsquirrell http://www.sewsquirrel.com.au/
Kirsty: Rocketsews http://rocketsews.otheredge.com.au/
Tj: The perfect nose http://theperfectnose.wordpress.com/
Belle: Bella's Collectanea of Sewing http://www.bellacollectanea.com

Fabulous ladies who are blog-less. 
Sue A

I have to say that Leith and I were the ones who spent the most. 

I think that smile says it all!!

My goodness I had fun. 

Yes, some of that fun was fuelled by the wine I had at lunch with Leith, and the two glasses of wine I consumed at Fed Square after Tessuti.

Christy and Rachel were completely hilarious, and I really want to go to Sydney soon and visit them and have a Sydney Sewers' Meet-up. 

In the mean time, though I'd like to get a regular meet-up going here in Melbourne. Anyone interested? What form do you think it should take? Meet in a cafe/bar again? Meet at people's houses? Once a month? Suggestions are very welcome.

Thank you to all who came along (and those who came in spirit too!). I had a marvellous time, and I really want to keep in contact with you all - it was so much fun talking about all our geeky sewing stuff. 


  1. Wow, it looks like you all had loads of fun and what an great turnout!!!

  2. Well you know you can always host the Sydney meet at Tessuti Surry Hills. Looks like you all had so much fun!

  3. I've loved seeing everyone's blog posts about this meet up. It looks like it was a roaring success! And now I know that you're relatively tall!

  4. Oh I am so jealous I couldn't be there! I wish I lived in Melbourne. It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

  5. Yes, a hearty thanks to Tessuti for allowing us such a wonderful space! And a huge thanks to YOU for organising this fabulous get together! I'd certainly be keen on a regular get together and once a month sounds very achievable. Meeting somewhere we can spread ourselves out a little more may lend itself to some more hands on crafting but if it's exchanging ideas that is more valuable, then a bar is as good as anywhere!

    Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!

  6. And another idea...how about a little vox pop from the attendees? ie. your top 5 patterns, top 5 places to shop for fabric/patterns, favourite sewing resources etc. etc. I really felt like I should be taking notes of all of the wonderful ideas going around the other day!

  7. I wish I could have gone! I was at a convention that day. I will def come to the next one!

  8. by the way, there is a place called thread-den which is a room full of sewing machines which can be rented out (with or without a teacher). Could be good if people actually want to sew together!

  9. I'm sad I missed the meet up. I would love to be a part of the next one! Looks like you guys had a great time :-)

  10. Just my two cents:
    Sue A. Thats a great idea, I thought of something similar but thought it was too soon on the first "date". :)
    How about we have a few more meet ups and then if we want to sew after that we can? I think we all could do a lot of talking first.

  11. It sounds like we've both had the same idea Rachel - I just posted sugggesting another meetup of sorts on my blog - http://mymessings.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/social-sewing.html - did you want to join forces?

  12. I'd definitely be up for more regular catch-ups. It was so great to talk sewing with other people as obsessed as me! and I love the idea of social sewing, too.

  13. It was great fun, thank you so much for organising :)

  14. The meet up looked like fun! I would love to come along to any future ones if I can!

  15. I'm new to this blog, but would like to suggest (hoping that someone else might be able to organise it though) a fabric and/or pattern stash swap?
    The idea being that you bring along for example 6 pieces from your stash that you bought and have NO IDEA WHY and then you swap them for something (of equal value, determined by swappers or preset rules?) from someone else's stash that you actually WILL use.
    I have over 100 patterns in my "want to sell these" stash but dont' know if I have the energy to put them all up on ebay individually so if anyone's interested...