She Sells Seashells by the Shepherd’s Bush Market

What a wonderful week! Did you have a good one too?

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I went to London on Friday in preparation for the blogger meet up. And managed to cram in plenty for a two-day trip.

Friday I popped into the Village Haberdashery and cooed over the coloured chambray, the independent sewing patterns on the colourful racks and also the cutie little baby bouncing away in the corner. I may have left with two little treats… the Belladone pattern by Deer and Doe and the Darling Ranges pattern by Megan Nielsen.

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Then I popped over to Berwick St. The shops there are a little more expensive but is chock full with beautiful high end fabrics. I couldn’t let myself buy any yardage when the fabric I was most attracted to was £55 a metre. So instead I bought two little lace letter As to appliqué onto my sewing.

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Finally, I popped into the wonderfully stocked Shaukat with floor to ceiling Liberty fabrics. Even though the prices are a little more friendly I didn’t want to use up all my spending money for the weekend in one go. I treated myself to a metre of the Kussman fabric from the newest collection. It has tiny shetland ponies in fun pop colours!

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I had a really fantastic catch up with my friends that night, with dinner at Gastronomica in Plimico and a few drinks afterwards. Perhaps I stayed out a little later than planned but it was definitely worth it.

Saturday morning, the meetup at Goldhawk Road kicked off with a group of early birds having a coffee together before meeting the full group. There were 39 of us and Claire was doing a great job of getting everyone organised. Kat helped with name badges and there was a great mix of familiar and new faces to be seen!

I did better than last time than and made it into every single shop down Goldhawk Road, but I still didn’t make it into Shepherd’s Bush Market! I let myself buy a 3m bundle of Liberty lawn and some high quality striped bias-binding.

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We had a wonderful lunch and swap during the afternoon where I walked away with 2m of deliciously soft moss crepe that says Valentino on the selvedge (gasp could it be?) and this kick ass sewing pattern. Hello Georgeous!

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And for the meet up I wore a new dress! It’s another Simplicity 2444 in navy with white scallop shells and polka dots. It’s so fun and walks that perfect line of cute but not too cutsie!

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I added a collar in the hopes of being a Jessica Day lookalike but ahem, no it did not suit me in the slightest (and so despite being some of the neatest bias binding sewing I’ve ever done, I unpicked the collar).

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I did a full lining again and lowered the neckline a smidge. And I used an invisible zipper this time, making the effort to enclose it within my lining too so it looks almost as good inside out.

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I know I’ve been so late posting this that it’s almost the weekend again!!
To everyone who was at the meet up. Thanks for being lovely. I had a great time catching up with sewists I already knew and I got to meet lots of awesome new folk too!

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22 Comments

  1. Ooooh, I’m so sad I couldn’t play this time! Which shop did you get that 3m of Liberty fabric from and how much was it please? I think I need it in my life asap! Love your new dress too, it’s awesome and the collar is such a sweet addition!

  2. It was really lovely to meet you! I love that Liberty and kept picking it up and putting it down, now I wish I’d brought it home. Oh well, next time:)

  3. Looks like so much fun and some fabulous Liberty scores. I really do love that shetland pony one. I’ve just bought my first international purchase from Shaukat, I think I’d collapse if I went in there. I love your new dress. super cute!

    1. Thank you! I did. I traced the curve of the front and back bodice necks. Added seam allowance to the sides and neck but not the outer curve since it was encased in the bias tape

  4. Oh my goodness! I LOVE the collar, but if it didn’t suit, then it had to go. I’m so going to pinch the idea thought! 😉 Also, you have great taste in patterns, I’m working on Darling Ranges at the minute.

    1. Great minds think alike! I drafted a pattern for the collar without seam allowance on the outer curve. Important that bit if you’re using bias binding. Can’t wait to see your makes!

  5. i love ALL your fabrics and your patterns! that vintage one is extra cool. it’s a shame the collar didn’t suit you as it looked very cute. 🙂

  6. So sad that I missed it 🙁 but good news, I am def free for sept now, woo hoo!

    Your dress looks a-mazing! I really need to get that pattern…

  7. I love all the bits and pieces you picked up – those lace letters are really cute and the Liberty lawn is a wonderful design. Sounds like you had a really great time 🙂
    Shame the collar didn’t work for you – I thought it looked a lovely addition.
    Louise x

  8. Super dress! Navy blue and white together are 2 of my favorite dress colors- I think together they create classy, smart outfits. I love your dress… the peter pan collar… the fabric! Just such a great make! ~Laurie

    1. Oh- and I don’t mind that you took the collar off- still looks great! I just happen to like the peter pan collar style! (Ofc I doubt I’d look that great in one now!)

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