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Cambridge Sewcialists April Meet up!

Hey guys!
Apologies for the delay, I had planned to publish this last Saturday evening or Sunday at the latest but I’ve been ill and it’s been hard to get anything done!

Saturday morning we had a lovely meet up in central Cambridge. We met at the Waterstones cafe and sat and chatted for a couple of hours, we had a pretty successful fabric and pattern swap there too!

We talked a lot about what people wanted out of our little group, and I’m hoping to put our plans into action asap! 

The fabrics I brought with me were taken and some of the patterns too! I got a lovely knit fabric which I might test the myrtle with and I got lots of new patterns!
After meeting we decided to visit all three of central Cambridge’s fabric shops.

We started at Sew Creative who sell sewing machines, yarn and quilting cotton. Sadly 
nothing caught our eyes so we went onto the next shop, Cally Co who sell a mix of fabrics with around half their range being household fabrics and half being suitable for dressmaking.

This time around we picked up a few fabrics and then headed off to John Lewis where we may have bought even more fabric…
After all of that we needed a stiff drink and some good eatin’, after trying a few places (and seeing a beagle sitting at a table, awesome) we settled at Vodka Revs which has a surprisingly nice spread!

I can’t wait to organise the next meet-up, and I hope everyone who came had as good a time as I did!!

As promised, here’s everyone who came and where you can find them online, say hello to them all because they are all very lovely!!

Clicking on their names will take you to their blogs and their IG names are links too 🙂

Clare        @sutters
Jess         @sew_susie
Louise      @multi_threaded
Sarah       @sarahlporter
Sue          @sosew_sue
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Cambridge Sewcialists April Meet-up Plan

Hey Gang!

I just wanted to put a little scheduley type thing up for the meet on Saturday in case people are wanting to drop in only for certain points!

Please do let me know by email if you are wanting to come along, so I can then email you my mobile number. My email is;

✂️ Itinerary ✂️ 

11am – 1pm
Waterstone’s Cafe
Meeting here as it’s one of the roomier cafes in Cambridge and also easy to find! 
We’ll have plenty of time for chatting and also a pattern & fabric swap! 

1pm – 2pm
Sew Creative
We’ll pop into Cambridges oldest craft shop, they do a large variety of yarn and quilting cottons.

A quick trip into this fabric shop to see what they have on offer. I haven’t been in since they had a refurbishment, but they usually have a range of household fabrics, dressmaking fabrics and a haberdashery.

3pm – 4pm
John Lewis
Not an independent but they have some nice fabrics and a decent haberdashery.

4pm onwards
Pub? If anyone fancies it for a drink, a snack and even more chat!

Obviously this itinerary is just a loose guide, but I wanted everyone to know what was potentially in-store!

cambridge sewcialists · Me Made May 16 · meet-ups

Cambridge Sewcialists and MMM16

Hey guys!

So as I mentioned before, I have something a bit exciting to share with you all, and that is a beautiful logo my friend Estelle made for the meet up I’m organising (hopefully the first of many!)

She also made a coloured version so I have a choice (she knows me so well!!)

You can find Estelles website here, I’m hoping to squeeze in a little post about how wonderful she is soon but definitely check out her website for now!!

So for yonks I’ve wanted to organise a meet up, this in fact goes back to before I really started sewing even. When I was unemployed and living back home in Brighton, I managed to find a nice stitch n bitch group and I was delighted to finally meet people who crafted. Once I moved away to Cambridgeshire I was keen to keep that going, there are stitch and Burch group’s in Cambridge but I live about half a hour away by bus so it wasn’t ideal. Eventually I decided I just had to make a local group, so I put an advert in the village paper and people started getting in touch. We started to meet but we were plagued with issues. In short, there is nowhere in the village that is well lit with seating that you can go to in the evenings. Eventually I gave up because I couldn’t find a good place and I started working more and more hours too. Since then we’ve attempted a revival using someone’s home but that hasn’t had a chance to get off the ground quite yet.

So now I know about this wonderful community and I’ve been to Sewbrum, I really wanted to try to get something going in Cambridge. I put the idea out there on The Fold Line but then just sat on it. Luckily Jen organised a meet up at backstitch which looked lovely and it gave me the kick up the bum I’d been needing!

So I’ve organised a more social meet up in central Cambridge for the 23rd of April. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to meet more sewing ladies!

I’m going to be putting up another post with all the details after this 😊

I also wanted to put my MMM16 pledge on here, this will be my first time and I’m super excited! I remember seeing MMM in 2014 and having it really fuel my desire to crack this sewing thing, then in 2015 thinking I’m not quite at that stage yet because I’d run out of things to wear 3 days in haha! Now I might just make it but even if I don’t I’m also really doing it to find out more about my me-made wardrobe.

‘I, Susie, of Craftysooze, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at last one handmade item of clothing each day for the duration of May 2016’

Super excited to see everyone else’s MMM posts and photos!