Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Mandors?

Last Saturday saw a group of sewing bloggers hit Glasgow for a spot of shopping, swapping, chatting and lunching. Braving the rain in the name of fabric and socialising were:
 (L-R: Helen, Debi, Vanessa, Elaine, Alison, Katy, Elise, Katy (hiding!), Franca)

Elise of Foof & Faff
Franca of Oranges & Apples
Helen of Grosgrain Green
Katy of I, of the needle
Nessa of Nessa's Place

A trip to Mandors formed the core of the visit, where we were most ably assisted by Hazel of Disaster in a Dress who works there, and had been assigned to attend to us that morning - weren't we lucky? It was very helpful to be able to ask her advice, you know when you get a bit overwhelmed by the choice of lovely, lovely fabric and end up wandering a bit aimlessly?

I was well behaved and only bought fabric I had been intending to purchase:


Plain navy dress fabric, cute pirate jersey (for baby bibs) and white towelling for bib backing, which I feel is very dull but exactly what I was looking for. I was also able to spend the Mandors voucher I received for Christmas from my sister-in-law (FYI best present ever!).

My lunch!

Shopping complete, we headed for the Butterfly & Pig tearooms where we had a delicious lunch followed by a show and tell of Mandors purchases and did a very civilised swap. I'd not been to the tea rooms before but the food was really good and the vintage-filled surroundings were so pretty. I was lucky to be back in the same place the next day for my mother-in-law's birthday when I had the afternoon tea, and can testify that it is also delicious.

Now, I love a good swap as a way of guilt-free stash acquisition and this time was no exception. Debi had even brought a whole suitcase (!) full of items and I think everybody ended up with something new to take home.

Happy swappers:
 
I got:

Some crazy wax print fabric (yes, those are pink glitter dots) which I'll be using to make a gathered skirt. I was so delighted to get this as it's one of my plans to make a skirt from wax printed cotton. I should have included something in the photo for scale but believe me, it's a big print!


 
 A couple of slip patterns, from Debi (on left) and Elise (right). I'm planning to make a slip this year too but I'm still at the stage where I just keep collecting the pattern of the thing I want to make instead of actually making it - do you ever do that?

I did very well from Elise's de-stashing as I also got this bag of threads:

I'm intrigued by the multi-coloured threads as I've never used these before - are they mainly for quilting? They're cotton

 
And a girl's coat also from Elise (on the left) which I was really attracted to as it matches the adult version I already have in my stash. Look, the hooded models are even wearing the same polo neck!

Nessa has done a lovely write up of the meet up here, and included a little bit about what everyone bought. I had only met 3 of the 9 ladies before so it was great to catch up with them as well as get to meet 6 new bloggers. I only wish there had been more time to speak to everyone. All in all it was such a great way to spend a Saturday, meeting lovely people, looking at fabric and chatting about our shared hobby.

This was my 4th blogger meet up and I hope there will be more meeting up opportunities this year. Perhaps if I organised one closer to the summer we may be able to tempt some of you southerners up...?

Thanks everyone for coming on Saturday and for making it such an enjoyable meet up - let's hope there's more such events in the future.

K x

22 comments:

  1. Yay glad you liked your goodies! I keep wanting to bust out my sewing machine after Saturday but I keep getting distracted...next week! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's great, nothing like a bit of inspiration!

      Delete
  2. I'm not as daft as I (don't) look hiding there ;o) Varigated thread is quilting and top stitching really, if you actually want to see it's varigating properties!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha ha - you did warn me you were going to hide! I'm looking forward to using the thread, I bet it can look really effective

      Delete
  3. Sounds like a great day! Yes please to a summer meet up! I'd love to come back for that if I could! That pirate fabric you got is so cute too. Do you have a bib pattern or are you just copying one you already have?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm going to copy some bandana bibs I already have - there are a few patterns online but it's a simple shape anyway. Would be lovely to have a summer meet up too and would be great to meet you x

      Delete
  4. I am totally into collecting patterns I love and never actually starting them :|

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it's almost like the first step to making something sometimes!

      Delete
  5. Sounds like you had a great day. I have that thread and I used it for an exposed zip that was multicolored. Worked like a charm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like a clever idea :)

      Delete
  6. You might even attract some Northerners!
    Looks like a fun day :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah of course! If we're lucky :)

      Delete
  7. Glad you all had such a good time!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was good fun! Love meeting bloggers x

      Delete
  8. It was a really great day - thanks so much for organising it Kerry!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome Nessa, great to meet you!

      Delete
  9. Thanks for organising it, it was fab to meet everyone in real life :) A x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you enjoyed it Alison, I enjoyed meeting everyone too.

      Delete
  10. Thanks again Kerry, I really enjoyed the day :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome Elaine! Glad you enjoyed it, was lovely to meet you

      Delete
  11. Your meet up looks so much fun. I know what you mean about collecting patterns though, I have been collecting underwear patterns for a while now and still not even attempted my first pair of knickers!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have been looking for th the pattern for that coat for ages! Now I know the number - newlook 6337 but no one has it for sale on t'internet and I wonder if you would rent it to me so that I could trace it. ( I guess you don't want to sell it?) I understand if you'd rather not but hope you would! I'm in Norwich, not somewhere without the GPO. I'd be so grateful. I could send you £** and you could return part of that when I return the pattern to you. ??? Thank you for reading this, anyway, even if you decide not to rent it out.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for reading and commenting - I love to hear what you have to say