Back in March Charlotte from English Girl At Home revealed the date for Sewbrum 2016. I was so giddy when I checked my shift planner – it was my week end off I and could go!!
For those of you who haven’t heard of Sewbrum, and that can’t be many, even my mum’s heard of Sewbrum, it’s a day out socialising, shopping and eating cake with lovely like minded people.
I had been gutted to miss Sewbrum 2014 and 2015 as the dates just didn’t work for me, but this year it was 3rd time lucky!
I’d never been to a meet up before, well only the little Yorkshire Spoolette ones I had organised earlier this year and last year. And none of the other Yorkshire Spoolettes were going so I was going to be going on my own.
And then Becca from Redwsew said she was going so we booked on the same trains. I’d met Becca in real life earlier this year at the Fabbadashery so it wasn’t too scary as I wasn’t going to feel too alone.
It was all very exciting on the run up to the date. Sewbrum mentions kept popping up on IG, and there was talk of some great raffle prizes too – so not only could we buy amazing stuff, we could win some amazing stuff too and raise money for The Eve Appeal!
The day finally came, and after much deliberation I decided to wear my Morris Blazer with one of my Sorbettos, and my jeans.
The weather was unseasonably warm and was forecast to reach 20 degrees. I would have loved to have worn a dress (there were many to admire) but I felt the need to wear my flight socks! I imagined a 2 1/2 train ride wouldn’t do my poor circulation any good and I didn’t fancy risking a DVT!
So Becca and I caught the train at just after 7 am from Leeds Station.
Not this one!
We passed this little beauty in one of the stations en route. A Pullman I believe. Maybe we can travel in style another time.
We arrived at Birmingham New Street just before 9:30am and headed for Starbucks to meet some ladies before we headed to the tea room.
I’ll just mention that I don’t have photos of ‘everything’. Although I’m not known for being shy amongst friends, especially with the camera, I didn’t want to appear papparazi-like so wasn’t quite as snap happy as I would have liked to have been.
I think there was about a dozen of us – some new each other and had attended sewbrum previously, and we all exchanged names, and then forgot them! Only kidding! I remember some, but I think name badges would be a good idea. We headed up to the Gallery in time for the big meet up at 10am.
As we approached the Museum and Art Gallery I could see quite a gathering of ladies. I recognised quite a few faces, and quite a few items of clothing too!
The Edwardian Tearoom opened at 10am and by 10:15 it was packed to the rafters. I initially sat with a couple of ladies who I’d never ‘met’ before. Janet from DIY Wardrobe and Julie from the Sewing Directory. The three of us were newbies to Sewbrum but were soon chattering away like we’d known each other for yonks.
Julie needed to get off to meet her partner in crime from the Sewing Directory, so Janet and I joined a bigger group of ladies. Some faces were new and some I already followed on IG or followed their blogs. By the end of the day I’d exchanged quite a few IG names with lots of lovely ladies.
People starting leaving in small and big groups. Lots of people had come on their own but looked to settle in to groups and everyone was chatting and smiling. So if you’re thinking of coming next year, or to another meet up, don’t worry about coming on your own, there’ll be others in the same boat as you and everyone is so friendly.
We headed across town. Becca and I tagged along with seasoned SewBrummers so we didn’t get lost!
We headed off across town to the Rag market. I wasn’t sure what to expect here. No rags in site, but there was a huge market, maybe 2. I usually have a good sense of direction, but in my sheep like state I soon got disorientated!
Here’s the lovely lady who quite a few of us bought our African Waxed prints from. Either £15 or £20 for 6 m of amazing fabric. Bargain!!
Stalls full of really cheap and wonderful trim and all sorts of haberdashery.
And a trip to the Fancy Silk Store. Here’s Becca and Vicky posing!
There were 3 floors of so much fabric I’d have needed a week to have a proper look round.
By mid afternoon we were ready to head to Guthrie and Ghani who had tea, coffee and cake waiting for us and also selling raffles. There was also more temptation to buy scrumptious fabric and patterns! And a pub nearby to buy lunch and wine!
We caught the bus. I imagine a queue of 120 ladies waiting patiently to catch the bus, but as we’d split up into smaller groups people made their way there as they were ready.
We were greeted at the door and given a sticker Ben! Even big kids like stickers!
And Elizebeth made sure we were suitably refreshed with coffee and cake.
Please can whoever made those big bakewell buns with the jam in the middle send me the recipe!!??
It was a lovely warm afternoon and we were able to dine alfresco outside the pub.
What a lovely bunch of ladies who I had lunch with!
At half 3 we headed back as it was time for the raffle to be drawn!
There were too many ladies to fit everyone upstairs, so a lot were downstairs in the shop.
Lauren was in contact with downstairs by telephone to relay the winning ticket numbers.
I won a sewing box with some Prym goodies inside and cyber-mom won Tillys Coco pattern and some grey ponte knit fabric.
Ooops – don’t hink Becca was quite ready for this! Hello to Abigail from Sew Abigail and Lucy from Sew Essential! Sorry Lucy for spoiling a couple of your photos, the excitement just got to me and I couldn’t help myself with the photo bombing!
Me & Charlotte – how amazing that she organised such a fabulous day 3 years running!!
Still smiling at we head home to Leeds.
I was really quite restrained with my purchases, only buying 2 pieces of fabric. I didn’t go with a shopping list, or anything in mind , but thought I’d buy if anything jumped out at me.
This african was print leapt of the shelf!
And 2m of this argyle patterned fleece which I’m going to make a jacket or gillet for golf.
And my 3rd piece was from the swap. This is a gorgeous soft fabric, about 50-100 cm long (i’ve not measured it). I’m not sure of the content but it looks and feels expensive.
And another swap item…..
More swap goodies….. I was like a magpie when I spotted these shiny buttons
And By Hand Anna from Becca….I’ve been hunting out a hard copy of this for months, so Thanks Becca! (this was pre-planned and not from the swap!)
And a freebie for everyone……
My african wax….I’m thinking an Anna maxi dress for next summer, what do you think?
So there you go, my amazing day at the 3rd Sewbrum meet up! I can’t wait until next year!
Luckily though I won’t have to wait too long before I meet up with some more lovely sewers, and won’t have to travel too far either.
Charlotte has written a round up post including a Vlog and links to other attendees. Click HERE to hear more of what went on on the day!