The inaugural Brisbane Meetup

Yesterday in Brisbane, it was (unusually) a dreary day, however dedicated sewists from far and wide descended on the Brisbane Marriott for the inaugural High Tea Meetup.  In all, 27 people attended, a fabulous turnout!! Even Lizzy from Sewbusylizzy travelled up for the weekend!

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So much colour, even the maître-d noticed that we were all fabulously dressed, of course upon finding out we all sewed his first question was “does anyone do hemming?”  “aaaah, no I don’t think so, we don’t tend to do alterations” was my somewhat diplomatic response. I then proceeded to introduce him to the wonders of hemming tape, I am sure that would be much easier for the poor height deprived man.

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Back to the festivities, fabulous food was consumed, bubbly was consumed and of course then there was the swap!

I love the concentration on Lizzy's face in this pic
I love the concentration on Lizzy’s face in this pic

Boy oh boy was there some treasure, we had to set up one table for patterns and one for fabric. Just about everyone walked away with something new to them, even those that were trying to resist!

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I was expecting the swap to be crazy, but apparently we are civilized ladies and it wasn’t the elbowing and screaming that I might have envisaged, yeah I admit, that would have been pretty entertaining 🙂

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The fabulous ladies in attendance:

Reana Louise, Donna, Lizzy, Sarah, Susie, Dorlene, Michelle, Christine, Rosi, Sofie, Angela, SueJulie, Lana, Sophie, Erin, Gail, Jo, Bianca, Karen, Colette , Kat , Denise,  Judith, Karen, Marjorie and Alice.

With the ever stunning Reana Louise

I didn’t have time to make a new dress for the occasion but pulled out my Alannah Hill floral number blogged here.

Instagram was going pretty crazy with excited photo posts and we have now decided that we will be meeting up much more often. We have a new Brisbane Spoolettes page on Facebook and have decided we definitely need more events, because more events equals more outfit opportunities!! Such a fabulous day and I for one left with an exceedingly croaky voice!! Gee I love meetups!

Meet ups and travelling

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will know that I am travelling at the moment.

I found out early in February that I was needed to judge a competition in Holland in March. As it takes such a long time to travel from Australia to Europe, it is always nice to add a few days on either side.

This time I decided to spend a few days in London before heading to the competition in The Hague. After putting a call out on Twitter to see who would be around, the lovely Jo from sewlittletime started to email the Spoolettes and before I knew it dinner & drinks were arranged for the Tuesday night! Also Roisin and I were chattering in twitter and I had shoe shopping booked in too. Then I saw Amy was in London too and fabric shopping was arranged for the Monday!

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Starting with Monday, we met at Goldhawk Road at 11am, all up there were six of us Rachel (fresh from Project Sewn), Amy, New Mood Blogger Fiona, Inna, Alana and I. We shopped for treasure, stopped for a spot of lunch and of course a little more shopping. In preparation for the sewdollyclackett challenge, I bought the swimming ladies. Obligatory I thought! I also bought a lovely cherry print.

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A fabulous day!

I didn’t sleep that night as had seen some rayon that day that I didn’t buy and I kept dreaming about it so the next day I had to head back to buy it, I knew that it would bug me forever if I didn’t! (Hmmm where is my pic of this? Writing on my iPad at a cafe, this is tricky! Sorry you’ll have to wait)

That night I met Roisin for a spot of shoe shopping. Unfortunately neither of us saw any shoes we had to have but it was lovely to meet the famous Dolly Clackett, she is just as brilliant in person as you might expect.

We then headed to dinner with the fabulous Spoolettes Jo, Nicole, Clare, Tania, Elena and Sally. Again, it was like meeting old friends and the night was over before I knew it. We all chattered so much I forgot to take any pictures until I was on the way to the tube!

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What an awesome bunch of people, I love that I can travel to the other side of the world and have people I can meet, that make me feel welcome and like I have known them forever.

Brisbane Meet Up – 30 March

Ahoy Brisbanites (and of course anyone else who would like to join!), it is now time for us to be social too! After seeing all the other great blogger meetups in Melbourne, the London, Birmingham etc, it is about time for us to have a meetup of our own.

The lovely Kat (Petticoats and Peplums) and I are organising a meetup and would like you all to get out of your sewing rooms and to join us for an afternoon of chatting, eating and a swap!!  All are welcome, and of course you don’t have to have a blog.

From some preliminary discussions on Twitter, we have decided on 30 March and we already have good interest, even from out of State bloggers! The venue is yet to be finalised and is dependent on numbers, but we are hoping for somewhere at Southbank for ease of transportation.

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Have I convinced you to come along?  If so, please leave a comment below with your email address. We will then email once we finalise the venue etc.

More details soon – put it in your diary peoples!!