While it’s fun getting together in Sandra’s studio and gossiping while we stitch, there have been suggestions about running meets in a more structured way.
So – from a cider-fueled brainstorming session that included a large piece of paper and textas in lots of different colours, here is the BSC sewing year. (subject to change according to feedback)
January (Saturday 14, 1.30pm at Fleur’s house) – general sewing. Bring along a project and your sewing machine for an afternoon of relaxation with a bit of sewing thrown in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address
February (Sunday 19, 1.30pm at Vanessa’s house) – knickers! Bring along some soft cotton knit (a t-shirt is perfect) and sew yourself some fabulous unmentionables. Stay tuned for a post from Vanessa with links to patterns and other resources and a list of what notions you might need. Email email@example.com for the address)
March (Saturday 17, 1.30 – subject to change, venue probably Sandra’s studio but this may also change) – general sewing. Bring along your latest project and sewing machine, or sew some angel bags for a charity that helps kids who are abruptly taken into foster care.
April (Sunday 15, 1.30pm, Sandra’s studio in Malaga) – make do and mend. Do you have a pile/basket/shameful secret stash of garments that need their hems sewn up/buttons sewn back on/to be taken in a bit to fit properly? Bring them along and get them done. Your conscience will thank you
**Later in April – the Inaugural BSC Perth Sewing Weekend Away! This is very exciting! The plan is a bit vague just now, but round about the weekend of April 27-29 we will book the accommodation at the Dwellingup School of Wood and spend a weekend there sewing, watching fashion-inspired movies, exploring Dwellingup and generally having a lovely weekend away. More details as they are sorted out.
May (Saturday 19, 1.30 Sandra’s studio in Malaga *subject to change) – general sewing. And it’s the day before Jacquie’s birthday, so champagne and cake!
June (Sunday 17, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga) t-shirt refashion. Stay tuned for a post from Debra with links to resources for turning an average piece of cotton knit into something fabulously unique.
July (Saturday 14, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga *subject to change) – general sewing.
August (Sunday 19, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga) – boxer shorts. Stay tuned for a post from Sarah with links to resources and patterns. These are simple enough to be finished easily in our usual three-hour session.
September (Saturday 15, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga *subject to change) – general sewing.
October (Sunday14, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga) – op-shop challenge! Expect a post after the September meet about this. You’ll need to go to an op-shop and buy a piece of clothing for $5 or less that you bring along to the meet and refashion into something no-one will ever guess started life in a completely different guise.
November (Saturday 17, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga *subject to change) – general sewing.
December (Sunday 16, 1.30pm Sandra’s studio in Malaga) – BSC Christmas party. It’s a bit too soon to be thinking about how we’ll celebrate, but expect bubbly to be involved.
We’re also going to bring back Show and Tell – if you find something gorgeous or make something of which you’re particularly proud bring it along and tell everyone about it.
And we’re going to have a constant de-stash swap box going – if there’s a piece of fabric or pattern you’re realistically never going to make, donate it to the box and someone else can put it to use.
Expect also to see a BSC notice board in Sandra’s studio. Everyone can put up notices to events of interest, articles from newspapers or magazines and so forth, and that’s where we’ll keep name badges (admit it – there are names you don’t know and have sort-of missed the change to ask).
Sandra is also very keen to organise a couple of frocktail events. These could even be aligned with the general sewing afternoons – finish off your haute couture creation, rush home to frock up, meet somewhere chic for dinner and admiring glances.
Field trips are also on the agenda – we hear that Potter’s Fabrics has planned a new, bigger shop and there’s a suggestion Sandra’s beloved, James, might also take a screen printing workshop.
Does that get your creative juices flowing?