So, here’s the story – back on Friday 15 July, 8 members of the BSC Perth sewing club (Sarah, Elle, Debra, Vanessa, Sandra, Fleur, Kate and Helen) travelled to Dwellingup! Kids, husbands, partners, housework, gardens and other distractions were left at home for a sewing weekend away.
For the weekend, we stayed at the Forest Heritage Centre in Dwellingup. Despite the multitude of warnings received pre-departure about HOW COLD it was going to be … turns out it wasn’t so bad after all. Huzzah! (Of course, the toasty warm fires going during the day, and the room heating at night obviously helped with that!)
When we arrived on Friday evening, dinner had been organised and was being prepared by Elle, assisted by those who arrived early. Delicious chicken and vegetable soup and lemon pudding filled everyone up over conversations about what each person was hoping to work on that weekend, and what interesting things they had bought along to show/share.
We each chose one of the basic but comfortable rooms to dump our sleeping bag, and stowed our sewing supplies in the common room, ready to go on Saturday!
The accommodation block at the Forest Heritage Centre.
The common room was a great space for sewing – kitchen for snacks, a fire for warmth, wooden floors (for easy sweeping up of trimmed threads), a table and kitchen island for cutting, and a long table for the setting up of sewing machines.
On Saturday morning everyone got up for a full-cooked breakfast… then, it was time to get to work! A few us were working on dresses which we were optimistically hoping to have finished in time for dinner that evening, the others were working on a range of projects – including a skirt, trousers and a 1920s costume for a party in London! Here’s a few photos to prove we were doing more than just talking!
Elle and Sandra excitedly cutting out and discussing pattern pieces.
Here’s Fleur wearing her work-in-progress dress. In this picture you can also see Sandra helping make some adjustments to the dress to improve the fit. Sandra helped EVERY SINGLE PERSON AT SOME POINT this weekend… as well as sewing herself a new skirt. A. Sewing. Machine. Thanks Sandra!