Bloggers of the world (well… a couple of countries) unite!

Last night I had my first ever blogger meet up at Oh Sew Brixton, in aid of International Women’s Day and Oxfam. Tilly and the Buttons organised a coterie of sewing bloggers to attend, of which I was one. Did You Make That was another, Handmade Jane another, Lazy Stitching too, plus a group of other sewing lovelies.

Do you know, I was so nervous beforehand? I can only liken it to a first date after a flurry of emails: finally meeting in REAL LIFE the people you ‘speak’ to almost every day, having seen their homes, their wardrobes, hearing about their projects, their work, their day – all before you’ve even slapped eyes on them in the flesh. And heard what they sound like! I didn’t know Alana was from New Zealand! Karen didn’t know I was Irish! Everyone was  lovely and friendly – it was hugs all round at home time. I even caught up with Alana on a delayed Victoria line tube and we yacked all the way to Highbury & Islington.

In my excitement (even though I brought a camera) I completely forgot to take any photos, so meander on over to Tilly’s and Karen’s blog for the goodies. Alana and I made make-up bags, Jane chucked out beautifully made pouch after pouch and Karen made a gorgeous iPad cover. Unfortunately its size was based on some dodgy half-remembered arithmetic and the conspicuous absence of said iPad meant that it was slightly too small. But look at what she’s done with it! Gorgeous.  Tilly embroidered the cutest raccoon… I’m itching to try embroidery – any good book recommendations for beginners?

Here’s my make up bag.

And some swishy inner lining…

It was pretty easy if you discount that my continuous yacking led me to sew one side on upside down and back to front and that I was probably the only person in the room to use the seam ripper TWICE. If you fancy having a (better) go you can get the pattern and instructions for free from the Oh Sew Brixton website. Do try their classes – I went to the wardrobe cloning workshop (£35) last year and it was brilliant.

In other news, I have purchased this thing of beauty:

Kwik Sew Onesie

Yes, it’s a onesie for adults. Stop laughing. STOPPIT.

I plan to do version A and leave out the elastic waist – who wants elastic round their cuddly bits? I may also add a padded pouch at the front for slipping in and securing a hot water bottle. Genius? I think so. Why are you still laughing? By the time I finish this it will be time for winter again… Ok so now you’re choking and spluttering and unable to speak so I shall take my merry leave of you. You’ll be jealous when the time comes. Mark my words… jealous and COLD. Hmpf.

20 thoughts on “Bloggers of the world (well… a couple of countries) unite!

  1. Ooh, I love the onesie idea!!!!!!! With a properly placed hot water bottle pocket, it would be pretty much perfect for lounging around on certain crampy days each month.😉 (TMI??)

    In other news, I’m jealous I’m not in the UK like you lucky ladies who got to 1) go to Oh Sew Brixton, and 2) MEET UP and sew with each other.

    • Hah friend of the onesie! I know there are more of you out there – show yourselves! Not TMI – rather exactly what I was thinking! If it’s any consolation we were lamenting last night that we can just pop over to see our US chums too *big internet hugs*

      • Hi again, Joanne! Just a heads up, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You needn’t participate if it’s not your thing, but I just wanted to let you know. Details on my blog soon.:)

  2. I used to wear a onesie…I must have been in my teens…they were super warm as a pajama…but awfully cold when you had to take them off (if you see what I mean!). It must have been a great night with the girls. Oh sew Brixton seems great!

  3. I had a pair of pink fleece footie pajamas when I was in highschool. They were awesome. I loved them. People who giggle and point are just jealous.😉

  4. Awesome! I am spending the weekend with my friends and their girls, who last night wore their pink fluffy onesies to bed. You’d fit right in! The hot water bottle pocket is genius. Maybe you were a kangaroo in another life…

  5. I admit, I’m still giggling… I probably will be for awhile, but mostly cause I can’t “un-see” that picture of the woman on the front trying to pose all sexy, and just looking like an oversized version of Toby from the Labyrinth lolol!!!!

    However, I’m positive your version will somehow manage to be stylish and cosy, and probably start a wave of inspired onesies across the sewist community:)

    P.S. when I saw your jackets on Tilly’s blog post I thought “how like glimpsing a celebrity!” You ladies are so lucky to live close enough to meet in person!:)

  6. I’m also very jealous of your meet up – it looks like quite a lot of fun! And… teeeheeee… onesies… I don’t even know what to say, honestly! You just sew that thing and wear it and laugh in all our faces with your warm and snuggly self!

    (P.S. I agree that the real aversion to this pattern is the illustration… I mean really!)

  7. If you’re going to leave out the elastic, I think what your onesie will be crying out for is a bow belt, don’t you think? Just to add to the sex appeal. Please tell me you’re making it in velour.

    If you want to try out embroidery, I highly recommend the Sublime Stitching book:

    It’s a lovely read, easy to follow and has a load of patterns included – yay!


    • Ah brill thanks Tilly – will take a looksie at Sublime Stitching. Oooh velour – what a good idea. I can imagine it right now. Off to John Lewis to inspect their collection!

  8. Oooh a velour onesie, a bit like a grown-up babygro, what’s not to like! It was so lovely to meet you Joanne, here’s to the next time. xx

  9. Genius. I’m cold right now so a onesie would be awesome.
    Normally I rely on crocheting blankets to keep me warm but I’m being good and putting them aside in favour of coursework. Oh. Oops.
    I think I should disable Google Reader for a bit…

  10. I’m way late to this comment party, but had to say, I’m jealous of your onesie pattern! When I was a wee kid, my mother and I had matching ones in red and white stripe, just like the lady pictured on the cover!! Ah, the memories, thanks:)

  11. Oh my gosh, it’s genius! I really love your ideas. The onesie pattern is perfect for an upcoming project of mine…where did you find it?:)

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