Oops! I just noticed this sitting in the drafts, 5 months on… Sorry Catty! Sorry also that there aren’t more photos – I’ll try to find and add some soon.Helen xx
Nine days. Big plans! I was going to sew up a storm, update my sewing journal, read some books, schedule in French practice…My plans were:
Finish the Merchant and Mills Clementine Skirt
Finish Style Arc Crystal Over Shirt (which was already cut out)
A Simplicity A-line skirt
2 x Cielo tops 2 x Molly tops
Grainline Renfrew t-shirt
Tilly & the Buttons Indigo dress.
The first day of the sewing retreat was spent lamenting what we had failed to pack/organise which resulted in an emergency trip to Mornington. That meant that I also printed out the Bryn Seamwork dress. This was a good thing.
The second day we went into Cowes for more supplies of things, including some scrap fabric for the pocket bags of my Clementine skirt. I was anxious to crack on with that while Helen was with me as she has done a Ginger Jeans workshop. She was great moral support with the pocket bags which I tackled that evening. However, the first thing I actually made was a happy accident. Helen ran out of fabric and I knew there was some green linen in my ENORMOUS suitcase of ‘just-in-case’ fabric. So she cut into it and then I decided to see if I could get a Cielo from the leftovers. I could. So I did. Discovered I had some cream linen ‘just-in-case’ bias binding and a whole case of ‘just-in-case’ buttons. Perfect!
That meant that the next make had to be the Moji pants as I had nothing to wear with the Cielo top. I used a beautiful silver sage twill for these and I’m delighted with the result. This is the third pair of Moji pants I’ve made and this time I scrapped the cuff and I’m pleased I did.
Next I did some mindless overlocking of the Lander pants and placed the back pockets on to the pieces, hand-sewing them. This meant I’d cut into my denim and, looking at, I thought there was possibly enough for the A-line skirt pattern I’d bought, thinking I’d cut it from some cotton stretch sateen I had brought with me. I used it for the denim instead and lickety split – with a few zipper supply problems – had a straight skirt from that.
That brought my grasshopper attention back to the cotton sateen which I thought might make a Bryn. It did. Another Bryn followed – great shift pattern. Very easy to sew and to wear. The Clementine was looking too big by this stage, so I put it on the back burner.
Helen went home, the weather turned cold and I thought I’d make a Molly top with sleeves from a pretty stretch cotton/linen I’d originally thought would make a new nightgown. I stitched that up and wore it the same night – good, straight forward pattern and it kept me warm!
My husband and mother turned up the next day by which time I’d sewn the Indigo dress – so many gathers! – and made another Costa Tote – because there was still pesky denim leftover!
What did I learn? Don’t put your house on the market the day you disappear for a sewing retreat!
Have a checklist and delegate responsibility for certain items.
Make time to check your supplies – haberdashery, patterns and fabric.
It’s so much easier to sew in a space where you can spread things out!
Also, I can make a good portion of a seasonal wardrobe in a concentrated few days.
I declare the 2020 summer sewing retreat a success!