Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Return to the Scene of the Crime - Farewell meetup for Amy

Is it possible to run out of things to talk about when a bunch of enthusiastic seamsters get together? Purely a rhetorical question because I can tell you the answer is never. This post's title refers to our meetup last year at the same wine bar. The evening was arranged by the wonderful Amy (you know her from her SewWell blog as well as the Mood Sewing Network). We first met just about a year ago when I had Karen who writes the Did you make that? blog as my sewing student for a week here in California. One of the highlights of that week was a meetup that Karen and I arranged at a wine bar in San Francisco, here is a link to Amy's post summarizing that fun night.
More get togethers followed but this was Amy's last meetup as a California resident. Career developments beckon so she and her husband are relocating to Seattle.  She arranged for all of us to meet at Britex after hours and we had a champagne toast to wish her well. Do you recognize that famous staircase leading to all kinds of lovely fabrics and extra special goodies on the upper floors?


It was great to see all these friends and meet some sewists who I have only seen on their blogs. Starting at the bottom of the photo is me, then to my left is Jilly of JillyBeJoyful and next to her  in the white/black coat is Jean of JKaori Sews. Behind in the lime green sweater is Kelly of Bennomusik, a new addition to our group, yeah! Next in the red jacket is Shams of Communing with Fabric. Going up the staircase on the next row are Rebecca (another new face!), Vanessa and then in the turquoise top is Elizabeth of e-bethknits. Right behind her is Laura Mae of Lilacs and Lace and yes, she was wearing one of her fantastic vintage style outfits. To her right in the gingham shirt is Erin of SeamstressErin. With the red scarf is Geanna of Britex, just behind her is Veronique of verte-adelie and then at the top of the staircase in the white sweater is Amy of SewWell and our leader for the evening.
After our champagne toast we walked over to the wine bar around the corner and settled in for some serious sewing chat. It does amaze me that we can go for four hours talking patterns, fabric, blogs, successes, frustrations, sewing books, photography and of course the Great British Sewing Bee.

Sometimes I laugh at myself because I make all kinds of outfits but once the garment is completed and the photo is taken I don't stop to do any more photography - in the wild, so to speak. To prove that I do wear these things I give you a look, at the best photo location for sewing fanatics in San Francisco. Just one door down from Britex, so if you are in the vicinity be sure to wear your me-mades and take the requisite theme photo!  Wearing the world's greatest skirt pattern V1247, blogged here, and the jacket is S2455, blogged here.  The top I am not yet sure about, it is a red rayon jersey cowl neck, NL6901 made with long sleeves, photo at the end of this post. 

Me at Union Square

I took one very crummy Iphone pic at the end of the evening but I just saw a post by Jilly  with more photos so jump over there to see more about this evening.

Britex meetup group at wine bar

I am sorry to see Amy leave the bay area but will look forward to keeping up with her on line. We had a great evening and I think a summer get-together is in the works for this group. If you are traveling to San Francisco and want to meet some fellow sewing fanatics let me know, as we are always ready to arrange a meetup.

Here is the top and the pattern photo for the New Look cowl top. Another blogger connection as I received this pattern in a giveaway and now I can't remember who sent it to me. too many patterns...

                                        NL6901 pattern envelopeNL6901 cowl neck top in red

By the way, Karen (Did you make that? mentioned above) is now a Fashion Blogger with the UK newspaper, the Guardian.  I am so proud !  Ok, nothing to do with me but it is fun to say it. Hey - come to think of it, maybe you should get in touch for some private sewing tutoring with me,  who knows where you will end up?

Happy sewing and I look forward to our next meetup


  1. Excellent recap of a fun evening! I'm going to add a link to your post - mine was rather, shall we say, succinct lol!

  2. I just love that jacket, Beth. What a fun evening that was! I really enjoyed seeing old friends once again and meeting new ones. I look forward to a summer meetup!

  3. The smile on your face says it all! So neat to see you all get together having a wonderful time.

  4. What fun, all meeting up like that! I must admit, I'm quite envious whenever I read about you San Francisco girls getting together :)

  5. Blogger meet ups are always great fun! And I discovered some new blogs as a result of your post. thanks

  6. You look great, Beth! Aw, I wish I had been in San Francisco for a warm, balmy evening with some wine and friends.

  7. There I am! ! And it was a complete blast! I'm a big fan, Beth. I'm glad we had a chance to meet.

  8. You ladies look like you had a lot of fun! Had a sewing meetup last night and it was most enjoyable. Sometimes I think the real life meetups are the best part of being a sewing blogger XD Also that pic of you outside the machine shop window-I was scrolling and did a double take: totally Helen Mirren-icious. Awesome shot. Rock on!

  9. Ha, it seems everybody got the picture but me. :) You're right, it really felt like "going back to the scene of crime", being seated at the same table we were for the Karen meet up!

  10. I'm just now coming up for air here in Seattle, and I wanted to thank you for making it out to the city. It wouldn't have been the same without you! And, thanks for the card and its contents! I look forward to tackling my first welt pocket now!