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Sew Brum 2017

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Saturday saw this year’s Sew Brum event. I attended this last year and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Sew Brum is organised by Charlotte from English Girl at Home and open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. In short, it is a day of manic fabric shopping and a chance to meet like-minded sewing addicts.

We started the day in John Lewis this time, which was extra convenient for those of us who came by train. Perhaps it’s the mixture of prints, familiar from online browsing, or just that sewists are a well dressed bunch of people; either way,  I could instantly recognise the Sew Brum contingent when I entered the cafe.

Sew Brum John Lewis

Gathering at the John Lewis Cafe

First, we headed to the Rag Market. There are fabric stalls outside and also in the covered market. There was a fantastic selection of sequined fabrics and velvets this time, perfect for party outfits, which seemed to be firm favourites with the group. I totally indulged myself at one of the stalls that was selling Liberty fabrics. I bought a beautiful cotton lawn for only £8 a metre and a jersey for £6 a metre. I can well see myself visiting this stall again in the future.

Liberty Fabrics

The next stop was the Fancy Silk Store. The first floor, in particular, is well worth a visit. There are fantastic lace and silk fabrics there.

I noted some great brushed cotton fabric on the ground floor, but decided I wasn’t too sure about it. I’m regretting it now as I knew they would be great for some winter PJs, but I was on strict orders not to buy too much!

Fancy Silk Store

Fancy Silk Store

Our final stop in the centre of Birmingham was Barry’s fabric store. This store is very overwhelming and I really wasn’t sure where to start. I spent most of my time just migrating between the rows of fabric bolts, fondling anything fluffy in a daze. My rumbling stomach was an added distraction and I really couldn’t make a decision. I was very taken though by the beautiful wool fabrics. There was a wide selection here for jackets and coats.

Barry's Fabric Store

Barry’s Fabric Store

Arriving in Moseley on the bus, our first priority was some lunch. This year we ate in The Village pub. The food was great and we started to feel better equipped to make more fabric purchasing decisions in Guthrie and Ghani’s.

Guthrie & Ghani

Guthrie & Ghani

I had brought a wish-list with me, but I’d so far managed to buy nothing that could be used for any of my proposed makes. With this in mind, I bought some sweatshirting in a dark turquoise. At least one item, a sweatshirt, will be made from that list!

Guthrie & Ghani

Guthrie & Ghani

As usual there was a raffle. This year I was thrilled to get a prize, the Marshmallow dress pattern from Cocawawa Crafts. It’s rather a departure from my normal style, but I’m wondering if I can wear it more as a tunic or perhaps adapt it to make a top – just some plans whizzing around my head!


From the left – Liberty Jersey with “secret cat” pattern, Liberty tana lawn, Marshallow dress pattern, Sweatshirt fabric

Thanks to Emily, Vicky and Charlotte for joining me around Birmingham. I really do see the attraction of shopping with an “old lady” trolley, however, my fabric stash is already taking over it’s allotted space. I forced myself to be quite restrained buying only three fabrics.

I managed to get back home just after seven, thoroughly worn out, but with a reinvigorated desire to get back to the sewing machine.

Many thanks to Charlotte for organising this fantastic event – it was a very enjoyable day. I’m looking forward to next year already!

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