Thursday, 19 June 2014

Minervacrafts Meet Up - June 2014

 British Sewing Awards 2013
Hello, hello, hellooooo. Is anyone  there?

Yes I know, it has been so long, and even when I do blog it is nothing to do with anything I have sewn *bends her head down in shame*.  I will blog some creations I promise, am going to learn how to make tops/blouses and not bore you with any more simple skirts. I have a couple more skirts to show you, then it's something a little more interesting. Er stop yawning y'all.

Am not an avid blogger but I have never left it this long but when life gets in the way, it gets in the way. I noticed all my images have disappeared from a couple of my previous posts and my profile pic. What's gone on there? It annoys me that kind of shiz. Anyway on to the topic of this post, Minervacrafts meetup (hereon Minerva).

I follow a lot of blogs and besides seeing images of the bloggers fab creations they also wax lyrical about sewing meet-ups they have been on or about to go on. I read about this dozens of times, which got me thinking, hey T why don't you get in on the action. This year I did. Not one but two, NYlon which was held in London, May this year (blog about that another time) and Minerva this month, June the 14th to be precise.

I was intending to go to Minerva by car with a sewing group gal but work intervened and they had to cry off much to my disappointment but hey that's how the cookie crumbles.  

Photo: Courtesy of Minervacrafts

Minerva is a craft store based in Darwen just outside Darwen train station. Love it  when a place is that close to a train station when you don't drive. Minerva won four sewing awards in 2013 and decided to celebrate the fact. The beauty of these awards is that they were voted by the likes of you and me, not the establishment. Okay I have no idea who the establishment might be but I have been dying to say "the establishment"  sounds gangster.  
So here I was left to my own devices, bouncing back and forth as to whether I was going to go as I wasn't feeling well and the the fare was about £14 aka fabric money. To cut a long story short I decided to attend. Up I was at the crack of dawn, showered and dressed, eyes struggling to adjust to the daylight. I jumped the train, arrived too early for the event, went for a wander, returned a few moments before the doors opened. 

Friendly faces, bucks fizz and a bag containing the agenda and other bits and bobs was there to greet me, yes, ladies and gentlemen  I was glad I decided to go.  As the old adage goes, you regret more the things you didn't do than the things you did, or something along those lines, you get the gist.  Or to sound gangster . . .  You get me ?

Golden Girl Vicki - Sales Director

It was nice to meet the sales director and co-ordinator of the event Vicki in the flesh and in the dress I had seen sneak previews of on instagram. Glancing around the store, to say I was like a child in a candy store is to put it mildly. Okay we UK'ers say sweet shop but the Americans 'candy store' sounds so cute besides my grandad was American so I will use that as my excuse. A quick glance around this fabric heaven was enough for me to wish I had more money, much more money. This was further cemented after fondling touching the fabric Ooo eee. Where's that genie when you need him?

I couldn't resist adding a caption. 

Me: Hey Vicki, doubt I will be buying any fabric today.
Vicki: Yeah right! You crack me up, you should be a comedian.

Various workshops, quizzes, competitions were the order of the day.  if you were lucky to find one of the gold tickets hidden amongst all that fabric you won a prize, simples. Do people still say 'simples' ? Not heard it for a while but I kind of like it, even though I don't use it. Great talks by Elisalex and Victoria -  By Hand London and Karen who blogs over at Did You Make That. Have you spotted Karen above in the fabulous dress, I kept eyeing up, as I love a funky print, yes sir. 

With regard to BHL I desperately want their Elisalex pattern, I mean WANT! I only noticed it in Minervacrafts after I had spent my money, damn! Same when I was in London for the NYlon meet-up, I thought yes I will pick this up but I don't think we went near a stockist. The opportunity only appears to arise when am skint.  I suppose it might be a good idea to learn how to make tops before I start crying over fully blown dress patterns. I even have the fabric for this pattern, so I know I will have it one day, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. A little homage to Casablanca.

Vicki and two of the cool By Hand London gals Victoria & Elisalex

Back to Minerva there are a plethora of fabulous photo's here on the Minerva website, gorgeous photo's of the bloggers et al in their evening clothes, referred to as the Big Reveal. 

Anyway if you are not far away from Darwen check them out one day or order fabric from their award winning website, which I will be doing in the future as they have some fabulous jersey's which is hard to get hold of in my neck of the woods. Am sure I have just seen a notice that said they were having a 20% promotion on selected fabrics, mosey on over. By the way it's free UK delivery on orders £20 and over, again am going to use that word . . . simples.

Before I go I will leave you with this pearl of wisdom . . . Cool Girls Sew.

Excuse any typo's am dog tired

Until Next Time

Sassy T


Sunday, 12 January 2014

SSB Retro Faves - 2013

Well hellooo and welcome to 2014. This post is all about my facebook page Sassy Sewing Bees where I champion the fabulous creations of others. Since we are beginning a new year I wanted to share with you my favourite creations posted on SSB in 2013.

Choosing favourites was so hard as every creation I post on SSB are ones that have caught my eye for one reason or another. Today will be all about my fave vintage inspired creations. Without further ado and in no particular order . . .


How eye-catching is this photo shoot? A 1950's inspired dress created by Solanah of Vixen Vintage  ain't she just modelling it to a tee, I might add. Solanah also designed the cotton fabric. From a distance a 1950's novelty print, close up items depicted from the modern show Supernatural. Love the way the dress is toughened up with the boots. 

Peace Baby

I smile each time I see this image, I bet the 70's was such a laid back sunny era, I was a child then so can't recall. Using McCalls 6083 Maude intended this top to be a jumpsuit but when push came to shove the jumpsuit idea was replaced by a top. How damn cute does this gal look?  I love everything about this image the styling, the laid back demeanor and the sunny weather. Oh how I miss the sun, am beginning to think it was the 70's when I last saw it. Deets here.  MP By Maude


Seamstress Joelle was commissioned by the model above to create a 1940's suit which included this uber cute pleated peplum jacket, made from a polyester crepe. What pleats you ask? The ones at the back I respond.  Since am only featuring one image for each creation you can see the back here, the pleats and the back detail are my favourite part of the jacket, so shimmy on over

 Code Breaker


I think of WWII codebreakers in Bletchley Park when I see this, not sure why, maybe because she looks 1940's and smart, or maybe I watch too much TV, anyway who cares, this jacket is bangin. A 1940's inspired jacket created by Pimpernet with a wool/poly gaberdine fabric and snazzy leather leaf appliqué. Sketches, images and inspiration here



Last but not least giving it the 60's vibe is Catherine from Sewing The 60's  Although Catherine used a 70's pattern her inspiration was from fashion designer Barbara Hulanicki also founder of the 60's iconic London store Biba. Catherine used a black poly chiffon with tiny gold foil print, a close up is on her blog. She does look like a typical 60's babe, you're working it girlfriend.

I hoped you enjoyed my vintage faves for 2013. The next fave post will be five from the rest of the bunch.

Until Next Time

Sassy T


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year gorgeous people, it's been a long time but one of my new year resolutions has been to sew more which means blog more . . well that's the plan. Am in the process of creating button holes/sewing buttons on three 2013 projects. Gosh I can't wait to put them to bed.

As you know or may not know I run a facebook page called  Sassy Sewing Bees where I champion the creations of others, be it vintage inspired, bad ass, modern or just breathtaking. In addition I will post the odd tute I come across, a vintage image, humour and anything else that floats my boat. I post practically everyday as the posts are short and sweet. I find the page inspiring.

At some point am going to be posting my favourite five creations posted on SSB in 2013. There will be two groups of five, vintage inspired and miscellaneous. So look out for that blog post if you like a little sewing awesomeness.

I treated myself to a couple of online sewing sale goodies last night  and collected them today.  I just love 'click and collect'  saves on the delivery costs. When am working on something it is not unusual to perform some sewing tasks upstairs in my craft room and others downstairs where it is cosier which most of the time involves removing pins. Lost count of how many times I had forgotten to bring down my pin tin which results in having pins up and downstairs, a pet hate. Enter this uber cute retro wrist pin cushion for just under a fiver a cool bargain from John Lewis.

Second up is a cute retro tin, now to be honest I don't need any more cute tins, I already have two I use for sewing notions but am not one to ignore a bargain, so snapped it up. I shall use it for my special notions, ie cute bias binding, pretty grosgrain, those notions one saves for a special project. Am now officially done with cute tins

Hope you all had a great Christmas and the New Year is as fruitful as you deserve. 

Adios amigos

Sassy T


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