Let me introduce my fellow stitchers ~
From l-r: @1inspiredsewl, me, @sewinginatl, @bsiobhansews and Gaylen
(Using everyone's instagram names if you want to follow them!)
I decided to break it down by day because I believe it will give you a better feeling of how Sew Camp actually went.
Friday was Fabric Mart Day ~
The ladies who weren't already at the B&B showed up around 10am for the trip to Fabric Mart. After coffee and freshly baked, gluten free coffee cake, we trooped out to Gaylen's Jeep and journeyed through the back roads of Amish Country to Fabric Mart. The B&B is only 30 minutes from Fabric Mart through the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. It's planting season so it was an amazing drive.
Nelly (@nellys_artistic_creations) was our Tour Guide
She was funny, knowledgeable and just fantastic
Nelly really made the tour and experience AMAZING!
The cutting room at Fabric Mart ~ first stop on the Tour
Fabric Storage and the Shipping Area
Fabric Mart has 3 floors - this is upstairs and where
fabric is photographed for the website
Where samples are cut and assembled for "Julie's Picks Club"
@bsiobhansews standing by her fabric haul waiting for it to be cut
@sewinginatl - she had her fabric boxed and shipped to her.
Obligatory group shot in front of Fabric Mart with our haul
That's my bag in the front and to the left - all 33 yards of it.
Friday evening ~
We were supposed to go out for dinner but after we got our sewing machines set up, all we wanted to do was sew! It really helped that Gaylen scooped up our fabric and put it in the washer and dryer. So we had newly purchased fabric all ready to sew. I think most of us stayed downstairs until 11pm before retiring for the evening.
Saturday Sewing ~
Saturday was all about working on our projects. After a hearty breakfast served in the dining room at the B&B (at 8:30am - I'm sooooo not a morning person when I'm on vacay! *LOL*) we trooped back to the sewing area and sewed all day.
@1inspiredsewl had great stories to share with us and kept us laughing
@bsiobhansews learning how to use a serger
helping @bsiobhansews work the serger
helping @sewinginatl fit her "Tunic Bible" Tunic muslin
and the fabric to be used to make the first version
Saturday Evening ~
We took a break from the sewing room and headed out to dinner. After dinner it was back to the sewing room for more sewing.
Me, B, S and her friend Susan at dinner
C with Gaylen and her husband
Me and B at dinner
We sewed late into the night regretting that the fun was coming to end on Sunday afternoon!
Sunday Sewing ~
After another amazing breakfast, we trooped down to the sewing area to cram in as much sewing as we could before members of our group started to depart. @1inspiredsewl and @bsiobhansews both left around 2pm. @sewinginatl and I were staying through to Monday so we settled in to sew for the rest of the day.
Items Made or Finished During the Weekend ~
B finished two Vogue 8379 wrap dresses. One that she brought with her and completed:
...and one started from scratch from fabric purchased at Fabric Mart!
both pictures - photo credit: @bsiobhansews
@1inspiredsewl worked on perfecting the fit on a dress. All of her fitting challenges were done and transferred to her pattern pieces. She also finished up the binding on a quilt with assistance from Gaylen.
S got her Tunic Bible Tunic muslin fitted, pattern adjusted and new tunic cut and sewn. She took it home to find special trim for it. Then she made out-of-print Simplicity 4701 denim skirt (that was so cute I found a pattern on eBay and bought it too!).
...and I made my Sprout Patterns Turner Dress.
I had the best time! It was fun to meet new sewists and spend time with them fabric shopping, fitting patterns, sewing and laughing at all the stories swapped around our sewing machines.
Now if you've made it all the way to the end and wondering if there are going to be more Sew Camps at Carriage Corner? You are in luck because the next one is scheduled for July 21-23, 2017.
Gaylen wrote a recap post on the Carriage Corner B&B blog with the schedule and costs for the July session. I can also tell you that two spots have already been booked so if you're considering going, I would make that call sooner rather than later! I can also testify that you will have an amazing time, eat some great breakfasts in a wonderful B&B and get some serious sewing done too. I hope you will consider attending!
...as always more later!