What you missed at the August evening meeting…

It was a hive of activity and conversations at last Thursday’s evening meeting. We had nine people attending, including one for whom it was their first time, which made for a nice full room, with everyone working away on their varying projects. At one point we took a short break from our busyness to each introduce ourselves and talk about what we were working on, and we found there was quite a wide variety of things being made.

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August sewing evening is this week

Hi Everyone,

Our next meeting will be Thursday evening 20th August 7 – 9p.m. at Highbury House Community Centre, 110 Hinemoa St. Birkenhead.

Take your machine and sewing for a warm relaxing evening of uninterrupted sewing.

sewing machines on tableHope you can make it.

Kind regards,

Upcoming Fabric events

Fabrics sales for spring, people…

Add to your calendars two notable fabric events in the Auckland space.

Auckland Vintage Textile Fair

Sunday 30 August 2015 between 10am – 4pm

Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Rd West, Auckland

Cost of admission: $8.00

Website: www.vintagetextilefair.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vintagetextilefair

You’ll obviously be torn when you note the CLASH of sewing related appointments below (with the SCA Group meeting and Te Aroha Retreat weekend, sigh…)


Saturday 5 September 2015 between 9am – 12.30pm

New location at St Columba’s Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.

Stalls of beautiful fabric and haberdashery.

Website: www.fabricabrac.co.nz
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Fabric-a-brac/150536284991594


Mary’s day at the Tailoring Workshop

I found it very rewarding – no pictures though as it was full-on the entire day.

It was beneficial to actually put into practice methods I had seen in sewing magazines – the technique for sewing lapels expertly the first time for instance with precision where the pieces meet.

We did welt pockets with a flap – I normally use the Palmer Pletsch method but this was quicker and not so bulky.

The methods taught were industry standard practices.

Margaret (the teacher) has good quality sewing machines (Pfaff) and the small class size enabled all of us to get individual attention.


What a tremendous turnout at both the group meeting in Birkenhead and the tailoring workshop in Epsom yesterday.


Recently, we connected up with Alison – clearly a dedicated sewist – who has links to two groups, Stitch Birds in Palmerston North & Hawke Couture in Hastings.  A big shout out to all the members of those groups.  If you’re ever up our way, get in touch and come to one of our monthly meetings. We can put you in touch with all the right places to help satisfy your sewing needs!




1st August meeting – Social sewing

I was expecting a nice quiet morning of sewing this month with the regulars that weren’t going along to the tailoring workshop that was happening across the harbour bridge in Epsom, but instead we ended up with a full house, as we had three new people come along. So it’s a big welcome to Eunice, Andrea, and Nomes. We also welcomed back Cecile and Michelle for their second meetings. It was great to see that three of the visitors signed up as members on the day!

We started off the meeting with our usual “show and tell”, where we got to see a lovely quilt that Linda had made, Andrea showed off her creations that she was wearing, including a cowl neck top that was a proof-of-concept test for a dress that she plans on making, and Diane told us the things she has been learning during the process of making 70 chef’s aprons, including how proficient she is becoming at streamlining the tasks involved, and finding various short cuts to make the job easier.

The highlight for me though, has to be the stunning “party dress” that Eunice had designed, drafted, and sewn. She has done a three month pattern making course and one month of sewing classes back in Beijing before moving to New Zealand earlier this year. The photo below doesn’t show the full glory of the dress, which was fully lined, and made from lovely translucent fabric. The bodice had a lovely sculptural texture to it with horizontal pleats of the fabric giving a beautiful effect.

Eunice's party dress

After “show and tell”, the room became a hive of activity as people got stuck in to their varying projects, and we were reluctant when the time came for us to pack up and go our separate ways.