Friday, 21 August 2015


25 dressmakers wearing handmade garments meeting up for cocktails and talking about making their own clothes. There were lots of hands on hems, checking out fabrics and finishes and talking about patterns. Monday night was so much fun!

We met at Bar Valentino, New Road, Brighton as it had been recommended to me by at least 10 different people. It didn't disappoint! That Hunny Bunny above, was good!

I tried to get a photo of everyone and ask about their pattern and where they got there fabric from, if I didn't get round to asking you, pop the details of you outfit in the comments and I'll update the post!
There were fabrics purchased all over the world, including Australia, India and Africa.

Frances (left) bought her fabric from The Stitchery in Lewes
Ellen (right) is wearing a vintage Advance pattern 5175 made with fabric from Fabricland

Stacie (left) is wearing Butterick B5951 in floral cotton from Ditto Fabrics
Karly (middle) is in a black shirt dress made with Simplicity pattern Lisette 2466 and fabric from Fabricland
Barbara (right) looked fantastic in a blouse, trousers that are an adaptation from an old Vogue pattern and a jacket with exquisite seam finishes inside

Dianne (right) is wearing an Elisalex (By Hand London) dress in a gorgeous floral print that she picked up in Melbourne.

Josie (left) is wearing a Belcarra (Sewaholic) top in super sparkly fabric from Fabric Godmother
Ricky (right) was wearing an awesome jacket, bought from the Kings Road, London in the 80's

Dee (left) is wearing an MIY Collection Drapey Cardigan and hareem pants in fabric from a Market in Goa
Kylie (right) is in a Bettine dress made with daisy fabric from Guthrie and Ghani

Melina (left) is wearing Liberty fabric made up into Simplicity 2177
Grazia (right) is wearing a Vogue pattern in a floral silk

Wendy (left) is wearing her #refashioners2015 dress made from three mens shirts

I am wearing (left) a vintage inspired dress that I drafted myself in Liberty print parasol fabric from Ditto Fabrics.
Cathy (right) is wearing a blue and black print skirt made from fabric she bought in Kenya

Thank you to everyone who came along, I hope you had fun too!

Out next meet up is on Monday 21st September at The Marwood Coffee Shop. 
Full details will be confirmed very soon!