A Little Day Trip for She: Sewing for Pleasure Show at the NEC


Ha! That rhymes ;)!

At the end of last year, I tried to find a sewing exhibition I could go to pretty soon and subsequently couldn’t find any because I’d missed all of them for 2015!! So I decided I’d make more of an effort to attend at least one this year. So when I saw the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC advertised in a magazine, I decided to go… Unfortunately I was busy on the weekend days but I decided to book a long weekend off work so that I’d still get to go!

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Ticket for 1 day’s entry was £12 and it granted you access to the Sewing for Pleasure show, as well as a crafting and a baking show! So I knew it would take a few hours to wander around! I booked the train, because I didn’t want to have to deal with M1 and M6 traffic, or parking, plus I quite like trains. It meant I could relax and have a few hours to myself!

Onto the best part of the trip!! I did make some purchases, which just made it all the more worth it. First of all, I picked up a bobbin case (not pictured) to store those pesky spools, and a sewing machine carry case (so that I can move my machine around without worrying I’m going to damage it or lose something off it!

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Next, I hit the pattern stand!! I was on the look out for a hoody pattern for myself but found this men’s one, which I decided could work for the fella and could be graded down to suit me… So essentially a 2-in-1. And whilst browsing the rest for something a little more holiday suited, I found this play suit and jump suit pattern. I love play suits, however I find they’re usually really short… This way I can lengthen the shorts and or bodice to suit me!

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With patterns in hand, I went looking for fabrics. First of all a loop-back jersey for the hoody pattern, I could only find it in grey, but that suited me (and the fella) and would encourage me to find a rib fabric and the other notions to actually make the hoodies. The fabric was £9.50 p/m and was my most expensive spend of the day, but it will be worth it!

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Then I found some printed fabrics, in a sale for £5 p/m each, as they were last summer’s stock. The heart printed fabric is a ponti jersey and the other is a crepe style fabric, which I am going to use for the play suit pattern.

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With another hour to go before I needed to leave to get my train, I wandered around aimlessly, looking at cake and paper crafts until venturing back into the sewing show for one last perusal… When I found a sewing ham, and decided I’d take the plunge and finally invest in one. I’m definitely sure that this will come in useful for pretty much all future sewing projects!

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It was at this point I had to leave, because I’d spent more than I’d budgeted for and didn’t want to tempt myself. All-in-all, it was a great trip! With purchases for the sewing home and future projects, I knew the trip was worth it. I bought a show programme so that I’d have a list of everyone I saw on the day for future purchases, and there are some things I had to leave behind so it sure I’ll be checking out a few things online in the next few months!!

I’ve seen a few posts from others who visited the show, I hope you all had as much fun as I did! What purchases did you make, and what plans do you have in-store for them? If you didn’t get to go, hopefully you’ll get to go next time :).


 

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