Paris Sew Social - and a three-prize Giveaway!

Sunday, 3 May 2015


A weekend in Paris? Child free? Shopping for fabric and meeting some of my best sewing friends?
It’s no wonder that by the Saturday night of our #Parissewsocial weekend I could barely sleIep, honestly I was like a little kid at Christmas.

Picnics in Paris' Place du Vosge


It all started with an email from Anneka at Naeh Connection and Jo of Dotta Sews. Did I want to join them for a weekend in Paris, along with some of my favourite European bloggers?

Mais Oui!

The whirlwind of messages that followed over the next few months was hilarious. Honestly our excitement almost lept off the screen. 
And the generosity of our sponsors was incredible. We've been supported by some of the best European fabric designers and pattern makers. Just look at these goodies. Spot the Liberty? Petit Pan? Art Gallery? Like I said, I am still a kid at Christmas. And we've got some fabulous prizes to give away too.


So what was it like stepping out from behind the computer screen, and meet sewing friends 'for real?'
Well, slightly nerve-wracking, but also joyful. 

I arrived early, on Thursday and met the other early arrivals Annika of Nah Connection, Marta of Do Guincho and Sophie of C'est La Vie. Suddenly these lovely women, who were familiar photos were chatting and laughing before my eyes. Indeed practically the first thing that Sophie, Annika and I did was unpack the amazing sponsors parcels of fabric while giggling in our hostel room.
St Christopher’s Inns patiently assisted with our complicated booking and carefully took care of parcels of fabric. And the Office du Tourisme, Parisinfo.com, helped out with maps and guides and info which made everything so much easier
And the accommodation itself was perfect. Located right next to Gare du Nord,  we were able to zip on and off the metro  to  fabric shops across the city. 


Petit Pan 7 Rue du Prague, was our first stop, naturally, and with such an overload of colour it was the first of many difficult decisions...Can I buy the whole shop please?

Throughout the day, the rest of our party, 14 in all, arrived. We became a slightly disorganised, chaotic group, but also all very happy. Trying to keep us together in a busy city wasn't easy. There were endless 'What'sapp' messages along the lines of; "I'm at this metro - where are you?"
Yet despite our chaos we cracked the fabric stores of Paris and we stumbled on the sweetest vintage haberdashery store. I love this pic of An of StraightGrain peaking out behind this treasure trove of all kinds of paraphernalia, sewing and more.

  • Nina from Fliegfederfrei (Switzerland) stocking up on vintage treats

Friday also saw a visit to La Droguerie, at Les Halles, not only home to stunning fabric, but also beads and buttons, beautiful bias and lace and more. 
Laura, of Behind the Hedgerow, faced with impossible choices in La Droguerie

Next stop was Anna Ka Bazaar, home of Atelier Brunette, where we spent our sponsorship from Bernina on the wonderful French designed fabric. Can you imagine 14 fabric-crazy women trying to choose? It was hilarious. I (eventually) chose this plum coloured lawn, and hope to make a blouse.  Look out for some beautiful creations across the blogosphere in the next few weeks.


It might have been decades since I last stayed in a hostel dorm, but it was so much fun. We were giggling like teenagers on Saturday night, mainly about the antics of our French waiter at the meal earlier that evening.
It’s funny, I had been nervous about stepping out from behind the computer screen to meet these women in real life.  But I needn’t have been. I was thrilled that online friendships do materialise into real friendships too.



I loved hearing more about Marte (DoGuincho)’s life in Portugal, and about Annika’s (Naeh Connection) unique home in Germany, and Laura’s (Behind the Hedgerow) move from Belgium to England…and…. and…
It was also a joy to be a with a group of women who all spoke the same language. And I don't mean English.  Many of us were wearing handmade, and there’s nothing better than being with a group of women who say ; “oooh Nani Iro!?”, or “tell me where you got that pattern”, or “wow, great pattern matching.”
And it was an opportunity for us to try on each other’s creations and talk sizing, muslins, invisible hems and more. I loved that Marte was able to actually try on my "petite robe" , blogged here, and I could try Sophie's Marte blouse.. and.. and
Fabric Happy #1 Jo from Dotta Sews
Fabric Happy #2 Marte from Compagnie M



It wasn’t just about fabric shopping. Sophie (C’est la Vie) and I gave up looking at ‘coupons’ remnants of two or three metres of wool, cotton, linen and more which could be snapped up for just a few Euros in the area east of Montmartre.  

Instead we climbed up to the Sacre Coeur and took a peaceful, special moment inside to absorb its beauty, before enjoying a stop in a café in the heart of Montmartre. From there we zipped down to the banks of the Seine, where Paris’ creativity was on show in the form of a free-for-all ,  riverside blackboard.
If you pop over to instagram and look for our #parissewsocial, there's lots more fun pix (Yes! I'm on instagram now!)






Honestly we never stopped talking.

 Not just about sewing (although there was a lot of that) but also about our lives, our families and what motivates us. Stepping out from behind our blogs, meeting the unedited, un-photoshopped versions of ourselves turned out to be joyful.
 I miss my sewing friends, these fantastic women who made something very special happen. Thanks Annika and Jo for starting this whole thing!

Take a look around the blogs this week, for more on #parissewsocial, Do Guincho is sharing her travelogue today, and Annika at Naeh Connection and look out for the rest of our crazy group.


And now for that giveaway - we want to share our goodies, and there are three great packages to be won. And of course, we'll post anywhere in the world. International mail of course...In addition to this the winners can choose to participate in a blog tour in June/July for which we all plan to sew something using the wonderful fabrics and patterns from our sponsors. The giveaway runs until Monday May 11th 2015, 12am CET. To win just enter the rafflecopter below. The more of our social media channels you follow, the higher your chance to win one of the three prizes. 

1st Prize
The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.



2nd prize:



The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.




3rd prize:


The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue stretch fabric with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from stoffe.de


Entry is simply, just click on the rafflecopter below. And the giveaway runs until May 10. 








Paris Sew Social and this giveaway were made possible by our amazing sponsors, so thank you Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, <arel="nofollow" href="http://www.titchythreads.com/" target="_blank">Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern , Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher's Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme


Paris Sew Social 2015


Gioia from dotta (Italy),

Sophie from C'est la vie (France), 

Nina from Fliegfederfrei (Switzerland), 

Maria from La Inglesita (Spain), 
Marta from Do Guincho (Portugal), 
Marte from Compagnie M. (Belgium), 
An from Straight Grain (Belgium), 
Nienke from Pienkel (Netherlands), 
Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes (Netherlands), 
Laura from Craftstorming (UK), 
Laura from Behind the Hedgerow (UK), 
 Olu from Needle and Ted (UK) 
Annika from Näh-Connection.  

10 comments :

  1. That really sounds wonderful! How lucky to, as an adult, still be able to make new friends!

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  2. Looks like a fantastic weekend! What an experience 😊

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  3. Oh that photo of me in Montmartre... I will never forget our special afternoon in Montmartre. So inspiring. Beautiful post altogether. I miss you already!

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  4. Oh mine! So much eye candy! The trip sounds wonderful!

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  5. Yet again a beautiful post. Well, you're a true writer ;) I so enjoyed getting to know you! Uh, and you look so good in your denim dress ;)

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  6. Great memories of a wonderful weekend. I would like to thank you for all the organisation that you did and the sponsorship that you got us. It was such a great weekend and I am so happy to have met you and the rest of the Sew Social Gang.

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  7. Oh my! You all had a fantastic experience!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. Loved reading this - I know how awesome hanging out with sewing buddies is!! As Annika said, your denim dress is a knockout!!

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  9. Wow, so awesome! You look amazing! And I think many of us over here in the US are quite jealous! I would have LOVED to meet you all. Such a great group of incredibly talented women!

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  10. Love all these prizes! I'd love to have the opportunity for a fabric tour of Paris!!

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