CarriageCornerSewCamp

Sew Camp #2 – Recap

Better Late Than Never – Right?

In all honesty, I’ve been putting off doing this recap because I don’t have a ton of photos – and I ran out of the ‘swag’ that was in the attendees gift bags.  Then I remembered that S2 had taken a lovely photo and I asked to use hers.

FabricMart Spoils

The 2nd Sew Camp was as wonderful as the first.  We were very lucky in that the only guests at the B&B were sew camp attendees and that meant I could really focus my attention on sewing and spending time with the Sew Camp Attendees.  We had 3 ladies who booked into the B&B for the entire Sew Camp and 2 ladies who joined us for Saturday only.    As Sew Camp does, we started Friday with breakfast and pastries before heading out to FabricMart.  Everyone purchased fabric and at least one piece of that newly purchased fabric got sewn up over the weekend.  Friday dinner was a happy hour, with lots of little finger foods, but it’s been suggested we have more of a cocktail hour next time.  You can always bring your own adult beverages, we are just limited in what we can serve – just FYI.

C stitching her machine knit sweater together – this was completed over the weekend

 

S1 and the front of her Charlie Caftan from her FabricMart purchase

Saturday morning had at least one of the ladies in the sewing room bright and early – before breakfast even.  Which is absolutely fine!  She grabbed her coffee and headed into the sewing space to get a head start on her project.  See, B brought a very involved, couture jacket to work on and she was doing tons of handstitching.  I think it was late Saturday before she started basting things together.  H arrived around 11a and S arrived just before noon.  Once we got everyone set up – it was time to take a short break and have some lunch.  Then people went back to sewing, knitting and conversing.  C – had finished the back of her sweater and was getting started on the front.  A few of ladies took a break and run out to Rumspringa to sample some beer.  Saturday dinner was a baked pasta loaded with sausage and cheese, served with a salad.  We skipped desert.  Several of the ladies stayed up quite late sewing – again, that’s the plus of being at a retreat you can sew as long as you want – stopping only for food.  Sunday was more of the same.

Sunday, there was more sewing.  S & B stayed for lunch which included an amazing blueberry buckle that B made.  It was so yummy!

As is always the case, I really enjoyed spending the weekend with like minded crafty ladies.  I found sound of C’s knitting machine incredibly soothing.  I loved watching B’s progress on her jacket and can’t wait until I catch a glimpse of it on Instagram.  Meeting S and her husband felt like we had reconnected with old friends – I wish they were just a little bit closer so we could get together more often – but I’m hoping she’ll come to the next Sew Camp and the menfolk can go off on beer tour.  Just this past Tuesday, I was in New York at the #nysewcialhour and it was great to catch up with C & S and find out that S finished her Charlie caftan and it was perfect for her recent vacation!

Simplicity 8419 Donated by Simplicity Pattern Group

This time around – I decided that maybe we should have some ‘swag’ to give out to all attendees.  I started by reaching out to Simplicity Pattern Group and Cashmerette.  Both of these fabulous companies offered up goodies to be given to our group of lovely ladies.  Simplicity sent a box with 2 current patterns – New Look 6517 (I can’t wait to make those floaty pants) and Simplicity 8419 (I might have bought a sheer polka dot fabric for View C at FabricMart) and Cashmerette offered a coupon code good on PDF pattern purchases which was incredibly generous.  I made little thread catcher bags from a pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts using up stashed quilting cottons and a fun decorative stitch on my machine; I also made donut pincushions.  Jay threw some beautiful hardwood cutting blocks into the mix.  I had asked him to make these from the scraps of wood left over from making shoulder stands  and the multi-point pressing tools, because the little green mat that came with my buttonhole and eyelet cutter set was ruined and I needed something to cut on.  We had 2 door prizes – Saturday we gave away a shoulder stand which S2 won and Sunday we gave away a multi-point tool that S won.

If you are thinking about attending a future Sew Camp the details can be found on the Sew Camp tab and the dates for 2018 have been set – March 23-25, 2018 and September 21 – 23, 2018.  I’m thinking about making something for the goodie bags that will be the same every time.  Originally I was thinking about the donut pincushions, but in different colors each time, but now I’m not sure.  How about a few patterns weights that keep getting added to?  What are your thoughts?

First Carriage Corner Sew Camp Recap

Whew!  That’s a mouthful!  I’m happy to say that I survived the first ever Carriage Corner Sew Camp.  While I wish I had had more time to sew, I actuaFood Collagelly didn’t anticipate having much – but I am so very, very thankful for the time that I did have, the conversations, the laughter and the new friendships that are developing as a result of #CarriageCornerSewCamp.  We are planning another one, very soon.

We had one camper who chose to come a day early and stay until Monday and it was so much fun having you!  We had some other guests on Friday morning, so all the guests were treated to a the typical B&B breakfast – on Friday morning it started with a yummy gluten free coffee cake and was followed by a potato & Gruiere crustless quiche served with sausage and sliced pears drizzled with a dark vanilla balsalmic.  The other attendees timed their arrival just perfect.  Breakfast was mostly done, but because my kitchen cleaning B&B helper had decided to get the flu, I needed to do the kitchen clean up before we left.  So as the other ladies arrived, they joined Carolyn at the dining room table and had coffee & coffee cake.

Fabric Mart's Instagram Pic

Fabric Mart’s Instagram Pic

A little bit later than anticipate, we all trooped out to the driveway where my better half unloaded sewing machines and projects and carried them into the sewing space while we went to FabricMart.  We arrived right around 11:30 or so.  There were photo ops and while I even put my camera into my purse, I didn’t pull it out once.  We were given the grand tour of FabricMart and I was surprised how big it is!  If you haven’t been there, you should go.  They have patterns and notions too!   I was good and only bought 3 pieces of fabric – each one is big enough to make some tacky matching GG & Eleanor outfits!  (I don’t even want to tell you how excited I am about that prospect.)  Piles of fabric

As usual, after getting home – I had loads of fabric envy and wished that I had shared fabric with everyone.  At the top is a link to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp hashtag on Instagram and so far both B & S have shared their purchases with the world.

Anyway – once we got back to the B&B, we got sewing machines set up and projects out.  I learned that Friday night we want to cater dinner in – after being out most of the day, everyone wants to just settle down to get to know one another and sew.

It was an absolutely blessing that Carolyn was here.   Saturday started with B getting a serger lesson; saw C ripping, ripping and doing more ripping to a dress she had brought that had fabulous beading on the neckline but needed fit help.  She got loads of fit help and hopefully will translate that to her paper pattern (which she didn’t bring or it would be done already).  S started the morning by transferring her tunic alterations to her tissue, she then picked a piece of fabric from my stash, cut and mostly sewed up a beautifully fitting tunic from The Tunic Bible.  It went home waiting for trim and hems and since S is now on instagram and leaving comments on blogs, I have no doubt we’ll see that finished tunic soon.  (You can find all the Sew Camp attendees through the instagram hashtag link above.)

Saturday evening we all went out for dinner as a group – lesson number 2, make reservations or cater both nights.  Upon getting back, sewing happened until later in the evening.  Sunday morning B was up early, she grabbed a cup of tea and went to sew before breakfast was ready – yea!! this is what I wanted.  I know there are plenty of places where people can go to learn with an ‘expert,’ especially on the East Coast, but sewing can be so solitary and it’s nice to know that there really are other people out there who like fabric and making things.  My goal with hosting CarriageCornerSewCamps is to help create that community; and build friendships and connections.  Each of the ladies who attended our first very intimate Sew Camp are now on instagram, they are all private so request to follow them.  My personal experiences with attending the Sewing Retreats sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of ASG where amazing.  I left with such fond memories and while there wasn’t a dedicated person there to answer questions and help with fitting, we all pitched in.  Fitting books were poured over, darts and excess fabric were pinned out, modifications were transferred to patterns, garments were tried on, great conversations were had, and sewing happened.  As we sat and sewed we learned who would help us with a question and who we could help and that’s my goal – to create a similar experience here.

Friday night sewing

When you attend Sew Camp at Carriage Corner you get the full Bed & Breakfast experience.  You stay in one of our 5 rooms – 2 of the rooms have pull out beds (one double, one twin) both of them have fabulous memory foam mattresses and you wouldn’t know you were sleeping on a pull out.  You sew in our personal space – there is a kitchen, and powder room available to you.  We provided irons & ironing boards, tables, extension cords with serge protectors and a couple of Ott Lights.  I also have 2 machines I can loan, if you are flying and don’t want to cart your machine.  Also, the Hubby will move your sewing paraphernalia to and from your car so you don’t have to.  The space is separate from our sleeping space so you can feel free to stay up as late as you want or get an early start (this was lesson #3 – I’m so used to closing the office door at night that I didn’t even think about it – won’t happen next time).

There are 10 spaces max for the next Sew Camp happening July 21 – 23, 2017.  Rooms will be filled on a first come/first served basis and the cost remains the same $425 for the weekend.  If you wish to share a room with a friend, please provide their name when you email.  Your registration includes the following:

Friday, July 21st:
~ Arrive at Carriage Corner by 10:00 am.
~ Fabric Shopping at Fabric Mart.  We will plan to leave by 11:00 am.
~ After getting your fabric fix, lunch will be at a charming little cafe called Crave, cost of lunch is not included.
~ Upon our return from FabricMart, we’ll get the sewing area set up and you can sew to your hearts content.  (There are 2 machines available for use, on a first come basis)
~ Friday Dinner will be a happy hour at the B&B with small bites available, we have both the gazebo and the fire pit to allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
~ The sewing space will be open through the night for the late night stitchers.
Saturday, July 22nd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch & Dinner will be catered.
Sunday, July 23rd:
~ Sew all day ~ start early, stay late, leave in the middle for a nap ~ it’s your choice and your pace.
~ Breakfast will be prepared by me and served at 8:30 am.
~ Lunch will be catered in.
~ You need to be checked out of your room by 11:00 am, but can stay and sew until 5:00 pm.
~ All weekend there will be coffee, tea, water, sodas and snacks available.
How to Register:
Please send an email to hello@carriagecornerbandb.com, with “Carriage Corner Sewing Retreat” in the subject line indicating that you want to attend.  Please send a number I can reach you at to call and get your details.  Once we have chatted, I will send a reply email confirming your attendance with additional details.