CarriageCornerSewCamp Spring 2018 Review:
This was the third CarriageCornerSewCamp that we have held and it was the first time that the B&B was full of women who love to sew! CarriageCornerSewCamp finally had the vibe that I was after. There was the feeling that you had known everyone for years and while you might not agree with everything you had more in common than not.
Several of the campers arrived on Thursday. The sewing space was set up and once the machines and projects had been carted into the house, the first few attendees claimed their spots and sewing started right away.
On Friday morning – 5 ladies enjoyed breakfast of Cami’s Kentucky Muffins, fruit salad, and Baked Potato Waffles topped with bacon and eggs. Once the remaining Campers joined us at the dining room table and had a chance to rest from their drive. While we were getting acquainted, Jay unloaded cars, put luggage into rooms and set up sewing machines.
– we all loaded up and headed for FabricMart – where Julie gave us a tour of the shop and we literally shopped until we dropped. I think we were at FabricMart for almost 4 hours!! Then we headed down the road to a charming coffee shop for a very late lunch which included lots of laughter.
We arrived back at the B&B in the early evening and everyone went to their sewing machines. There was lots of talk about who bought what fabric and what everyone was making. One “Camper” didn’t even bring fabric with her because she knew she was going to FabricMart. She purchased some amazing pieces and set about sewing them up pronto!
There was a light, snacky, appetizer dinner catered and then a deep conversation happened late into Friday night. A few of the Campers migrated to the sewing space while several stayed in the B&B dining room for the conversation. THIS, This is what I was hoping for when we decided to host Sew Camps – yes, it’s about the sewing and the fabric shopping, BUT it’s also about the friendships that are made, the similarities we have with each other, the knowledge that is shared. While there was lots of conversations there was also loads of laughter – the deep belly laughs where you laugh until you cry. There will now be a couple of ‘secret message’ type comments – that only mean something to you if you were there and will make you smile.
There was sharing of information – if you check out the hashtag #CarriageCornerSewCamp on instagram, you’ll see a video on how to do the burrito method to finish the yoke of a shirt; Cennetta shared her favorite method of doing a full bust adjustment without adding a dart; several people tried on LaQuana’s already altered Ogden Cami to see if it fit them; and there was a lesson in making tailor tacks. Sewing items and knowledge were shared like candy, there might have even been some tears when new besties left on Sunday.
Let me just say – if you get a chance to attend a sewing retreat weekend where there is no teacher and you work on your own projects during the weekend – I would strongly encourage you do it because it’s the things you can’t measure that make you miss the weekend when it’s over. Yes – going home with 4 beautiful new garments is great – but the friendships you create will last a lifetime.
The next two pictures are grids from Instagram and our #CarriageCornerSewCamp hashtag. The first one is what comes up at first – top posts.
Upcoming CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekends:
There is one more CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekend scheduled for 2018 and the dates are: Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2018. I have also set the dates for 2019 and they are:
- March 29 – 31, 2019
- June 20 – 24, 2019 – this one is 4.5 days and the rates are double; and
- September 20 – 22, 2019
If you’d like more information about Carriage Corner and our Sew Camp Weekends please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the mailing list. Or you can call or text me at 717-768-3059 or send me a direct message through Instagram with your email address. I look forward to meeting you and sewing with you in the future.