Can you tell I'm excited?! And this is my new dress to celebrate!
It all began when an invite popped into my inbox from Annika at Nah Connection saying, "What about a 'real meet-up in Paris?"
My heart said '"oui", then my head said...'how?'
But when you want something you make it happen.
So the theme of this post is 'Fantasy and Reality'. And my fantasy was to have an incredibly stylish City Break Wardrobe, and to ditch my usual child-friendly jeans for a weekend of Parisian Chic...
This pattern, Vanessa Pouzet's La Petite Robe, seemed the kind of understated simplicity I was after. And it's French!
This is actually the third time I've sewn this pattern (fourth if you include the muslin) But I'm blogging them the wrong way round - you'll have to come back for the next versions, which are so different.
The pattern is just Parisian perfection.
It's so simple yet beautifully constructed, with a lovely yoke and lining so there is not a single exposed seam anywhere.
The fabric is grey linen from Merchant and Mills, bought from my local shop Herringbone (and it is simply heavenly). The colour has a kind of softness, an uneven weave that means it's going to look better and better every time I wash it.
And now the fantasy is about to become reality. And of course, I don't have a 'Weekend City Break' Wardrobe ready to go. It looks like it's going to be rainy and cool, and the vision I had of being that stylish woman on the Champs Elysees in spring sunshine, is a fantasy. But that's fine by me.
Because the reality is even more amazing. A dozen women have made something incredible happen.
There have been endless online messages and excited comments, but now we're finally about to stroll the boulevards, and shop for French fabric.
What could be more fun!?
Especially when you look who's going to be there!
We will be 14 women from nine different European countries:
- 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.
And we've been a great team! Between us we've bagged some fantastic prizes to giveaway. Honestly the fabric, the patterns! There are some serious goodies up for grabs very soon. Do make sure you pop back in a week or two. And there's plenty of Paris excitement . Pop over to Anneka here for her pre-Paris creation.
I am so honoured to be included, but I'm also slightly nervous.
This whole adventure has made me think about our online world, where reality and fantasy blend seamlessly.
Blogging is about sharing creativity but I often wonder, just how 'real' is it all?
This little blog has been a gateway to making online sewing buddies, but meeting up in real life is going to be so exciting and different. For a start they will actually see the crooked zip on the back of this dress!
So before we meet, I have some confessions, because our blogs present the 'edited versions' of ourselves.
Firstly, this is not my sofa. I don't live in a spotless, tidy house, in fact the opposite. It's cramped and cluttered, I sew on my kitchen table, and there isn't much spare cash, my fabric stash is a real indulgence.
Secondly, I am not chic and stylish. This is me, rather self-consciously pretending to be a model.
And I am actually delighted to be meeting these friends in reality. It's going to be such a thrill to actually talk sewing, and fabric....
Oh and stroll down the banks of the Seine and gaze at the Parisian skyline and drink coffee and eat proper croissants.
The full update will be on its way!
(As well as a little more Sewing for Paris!)