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#NYlon2014 Meet-Up

Last Saturday I attended a sewing meet-up in London for the first time. I was one of 71 sewists taking part in the amazing meet-up arranged by Rachel.

We took over the V&A, and then took over the Goldhawk Road!
NYlon2014 London Sewing Meet Up
Before the meet-up I was paired with the lovely Ingrid for the name-tag swap. Ingrid made me an amazing tag inspired by my love of Star Trek.
#NYlon2014 Sewing Meet-up Name Tag
I made Ingrid a mini dress name tag.
#NYlon2014 Sewing Meet-up Name Tag
Due to lots of nattering about sewing I didn’t actually spent that long shopping, but I did get three lovely fabrics all of which are going to become dresses! I could not resist that Doraemon fabric. I’ve never seen one before but the shop actually had three different Doraemon fabrics.
#NYlon2014 Sewing Meet-up Purchases

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Star Trek Mini Skirt

Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Inspired by Lladybird’s Star Trek fabric PJs (did I dream those, I can’t find the blog post anywhere?!) I had a mooch online for Star Trek themed fabrics and discovered quite a large selection of quilting cottons. This was my absolute favourite, it’s called Red Star Trek Character Octagons and is produced by Camelot. I ordered mine from Etsy.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Fabric selected I needed to decide what to make. Given that the fabric is a pretty bold print & is a quilting cotton I thought a mini skirt might be a good match. I used the Mini Skirt pattern from the February issue of Burda. I actually picked up that issue of Burda in Turkish (which I don’t speak…) as I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Istanbul for work & lots of time on planes when magazines are much appreciated. However this pattern was so simple that not being able to read the instructions wasn’t a problem. The zip is in the side so there are just two main pieces plus the waist band.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
I ordered the fabric from the states and the postage wasn’t cheap so I ordered a couple of metres to make it worth while. As I had more than I needed for the mini skirt I also made up a matching bag using the free online Reversible Bag tutorial by Very Purple Person. It’s a really nice free pattern with an accompanying online tutorial and it came together in no time. I’m afraid in this case the bag will never be reversed as the red fabric I used on the other side (purchased from a French market a couple of years back & sat in my stash since) while nice enough is no match for the Star Trek print!
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
This weekend I had the perfect first outing for my mini skirt and bag, as me and Phil visited the Memorabilia show – a general convention for comics, etc. in Birmingham.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Enjoying a dorayaki (Doraemon’s favourite food) at Memorabilia
And just so you can get a closer look at the fabric here are a few close-ups of some of the images on my skirt. I love the smirk on Bones’ face best of all.
Star Trek Fabric
Star Trek Fabric
Star Trek Fabric
Live long and prosper everyone!
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt

P.S. While we are on the subject of Star Trek, me & Phil regularly listen to Adam Buxton’s amazing Star Trek song from The Adam and Joe show:) Enjoy!