|One quarter of the 2nd floor of the Ottawa Street Fabricland. Everything is on sale! (Yes, it's my personal Cheers. Everyone knows my name there - LOL!)|
Have you ever had such a great day that you start writing your blog post in your head before you even get near your computer? My day with Gillian yesterday was just like that. I have often sighed with envy over the fantastic blogger meet-ups I've seen floating around the community. Bemoaning the fact that I am often too far away to join and have yet to discover many local bloggers, I had resigned myself to never really being able to meet fellow bloggers unless I won the lottery! That is, until Gillian messaged me through Twitter.
After posting about my Ottawa Street Fabric Haul, lovely Gillian suggested our own blogger meet up and I jumped at the chance. I got to know her through the first Sew Colette Sew-Along and was always delighted with her creations. A chance to meet in person was too great to pass up!
I must confess to a slightly fitful sleep the night before (nervous, excited) filled with typical night before blogger meet-up nerves (what if she doesn't like me?!) which translated to a nervous stomach on the morning of the meet-up. I needn't have worried at all! Gillian is perfectly lovely, talented, articulate, and as nerdy as I am! Whoopee!
|Gillian looking for the right denim to use as her muslin. $4/metre!|
We met at one of my favourite local restaurants and proceeded to do some damage to Ottawa Street's fabric shops! Three (yes, three!) hours later, we took a refueling break at the same restaurant, and threw ourselves back into the fray for another two hours!
|Our respective purchases. Notice the matching green purses? Totally unplanned. Kindred spirits, I tell you!|
It's lucky that Fabricland was having an enormously crazy sale because Gillian and I were prepared to buy out the shop! Rayon challis, linen, shirting, cottons, and knits are on sale at cut-rate prices. We did manage to be financially responsible, though, and amassed ourselves a respectable pile with the most expensive yardage (metreage?) we purchased being $7 for Gillian and $12.95 for me (ack!).
|Gillian's fabric haul. I am drooling over the coral stretch denim!|
|My fabric haul. I will attempt to squeeze a Sorbetto from the purple eyelet.|
My favourite purchase is 4.8 m of that beautiful blue floral fabric that reminds me of Texas bluebells. I snapped up the remainder of the bolt for $2.33 / metre! Booyah! That is going to become a full-skirted Pastille (which reminds me that I need to share with you the first one I've already made!). The hot pink gingham seersucker was originally going to be a vintage summer top, but Gillian convinced me that 1.9 m would be enough to squeeze out a dress. Perhaps my Summer Spark dress?
All in all it was a completely marvellous day! Gillian and I clicked immediately and I feel as though I've known her my entire life! We have so many similarities (goosebumps, anyone?) and I definitely feel that I have met a wonderful kindred spirit and friend.. :) The only downer? My uncooperative bust darts that I spent so much time fitting the night before misbehaved all day! Argh!!
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Gillian and I have already planned another meet up for July and I would like to extend the invitation to you! If you are in the Hamilton/GTA or planning on being there in late July, let us know! Fabric shopping and delectable food is definitely on the menu! Perhaps a fabric/pattern swap, too! Come one, come all!