She Sells Seashells by the Shepherd’s Bush Market

8 Aug

What a wonderful week! Did you have a good one too?


I went to London on Friday in preparation for the blogger meet up. And managed to cram in plenty for a two-day trip.

Friday I popped into the Village Haberdashery and cooed over the coloured chambray, the independent sewing patterns on the colourful racks and also the cutie little baby bouncing away in the corner. I may have left with two little treats… the Belladone pattern by Deer and Doe and the Darling Ranges pattern by Megan Nielsen.


Then I popped over to Berwick St. The shops there are a little more expensive but is chock full with beautiful high end fabrics. I couldn’t let myself buy any yardage when the fabric I was most attracted to was £55 a metre. So instead I bought two little lace letter As to appliqué onto my sewing.


Finally, I popped into the wonderfully stocked Shaukat with floor to ceiling Liberty fabrics. Even though the prices are a little more friendly I didn’t want to use up all my spending money for the weekend in one go. I treated myself to a metre of the Kussman fabric from the newest collection. It has tiny shetland ponies in fun pop colours!


I had a really fantastic catch up with my friends that night, with dinner at Gastronomica in Plimico and a few drinks afterwards. Perhaps I stayed out a little later than planned but it was definitely worth it.

Saturday morning, the meetup at Goldhawk Road kicked off with a group of early birds having a coffee together before meeting the full group. There were 39 of us and Claire was doing a great job of getting everyone organised. Kat helped with name badges and there was a great mix of familiar and new faces to be seen!

I did better than last time than and made it into every single shop down Goldhawk Road, but I still didn’t make it into Shepherd’s Bush Market! I let myself buy a 3m bundle of Liberty lawn and some high quality striped bias-binding.


We had a wonderful lunch and swap during the afternoon where I walked away with 2m of deliciously soft moss crepe that says Valentino on the selvedge (gasp could it be?) and this kick ass sewing pattern. Hello Georgeous!


And for the meet up I wore a new dress! It’s another Simplicity 2444 in navy with white scallop shells and polka dots. It’s so fun and walks that perfect line of cute but not too cutsie!

Goldhawk Road

I added a collar in the hopes of being a Jessica Day lookalike but ahem, no it did not suit me in the slightest (and so despite being some of the neatest bias binding sewing I’ve ever done, I unpicked the collar).

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I did a full lining again and lowered the neckline a smidge. And I used an invisible zipper this time, making the effort to enclose it within my lining too so it looks almost as good inside out.


I know I’ve been so late posting this that it’s almost the weekend again!!
To everyone who was at the meet up. Thanks for being lovely. I had a great time catching up with sewists I already knew and I got to meet lots of awesome new folk too!

39 Responses to “She Sells Seashells by the Shepherd’s Bush Market”

  1. Marie August 8, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Ooooh, I’m so sad I couldn’t play this time! Which shop did you get that 3m of Liberty fabric from and how much was it please? I think I need it in my life asap! Love your new dress too, it’s awesome and the collar is such a sweet addition!

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks! I wouldn’t have minded swapping place with you 😉
      It was £20 for a three metre bundle. I think I was in classic textiles. Or maybe it was alanaka.

  2. Roisin Muldoon August 8, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Yay! It was so nice to see you again, even if we didn’t manage to get as in-depth a chat about Fringe as we might have liked! x

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

      Ohhh I know but we will surely see each other soon. Sounds like you had a great weekend too which is the main thing x

  3. Wendy August 8, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    It was really lovely to meet you! I love that Liberty and kept picking it up and putting it down, now I wish I’d brought it home. Oh well, next time:)

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Thank you! It was lovely meeting you too. You were so brave travelling to england to meet an overwhelming number of sewists! I’m in awe of you.

  4. thisblogisnotforyou August 8, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    It was great meeting you! Loved your dress and the shell fabric. You bought siome really cute fabric – love the shetland ponys! 🙂

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Aw thanks! Great meeting you too. I love your panda blouse. Can’t wait to see what you make with your meet up items!

  5. Kirsty August 8, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Looks like so much fun and some fabulous Liberty scores. I really do love that shetland pony one. I’ve just bought my first international purchase from Shaukat, I think I’d collapse if I went in there. I love your new dress. super cute!

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Oh thank you! Hope you picked out some exciting fabric from shaukat. It’s like a crazy aladins cave in the shop.

  6. Zoe August 8, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Ah this dress is gorgeous, one of my favourite patterns, and that collar looked so cute! Did you self draft the pattern for it?

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank you! I did. I traced the curve of the front and back bodice necks. Added seam allowance to the sides and neck but not the outer curve since it was encased in the bias tape

  7. Elise August 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Cute dress! Can’t believe I missed the meet-up. Next time!

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Yes! I really want to meet you. I might be delving into my melly liberty print soon so I was looking back at your lovely top recently

  8. Lynne August 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE the collar, but if it didn’t suit, then it had to go. I’m so going to pinch the idea thought! 😉 Also, you have great taste in patterns, I’m working on Darling Ranges at the minute.

    • Almond Rock August 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Great minds think alike! I drafted a pattern for the collar without seam allowance on the outer curve. Important that bit if you’re using bias binding. Can’t wait to see your makes!

  9. sweary sewer August 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    i love ALL your fabrics and your patterns! that vintage one is extra cool. it’s a shame the collar didn’t suit you as it looked very cute. 🙂

  10. powell2317 August 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Lovely purchases & your new dress looks great. Glad you had a good shop!

  11. Sabs August 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    So sad that I missed it 😦 but good news, I am def free for sept now, woo hoo!

    Your dress looks a-mazing! I really need to get that pattern…

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Yaaaaaaaaaay!! You do really need to get this pattern. You could use your aeroplane print? heehee 😉

  12. Louise - There She Sews August 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I love all the bits and pieces you picked up – those lace letters are really cute and the Liberty lawn is a wonderful design. Sounds like you had a really great time 🙂
    Shame the collar didn’t work for you – I thought it looked a lovely addition.
    Louise x

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks Louise! I’ve about come to terms with having to lop it off. Nevermind, I will still try adding collars to more dresses. They’re too cute not to! x

  13. sewexhausted August 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Super dress! Navy blue and white together are 2 of my favorite dress colors- I think together they create classy, smart outfits. I love your dress… the peter pan collar… the fabric! Just such a great make! ~Laurie

    • sewexhausted August 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Oh- and I don’t mind that you took the collar off- still looks great! I just happen to like the peter pan collar style! (Ofc I doubt I’d look that great in one now!)

      • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

        Aww thanks. I love the collar so much, I just think it needs to be on a different dress. I will not claim defeat. I love cute collars too much!

  14. cjgal August 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    This is beautiful! I love the seashell print, makes me miss the ocean! I think the collar looks great in your picture, too bad it didn’t work. Maybe you can try a similar look on something else?

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

      Thank you! I agree. Maybe on a different dress it would work. Got to be optimistic!

  15. gingermakes August 9, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Looks like such a fun meetup! You scored some great stuff– I’m excited to see what you make with the patterns and fabric!

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Cheers! I loved your belladone by the way.

  16. featherstitch August 9, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Yes, that is some seriously impressive bias binding on the collar 🙂

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Sighhhh it was the bees knees. I was fist pumping with victory after I finished it. But oh well, not meant to be on this dress. But perhaps another?

  17. Daniela August 9, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    It was great seeing you at the meet-up, just a shame there was not enough time to talk. I love your striped bias binding and the shell fabric of your dress! Although you didn’t use it – the Peter Pan collar looks great.

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks so much. I wish so badly I suited that collar but ce la vie! Great meeting you briefly too and love that I’ve now discovered your blog. Hurrah!

  18. Amanda August 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    So. Much. Awesome!
    And such a lovely frock 😀 😀

  19. Gjeometry August 11, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Fun fun fun at the meetup looks like!! How great for you! We just had a meetup around these parts today! It was nice, not nearly as many folks as your meetup. And, your dress is just lovely! The peterpan collar is adorable, but I know what you mean. There are just certain things that look good on some, and then when you try it…..ummmmm. Happens to me all the time, sometimes I can’t even figure out why it doesn’t looks as good on me as the person I’ve seen it on, but hey, you have to feel good as well as look good, amIright?

  20. Rachel August 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Hello! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award – all the details can be found in this post:

    • Almond Rock August 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      That is so nice of you. Thank you. I hope it’s ok but I won’t be blogging in on as funnily enough I got the same award only last month. I really do appreciate you thinking of me though!

  21. Erica August 12, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Looks like you had an awesome fabric and fun filled weekend! Loving the liberty print fabric…might have to go on the hunt for some myself! and your dress is lovely!

  22. Amy August 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Haha, it is very Jessica Day! even without the collar. That vintage pattern is so cool – love the view with the striped section.

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