The First Annual SewcieTea!


What a wonderful afternoon we had today! My only gripe was that 2 hours felt like 15 minutes and was all over in the flash! We had 26 lovely ladies come along… so lets see some pictures!

Siobhan, Winifred, Tracy, Kathleen, Liz, Anna, Lara, Rachel and Leith
Deb, Judy, Emily, Paula, Jenny, Claire, Erin and Sasky
Kat, Sarah, Belinda, Julia, Mindy, Oanh, Rachel and Belle

Not only was there a delicious high tea to enjoy… but some seriously lovely sartorial creations, by both some well-known faces and many new ones too. In fact, there was almost an equal ‘civilian’ to blogger ratio! Plus quite a few bloggers I’d yet to meet whose pennings (and whose abilities with the english language are far beyond my own) I love to read – like Jenny and Emily.

Sewing Society in attendance – I would say in no particular order, but actually it was the order of RSVPing because that’s the order of my list ;)

Rachel from MyMessings
Kat from All the Whimsical Things
Belle from Bella’s Collectanea
Sarah from Sew Squirrel
Julia from Julia Bobbin
Rachel from Boo Dog and Me
Leith from Sew Brunswick
Oahn from Unique Schmuck
Anna from Blogless Anna
Jenny from Rennous Oh Glennous
Belinda from Turquoise Polkadots
Lara from Thornberry
Emily from This is Emily Kate
Liz from Busy Lizzy in Brissie
…and Me!


Tracy, Emily, Jenny and Belle
Belinda and Julia
Rachel, Kat, Liz and Rachel
Leith, Moi, Lara and Deb
Belle and I

It was so, so lovely to meet so many new people (apologies from TJ and Tricia who couldn’t make it) and have a good ol’ fashioned oogle some gorgeous frocks. 

Kat, all the way from NZ!

In spirit, we also have Kat from the Engineer’s Other Life – we went to uni together but these days she lives across the pond in New Zealand. And I think her Vogue 1159 is a great example of how the ‘right’ pattern can make you look amazing!! I’d totally wolf whistle you on here if I could, Kat!

There was even a little up-skirting… but only because we all love a tulle crinoline!


So… See you all again at the 2014 SewcieTea? ;)

And if you can’t wait that long, or were unable to make it this time around – we’re organising ‘Frocktails’ later in the year – lock September 7th in your diaries!



SewcieTea is coming…


When is a pun too much?

Apparently… when you have two of them in the space of a single word with three syllables. Confusion has been abound, brought to my attention via Twitter. And fair enough, I say. So in the always important interest of correct pronunciation:

SewcieTea ≈ ‘Society’ 
And speaking of which, there’s only 7 days to go everyone, and this time next week we will all be prancing about in self-sewn clothes that make us feel fabulous, all ready to enjoy some champagne, tea and sweet deliciousness with 28 other sewing enthusiasts. And what would a catchup like this be without at least one interstate visitor? Yep, it’s all happening at the Gables on the 14th of April.
Thanks to you all so much for RSVPing, it makes organising an event like this so much easier. I’ve organised name tags for everyone (magnetic of course – no fabric will be harmed during the course of our luncheoning) as there will be plenty of newcomers.


If you’re not joining us and you want to be included… send me some pictures of you in your SewcieTea frock (poppykettle at gmail dot com) and I’ll include you in the Extravaganza!

See you all next week! x

An Icing Event: SewcieTea

High Tea at The Windsor for my bestie’s 30th

I consider myself something of a high-tea afficionado…
LOVE tea.
I love champagne – (the real stuff, you know, from france).
I love scones, jam and thick yellow double cream.
I also love sweet, sugary delights and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, all served on a silver tiered stand with gorgeous crockery.


I also like to sew (this, you already know), and I sometimes get a little frustrated at the lack of social events on my calendar that require one to get a little dressed up. Lets not even talk about how mad I get when I go to the ballet or the theatre on a saturday night and see people in denim jeans. I don’t care if they are your best jeans people, or how much you paid for them. That’s just wrong. My mother still bemoans how Australian’s don’t like to get dressed up – for anything – and my parents have been living in this great southern land for just over 30 years now.

So, I’m going to host an event – and you’ll need to wear your very best icing! Better yet, I’m going to give you time to sew it yourself, and I’ve picked a location with a beautiful backdrop so we can have a group photo shoot on the day :)

Image via The Gables

Where? The Gables – 15 Finch Street, East Malvern.
When? Sunday the 7th of April (In case someone else makes a big booking before we lock ours in, this could potentially move to the 31st of March, so keep this in mind) UPDATE: OUR BOOKING IS NOW ON THE 14th OF APRIL DUE TO SOMEONE BOOKING OUT THE ENTIRE PLACE ON THE 7th… What, don’t they know who we ARE?
What Time? From 2pm to 4pm
How Much? $55 per person. This includes (real) champagne, tea, scones, sandwiches, cakes and sweets, and you can pay on the day :)
RSVP: by Monday 28th January to poppykettle at gmail dot com.

Anyone is welcome – regardless of whether you blog or not. The only requirement really is that you get dressed up!

Not in Melbourne but still want to join in??? Sew up some icing, send me a picture (and your blog link if you have one) and I’ll include you in the grand photo shoot post – a la Oona’s Promaballoona limousine!

You’ve got 75 days to sew up something gorgeous for an afternoon tea of epic proportions and a photo-shoot to boot.

Ladies: Lower Your Presser Foot!