Sorry all peops that live outside the UK (or somewhere within the UK which happens to be prohibitively distanced from the South East), I really wish attending was an option for everyone. Maybe you could arrange a meetup where you live if you feel there might be others in your 'hood that might be up for hanging. If you do decide to arrange one yourself, let me know the deets and I'll post about it.
Anyways, please note, the MMJune '11 Brighton meetup isn't just for people who have signed up to the challenge, anyone who is into (or would like to get into) sewing clothes is welcome. The one stipulation though if you aren't already participating in the challenge but would like to come along too, if you own a garment you've made yourself, wear it to the meetup!
The meetup will entail meeting at Brighton train station at a to-be-arranged time, then (in no specific order) going for coffee and a natter, checking out the cream of Brighton's haberdashers and fabric purveyors, snooping around a flea market and street market, having a bite of lunch and maybe a wee G&T if time permits. PLUS, if that wasn't enough to lure you down here, Tilly (who I've been convo-ing with about this meetup) has flagged up that she is feeling a bit guilty about the size of her stash, so ingeniously suggested that we add a little voluntary stash bustin'/ fabric swapping element to this meetup. As y'all know, I'm a total advocate of raiding your stash and sourcing second hand textiles for sewing projects rather than buying new fabric where possible. You may also recall my attempts to encourage giving away and swapping unwanted stash items. In short, this suggestion of Tilly's is so up my street, I'm sometimes asked to feed its cat when it's on holiday.
(image source)I've got a fair idea of how to organise a stash swap, so if you wish to attend this meetup and happen to have some pieces of fabric that you really can't see yourself using, why not bring them along? Remember, one man's poison is another man's medicine!!! This is, of course, an entirely voluntary section of the meetup, you are in no way obliged to bring any of your beloved fabric with you if you don't want to!
So, if you are free that day and would like to come and hang out by the seaside, leave a comment with your email address or a link where I can easily find your email address, and I'll contact you a little closer to the time to arrange the details. Looking forward to (hopefully) seeing you!