The Princess diary

Early Saturday morning was cold and crisp and sunny.  I know this as I was up with the lark and heading for the train station, heading to Walthamstow to meet a princess.

Yes…you heard right.

A Sewing Princess to be precise.  Silvia was in town for the weekend and we’d arranged to meet up and explore Walthamstow market.


I was decidedly nervous.  Despite all evidence to the contrary I actually quite shy…not the sort of shy that actually stops me doing things, but the kind of shy that can make me gauche in new social circumstances with new people.

My nerves were groundless.  Silvia is every bit as delightful as you’d expect from her blog.  She is warm, and funny and has a megawatt smile. Even when I talked endlessly about the kids!

After coffee and a walk along the market, with which we were decidedly underwhelmed, we decided on a change of plan and headed off to the Goldhawk Road, with a loose plan of catching up with Rachel, who had organised a sewing meetup.

As we sat in Costa grabbing a coffee, I recognised stylish hair and a lovely skirt whisking into the loo.  Poor Karen was greeted by two joyous sewists as she exited…now she knows how Kenneth King felt!


We were quickly welcomed into the group and found ourselves joining a shoal of sewists heading off for lunch.  What an unexpected surprise and pleasure.





What a wonderful, wonderful, day!  Sewists are without doubt the most genuine and lovely group of people you are ever likely to meet.

Thank you Silvia and all the other amazing ladies for making a trip to London very special indeed.

31 Responses to The Princess diary

  1. Jane G says:

    What a lovely day,are you planning for the next one?

  2. Fiona says:

    You were the ladies who Karen met coming out of the loo?!
    I can’t believe I didn’t see you, so disappointed not to have been able to meet you in person!

  3. It was SO lovely to meet you! Come out to play in Birmingham, too! x

  4. It was lovely having you to join us… I was sad I could really catch up but next meeting we must x

  5. Oh I didn’t realise that was you Evie!!! Ah so disappointed I didn’t get to speak to you, definitely next time! x

  6. punkmik says:

    Aww sounds lovely. The toilet ambush made me laugh. And u got a sneaky pic of :p

  7. Vicki Kate says:

    What a fabulous day!

  8. Andrea says:

    Okay, so I’m reading this feeling so happy for you but also so jealous – that is awesome that you got to meet lovely Silvia in the flesh! I’ve been corresponding with her for a couple of years and we’ve even Skyped, but to meet her in person would be an amazing experience – comparable to meeting you in person as well 😉 Mr. Stitch and I will be in London at the end of July… how far are you from the city?

    • She is soooooooooo lovely! Really just a wonderful person. And we were talking about you too…all good I hasten to add. I’m just over two hours away from London by train….;-)

  9. Michelle says:

    This meetup sounds and looks delightful. I’ve been seeing little peeks at the the group that gathered to represent our craft, and it makes me completely jealous that I don’t live anywhere near.

    • It was a totally delightful day. When you hear of the problems other online communities have, it’s a joy to be a part of one that celebrates creativity and individuality and is warm and welcoming.

  10. sewbusylizzy says:

    So lovely to meet you. Sorry if I was terribly vague – I was terribly tired! Syndey, London, Paris in 7 days!! What a day it was…

  11. Evie, thanks so much for meeting up with me! It’s been great to meet you. And thanks so much for the super kind words. Words can’t properly describe how happy I felt spending the day in London with you and chatting away. A furry hug!

  12. Tone says:

    Thank you for your comment! Oh, yes, this one knows what she wants to wear – all she wanted for her birthday, was a black leather (pleather) jacket!

  13. sounds like a wonderful day and it can always be a bit nerve wracking meeting new folk at the start 😉

  14. Isn’t it interesting how we all love to blog and are happy to type away with comments and posts and emails and such to folk we haven’t met and many we probably never will. Then when it comes time to see just a few of those like minded souls face to face we shake, a little, in our wee boots. I’m just the same. Just the same.

    But once the shaking is ignored aints it luverly? Yup.

    • Indeed it is. I tied myself in knots over the whole thing and just had the most wonderful time. It’s not like we don’t know that sewing folk are just the best kind of folk…