Sewing and Cycling

By Susan | Comments: 6 | January 30, 2014

In what seems all too long ago a sewing friend had a wonderful idea. Why don’t we gather up friends who sew and ride and do a little bit of a Fabric store and bike ride day?
Perfect idea! Yay!

cycling and sewing layout 1
We met at a cafe down in Surry Hills to fuel up with coffee and tea and a fabric swap. Everyone had to bring something from their stash to swap. I took some patterned voile in robins egg blue and mushroom pink.
After the swap we swung onto our bikes and headed off.

First stop, round the corner to The Fabric Store  where we looked at pretty laces and lovely silks. Then on to Tessuti which was packed with classes going on and a few bridal groups shopping for fabrics.

Then it was up and across Oxford st and down to William street to visit the lovely ladies of Cloth. They also had a class on that was all about using natural inspiration and up cycling. Fascinating stuff.

After all that it was decided that food was in order so Bourke st Bakery was a popular choice. Despite the fact I coughed the entire of lunch (due to the plane trees on Bourke st whose fuzzy little droppings irritate my throat and eyes like crazy) it was fabulous food.

Feeling full it was time to move on.

Ici et la was up next to look at lovely French inspired trims. Then it was time for Bevs Remnants House which had fantastic upholstery pieces.

From there it was a quick spin out to The Remnant Warehouse where we just missed it due to closing time. Stopping for a much needed drink we recovered and discussed sewing plans with our purchases. Laughing that on long rides we often day dream about what to sew!

Onwards we headed to Ikea to raid their homewares fabrics and pick up some picture frames.

By the end of the trip we were utterly exhausted but had baskets and panniers filled with fabrics and rode home with more sewing plans brewing.


  • Kirsty
    January 30, 2014

    That sounds like just the perfect day!

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 30, 2014

      It was pretty amazing, am going to have to do it again soon!

  • Gabrielle
    January 30, 2014

    Wow, that sounds fun – and I didn’t know about all these places so thanks for the links 🙂

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 30, 2014

      Oh I’m so glad I could help, I might make a little map to help everyone out with navigation.

  • Melanie
    January 31, 2014

    This sounded like great fun until you said you RODE to The Remnant Warehouse…luckily I wasn’t on that ride as the ambos would need to be called…LOL. I’ve not been to Cloth before – do they have dressmaking fabrics?

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 31, 2014

      It’s not far and we were on all the back streets so it wasn’t fast paced.

      Cloth is artwork by Julie and has a collection of her designs printed on cottons, linens, hemps and other fibres. It also has quilting weight in her designs too. Some of the ladies picked up some lovely hemp and linen to make skirts from.

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