Cayman’s first ever sewing meet up

CRUISE-2014-046If you follow a lot of other sewing blogs, you've probably seen the increasing number of sewing ‘meet ups', where bloggers all meet up to say hello, swap unwanted patterns and fabrics and then shop for even more fabric together so they can encourage each other to overspend!

Sounds like heaven.  Except here in Cayman, I'm rather a long way and usually two flights away from any of them. So what to do?  Make my own sewing meet up right here in Cayman!

I was so delighted when Robin wrote to tell me that she would be visiting Grand Cayman with her husband Joe.  Robin was enjoying a Quilting Cruise that stopped off for the day in the Cayman Islands as part of its Caribbean route and so we arranged to meet up and spend some tourist time together.

It was fun being a tourist on my own island for the day and Robin and Joe were amazing.  Such lovely people, fun and interesting with lots of tales to tell.  I'm naturally shy by nature and was a bit worried, but we all chatted away like we had known each other for ever.


Robin asked if I had sewn my skirt, and I hadn't but she said it was cute and I should make one.  So I'm working on it now.  The first trial version is completed and it came out so cute!  I've had the Pattern Drafting from Ready To Wear class in my folder for ages and hadn't got round to even starting it, but this was the perfect opportunity to take a look.    Using the tips I learned, I was easily able to make a pattern from the skirt I already had.


I'll be working on refining it, grading into different sizes and working on a tutorial and this will become a free pattern of the future.  Just in time for summer I think.  Thanks to Robin and Joe for spending such a lovely day with me, and for giving me the idea to make this skirt.

Pattern drafting from ready to wear

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18 Responses to Cayman’s first ever sewing meet up

  1. Dara says:

    That skirt is beautiful! Happy Sewing!

  2. Brenda Stirling says:

    Wow! Deby You sure have come a long way since you started. On May 10/ I am having a sewing review, a luncheon for about 15 ladies. I have worked so hard . My biggest accomplishment has been designing a slipcover for a parsons chair. My sewing is not big but it sure has lots of bling and glam.


    Deby, I LOVE that skirt and so glad you are working on your pattern for it. And yes, Joe and I so much enjoyed meeting you and seeing your beautiful island. You were the perfect tour guide!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Thank you for giving me the idea for it Robin. I’m loving how it came out and how my favorite summer skirt has now got more than one color-way. I’ll be making more for sure.

  4. PT says:

    If you are looking for sewing buddies in the Cayman Islands you might want to look up Violetta Kanarek. She is an acupuncturist with a background in textiles.
    Blessings, PT

    • Deby Coles says:

      The name is familiar to me. I might drop her an email. How do you know her?

      • PT says:

        We were in Oriental Medical school together and she had taught textiles and my Mother was a tailor so I enjoyed sewing. I believe she is involved in some theater work in the Caymans.
        Blessings, PT

  5. Diane Cullum says:

    I love the skirt; it looks wonderful on you! I can’t wait until you get the pattern done! I’m glad you had fun on your meet up. Maybe some day I’ll get there.

  6. Tessa Newman says:

    I love the skirt I must make it.

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’m working on the next example today, in a different fabric and will video as I make it. Still got a way to go before I have everything ready for release. I do like to check everything well so hopefully there are no fabric disasters. But I’m loving this one!

  7. Ginger says:

    What fun. One of my favorite vacations as a teenager was scuba diving in Grand Cayman. I hope to one day revisit.
    Cute skirt!

  8. Diane says:

    Your skirt is very flattering!

  9. Lorna says:

    Love the skirt, by the time you have the pattern ready it might be warm enough here in Canada to wear it

  10. Misha C says:

    That skirt is stunning. Glad you had fun.
    Umm, what’s a quilting cruise?

    • Deby Coles says:

      Robin described it as an event (on a cruise ship) where quilters all meet up and take lessons on quilting. Nice to spend a few days on holiday with like minded people, all interested in the same hobby, and learning new skills. Sounds like fun.

  11. Maryall says:

    That meeting sounded like a lot of fun 🙂 I also envy all other sewing bloggers when they meet, I am too far away from them!
    And that skirt looks great for summer! I can’t wait, my wardrobe is empty! 🙂

  12. Jan says:

    Isn’t it great when you find someone who speaks your (sewing) language! I love the skirt!

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