Exciting times…

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It must be said, the lives of The SeamStresses are always exciting… or something.  However, our most recent MIA Bazaar WAS exciting!

The SeamStresses have been spending less time together since Christmas due to life getting in the way (sob).  We spent a whole day together! And we spent most of that time making plans!

We planned what to do with our last metres of fabric for this season before our last few fairs. And THEN – we started planning a new range of fabrics for next year!  It’s all top secret at the moment but safe to say, we can’t wait!

In the meantime find us at the MIA Park Bazaar again this Saturday 2nd May 12-5pm and at the Parkview Market supporting Qatar’s animal shelters the following week on Saturday 9th May–see you soon 🙂

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Festive shopping

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1.xmas_2014_smlOh, the weather outside is frightful delightful so check out our list of outside shopping opportunities that will get you out of the mall while you’re making your list and checking it twice:

DESS Festive Fayre Friday 21st November, 12-4, Doha English Speaking School.

West Bay Lagoon Festive Fayre Friday 28th  November…….West Bay Lagoon Park 10

Tots Corner Nursery and Doha British School Winter Bazaar Saturday 29th November

MIA Park Bazaar Saturday 6th December, 12-6pm, Museum of Islamic Art Park

St Regis Hotel Saturday 6th December, 12-10pm, St Regis.

The SeamStresses solve the “I need something light, unbreakable and lovely to pack in a suitcase/ post home” problem! Check out our full catalogue of products here and our swatchbook of available fabrics here and start writing that list!

VCU Makers Market here we come….

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MM BuntingIt’s been an exciting weekend at SeamStresses Towers.

In a rarity for this time of year we technically had a weekend off (no lugging of boxes, cases, rails and tables to far flung market locations).

No time for idleness though as we’ve been busy restocking and working on a special commission for the VCU Makers Market next Saturday (15th November). It’s the biggest bunting we’ve ever made and we’re really pleased with the way its turned out.

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We’re very excited about this event; there’s a fabulous line up of people, featuring VCU alumni and a selection of invited Doha-based designers including us–yippee!

We’re even creating some exclusive VCU themed items so come along between 9-4 next Saturday and visit us to see what we’ve been up to on our weekend off.

We can’t wait!

Where’s the tea?

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This was the question at the end of our last blog post.  It currently doesn’t have an answer.


We suffered tragedy at the Doha Mums Market.  A SeamStress (who shall remain nameless) dropped our Trusty Travelling Tea flasks.  We then unwittingly poured ourselves a cuppa each of tea with glass. Fortunately for the visiting hoards, we noticed before drinking too much of it and were still able to man our stall.

Given that we basically function on tea we bought two cups.  It was a very sad result of “not proper British style tea made with boiling water and something stronger Lipton yellow”.

 

A travesty.   So top of the list of this week’s jobs was to find new flasks before the start of the wonderful MIA bazaar that starts up again today from 12-6ish!

The SeamStresses at the MIA Park Bazaar

What do Dorothy, two dragons (one green, one pink), a princess with wings and Sheherezade have in common?

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Well,  they have all been sewn by the SeamStresses for the SeamStressettes to wear this week for various school dress up days.

That’s on top of sewing madly to replace the towel ponchos, reversible dresses, towel dresses and sun hats that we sold out of last week in time for this weekend’s Fall Shopping Fest brought to you by the Cat Assistance Team of Qatar at Riviera Gardens…

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Where’s the tea?

Cut, iron, sew, label, print, stamp, cut, sew, iron, fold, blog, sew…

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Oh, yes – it’s that time of year again! There’s nothing like the Doha Mums Autumn Market and a big batch of beautiful new fabrics to focus The SeamStresses’ minds if only the SeamStressettes weren’t on holiday.

We’re working hard getting ready to bring you our lovely new stock – we’d love to see you on Saturday 18th October, put it in your diary!

What’s better than The SeamStresses? The SeamStresses plus cake!

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The SeamStresses also love baking (and eating) cake

The SeamStresses also love baking (and eating) cake

We’ve just held a The SeamStresses at home event.  Thanks to everybody who came; it’s really nice to catch up with or meet new people.  And, as ever in SmallTownDoha, it’s entertaining to see the connections people have that you didn’t know about previously. Next time could you eat more cake please?  We have an awful lot left!

Fancy discovering the six three degrees of separation in Doha for yourself?  We can come to your coffee morning and you can earn a discount on your own purchases.  Contact us for further details infoattheseamstressesdotcom.

Is sewing machinicide a legitimate term?

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You organise a joint sewing morning, get the littlest seamstressette set up in her teepee and then?

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Somebody drops a presser foot inside the sewing machine, way down past the bobbin case and it won’t move. Tweezers don’t work, violent shaking doesn’t solve it, neither does screwdriver demolition.

The only thing left to do?  An impromptu SeamStresses trip out to escape the tyranny of breastfeeding covers and towel dresses

So we dragged poor littlest seamstressette off to the singer store again and the kind gentlemen fixed it on the spot. Back up to full speed on the sewing machine level and a very restrained spend on personal fabrics! 

Thank you, SeamStressettes!

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You may, or may not, know that when The SeamStresses first made friends in 2012 and started sewing together we had all five of the SeamStressettes at home full time.  We sewed surrounded by noise, mess, arguments, chocolate milk, sylvanian families, playmobil, trampoline injuries and Disney films!

 In 2013 when we actually launched we still had four Seamstressettes at home full time.  This figure gradually dwindled over the year and now there is only one lonely little SeamStressette at home full time.  Fortunately, she is a fabulous self entertainer and usually allows us one morning a week of sitting together and sewing while we provide her with a constant stream of toys, snacks, special jobs, stories and songs.

However, last week was half term – we were suddenly back to a full complement of SeamStressettes!  But we are busy and we needed to sew! So, we carefully planned an early morning start with all five SeamStressettes, two SeamStresses, two sewing machines, one rotary blade, lots of snacks and plans A, B and C depending on how things went.

It was a delightful day! And productive!  The SeamStressettes, having spent the last term being generally too tired post-school to have successful long play dates, had a blast.  We marvelled at how our girls have changed and developed over the not quite two years we have known each other, how the dynamics of their group is changing but still working, we drank tea, we chatted, we planned, we cut fabric and we sewed. A LOT.  We managed an 8 hour day – it was great!

So, thank you SeamStressettes – we’ll try to find the time to sew you something lovely soon!