#devonsews virtual meet ups

Our planning for #devonsews meet up events for the summer of 2020 has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve got creative! There are some exciting socially distanced meet ups planned in the programme below. #devonsews hope to meet more South West Sewcialists’ live online from your sewing spaces, and to collaborate in new and exciting ways for great causes. Add the events to your busy online calendars now!

We will meet using Zoom at the times below (UK time, GMT) using the access details at the link below. The events will start promptly at the start time – we have a limit of an hour to meet in video-conferencing.


Me Made May Sew & Tell, Sunday 24th May, 11:00-12:00

Join us for a virtual coffee and cake, we’ll talk about wardrobe staples, most worn makes and your new projects following Me Made May. Didn’t take part? You can still join us, just make a note or bring your most worn makes to date.

New! Virtual fabric shopping 🛍 event Saturday 6th June at 11am, follow the link to our Facebook page for details and to join our community. Supported by Make at 140 in Plymouth and Stitches & Cream, Falmouth.


Pattern talk: share the most flattering patterns for your body shape, Saturday 20th June 19:00-20:00

Share your Top 5 most flattering patterns for our #devonsews guide, the guide will be made available for PDF download to raise funds for the NHS. If you’d like to be featured in the guide please send a high resolution photo of you working in your sewing space. Bring a glass of wine or other cold sparkling beverage of your choice!


#devonsews Virtual Sewing Sewcial, Sunday 26th July 11:00-12:00

A simple virtual sewing room, we’ll begin with a coffee and talk about our makes, then do some socially distanced group sewing. We suggest a simple free jersey pattern, such as the French Navy patterns Stellan tee. The hosts will be available to chat and help with sewing advice.

We are open to suggestions for more virtual meet ups too, please follow us on Instagram @devonsewsmeetups and our Facebook page, Devon Sews Meet Ups and post your comments below.

We would also like to support our local fabric shops, please contact us if you’d be interested in contributing to a Summer Sewing Fabric show. Our members would be keen to see your fabrics to order live online, with some ideas for projects to sew with them. Send me an Insta message @shelovestomake.uk or shelovestomake@gmail.com to register your interest.

If you’d like to make a contribution to us for organising and hosting the meet ups you can buy us a coffee here. We will use the funds to invest in equipment and publicity to make our online meet ups even better!

We hope to see you at a Zoom meet up soon…

Emma & Kelly x


Please contact us by email: shelovestomake[at]gmail.com for the Zoom meeting password.

Join us!



Past events

Calling all South West Sewcialists!

Join the new #devonsews for our very first meet up on

Saturday 12th October 2019 in Plymouth!


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We’ll enjoy an afternoon tea at the Plymouth Cricket Club Pavilion together, and by popular request we’ll have access to a private bar stocked with speciality Gins, to perfectly complement our Devon cream teas. And, of course, we’ll spend the afternoon doing some seasonal sewing together! The seaside location in Plymouth is perfect for some sewing photography, and there’s a chance to don your glamourous me-mades for dinner by the sea.

Future #devonsews meet ups will be planned at other venues across Devon in the future so please bring along your ideas of where to hold #devonsews2!

Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 28th August 2019, at midday (12:00 GMT (UK)).

Location: Plymouth Cricket Club Pavilion, Village by the Sea, Plymouth, PL1 4JG.

Me-mades by the sea!

The event is organised by Emma @shelovestomake.uk vlogger and Devon based sewist, who can be found spinning on hotel dancefloors with @kellyloupreece her sewing wife and proof-reader.

Book your ticket here

Event programme*


12:00-13:30 A truly decadent afternoon tea, including smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches and delicious home made scones, clotted cream and cakes; £10.00 per person provided to us by our caterers Devon Chef (limited places available).

13:30-17:30 Sewing autumn inspired Tilly and the Buttons Nora tops, or bring your own sewing pattern £6 per person (limited places available). Bring your own sewing machine, needles, pattern and fabric to take part. 

(Sewing machines are not provided, car shares can be arranged independently through the new #devonsews Facebook group). You will receive the Facebook page details by email closer to the event, when you book on an activity.


10:00-11:30 Fabric & haberdashery shopping, Make at 140 Royal William Yard.

11:45 Event close

*The programme is subject to unforeseen changes, and may be updated in advance of the event.


Ticket pricing

Ticket pricing covers the afternoon tea and hire of Cricket Pavilion space on the Saturday, and excludes alcoholic drinks, pay for your own Gin.

Send your suggestions for future meet up locations in Devon and the South West to shelovestomake@gmail.com.

Directions, accommodation and useful information will be sent to attendees by email directly. Please book your place via our Eventbrite page when tickets go on sale.

Ticket refunds are not available.


Frequently asked questions

Do I have to come for the whole weekend?

No, you can absolutely pick and mix which activities you come to, and there are limited places available to sew with us on the Saturday afternoon. You might like to visit Barbican Fabrics at Plymouth’s historic Barbican and Waterfront (great ice cream and coffee available at local cafes!), or Hobbycraft Plymouth at this time, or just do your own thing – if you don’t have a place.

Why do I need to book to attend the dinner and lunch events?

We will need to make reservations with the respective restaurants to accommodate a large group, this needs to be done in advance.

Will there be future meet ups closer to me?

Yes, plans are to host future events across the South West, to sew in beautiful locations and develop a group to build a connected community more locally. At present many of us travel to national or even international events to meet other sewists, in the future #devonsews can attend them either as a group or organise events in the region, drawing in more visitors who can see the wonderful, and diverse dressmaking taking place in the South West.

Can I bring another guest with me, who won’t be sewing?

You are welcome to bring a guest with you, however we cannot promise there will be enough seating or an afternoon tea for them.

Have another question?

Email me at shelovestomake@gmail.com