Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Announcing My Australia Trip!

Readers, this trip has been in the works for a while and now it's coming up FAST! In just two weeks I will be flying to the land down under to promote my new fabric line at Spotlight Stores and to do a series of dressmaking workshops.

Here is a breakdown of my workshops and other events! (Please note that some details still need to be posted in places; I will update as necessary.)


Tuesday, May 2nd, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Everton Park Spotlight Store, Meet & Greet and Book Signing.

Tuesday May 2nd, 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Mount Gravatt Spotlight Store, Meet & Greet and Book Signing.

SOLD OUT! Wednesday and Thursday, May 3rd and 4th: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Needlefruit. Please click here for all the details and to register! Two full fabulous days of fitting and sewing technique.

Thursday, May 4th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Drinks and Meet & Greet at Needlefruit. Register here.


Friday, May 5th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm: Bayswater Spotlight StoreMeet & Greet and Book Signing.

SOLD OUT! Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Bayswater Spotlight Store. Two full fabulous days of fitting and sewing technique. Registration details will be posted in the next day or so. In the meantime, you can email me at if you are interested in this class; I will be handling the registrations.

Saturday, May 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Thread Den Q&A Evening. A fun evening of drinks, "Sew & Tell" and, chatting about my dresses, sewing patterns, books, blog and more!


Wednesday May 10th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Lidcombe Spotlight Store, Meet and Greet and Book Signing

Thursday May 11th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Castle Hill Spotlight Store, Meet and Greet and Book Signing

Friday, May 12th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Q&A Evening at Bobbin and Ink. The event will be live on this page at 10 am 4/19.

SOLD OUT! Saturday and Sunday, May 13th and 14th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Bobbin and Ink. Please contact the store for details.

I look forward to meeting all of you!


  1. OMG! I have locked in Brisbane on the 2nd - I'm going to have to come straight from my uni class on the Sunshine Coast, but I'll make it. I'd love to do the workshop, so much, but I start my teaching prac (I'm a pre-service teacher) on the 3rd. Now the question will be, which of your books do I bring to sign....all of them? :D

  2. Damn, I will be in Melbourne a week later and nothing in Adelaide. Sew disappointed but thank you for making the trip and imparting your knowledge Gretchen.
    For all those who will miss out is there any chance the classes could be videoed and posted in YouTube later after editing? Thank you and safe travels.Audrey.

  3. Hooray- Lidcome is one of my regular spotlight visits. Weirdly I am already booked in to a vintage dressmaking class at Bobbin and Ink that has a session on the same Saturday you'll be there. So that's not ideal...

  4. So exciting! Just a shame that you aren't coming to Adelaide this trip (hopefully next time!). Too short notice for me to fly anywhere. I hope you have a great trip

  5. Success! I'm officially coming to class in sydney! It's just down the road from me as well so I couldn't be happier. That's my Mother's Day present and Mother's Day activity sorted. : )

  6. Hi Gretchen I'm so excited about this course I've tried to register for your sew along in Melbourne in Bayswater for two myself Jane Hartley and my daughter Emilie Robinson, but when I go to send tge email it tells me that it's an invalid email address. I would love some in on cost and what we need to bring.
    Thank you so much for including Australia in your busy schedule.
    Thanks Jane Hartley

  7. you'd be more than welcome to have the extra Melbourne event at my house

  8. I'm absolutely devastated I can't make it in Sydney (or Melbourne or Brisbane, I would have!)... Please please please do another Sydney workshop! :)

  9. Oh boy they're really sending you to the boonies in Bayswater! ;)
    I may come to the Thread Den thing it sounds fun!

    If you want a night out in Melbourne, I'm sure a crew could be rustled up to show you the sights - we've got some pretty excellento cocktail bars and there's nothing better than intimidating the locals when you're all gussied up and moving in a pack!

    I am a local btw and I like intimidating other locals ha!
    Any excuse to wear a fancy hat and vintage stockings.

    Send me a message if you're not booked out the wazoo!

    1. Oh and it's World Class Cocktail Week while you are here!

  10. So sad you can't make it over to Perth, but we are used to that!! Have a lovely time!! :)

  11. :) see you in Brisbane at Needlefruit's Meet and Greet. YAY

  12. I've just booked my ticket for the meet & greet at The Thread Den, since it's around the corner from me! I'm so excited to meet you Gertie!! I've been an avid follower since you were still an editor in New York, and started sewing up the Vogue's New Look book!!

  13. Omigosh! So sad that I can't get to any of those venues, but absolutely squeeing with excitement to learn that your fabric line will be available here in Australia! Hope you have a fantastic time while you are here.

  14. Oh Gretchen, I am so so happy you are coming to Australia. I'm really looking forward to sewing with you on the weekend in Sydney, and having a drink with you on the Friday night. I'm sure you have a full dance card for your time in Sydney, but if you want tips on where to go vintage or fabric shopping, please let me know. Melbourne trumps Sydney for fabulous bars, but we do have a few! Safe travels, Fran x


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