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PR Day 2013 - Sydney celebrates PatternReview's 12th anniversaryBy Deepika on 11/13/13 2:04 PM

by velosewer

Sydney PR Day Group

There are many PR members in Australia and New Zealand, and we all rely on the great information provided by PR members when we want to produce a great sewing projects. Many of us use the Message Board when we need help, including the Down Under PR thread, so it made sense to me that I could help celebrate 12 years of PR in our little home called Sydney.

With all the iconic places to choose from, I decided to go "local", and Adora Handmade Chocolates was the perfect choice. They did a lovely afternoon tea for us. We had on-street parking and public transport was nearby. There was also a local fabric cave for us to go to after we had our fill of afternoon tea. I wasn't sure if there were any local fabric places that would have catered to our needs, and Adora did a great job for our celebration.

Adora Chocolates

The sun shone, and we got together for a fun afternoon of sweets and coffee and caught up on our latest sewing adventures, i.e., the big four patterns vs. indie patterns; cheap fabrics vs. high end fabrics, latest fashion trends vs. vintage styles.

Collage 1- Sydney PR Day

The newest face at our celebration was RynV who made the trip from the Blue Mountains to join us. You might have read in the press that we've just had terrible bushfires in the Blue Mountains recently, and it was great that RynV could join us after experiencing such an intense time.


The staff at Adora gave us great service, and we were given a choice of chocolates as we left for a bit of local fabric shopping. Our main waitress, Julie, was amazed when I told her that we were all wearing clothes we had made. I think she might start sewing!

Collage 2 - Sydney PR Day

The cafe patrons were just as amazed at us and our gorgeous outfits and the beautiful table photo was taken by the husband of a lovely couple who were in the cafe while we were celebrating PR.

Group shot

Now the "Chocolate Smash Cake" we had as our PR cake is a dome of chocolate with handmade chocolates beneath it. As Beverley said, I smashed it with the same force as Thor does with this hammer.

PR Cake

The best part for me was BlossomKyle tweeting me about the NY LBD party as we were at the Sydney English Afternoon Tea celebration. Small world, huh?

Thanks to Deepika and the PR team! Where would we be without a great sewing resource like PR and the contests you provide to keep us motivated?



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Pj3g said...
Wow! Now this is the place to party! The chocolates look so yummy! So do your outfits! Glad you all had a good time! Wish I could've been there too!
11/13/13 2:21 PM
annakeeton said...
Thanks for sharing these pics. With all of the chocolate, that is my kind of party!
11/13/13 7:33 PM
margk said...
I wish I lived closer to Sydney sometimes. What a great day to frock up and indulge yourselves!
11/13/13 9:18 PM
BlossomKyle said...
I thought that was so fun too, Maria! :)
11/13/13 10:18 PM
velosewer said...
The great thing about these celebrations is catching up together and talking about all things sewing!!! So glad you won 2nd place LBD in NY Kyle :)
11/14/13 0:06 AM
ASiverson said...
Oh what a lovely time you all had! Wish I were there, Happy Anniversary to PR!
11/14/13 9:46 AM
alpenrose said...
G'day all: Have been in Sydney twice this year! Love the town, love the people, love the country! Hope to go back in 2014! I am just getting back into sewing after a 30 year absence. Back in the mid 1990's my mom bought me a sewing machine I didn't think I would like (Mom's are like that you know). Anyway, because I didn't have any space, or time I stored it all these years. Opened it up just a few weeks ago and discovered that my dear mom was light years ahead of her time--what was once called a "New Home" machine is now called "Janome". I opened the machine dusted it off a little and sat down to sew--what a thrill she runs like a dream! Stay in touch and who know I might see you at Bourke Street Bakery!! We go to the original every time we are there--which may explain why I need a new dress form.
11/14/13 2:34 PM
kushami said...
You all look fab! Hope I'll be there next year.
11/15/13 0:14 AM
Seabreeeze said...
Thanks you for sharing the photos. it was lovely.. You girls looks brilliant in your outfits.. I am in awe of you sewing skills.. xx
11/15/13 11:23 PM
Sewing Gal said...
Loved the fact that all of you ladies were wearing dresses and/or skirts. Gorgeous outfits, too. Would love to come to Australia!!!
11/26/13 11:23 AM
Ann's Fashion Studio said...
Getting together like this is Such a great idea! You all look wonderful and it sounds like you all had a beautiful and fun day.
11/27/13 5:58 AM

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