New Sewing Courses!

Phew! I have just finished updating the Class Schedule, and I have to say I am mighty proud of this one!

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There’re Classes for beginners and more advanced Sewers alike, and I have tried to plan in fun projects like the Playsuit Course or Beginners Dressmaking Course which both have three different Patterns to choose from (and they’re all great, I promise!), as well as Project Days including an Introduction to Patchwork Day and the completely awesome and fun T-Shirt Project Day.

You guys who have already been stitching up a storm are also catered for and can choose from the Sew Anything Course– which starts soon!- as well as Lingerie, Corset and Vintage Pattern Courses. I’m almost envious, but I get to be there too, yay!

I also have a Social Media Training for Small Businesses Seminar which I am completely thrilled to be offering. I seem to spend a lot of time spouting off about how important SEO is, why I try to maintain an Editorial Calendar and why everyone with a Small Business should Blog in the first place, as well as blithering on about Internet Marketing and all the many minutiae of running a Small Business in this wondrous Internet age that I thought I would  share all of the bits and bobs I have learnt over the years to help y’all out!

Click here for more information but loosely this seminar will feature group discussion and worksheets plus handouts for future reference and is the perfect next step for your Small Business as you build your Brand and start to create more business through your website, shop and in person! It’s going to be such fun guys, I’m hopping with excitement!!

Places are limited by space so I’d book quick for all of the Courses and Classes.

Happy stitching!

A sewing pouch to rival Mary Poppins’ bag!

So, how do you fit all this…

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Into something manageable to carry around with you to fittings, back stage or on a film set?

HOW DO YOU 3 HOW DO YOU 2

Voila!

This is actually something I teach on my Introduction to Sewing workshop, with Flo-Jo Boutique. I stumbled across various tutorials for Sewing Pouches, or Wallets via Pinterest  (follow me there too, it’s a mine of information!), when looking for inspiration for a small project to do with Adults. My normal army of small projects is firmly aimed at a younger audience however; I felt it important to make something even though the Ladies (& Gents!) booked on the workshop are only with me for 3-hours. I believe it helps them remember the various techniques covered in the class, & there’s something lovely about learning how to use a sewing machine for the first time & still being able to take something away with you.

My first class looked at me in horror as I explained that after a mere two hours being taught the finer points of the sewing machine for the first time in their lives, fortified only with tea, they would be making something which included a Patch Pocket, Seaming & a dollop of their imaginations… They lived to tell the tale, & all thoroughly enjoyed it too! I have two more coming up in quick succession so I shall remember to photograph their creations this time!

On a much, much funnier note, I held my first exam this week!

My Teen Sewers’ have become shockingly lazy over the last weeks & I noticed a worrying trend of simply moving to the machine which was still threaded up & working when the one they had been using went wrong, the devils! So, armed with a stack of Haribo shaped bribes I made each & every one of them load & insert a bobbin, thread a machine, sew a 1cm seam & zig-zag neaten the edge of the seam! I felt so mean, but it flagged up a few who had missed out on a couple of the finer points & has already improved their stitching so I feel slightly vindicated & I am sure I shall be dreaming up another pop quiz soon!! Suggestions on a postcard…

Happy stitching!

Some news about future Tutorials…

McCALLS How a Pattern is Created

I have quite the collection of Vintage, & probably antique by this point!, sewing books & I have decided to share some of their wonderful techniques, illustrations & thoughts with my readers in the form of tutorials.

The above is a brilliant example of the sort of things these book have to offer. It is a page from the 1960’s McCall’s Sewing in Colour book & quite clearly illustrates the path a pattern will take from conception to  finished product, & isn’t something you would really find in a new sewing book. Because of the age of these books, a lot of the techniques illustrated are extremely professional Hand & Machine techniques, often straying into the realm of Couture techniques I have seen on dresses from Dior to Vivienne Westwood They are a beautiful reminder of what can be accomplished by the home sewer as they can really elevate your construction from Homemade to Hand Made- a distinction it is important to make!

Each & every one of my collection has some very unique points & none of them cost more than two or three pounds… which is a lovely reason to start your own collection!

I shall be trying to post every Thursday however; inspiration may strike at other times too! I have already covered Pleats  & How to Sew on a Button so I shall continue to post Beginners Sewing techniques as I am continuing to teach many, many new sewers.

It’s quite exciting isn’t it?!

Happy stitching!