Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? Let’s get sewing! What are you going to make?

March 19 Mailchimp headerHi lovely,

Have you been loving watching the Great British Sewing Bee (Tuesday’s 9pm on BBC2) as much as I am? I’m in awe of what they can acheive in such a short timescale! I swear I would freeze with indecision like a rabbit in the headlights!

Who do you think will end up victorious? Drop me an email to see if we’re thinking the same thing!

Can you believe that we’re halfway through this term already, which means there’s a whole host of new stuff coming up, starting on 1st March.

Coming up in Bawtry…

Saturday 16th March 10am-3.30pm
There are 3 options for you on this date:

  1. Fancy Tiger Crafts – Sailor Top (Suitable for Beginners) £59
  2. Tilly & the Buttons – Etta Dress (Suitable for Improvers) £59
  3. Sew Your Own Project (Suitable for all skill levels) £49

Book Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top Workshop

Book Tilly & the Buttons Etta Dress Workshop

Book Sew Your Own Project Workshop

Sewing School – 5 week course – Monday Evenings 6-9pm
Starts Monday 11th March

Sewing school is the perfect opportunity for you to increase your dressmaking skills, whether you’re a total novice or you’re more advanced, this in the time and place for you to get focussed and spend some time learning and doing a hobby you love.

Click here for more info and to book Sewing School

Tuesday Sewcial
Every Tuesday 6-8pm

An untaught session of social sewing at my home sewing studio in Bawtry. Sew, chat, laugh & drink tea. £5 per person.

Join my Learning to Sew Facebook Group Here to find out more.

 

Coming up at StraightCurves in Chesterfield…

Beginner’s Dressmaking – 5 week course

Beginners’ Dressmaking Course will take you from zero to finished garment in just five 2.5 hour sessions.

You will learn all the skills to make clothes, in exactly your style and your colours that fit you perfectly. Look good and feel good. Nothing beats the feeling of being complimented on something you’re wearing and being able to say “I made this!”

Course Start dates:

  • Wednesday 6th March – Afternoon – 1pm
  • Wednesday 6th March – Evening – 6.30pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking here

 

Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 – 5 week course

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Repeat this course as many times as you like, your skills will grow and you will become a more confident and skilled dressmaker.

Course Start dates:

  • Friday 1st March – Evening – 6.30pm
  • Friday 8th March – Afternoon – 1.30pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 Here

 

Mastering Zips – 2.5 hour workshop

Never worry about inserting a zip again when you learn how to insert not one but two different types of zips in this short workshop with Alison. Remove your fear of sewing zips, learn tips & techniques to make inserting zips easy allowing you to choose that sewing pattern you love with a zip!

Dates:

  • Friday 1st March – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 10th April – 6.30pm

Book Mastering Zips Here

 

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking – 3 hour workshop

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

Join the Sew Surgery for a fully tutor supported group session and work on a garment of your choice. This is a relaxed session where you can come in with your own projects to take advantage of our big tables, sewing machines and overlockers with a tutor on hand at all times.

Dates:

  • Friday 15th March – 1pm
  • Friday 5th April – 6pm
  • Other dates up to July available to book

Book Sew Surgery – Dressmaking Here

 

Dress in a Day – Tilly & the Buttons Bettine Dress
Saturday 9th March 10am-4pm

This is the stuff your sewing dreams are made of! A whole day of uninterrupted dressmaking and a finished dress by the end of the day!

Using patterns from UK independent pattern designers you will sew up a storm. To make a dress you’ll really love, you bring your own fabric to make your dress. With all students making the same dress together in our sewing studio, you will learn together in a friendly and supportive group.

Book Dress in a Day – Bettine Dress Here

 

Coming up at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley…

Sewing Time at Oh Sew Sweet – 2nd Monday of every month – 12noon-3pm
Monday 11th March – 12noon – 3pm

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required and I’ll provide the advice, guidance & tools. Together you will work on your very own project of choice.

You may have already started a project and have found yourself a bit stuck or you just need that extra bit of motivation to finish a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects).

Come along and get the help & advice you need.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

Sew to Grow – Seoul Blossom Blouse
Saturday 30th March 10am-3.30pm

Over the next few months I’ll be hosting a range of workshops at Oh Sew Sweet to help you build a capsule wardrobe collection of me made clothes from a range of Sew to Grow.

The feminine details and soft silhouette of the Seoul Blossom Blouse are inspired by my time discovering the wonders and beauty of South Korea. This top features flattering front diamond darts, V-Neck, and a curved back hem with side slits making it perfect for the “french tuck”. The optional bow cuff completes the design making this the top you’ve been looking for to add to your handmade wardrobe.

Seoul Blosson Blouse & Stella Skirt

March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

And if that’s not enough for you to get your teeth into…

You can also book for a private “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (or Overlocker)” lesson. Spend an intensive hour (or 2) with me and really get to grips with what your machine can do!
Stop it gathering dust, unloved and unused, and get yourself sewing. I will teach you everything you need to know to get going.

Book 1 hour Get to Know your Sewing Machine/Overlocker – £30

Book 2 hour Get to Know your Sewing Machine/Overlocker – £60

 

As for me, I can’t wait to get back to the sewing machine tomorrow and make my self some new season favourites. I’ll be sharing photos with you very soon, I’m sure!

If you have any questions, just email me at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com and I’ll get back to you soon or call or text me on 07957 437001.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

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Sew Your Own Handmade Wardrobe at Oh Sew Sweet – Wombwell, Barnsley

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Hi Lovely,

Over the next few months I’ll be hosting a range of workshops at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, near Barnsley to help you build a capsule wardrobe collection of me made clothes from a range of Sew to Grow Patterns.

Sew to Grow patterns are designed to help you get great fitting me-made clothes that will build your body confidence as well as your sewing confidence with the Fit to Flatter pattern adaption techniques that will help you understand your body shape better and how to adapt patterns to fit.

Each month we will make a different garment together and will learn new skills and techniques and will help your confidence as a dressmaker soar! Designed as a course of workshops; each month we will build on the skills learnt before. For best results book the full course or dip in and book to make one off garments that you will love.

Oh Sew Sweet are now stocking a small range of dressmaking patterns specially selected to compliment the Sew to Grow patterns. See in store for more info or to get advice on suitable fabrics.

  • February – Saturday 23rd – Stella Skirt
  • March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse
  • April – Saturday 27th – Fremantle Frock
  • May – Saturday 25th – Bespoke Blazer
  • June – Saturday 29th – Bondi Top

 

 

Seoul Blossom Blouse – Saturday 30th March :

The feminine details and soft silhouette of the Seoul Blossom Blouse are inspired by my time discovering the wonders and beauty of South Korea. This top features flattering front diamond darts, V-Neck, and a curved back hem with side slits making it perfect for the “french tuck”. The optional bow cuff completes the design making this the top you’ve been looking for to add to your handmade wardrobe.

“When I travel around teaching workshops, I always have women asking me for the “Perfect” garment. They want sleeves, something to cover their bum, a little bit of shape, not to tight around the hips etc… and I took all this into account when designing this new top.

There are two sleeve length options, 3/4 and full length. You can also choose to add or eliminate the bow tie cuff. It is super cute, but just watch out it doesn’t dip into your guacamole. (Ask me how I know…)

The front diamond darts are perfect for adding a little bit of shape. You can also leave out the darts for a looser fitting top. The back slightly dips lower than the front, with an added side split hem to give a little extra room through the hips.

I think this top would also look great lengthened into a tunic or dress. I haven’t had a chance to do it yet, but I’m dying to see someone try it. I bet it will look

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!”

Lindsey Rae, Designer

Seoul Blosson Blouse & Stella Skirt

March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse

This workshop is £59 and includes your copy of the Sew to Grow Pattern (RRP £18).

Fabric Requirements:

  • ¾ sleeve – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 2.5m
  • Long Sleeve – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 2.75m
  • 25m lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Light weight rayon, lawn, voile, Tencel, or other light weight woven materials.

Fremantle Frock – Saturday 27th April:

The Fremantle Frock is a clever design that will certainly fit to flatter any shape! This dress features contouring princess lines down the front of the dress, with some sneaky hidden pockets. A simple curved hem also gives this frock a bit of added flare and is perfectly suited for quilting weight cottons, chambray and Japanese linens.

This workshop is £59 and includes your copy of the Sew to Grow Pattern (RRP £18).

Fremantle Frock

April – Saturday 27th – Fremantle Frock

Fabric Requirements:

  • 75m (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm) wide) fabric
  • 1 pack bias tape (– awaiting confirmation of what this is in metres) or an extra 0.5m of fabric to make your own
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Medium weight cotton and other structured fabrics such as chambray, linen and quilting cotton.

Past events:

Stella Skirt – Saturday 23rd February:

Inspired by the effortlessly chic styles of the 1960’s, the Stella Skirt features exposed topstitched pockets, chunky belt loops, and a thick hem for an added retro flare. Mix and Match your prints to create a whole new look or keep it clean and simple with a stone washed linen or thick wale cord.

This skirt comes in two lengths. The above the knee version (mini) and below the knee (midi). It’s a simple shape skirt, but with lots of room to add personal touches like adding piping to the front panel or pockets.

This workshop is £59 and includes your copy of the Sew to Grow Pattern (RRP £18).

Fabric Requirements:

  • Mini Skirt (above knee) – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 1.5m
  • Midi Skirt (below knee) – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 1.75m
  • 25m lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 9” invisible zip
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Linen, corduroy, denim and other medium weight woven fabrics.

The size range for this pattern is XS-4XL as detailed below. If you are outside this size range, please contact me to discuss alternatives.

Bust       Waist     Hips

XS           33-34”   25-27”   35-36”

4XL         47-48”   43-44”   49-50”

Please bring your own sewing machine & tools. If you need to borrow one from Oh Sew Sweet to use on the day, please let them know on booking.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

 

Alison xx

February Dressmaking Courses & Workshops in Bawtry, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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Hi lovely,

I hope the start of the year has been kind to you and you are enjoying all the fresh challenges that a new year brings.

If learning a new skill, namely dressmaking, was one of your 2019 goals, but you’re not sure where to start I’ve got lots of fabulous options coming up in February for you.

Happening in Bawtry, Doncaster:

Tuesday Sewcial – Every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry, untutored social sewing. Join my Facebook Group Here to find out more.

Learn to Sew Sew House Seven Tea House Dress or Top – Saturday 16th February 10am-3.30pm

i made this... sew house seven tea house dress

Book Here

Learn to Sew Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dress Workshop – Saturday 16th February – 10am-3.30pm – Beginner’s Workshop

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Book Here

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop – Saturday 16th February – 10am-3.30pm

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required (to the pattern specification), I’ll provide the advice, guidance, sewing machines, tools & biscuits and together we’ll get you going on your very own project of choice.

Book Here

Winter Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) – Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February, 1-4pm

*** Only one place remaining ***

Winter Sewing School is the dressmaking course for you, whether you are a novice ready to take the first steps into making clothes or you are more experienced and want to upskill your dressmaking and get a better fit and a better finish.

Small class sizes (max 3) ensure that you get the individualised support and tuition that you need.

Book Here

 

At StraightCurves in Chesterfield:

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

Join the Sew Surgery for a fully tutor supported group session and work on a garment of your choice. This is a relaxed session where you can come in with your own projects to take advantage of our big tables, sewing machines and overlockers with your tutor on hand at all times.

  • Wednesday 6th February – 12.30-3.30pm
  • Friday 15th February – 6-9pm

Book Here

Family Simple Skirt Workshop – Saturday 9th February – 10am-1pm

I made this... Simple skirt

Book Here

Kimono Jacket – Saturday 9th February – 2-5pm

I made this... Kimono Jacket one size

Book Here

Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2 (5 week dressmaking course) – Starts Friday 1st March, 6.30-9pm

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Repeat this course as many times as you like, your skills will grow and you will become a more confident and skilled dressmaker.

Book here

 

 

At Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley:

Sewing Time Dressmaking – Monday 11th February – 12-3pm

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Click Here for more info

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.

 

Sew to Grow Stella Skirt Workshop – Saturday 23rd February – 10am-3.30pm

stella skirt

Over the next few months I’ll be hosting a range of workshops at Oh Sew Sweet at The Hut in Wombwell to help you build a capsule wardrobe collection of me made clothes from a range of Sew To Grow Patterns.

Sew to Grow patterns are designed to help you get great fitting me-made clothes that will build your body confidence as well as your sewing confidence with the Fit to Flatter pattern adaption techniques that will help you understand your body shape better and how to adapt patterns to fit.

Click here for more info.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.

 

There’s lots there to keep you busy, but if what you want to learn isn’t covered here, you can book a free 30 minute consultation to chat about how I can help you learn on a one to one basis.

Book your 30 minute consultation here.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or want to know more.

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx

 

 

Coming in January 2019 – Learn to Sew Dressmaking Workshops and courses in Bawtry, Wombwell & Chesterfield

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January 2019 Courses & Workshops

Below is a list of what’s coming up and how to book. Click on the course or workshop title for more info.

New Year Sewing School – 7th-11th January in Bawtry

5 day dressmaking course (Monday-Friday; 3 hours per day)

  • Morning (9.30am-12.30) – Book here
  • Afternoon (1-4pm) – Fully Booked

Tuesday Sewcial – Every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry – £5 per person

Drink tea/coffee, chat, sew & laugh!

Join my Learning to Sew Facebook Group here to find out more.

 

Beginner’s Dressmaking – 5 week course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Course start dates:

Sew Different Geo Dress Workshop – Saturday 12th January, 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry

I made this... Sew Different Geo Dress(1)

Book your Geo Dress workshop place here.

 

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop – Saturday 12th January, 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry

You bring your pattern & fabric and I’ll support you with expert tuition to sew it up.

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project here

 

Learn to Sew My 1st Garment Workshop – Saturday 12th January, 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry

Perfect beginner’s workshop, make lounge pants or a circle skirt, you decide.

Book My 1st Garment Workshop here

 

Sewing Time with Me – Monday 14th January, 12-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley

Another opportunity to work on your own project with expert tuition to support your dressmaking. £20 per person, booking is essential.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book.

 

Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 – 5 week dressmaking course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Follow on from Beginner’s Dressmaking and increase your skills.

Course start dates:

 

Kid’s Dressmaking – 5 week dressmaking course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Suitable for 11-16 year olds, make a fab dress or jumpsuit

I made this... New Look 6444

Course start dates:

  • Wednesday 16th January – 4.15pm – Book here
  • Monday 27th May – 4pm – (Mon-Fri, one week) – Book here

 

Dress in a Day – Sew Different Scoop Pinafore – Saturday 19th January at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Make your version of the Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

I made this... Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

Book Dress in a Day – Scoop Pinafore here

 

Beginner’s Simple Skirt Workshop – Saturday 26th January, 9.30am-12.30 at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley

Suitable for age 11 to adult, start from the beginning and learn to make a simple skirt.

I made this... Simple skirt

Call Lorrayne & Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book.

 

Beginner’s Kimono Jacket Workshop – Saturday 26th January, 1-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley

In this popular beginner’s workshop you will create an amazing Kimono Jacket using a simple pattern.

I made this... Kimono Jacket one size

Call Lorrayne & Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book.

 

Mastering Your Overlocker – Sunday 27th January, bookable 1 hour 1:1 slots at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley

The overlocker day is fully booked, call Lorrayne & Bev at Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to be added to the waiting list.

If you don’t want to wait, book yourself a 1 hour 1:1 “Get to Know your Overlocker” lesson in Bawtry Here.

 

And as always if you want to chat with me about private 1:1 lessons in Bawtry, you can book at free 30 minute consultation HERE.

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx

 

 

Coming in 2019 – Sewing School – 5 day dressmaking course in Bawtry – dates

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Hi Lovely,

I’m writing to tell you about Sewing School and the course dates coming up in early 2019.

If you haven’t heard about Sewing School before, it’s a 5 day course designed for beginner or improving dressmakers just like you. Monday-Friday, 3 hours per day for you to grow your dressmaking skills, whatever your current level.

Sewing School with no more than 3 students on each course bridges the gap between private 1:1 lessons and group workshops.

Read testimonials from previous Sewing School students here.

With sewing school, the lessons are tailored to each individual students learning needs, so that you can learn exactly what you need to learn.

Choose from this list or add your own learning areas to be covered within the course:

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics
  • Advanced overlocker technique

It’s a brilliant opportunity for you to meet other local dressmakers who also want to learn how to be a better dressmaker.

If you’re in any doubt as to how good Sewing School is, every student who has attended previous Sewing School courses have booked a further Sewing School course.

The reason I’m telling you about it now, just before Christmas is because the next Sewing School starts on Monday 7th January, and there are still some places available on the morning session.

New Year Sewing School runs from Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January, 9.30am-12.30, with optional fabric shopping trip to Waltons Fabrics and Tuesday Sewcial included in the price of £129.

Book New Year Sewing School Here – January 7th-11th, 9.30am-12.30

However if you think you’d love to attend Sewing School, but those dates don’t suit, the next Sewing School is Winter Sewing School and it runs in February half term.

Winter Sewing School starts on Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February in the afternoon (1-4pm) and also includes an optional fabric shopping trip to Waltons Fabrics and Tuesday Sewcial. £129

Book Winter Sewing School Here – February 18th-22nd, 1-4pm

If you prefer a one day, workshop, there are plenty of options coming up in 2019 to suit you.

Check out 2019 workshops here.

And if that doesn’t cover what you’re looking for, please get in touch to tell me what you’d like to see in the future.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

November Learn to Sew Workshops & Courses in Bawtry, Doncaster, Wombwell, Barnsley & Chesterfield

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Want to know how you can get your sew on this month? Check out the details of everything that’s happening below.

Beginner’s Dressmaking (Part 2) – 5 week course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £110
Daytime course starts: Wednesday 7th November, 9.30am-12noon
Evening course starts: Friday 9th November, 6.30-9pm

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Click for more info & booking for Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2

Learn to Sew Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

Bring along your overlocker and make the sweatshirt almost entirely on your overlocker or use one of my Janome 525s sewing machines to make it on a regular machine.

The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for autumn layering.

Click for more info & to book Linden Sweatshirt Workshop

Learn to Sew Jersey Swing Dress
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

I made mine as a Christmas dress, but you don’t have to, you can use whatever medium weight jersey you choose. It is ideal to wear at the office or on a weekend dependent on the fabric used and how you style your swing dress.

Click for more info & to book Jersey Swing Dress Workshop

Mastering Your Overlocker – 1:1 Tuition
Sunday 18th November – Bookable 1 hour timeslots at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £30

This session unravels the mystery of threading the machine, stitch length, tension control, use of different needles, care and maintainence and troubleshooting!
Learn to love your overlocker rather than have it gathering dust because the thought of re-threading it terrifies you!

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click here for more info on Mastering Your Overlocker

Learn to Sew Christmas Shift Dress
Saturday 24th November – 10am-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for the pattern)

Join us at the favourite workshop to Learn to Sew a Shift Dress but with a Christmas twist!
Make it in a sparkly, slinky or glam fabric to be your go to dress for the party season or in some Christmas themed fabric to be a pretty cute alternative to the ugly Christmas Jumper.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click for more info on Christmas Shift Dress

Learn to Sew Handi Bag Handbag
Sunday 25th November – 4-7pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £28

You will walk away with your fabulous made by you bag, something that you can be proud that you made yourself. Perfect for a gift or lovely just to treat yourself. This useful bag has multiple interior pockets for all your handbag essentials.

Click for more info & to book Handi Bag Handbag Workshop

Mastering Zips
Wednesday 28th November – 12.30-3pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £30

Never worry about inserting a zip again when you learn how to insert not one but two different types of zips in this short workshop with Alison. Remove your fear of sewing zips, learn tips & techniques to make inserting zips easy allowing you to choose that sewing pattern you love with a zip!

Click here for more info & to book Mastering Zips

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required (to the pattern specification), I’ll provide the advice, guidance, sewing machines, tools & biscuits and together we’ll get you going on your very own project of choice. Find your happy place in the sewing room for £45 for the day.

Click here for more info & to Book Sew Your Own Project Workshops

Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet
Monday 12th November – 12noon-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

This regular dressmaking class runs on the 2nd Monday of each month, bring whatever you’re working on and get my expert help and advice.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Click here for more info on Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet

Freestyle Dressmaking at Oh Sew Sweet
Wednesday 14th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Wednesday 28th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

You may have already started a project and have found yourself a bit stuck or you just need that extra bit of motivation to finish a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects). Come along and get the help & advice you need.

Call Lorrayne or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking
Friday 16th November – 1-4pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20
Wednesday 21st November – 6.30-9.30pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

Join the Sew Surgery for a fully tutor supported group session and work on a garment of your choice. This is a relaxed session where you can come in with your own projects to take advantage of our big tables, sewing machines and overlockers with your tutor on hand at all times.

Click for more info & to book Sew Surgery at StraightCurves

Tuesday Sewcial
Every Tuesday – 6-8pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £5

If you want to sew and chat and drink tea with others who love to sew, this untaught session is for you. All you need to do is email me alisonrgreer@hotmail.com to let me know that you’re coming.

There’s a lot happening this month and hopefully there’s something for everyone, but don’t forget there are always private lessons available too. (Click here to see the 1:1 options)

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Do you daydream about sewing? Make your dreams come true…

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Have you had dreams of all the fabulous things you would like to make once you started sewing?

I know I did! I was 14 when I first started sewing with big ideas of becoming a famous fashion designer when I grew up. Luckily I found a very talented friend of my parents, Janet, who taught me the basics and I started to make my own clothes, including my prom dress.
I went on to study fashion at Doncaster College and then to get a degree in Fashion Design at university to further develop my skills, but it all started from me having a really fantastic tutor to show me the ropes.

But without the foundation of Janet’s patient tuition I’m not sure my skills would have developed to the level they have today.

It is through my learning and years of building and honing my skills that I am now able to pass the benefit of my experience and teach these dressmaking skills to you.

Is this you?

  • Always pinning ideas for sewing projects on Pinterest, but don’t know how to start making
  • Looking at clothes in shops and thinking… if only something was slightly different, then it would be perfect?
  • Kids or Grandkids on the way and imagining just how cute they’ll look in clothes made by Mummy or Granny.
  • Sick and tired of shop bought clothes not fitting you properly?
  • Have a sewing machine or overlocker gathering dust because you’re too scared to try and thread it up?
  • Have been sewing for years but have never got the perfect fit with your me-made clothes and have given up making for yourself?

I have options of 1:1 lessons and packages designed to help you achieve your sewing plans and dreams.

The entry level lessons for sewing machine novices are the “Get to Know your Sewing Machine” lessons, perfect if you’ve got a new (or new to you) sewing machine or overlocker.

1 hour – £30 – Book here
2 hours – £60 – Book here

In these lessons we go through the basics of threading, different stitches and their use, seam allowance and using your machine as well as basic maintenence and care. Enough for you to feel confident using your machine on your own.
The two hour lesson goes more in depth, and is perfect if you are especially nervous of your machine or if you want to do more than the basics with your sewing machine or overlocker.

The 1:1 packages I offer allow you to learn whatever you want to learn, and are suitable for either beginners or intermediate dressmakers.

Because the lessons are tailored to your specific sewing goals, I offer a free 30 minute consultation with me to chat through what you would like to learn and how I can help you to acheive your goals.

Book a free 30 minute consultation here.

Price List for 1:1 block bookings
3 x 1.5 hour lesson (4.5 hours total) – £125
5 x 2 hour lesson (10 hours total) – £250

If you just need a one off lesson to get you unstuck with something you’re stuck with you can book a 1.5 hour lesson for £50 here.

Fit Your Make – Fitting Support

Getting the correct fit on your garment can elevate your dressmaking to the next level. If husbands/friends/partners are not helpful in pinning and adjusting garments, then you need my help to alter and adjust the fit of your garment and pattern.
If you’re nearly the finishing post with a fabulous garment ut need an extra pair of hands to get the fit spot on, book a fitting support lesson.

Fit your Make – Fitting Support Lesson – 45 minutes £20 – Book here

Of course theres still a fabulous range of group courses and workshops available and November workshops are due to be launched very soon, so watch this space.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS you can sign up to my newsletter HERE to find out about all the other group workshops and things going on at Bagladybird – Learn to Sew.

Zero Waste Dress Workshop – Make a dress without wasting a scrap of fabric!

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Did you know that on average, 15% of fabric is wasted every time a garment is made?

One way to eliminate this is to design clothes that are “zero waste”, where the sewing pattern uses all the fabric and nothing is thrown away. Offset Warehouse have put together this simple zero waste dress pattern and have kindly agreed that we can make it together at a workshop.

A V neck and V backed belted dress with drawstring shoulders and pockets, works well in woven or jersey fabric, with an element of softness and drape and is versatile and wearable for work, nights out or casual dependant on your fabric choice.

Creating this dress, helps us to have a new way of thinking about creating garments and reducing textile waste which is a massive source of landfill!

Learn how to think about fabric differently and make this brilliant dress using 100% of your fabric.

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I had just 3g waste from making my dress and I only had this much because my fabric frayed so much.

You can buy your fabric from wherever you choose, but in line with the ethos of zero waste and reducing your impact on the planet, I would like to recommend The Offset Warehouse.  They sell ethically sourced fabrics that benefit the people who make them, who handle them or the planet. They have some beautiful organic cotton jerseys as well as fabulous woven choices too and I am so tempted by the Grey and Peach Paint Modal Silk Jersey.

The key to getting an effective zero waste dress is fitting all the pieces together like a jigsaw with no gaps, working from your body measurements as a starting point.

So you can make something more personal that you will love, fabric is not included for this workshop.

Fabric Requirements:

Getting the correct length of fabric will make getting a zero waste garment much easier. The length of your fabric will dictate the length of your dress.

If your fabric is 150cm (60”) wide, you will need 2x your finished dress length + seam allowance + hem allowance. I purchased 2m of 60” wide fabric to make my sample, but I’m only 5’2” and my finished dress is knee length.

If your fabric is 115cm (45”) wide, you will need 2x your finished dress length + seam allowance + hem allowance + approx 25cm.

Fabric Suggestions:

Any woven or knitted fabric with a good amount of drape.

The workshop will be on Saturday 20th October, from 10am-3.30pm at a (TBC) Bawtry venue.

Janome 525s Sewing machines will be provided for you to use as well as sewing tools, but if you can bring a ruler along that will help.

The workshop is £55 for the day and £15 deposit secures your place. The balance is payable in cash or by card on the day.

Click here for more info or to book.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Alison xx

PS. If you want to see more, check out these amazing Zero Waste Dresses from The Creative Curator Blog.

October Sewing Courses, Dressmaking Workshops in Doncaster, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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I hope you’re ready for the change of season, if not the stormy weather we’re having! But storms mean it’s perfect time for cosy clothes and staying warm inside sewing.

If you want to know what I’ve got coming up to tempt you this month, check out the list below and book yourself a fantastic sewing experience.

Tuesday Sewcial – Every Tuesday – 6-8pm at My Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £5
Email for more info alisonrgreer@hotmail.com

Beginner’s Dressmaking (5 week course) – Starts Friday 28th September – 6.30-9pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £110
Click here for info & booking.

Beginner’s Tote Bag – Saturday 29th September – 9.30am-12.30 or 1pm-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £25 (includes material)
Click here for info & booking.

Sew Different Cocoon Jacket – Saturday 6th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £55
Click here for info & booking.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Saturday 6th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £45
Click here for info & booking.

Sewing Time with Alison – Monday 8th October – 12-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Dress in a Day – Bettine Dress – Saturday 13th October -10am-4pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £70
Click here for info & booking.

Sew Surgery – Wednesday 17th October – 6.30-9.30pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20
Click here for info & booking.

Zero Waste Dress – Saturday 20th October – 10am-4pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £55
Click here for info & booking.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Saturday 20th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £45
Click here for info & booking.

Vintage Christmas PJs – Saturday 27th October – 10am-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £45
+ £10 for your pattern.
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Autumn Sewing School (5 day course) – Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November – 1-4pm at My Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £129
Click here for info & booking. (Only one place left.)

Sewing Time with Alison – Wednesday 31st October – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Wow! There’s a lot going on! I hope to see you soon & as always if you have any questions, please get in touch by email or 07957 437001.

Alison xx

Autumn Sewing School – Earlybird discount

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More dates added (December 2018 update):

  • January 7th-11th 2019 – Morning 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here
  • January 7th-11th 2019 – Afternoon 1-4pm – Fully Booked
  • February 18th-22nd 2019 – Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

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We’ve been having a blast at Sewing Summer School, so much so that I’ve decided to do it all again in the Autumn.

Autumn Sewing School: October 29th – November 2nd in Bawtry, South Yorkshire (Monday – Friday, 1-4pm, daily) – Afternoon Course Now Fully Booked!

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

Book & pay in full in August for 10% discount. Discount code: EARLYBIRD18

Autumn Sewing School is the dressmaking course for you, whether you are a novice ready to take the first steps into making clothes or you are more experienced and want to upskill your dressmaking and get a better fit and a better finish.

Small class sizes (max 3) ensure that you get the individualised support and tuition that you need.

You provide your fabric and your patterns and I will help you achieve your dressmaking dreams and ambitions.

There will be formal learning sessions, tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group and student led learning where you will progress on your chosen project.

Do you find it difficult to find the time and space at home for you to sew and are ready to learn more and make more of your own or your family’s clothes? This course is dedicated time and space for you to do just that without distractions.

I am an experienced tutor and have over 25 years creative dressmaking experience, here are just some of the things that my previous students have said after taking lessons with me:

  • “Absolutely loved loved loved my workshop today. Alison you have the patience of a saint!” Amanda C, Doncaster
  • “My self-confidence has soared and I have a new dimension of ‘how to do’!” Trudi K, Chesterfield
  • “This lady is brilliant – I went on Saturday to make a circle skirt, she was very helpful, I only had basic dressmaking knowledge… beginners will thrive… the results are amazing and the feeling you get on completion is fabulous!” Julia B, Retford

Choose from this list or add your own learning areas to be covered within the course:

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics
  • Advanced overlocker techniques

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

Included in Autumn Sewing School:

  • Optional fabric shopping trip to Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on the Monday evening
  • Free access to the Tuesday Sewcial session on Tuesday 30th October 6-8pm
  • Tea, coffee or soft drinks and biscuits (very important fuel for the human body)
  • Email or text support from me in the evenings, should you need it

Sewing School is suitable for you if you want to make clothes for you or your family. You do not need to own a sewing machine or even have any tools, as they will all be provided for you to use, however if you would prefer to use your own, you are welcome to bring them along.

All you need is to bring your pattern and fabric and other bits to make your garment. However if you are unsure about the type or amount of fabric you need to buy, you can purchase your fabric from Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on our fabric shopping trip on Monday evening.

We will squeeze a lot into these 15 hours, but what you get out of it is up to you. There is no homework required, but should you wish to do more in an evening, I will be available to support you in the evenings, via email or text, throughout the course.

The full 5 day course is £129 and there is an earlybird offer if you book & pay in full in August receive 10% discount using the code EARLYBIRD18

Book here

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

If you have any questions, just ask. alisonrgreer@hotmail.com or 07957 437001.

Alison xx