41 ways to Overcome Lack of Motivation and Find your Sew-Jo!

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Lost your Sew-jo? (sewing mojo) Let me tell you, that you’re not alone!

The students I’ve spoken to over the last few days have, almost without exception, said that they are lacking the motivation to sew right now. And I totally get that!

It is important right now to do those things that help us to feel good and I know for many of you sewing is usually one of those things.

So if you are struggling to get yourself sewing and to retain some grasp on normality, here are a list of 41 things that I’ve been doing (or plan to do) to help keep my spirits up and other things that I’ve been doing to find my sew-jo.

The things on my list may not appeal to everyone, but it might help spark some ideas that could work for you. (In no particular order)

  1. Open some windows and let some fresh air in
  2. Get up, get showered and get dressed, even if you’re just putting on your comfiest clothes.
  3. Light some scented candles
  4. Video call your friends & family
  5. Get outside in the garden, if you have one.
  6. Watch Next in Fashion on Netflix
  7. Talk about other things rather than what’s happening right now. I’m tired of having the same conversations over and over again.
  8. Talk to the animals, if you don’t have pets, talk to the birds or next door’s cats
  9. Tidy your sewing space
  10. Limit your screen time
  11. Get dressed up – we had an Awards Ceremony last week as Gary’s work awards had to be postponed. So we got dressed up, drank Champagne and had joke awards.
  12. If you’ve got more than one toilet, use the furthest away
  13. Step away from the biscuits
  14. Drink plenty of water
  15. Watch YouTube videos – for sewing tips and inspiration I recommend Bernadette Banner and Kenneth D King
  16. Save wine for the weekends
  17. Move around – don’t just sit in one space
  18. Get lost in a book
  19. Try a new sewing technique – always wanted to master zips or button holes, try a different type of seam or get to grips with set in sleeves.
  20. Sort your wardrobe, identify gaps, bag up clothes for charity that you no longer love, repair loved garments. (Before we moved I got rid of over 60 pairs of knickers from my underwear drawer that I never wore, they either didn’t fit, were worn out or were uncomfortable and never got worn!)
  21. Sort your stash. Reorganise your fabric and your pattern stash. You might find stuff in there to inspire you.
  22. Watch animals being cute or doing funny things, either in real life or on YouTube.
  23. Create project boxes/bags if you’ve already bought everything you need for a project then keep them together for ease when inspiration strikes. Do the same with any work in progress.
  24. Make a really simple project or something you’ve made before and enjoyed.
  25. Sort your UFO’s (unfinished objects). Be realistic about those you want to finish. Relegate others to the scrap bag.
  26. Make a gift for someone else.
  27. Is there a project you’ve wanted to make for a while? Now’s the perfect time to start it.
  28. Watch clips from past Great British Sewing Bee series here, in preparation for series 6 coming soon
  29. Tidy your sewing area at the end of each day
  30. Accept that if you don’t feel like doing something, that’s ok
  31. Search Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration
  32. Binge watch your favourite shows
  33. There’s no right or wrong way to deal with this. Whatever you’re doing is ok
  34. Just do 10 minutes and see how you feel then. No pressure
  35. Support small businesses, buy what you need from an independent business rather than Amazon or the big supermarkets
  36. Be kind to others
  37. Say thank you to supermarket staff, NHS workers and others who are out there serving our communities
  38. Share positive news stories
  39. Search for pattern inspiration on The Fold Line
  40. Give yourself some time alone, just because you’re in the same house, doesn’t mean you have to be in the same room.
  41. Join me on Friday for my iSewlation Sew together on Zoom. To chat about all things sewing, ask for help and show your recent makes or progress.

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Join me in your home, at your sewing machine for an iSewlation Sew Together on Zoom.

Friday 27th March 6.30pm

On your laptop, tablet or phone.

For sewing chat, expert advice on your current or future projects and to share your makes and work in progress.

Pay as you can/Pay as you feel here – If you are in a financially secure position, please pay whatever you feel is right. If your income like mine is precarious at best right now, then join us for free.

Bagladybird – Learn to Sew – Friday iSEWlation Sew Together

Time: Mar 27, 2020 18:30 London

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 358 852 964

Password: 016654

I hope to see you on Friday

Alison xx

Keep on Sewing… Finding ways to keep on going

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This is new to all of us… having never lived through something such as this we are all having to adapt to survive.

If you are spending more time than usual at home, then it’s an ideal opportunity to do some sewing and dressmaking.

I’m here to help enable you to keep sewing. As always, I’m available on my Facebook page, Facebook group and by replying to this email. Actually, you’ll probably see a bit more of me online as I offer more virtual options for learning to sew.

You might have seen my first Virtual Tuesday Sewcial last night? If not, you can view it here and you can look out for the next Virtual Tuesday Sewcial on Tuesday 24th March – more details coming soon.

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*** Edit 23rd March 2020 ***

I’ve tried to hold out as long as I could, but I’m afraid the time has come to stop all face to face lessons with immediate effect.  Our health must be our number one priority as a nation right now.

I am keeping a note of all missed lesson and will reschedule once we can.

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My Bawtry classes are running at the minute, classes are small and I have enhanced hygiene precautions in place. However, if you are booked on any classes, I will be contacting you directly and should you not be happy to attend, we will endeavour to reschedule once normality returns.

If you are symptomatic, live with someone who is, or are in an “at risk” category, please do not attend any lessons, but get in touch and let me know and we will reschedule.

For anyone who is stuck at home or stuck with their dressmaking, I am offering 5 free 30 minute Learn to Sew by Skype lessons, where I can assist you with your sewing.

Book your Free 30 Minute Learn to Sew by Skype lesson here

I’m also offering a special “Pandemic Price” for one to one lessons… usually to get my best value for money one to one lessons you have to book a block of 10 hours for £250.
At the minute, whether you book one hour or 10 hours the price for one to one lessons will be £25 per hour.
You can even book 180 days in the future, so you can take advantage of the Pandemic Price even if you are self-isolating right now.

Click here to Book – 1 hour 1:1 lesson – £25
Click here to Book – 2 hour 1:1 lesson – £50

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I, like many others who are self-employed, am concerned about the financial impact of this situation.  As many of you will be aware Bagladybird is not a lifestyle business, it is my sole source of income and I hope that the additional services I am offering during this period will help to see me through this uncertain time.

Understandably many people are nervous of committing to classes that they may not be able to attend. I sell a range of Gift Vouchers available to purchase online, to redeem on courses, workshops and 1:1 lessons and valid for 12 months.

If you are thinking of attending in future and are in a position to be able to do so, please consider purchasing Gift Vouchers now to use in the future.

Gentle Reminder: It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday

Sewing School is my 5 week dressmaking course and the next term is due to start after Easter. More dates will be confirmed once it feels right to plan in advance.

Sewing School is a mixed ability dressmaking course with small class sizes where you can learn at your own level. You decide what learning areas you wish to cover.

Sewing School is £129 – you can buy £129 Sewing School Voucher now to book in on future dates.

Having said all that, I feel this time has been gifted to me. A fantastic opportunity for me to get creative again and work on all the exciting projects that have been buzzing away in my brain. I am building a new website, and designing, creating and planning my pattern range, which has always been one of my business aims.

So watch this space, I’ll be needing pattern testers soon!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need me,
Love & stitches,

Alison xx

Spread the Love & Spread the Word

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There is an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in the air at the moment, which is only natural, but I am choosing common sense and love rather than panic.

Of course I am worried about the impact that the situation will have on my business and I want to try and virus-proof my business and do my bit to reduce the risk to everyone I come into contact with.
I feel that I need to talk to you about how I’m going to respond to the current situation with Coronavirus.


At the moment all courses, workshops and one to one lessons are running as normal.

  • If you are due to come to a lesson, but are unwell, please do not attend. Please let me know and we will reschedule.
  • All class sizes are small, with a maximum of 6 students.
  • The cleaning regime has been stepped up and all sufaces, sewing machines, scissors and other tools, will be sanitised before and after each lesson.
  • Washing your hands will be encouraged.

Current UK Government advice is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

So if that’s you and your stuck at home for 7 days then it’s a perfect opportunity for you to do some sewing.

And if you get stiuck and need some help with your sewing, I’m offering 5 students a free 30 minute Learn to Sew by Skype call, so even if you’re stuck at home you don’t need to be stuck with your project.

Book your Free 30 Minute Learn to Sew by Skype lesson here

If you know somebody who could benefit from a free Learn to Sew by Skype lesson, please send them this link.

And if you’re well and are ready to get sewing with me all the other usual lessons, courses and workshops are available to book.

For many people sewing is their therapy, a chance to get mindful and forget their troubles if only for a few short hours. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s just one of the many benefits that come with dressmaking!

I hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx

Sewing School – 5 week dressmaking course – February & March 2020 start dates

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Happy Friyay!

You’ve made it to the weekend! I’m proud of you! It’s not easy during this dark time of year!

Have you been waiting patiently for the next half term of Sewing School dates to be announced?

I’ve got good news for you! Sewing School February & March start dates are now LIVE & ready to book!

Sewing School (5 week dressmaking course)

Monday Evenings 6-8.30pm – Starts Monday 24th February – Book Here
Sunday Evenings 5-7.30pm – Starts Sunday 1st March –
Book Here
Tuesday Mornings – 10am-12.30 – Starts Tuesday 3rd March – Book Here

Book Sewing School courses here

If you have any questions, please ask.

I hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

I love the beginning of a New Year, don’t you? A time for optimism and opportunity! January courses & workshops

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Happy New Year Lovely,

I don’t know about you but I love the start of a new year and I’m especially loving this one!

The New Year brings such optimism and opportunities. A chance to turn over a fresh leaf and start again with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. 2020 is even better because it’s the start of a whole new decade.

I’m throwing myself back into 2020 with a one week Sewing School course which started on Monday with a fabulous bunch of students who are already soaking up all the new dressmaking skills they can as well as practising their existing skills.

It’s a fantastic feeling for me to see the joy and satisfaction on a student’s face that comes from nailing a new technique. Whether that is the first time they’ve sewn a perfect straight seam or mastering a spot on stripe or check match.

If getting to grips with dressmaking is one of your 2020 goals then I’ve got some courses and workshops to help you on your way.

Sewing School – 5 week dressmaking course in Bawtry

Sewing School is designed to develop your sewing skills whatever your level. As class sizes are small (max. 3 students) it means that you get heaps on one on one time with your lovely tutor (that’s me!) to support you in your learning.

You choose your project and your learning areas, so that the course is completely tailored to you and that means you progress much quicker. Previous students have made, skirts, dresses, coats, shirts, menswear and kids clothes – the choice is yours.

Sewing School courses starting next week:

  • Sunday evenings 5-7.30pm – starts Sunday 12th January – Book Here
  • Monday evenings 6-8.30pm – starts Monday 13th January – Book Here
  • Tuesday mornings 10am-12.30 – starts Tuesday 14th January – Book Here

Book your Sewing School place here

Dressmaking Courses at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Beginner’s Dressmaking (5 week course)

Go from zero to finished garment in just five 2.5 hour sessions. Don’t forget although this course is called dressmaking if you would like to make a top, a skirt or some simple trousers that’s more than ok too!

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!”

Start dates:

  • Wednesday 15th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Friday 17th January – 1-3.30pm

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.

Start dates:

  • Friday 10th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Wednesday 15th January – 1.30-4pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 here

One day Workshops in January

Dress in a Day – Tilly & the Buttons Bettine Dress at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – Saturday 11th January 9.30-4.30pm

 

Sewing Time at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut in Wombwell, Barnsley – Monday 13th January 12noon-3pm – £25

This is a regular (2nd Monday of each month) session for you to come along and sew your own choice of project. Booking is essential.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.

 

Introduction to Garment Making – Crossback Reversible Apron at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut on Saturday 25th January 10am-3.30pm

As an introduction to garment making you can join me for this fab workshop at Oh Sew Sweet to make the Indygo Junction Crossback Reversible Apron for adults or children.

You will learn how to:

  • Read a pattern
  • Select your size
  • Cut your garment
  • Apply interfacing
  • Make a pocket
  • Sew Seams
  • Add a lining

This workshop is perfect as an introduction to sewing clothes and is perfect for beginners or those who need a refresher to help increase their confidence.

 

Tuesday Sewcial – every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry – £5

Last but not least there is our regular untaught Tuesday Sewcials – come along and sew what ever you’re working on. Chat, laugh and have a cuppa.

Please ask if you have any questions about Tuesday Sewcial sessions and let me know if you are planning to come, so I have an idea of numbers.

 

If that’s not enough for you to get your teeth into, then I also offer one to one lessons. You can book a free 30 minute consultation with me to chat about what you would like to learn if you are interested inone to one lessons.

Book a Free Consultation here

I’m signing off now to go and squeeze in a bit of personal sewing, just for me. Finishing off a dress to wear for a hen party at the weekend.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

January Sewing School Dates – 5 week dressmaking course in Bawtry, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Hi Lovely,

This December has been busier than usual for me as we moved house this week! We’re in and our Christmas tree is up and we are starting to get settled, but some of you will know that this move has been a long time coming and it feels great to finally be there!

Don’t worry, we’ve only moved a few miles away and my business is unaffected as I’ll still be working out of my Sewing Studio at my parents house in Bawtry.

I hope you’ve been having a good December and are enjoying the festive season too.

If you are looking ahead to January, and have decided that 2020 is going to be the year that you start to learn to sew then I’ve got some fantastic courses for you to join.

Upskill your dressmaking for 2020!

Whether you’re a beginner or want to learn more, this course is designed just for you. Class sizes are small – maximum of 3 students – to ensure you get the support you need to develop your dressmaking skillset.

There are only 7 spaces left for January start dates, so if you want one to be yours don’t miss out.

Course Dates
5 week dressmaking course

  • Sunday Evenings 5-7.30pm – starts Sunday 12th January – Book HERE
  • Monday Evenings 6-8.30pm – starts Monday 13th January – Book HERE
  • Tuesday Mornings 10am-12.30 – starts Tuesday 14th January – Book HERE

5 day dressmaking course – New Year Sewing School

Monday 6th – Friday 10th January – 1-4pm – Book HERE

Book your January 2020 Sewing School Place

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January Courses at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Beginner’s DressmakingClick HERE for more info & booking

  • Wednesday 15th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Friday 17th January – 1-3.30pm

Beginner’s Dressmaking (Part 2)Click HERE for more info & booking

  • Friday 10th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Wednesday 15th January – 1.30-4pm

 

More details of 2020 lessons coming soon.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.

 

What are you doing for the rest of the decade?! There’s not long left!

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Hi Lovely,

I know that it sounds dramatic… “The end of the Decade!”, but I don’t think that it had hit me until today that is what it actually will be in 18 days time!

When I think about how different my life was as this decade was beginning, I’m very grateful for all the experiences and people that the last 10 years has given me and to be going into the next decade doing a job I love and helping to inspire others with sewing and helping them to increase their dressmaking skills.

However there is still time in this decade to squeeze in a bit of learning to sew with me!

Thursday 12th December – 6.30-9pm
Christmas Stockings at Meadowhall

Book Christmas Stockings Workshop Here – £35

Saturday 14th December 10am-12.30
Zipped Make-up Pouch at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Also at StraightCurves there are a couple of Sew Surgery sessions before Christmas.
These are informal tutor supported 3 hour sessions for you to bring along your project and get the extra guidance you need.

  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgeries Here – £25

 

Even though we all know how hectic the Christmas period can be, I’m available throughout the holidays for 1:1 lessons at a time to suit you.

🧵 If you’ve got a brand new sewing machine or overlocker, you can book in a session to get you stitching with confidence on it.

✂️ If you need a place of calm in the Christmas chaos, you can find that in my sewing studio and get my support and tuition for your project for an hour or two.

🧵Or if your looking for longer term 1:1 tuition to help you acheive your dressmaking goals, you can book for a free 30 minute consultation to chat with me about what you would like to acheive.

Prices
1 hour – £30
2 hours – £55
10 hours – £250 (usually 5 x 2 hour lessons – payable in full at the first lesson)

Book One to One Lessons Here

 

However you’re spending the rest of the decade, I wish you happiness.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available HERE

Even when life gets busy; there’s still time for a little bit of sewing!

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Coming up over the next few weeks…

Hi Lovely,

I know, I know this is the time of year when things start to get a little busy! There’s always so much more that we find we “need” to do!

Gary and I are hoping to be moving house before Christmas, so I imagine we’ll feel it more than ever this year, but we haven’t really thought about Christmas yet! For the past few years within my family we have given handmade Christmas gifts, which takes a little more thought and planning. Uh-oh! Better get on with that!!

(Don’t worry, even though we are moving my business will not be affected by this move.)

I know that come the big day, everything will get done that needs to be done even if that means that things slide off the bottom of my to-do list!

Don’t forget to fit in some time for some of the things that you want to do too! A few hours stolen away to do some sewing perhaps?

There’s lots of one day and shorter workshops coming up over the next few weeks…
Saturday Workshops in November

Saturday 23rd November – Friday Pattern Co Adrienne Blouse in Bawtry

This jersey top from Friday Pattern Company is a great first project using jersey and it’s perfect for layering under pinafores or looks great thrown on with jeans. I love mine so much, that I already plan to make another couple.

Saturday 30th November – Paper Theory LB Pullover – at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut in Wombwell

I love the casual elegance of this top, I feel equally chic lounging at home wearing it with a pair of yoga pants or out and about teamed with a pair of skinny jeans.
It can be made in a woven fabric, like mine (I used linen) or in a low stretch knitted or jersey fabric.

 

If committing a full day to sewing is a bridge too far then there’s also some 3 hour classes coming up in November & December all for you to sew your own project or finish what you’ve started.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project (3 hour sessions) in Bawtry

  • Tuesday 19th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 24th November – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 26th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 1st December – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th December – 9.30am-12.30pm

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project – 3 hour sessions at Bawtry Here

Sew Surgery (3 hour sessions) at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

  • Wednesday 20th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 20th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 11th December – 1-4pm
  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgery – 3 hour sessions at StraightCurves in Chesterfield Here

Sewing Time (3 hour session) at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell

Monday 9th December – 12noon-3pm

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place on Sewing Time

And if you’re ready to get in a really Christmassy mood, I’m hosting another Meadowhall Session where you can create your own personalised Christmas Stocking on Thursday 12th December (6.30-9pm).

These sessions are held in the mall in Meadowhall and give you the chance to try something new and creative.

All materials are included for this workshop, so top off an afternoon’s Christmas shopping in Meadowhall with a festive stocking making workshop.

Book Here

 

Book Learn to Sew Christmas Stockings Workshop at Meadowhall Here

 

Hope this has given you some inspiration to steal away some time for you during the build up to this festive season.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.

Courses to finish the year in style! What are you going to make?

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Hi Lovely,

We’re half way through our half term one week Sewing School course already and the lovely Anne has already completed one dress. (The Geo Dress from Sew Different.)


There are more 5 week Sewing School courses starting over the next few weeks…
Have you thought about what you might make?

Sewing School Start Dates
5 week dressmaking course

Sunday 3rd November – Sunday Evenings – 5-8pm
Tuesday 5th November – Tuesday Mornings – 9.30am-12.30
Monday 11th November – Monday Evenings – 6-9pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

Sewing School is the perfect course for any skill level or experience, as you choose the project and learning areas and learn to your own level.

The class sizes are small (max 3 students) so that you can have plenty of tutor time to support you during the course.

You decide what you want to make and what you want to learn – choose from the list below or decide your own learning options and I will make sure we cover as much as we can during 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

Recent Sewing School graduates have learnt a wide variety of subjects and have made some amazing garments.

Elsie sold one of her Halloween makes online during the course, and is planning to support her new fabric habit by selling her festival clothing online.

Lindsey has gone outside her comfort zone and has learnt pattern alterations and has altered a coat pattern to fit her perfectly.

Emma has covered Full Bust Adjustments and has made up some toiles that will help her create some cosplay creations.

Students have also sewn flawless zips, tackled buttonholes, done full bicep adjustments to overcome snug fitting sleeves. Others have never sewn before and have tackled the basics from understanding how to thread a sewing machine and selecting the correct size on a dressmaking pattern to creating fantastic wearable finished garments.

Click here to book your place on Sewing School – £129

 

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

In other news…
New dressmaking courses start at StraightCurves in Chesterfield next week.

Beginner’s Dressmaking – BOOK HERE

  • Wednesday 6th November – 6.30pm
  • Friday 8th November – 1pm

Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2 – BOOK HERE

  • Wednesday 6th November – 1.30pm
  • Friday 8th November – 6.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Click here to find out more about Sewing and Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

If you have any questions or want to know more, please get in touch. email: alisonrgreer@hotmail.com

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

PS. If you’re already looking forward to 2020, New Year Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) runs from January 6th-10th (1-4pm) and is bookable online HERE.

Sewing School – September 2019 dates in Bawtry

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Hi lovely,

I took a trip to Fabworks Mill Shop in Dewsbury yesterday, a fabric shop that I’d never visited before but had shopped with online.

I didn’t have a specific project in mind, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful metallic plisse. Does anyone have any pattern suggestions of what I can make with it? (I bought 4 metres.)

It won’t be long now until the kids are back to school, which means it could be time for you to start to think about going back to school too!

Sewing School, that is!

Sewing School is my signature 5 week dressmaking course, with small class sizes (max 3) students can learn exactly what they want to learn.

Choose from the list below or decide your own learning areas.

  • 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

Book your September Sewing School place here

During recent sewing schools, students have covered various different skill sets and projects, from copying a pattern from an existing favourite garment to upsizing vintage patterns. Another student made a waistcoat from upcycled men’s ties.

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Whether you want to start from the beginning and learn the basics or increase your exsisting skills, then Sewing School is perfect for you. With 15 hours of lessons over 5 weeks, there is plenty of time to complete a simple garment or really get your teeth into a more complex one!

Read what past students have said about Sewing School HERE. Many students have attended sewing school more than once as they enjoyed it and learnt so much they have wanted to continue.

Book your September Sewing School place here

September Sewing School Dates

Sunday Evenings 5-8pm – Starts Sunday 15th Sepember – FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday Mornings 9.30am-12.30 – Starts Tuesday 17th September – BOOK HERE
Monday Evenings 6-9pm – Starts Monday 23rd September – BOOK HERE

If you have any questions or queries or want to get in touch about anything sewing related, please hit reply to this email.Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx