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

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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!

I made this... Zero waste dress

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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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

Sewing Summer School – 5 day dressmaking course – 6th-10th Aug 2018

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Sewing Summer School

Coming August 6th – 10th in Bawtry (Monday – Friday, 1-4pm, daily)

Sewing Summer 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 daily 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

Included in Sewing Summer School:

  • Optional fabric shopping trip to Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on the Monday evening
  • Free access to the Tuesday Sewcial session on Tuesday 7th August 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 Summer 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, but £30 deposit will secure your place. The balance is payable by cash or card on day one of the course, Monday 6th August.

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

Alison xx

Click here to book.

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Bagladybird @ StraightCurves (Summer 2018)

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Hello Lovely,

Now that summer is well any truly with us it’s time for me to tell you all the new Bagladybird – Learn to Sew things that are coming up in July & August at StraightCurves in Chesterfield.

If you haven’t heart of StraightCurves they are on Saltergate in Chesterfield an run a range of high quality arts & crafts workshops for adults and kids and I’ve been the dressmaking tutor there since Autumn 2017.

There is a fully equipped sewing studion as well as two other studios with large tables for cutting out your projects.

Click here for more info on StraightCurves

There is a 1 week Beginner’s Dressmaking course, running Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 1pm-3.30pm. This course usually runs one day a week over 5 weeks, so if you are impatient and you want quick results, then this is the course for you.
It is also ideal for teachers, teaching assistants and anyone else who get a long summer break!

(There are more dates for this workshop online too starting in September.)

Within the week you will go from novice to having completed a simple wearable dress. Look what some of the previous students on this course have made…

Click here for full details and to book Beginner’s Dressmaking

*** NEW *** NEW *** NEW *** to StraightCurves are the Tilly & the Buttons 2 part Workshops

Make the Agnes Jersey Top (Monday 23rd & Monday 30th July, 6-9pm)

or

Make the Bettine Dress (Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th July, 6-9pm).

With patterns designed by the Great British Sewing Bee contestant and Simply Sewing Magazine columnist, you will learn how to sew great wearable clothes that you will love to show off to your friends and family.

Click here for full details and to book the Tilly & the Buttons 2 part Workshops

Kimono style jackets are such a big trend this year and you can make your very own at StraightCurves on Thursday 2nd August (6-9pm).

This workshop is ideal for beginner’s who already know how to use a sewing machine, a good quick and easy make, ideal to thrown on over a dress on summer evenings, on the beach or dress up a jeans and T-shirt combo.

I made this... Kimono Jacket SC

Click here for more details and to book the Kimono Jacket Workshop

I’m also hosting a bunch of Sew Social sessions at StraightCurves on Wednesdays throughout July & August, with morning afternoon or evening sessions available. Come and sew in a friendly and supportive environment, use the sewing machines and cutting tables and get my advice on your project.

Click here for more details and to book Sew Socials

If you’ve never been to Chesterfield, it’s less than an hours drive from Doncaster and all StraighCurves sessions include drinks and biscuits so you’ll be fully refreshed!

And if you’re looking for workshops in Doncaster or Barnsley, in July (Click here). August workshops are due to be launched very soon.

Alison xx

Workshops in July 2018

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Hi Lovely,

Wow! How did it get to be July already and I haven’t been in touch to let you know all the fabulous things that are happening!

Well here goes…

Mastering Zips
Wednesday 4th July – 12.30-3pm – StraightCurves, Chesterfield – £30

Learn to insert zips with ease. Get the tips & techniques that will take the fear factor from using zips.

Zip Techniques

Book Mastering Zips here

Learn to Sew Sew Different Tulip Dress
Saturday 7th July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55

Make this popular dress, ideal for summer, works well dressed up or casual

I made this... Sew Different Tulip Dress - Jennifer & Jayne

Book Tulip Dress Workshop Here

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop
Saturday 7th July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £45
This will be running alongside the Tulip Dress workshop and it’s your opportunity to get creative, working on your own project and get some expert help from me.

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Learn to Sew Lorrayne’s Tunic Workshop
Monday 9th July – 10am-4pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for the pattern)
Make your very own version of this lovely easy to wear tunic. Customise yours with contrast panels or go for it all in one fabric.

I made this... Lorrayne's Tunic

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book Lorrayne’s Tunic Workshop

Learn to Sew Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse or Dress Workshop
Saturday 21st July – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55

This is my favourite top of the summer, so light and easy to wear and with the option to make a dress or to make a sleeveless version with a front frill. Relaxed enough to wear at the weekend but also work appropriate, it really is a versitile pattern.
This workshop is aimed at more advanced beginners, but don’t let that intimidate you or put you off, there are a few trickier techniques used in this pattern, but that is how you increase your skills.

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse tablecloth & ferns

Book Farrah Blouse or Dress Workshop Here

Learn to Sew Shift Dress Workshop
Saturday 28th July – 10am-4pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for pattern)

This is my most popular workshop, create a simple shirt dress that you will love to wear. This is a perfect first garment for beginners but it’s also an opportunity for more advanced beginners to hone their skills.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book Shift Dress Workshop

If you’re in and around Chesterfield, I’m running weekly Sew Social’s every Wednesday at various times throughout July & August. Click here for more info.

And as usual the regular Tuesday Sewcial’s are running every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry, just email alisonrgreer@hotmail.com if you would like further info on Tuesday Sewcial.

Hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

From Inspiration to Reality: How this top was made

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse

I like to wander around the shops to get a feel for what people are buying and want to wear, so that I can plan my workshops to be something that my students will actually want to wear and during one of these window shopping trips I came across this lovely little embriodered top that I thought would be fab for me for the summer.

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The top was in Gap and was £34.95 and I thought I could draft myself a pattern for something relatively similar without much trouble.

However, what I did not anticipate was how much trouble I would have with finding suitable fabric. I wanted a cotton (not poly-cotton) scalloped border Broderie Anglaise in white with coloured embroidery and I searched the internet hight and low without success.

At this point I noticed that Gap were running a promotion and I could buy the top for £9.99, and as my fabric search appeared futile I trotted back to the store to buy the top; even though on principle I do not buy clothes on the high street; this top had got into my head and I had to have it!

Imagine my dismay when I tried it on and I did not look like the model in the picture (and they didn’t have the blue/white version in my size). I loved the sleeves but the top sat a bit wide on my shoulders and a bit snug around my hips and belly, so I decided to stick to my principles and not buy it after all.

The idea struck me like lightning: what about some vintage bed linen?! I know I had seen pillowcases woth a similar type of embroidery, so I started trawling eBay and discovered this fabulous vintage tableclot, that I knew would be perfect for my version of this top.

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I knew I could use the corners and borders where all the detailing is to create an amazing top inspired by the one I had originally seen.

So I purchased the table cloth for around £15 from eBay, it duly arrived and I loved it and then other more pressing projects arrived and the poor tablecloth got pushed farther and farther down in my current projects box.

Until this week that is; I was browsing on Instagram, as you do, and came across Chalk & Notch Patterns and I spied some flutter sleeve tops (the Farrah Blouse) that reminded me that I had this beautiful tablecloth waiting to be turning into something even more fabulous with sleeves just like that.

So…

  • on Sunday I purchased the PDF of the pattern
  • on Monday I printed the pattern, stuck it together and cut the paper pattern in my size &
  • on Tuesday I finally finished by top, months after my initial inspiration!

And guess what? I love it! It’s going to be a perect summer top to wear on my holiday!

Because I wanted to create a feature of the corner embroidery and the borders on the tables I cut the main front and back panels on the bias, which skims the body in a way that the Chalk and Notch pattern doesn’t as it is cut on the straight grain. The corners also give a brilliant hankerchief hem, that I think works so well.

I was a little short on fabric to get it all out of the tablecloth, so I had to cut the front yoke on the bias too, but it is stablised by the front yoke facing. I raided my Mum’s old pillowcase stash and found a white cotton pillowcase, which I cut up to make the back yoke, back yoke facing and the front yoke facing.

The border on the tablecloth meant that I did not have to hem the top as the lower edges are already finished.

These photos were taken just as I completed the top and was so excited to try it on, I hadn’t even pressed it!

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse

A sucessful upcycle inspired by a Gap top that I love so much more that the original insiration!

Alison xx

***EDIT*** After the response to this, I’ve added a workshop to make your version of the Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse or Dress on Saturday 21st July. Click here for more info.

Are you ready to create a Summer Wardrobe? May & June Dressmaking Workshops

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Are you like me and loving the fabulous weather we’ve been having? (Although today has been a bit of a washout!) It’s totally making me think about my summer wardrobe and what I want to wear once the summer returns in earnest!

And to help you add to your me-made summer wardrobe, I’ve got some fabulous brand new workshops lined up for you over the next month or so…

Coming up…

Reading & Understanding Patterns
Monday 21st May – 6-8pm – Bawtry – £25

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Decipher the hieroglyphics that dressmaking patterns are written in! My students often tell me that they are intimidated by dressmaking patterns and that they are just so confusing that they don’t know where to start.

Take this interactive workshop and it will all begin to make sense. Understand how to make the right size to get a great fit, pick the right fabric for your project and start to create fabulous wearable garments.

Mastering Zips

Wednesday 23rd May – 12.30-3pm or 6.30-9pm – StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £30

Also Wednesday 4th July – 12.30-3pm – StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £30

Zip Techniques

If you have made a few garments, but have avoided anything with zip fastenings or you have tried making clothes with zips but you are never happy with the results, then this workshop is designed just for you.

Learn tips and techniques to insert zips with ease and get results you are happy with every time. Watch demonstrations and make your own samples to take away.

Learn to Sew Sew Different Scoop Pinafore Workshop

Saturday 2nd June – 10am-3.30pm – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry – £55

I made this... Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

Make your very own version of this relaxed Scoop Pinafore from pattern designer Sew Different. An added bonus to this dress it that it has big pockets!

I made my version in a lovely grey linen, I can see it working on the beach or for summer evenings at the pub or even for hot days at the office!

Book Sew Different Scoop Pinafore Workshop Here

 

Sew Your Own Project – Your Sewing Time

Monday 11th June – 12-3pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £20

Bring whatever dressmaking project you are working on and get my expert tuition to help you on your way. Booking is essential for this and we keep class sizes small to ensure you get the help you need.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

Learn to Sew Tilly & the Buttons Marigold Jumpsuit or Trousers

Saturday 23rd June – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55

These casual trousers are exactly what I want to be wearing this summer!

What about you? Do you fancy the jumpsuit version? They both look fab!

Another great Tilly & the Buttons pattern, my sample will be made up really soon, I can’t wait to share it with you.

Book Marigold Trouser or Jumpsuit Workshop Here

 

Reading & Understanding Patterns

Saturday 30th June – 10am-12.30 – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £25

Another chance to try this workshop at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell this time.

Decipher the hieroglyphics that dressmaking patterns are written in! My students often tell me that they are intimidated by dressmaking patterns and that they are just so confusing that they don’t know where to start.

Take this interactive workshop and it will all begin to make sense. Understand how to make the right size to get a great fit, pick the right fabric for your project and start to create fabulous wearable garments.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to Book

 

Jersey Techniques

Saturday 30th June – 1-3.30pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £25

In this popular workshop you will learn tips and techniques to sew jersey or knitted fabrics with a regular sewing machine.

There are loads of fabulous patterns out there designed for knitted fabrics and a lot of clothes in the shops are knitted fabrics, and if you’re like me, most of your tops and dresses in your wardrobe will be knitted or jersey fabrics. I’ll show you how you can make clothes with jersey or knitted fabrics that you’ll love

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to Book

 

Every Tuesday (except 12th June) I host a Tuesday Sewcial in Bawtry (6-8pm), come along, sew, chat and have fun and get to know other ladies who love to sew. This session is £5 per person and includes use of Janome 525s sewing machines, tools and tea or coffee.

If you would like some more info about Tuesday Sewcial, just pop me an email at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com.

 

Hope the lovely weather returns soon!

Alison xx