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

Coming up over the Summer 2019 – Learn to Sew Dressmaking

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Hi Lovely,

I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far? Now the school holidays are nearly upon us, it’s a great time to think about your own learning.
My timetable of term time teaching eases off in summer, which means that I have time to offer something a little bit different than usual and can fit in more one to one students.

Let me tell you about what’s coming up…

Sewing School

Sunday Evenings (5 week dressmaking course) 5-8pm
Starting Sunday 21st July – Book Here

Summer Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) Monday-Friday
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August

Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

Evening 6-9pm – Book Here

Sewing school is my most popular course, it caters to all skill levels from complete beginners (never touched a sewing machine before) to more experienced dressmakers, who want to develop their skills further.
Class sizes are small (max 3 students) to ensure that you get the tutor time that you need.

You can choose from the learning areas listed below or you can choose your own and develop the dressmaking skills you want.

  • 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

You can join Sewing School using the links above for £129.

 

Young Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Perfect for the young fashionista (11-16) in your life! Make a jumpsuit, dress or playsuit.
Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 4-5.30pm

Here’s what the students made last time…

Book a place on Kid’s Dressmaking at StraightCurves Here

 

There are two opportunities for Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops in Bawtry over the summer:

Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm
Saturday 17th August 10am-4pm

Bring along whatever you’re working on and get my expert tuition to help you progress.

Book a Learn to Sew your Own Project Workshop Here

 

You might have seen Solomon and his toile of his dress on Facebook. He designed and pattern drafted the dress from scratch in one to one lessons with me. Solomon is planning to study textiles in September and has been having lessons with me to increase his knowledge and skills.

If you would like to chat with me about how I can help you increase your knowledge and skills in one to one lessons, you can book a free 30 minute consultation with me by clicking on the link below.
If you’re just starting with a new Sewing Machine or Overlocker and need some help getting to grips with it, you can book a “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (or Overlocker)” lesson with me to help you get the most out of it.

The last Tuesday Sewcial until September has already happened, but it will be back on Tuesday 3rd September 6-8pm.

Please get in touch if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, it’s always good to hear from you.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

June 2019 – Dressmaking Learn to Sew in Bawtry, Barnsley & Chesterfield

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Hello lovely,

After a super fun and stitchy May, I’m here to tell you what’s coming up in June (& beyond) and how you can book.

Overlocker Driving License at StraightCurves in Chesterfield on Saturday 8th June
Book a 1 hour private lesson to get going or gain confidence in using your overlocker.

Overlocker Driving Licence - StraightCurves

Book you Overlocker Driving Licence here

Sunday 9th June
Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild Fabric Fair, 10am-4pm, £1 entry
I’d love to see some familiar faces there!

Fabric Fair

Monday 10th June
Sewing Time Dressmaking at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley. 12noon-3pm, £25
Call Lorrayne, Jeff or Bev at Oh Sew Sweet to book your place on 01226 805955.

Courses at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Beginner’s Dressmaking (5 week course) start dates:
Wednesday 12th June, 6.30-9pm
Friday 14th June, 1-3.30pm

Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 (5 week course) start dates:
Wednesday 12th June, 1-3.30pm
Friday 14th June, 6.30-9pm

One week courses:
Beginner’s Dressmaking: Mon 5th – Fri 9th Aug, 6.30-9pm
Young Dressmaking: Mon 5th – Fri 9th Aug, 4-5.30pm

Saturday 15th June
Learn to Sew Tilly and the Buttons Marigold Trousers or Jumpsuit Workshop – Bawtry – 10am-3.30pm

I made this... Marigold Jumpsuit & trousers

Click here to book the Marigold Trouser or Jumpsuit Workshop

Saturday 15th June
Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop – Bawtry – 10am-3.30pm

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Sew your Own Project

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop here

Sewing School in Bawtry

Dressmaking course where you can learn exactly what you want to learn (whatever your skill level), no syllabus and small class sizes (max 3 students) mean that you can learn exactly what you want/need to learn. Choose from the list below or select your own learning areas.

5 week dressmaking course
Sunday Evenings 5-8pm – starts Sunday 16th June
Tuesday Mornings 9.30am-12.30 – starts Tuesday 18th June

5 day course – Summer Sewing School:
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August – afternoon 1-4pm
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August – evening 6-9pm

Saturday 29th June
Learn to Sew Sew to Grow Bondi Top Workshop at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, 10am-3.30pm

Bondi Top

June – Saturday 29th – Bondi Top

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

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield
3 hours of dressmaking with tutor support, bring whatever you’re working on and get the help & guidence you need.

  • Friday 28th June 9.30am
  • Friday 19th July 1pm
  • Friday 19th July 6pm
  • More dates to be added

Click here for more info or to Book Sew Surgery Dressmaking

Last, but not least, don’t forget about Tuesday Sewcial – every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry. Just £5 per person.

Join my Learning to Sew Facebook group here, to find out more, or send me a message.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Doncaster Clothing Swap – Monday 22nd April 6.30-8.30pm @ Dreambakes

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Myself and Faye Peynado are hosting a Clothing Swap in Doncaster as part of Fashion Revolution Week, I hope you can join us. We hope to make you think about how you can make a difference.
#whomademyclothes
Easter Monday – 22nd April – 6.30-8.30pm at Dreambakes Cafe, Doncaster, DN1 1TS
A non-profit event encouraging the reduction of clothing waste, promoting the benefits of recycling clothing and bringing the community together to have some fun!
 
Bring along anything of good quality that is clean, something you would be happy to pay for in a second hand state. You could bring that item that just doesn’t suit you or fit quite right or that dress that’s just hanging in the back of the wardrobe that you know you’ll never wear again.
 
We accept basic brands to high end brands, to make it fair we will use a token system.
 
For example basic brands = 1 token (Primark), mid range = 2 tokens (Topshop), high end = 3 tokens (Designer) and tokens can be used how you see fit!
 
Please bring your own bags so you can take your goodies home and the entry fee will be £3 per person, which can be paid on arrival.
 
All left over clothing will be given to charity or saved for the next event!
 
Profits to Doncaster Mind.
Hope to see you there,
Alison xx

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

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

 

Bespoke Blazer – Saturday 25th May

Dress to impress, day or night, in the Bespoke Blazer. Make the 3/4 sleeve version out of rayon for a flirty casual feel, or use a structured linen for a posh polished look. The back seaming contours to create a figure flattering shape, and the front panels cascade back to reveal the lining. Great opportunity to add a pop of colour! Style the Bespoke Blazer with your favourite pair of jeans, a smart dress, or a great skirt/top combo to make this style uniquely yours.

Bespoke Blazer

May – Saturday 25th – Bespoke Blazer

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

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2m (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm) wide) fabric

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  • 0.75m (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm) wide) fabric for lining. This will be seen on the collar, so it should either be the same fabric or a coordinating fabric of a similar weight.
  • 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.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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