February Dressmaking Courses & Workshops in Bawtry, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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Hi lovely,

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

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

Happening in Bawtry, Doncaster:

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

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

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

Book Here

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


Book Here

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

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

Book Here

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

*** Only one place remaining ***

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

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

Book Here


At StraightCurves in Chesterfield:

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

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

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

Book Here

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

I made this... Simple skirt

Book Here

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

I made this... Kimono Jacket one size

Book Here

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

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

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

Book here



At Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley:

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

learn to sew sewing time dressmaking - oh sew sweet - 2nd monday of each month

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


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

stella skirt

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

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

Click here for more info.

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


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

Book your 30 minute consultation here.

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

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx




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

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January 2019 Courses & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

Drink tea/coffee, chat, sew & laugh!

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


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

Course start dates:

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

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

Book your Geo Dress workshop place here.


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

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

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project here


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

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

Book My 1st Garment Workshop here


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

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

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


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

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

Course start dates:


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

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

I made this... New Look 6444

Course start dates:

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


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

Make your version of the Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

I made this... Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

Book Dress in a Day – Scoop Pinafore here


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

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

I made this... Simple skirt

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


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

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

I made this... Kimono Jacket one size

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


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

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

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


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

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx



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.

Something old & something new in March 2018 Learn to Sew Workshops

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Hey Lovely,

It’s that time of the month again, where I’m here to tell all about what’s coming up next month and let you know how you can get involved. There are some new things as well as some favourites too.

*** Brand New ***

Learn to Sew Brunch Blouse (or dress or tank) – Saturday 3rd March in Bawtry
Make your own version of this fabulous Patterns for Pirates dress, blouse or tank – see the options below.
£55 for the day, (10am-3.30pm) includes your pattern.

Book the Brunch Blouse Workshop here

*** Brand New ***

Learn to Sew Lorrayne’s Tunic – Saturday 24th March @ Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell
This is a brand new, Oh Sew Sweet exclusive workshop. If you’ve ever been to Oh Sew Sweet and admired the lovely Lorrayne’s style, well now you can have a piece of it with this exclusive workshop based on Lorrayne’s Tunic.
£45 (+ £10 to puchase the pattern to use again)

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

*** Old Favourite ***

Learn to Sew Shift Dress Workshop – Saturday 17th March in Bawtry
This is without a doubt my most popular workshop, the simple shift dress is such a versitile wardrobe staple and it’s a great project for beginner dressmakers.
£55 for the day (10am-3.30pm) includes the pattern.
Here’s just some of the fabulous shift dresses made at previous workshops.

Book the Shift Dress Workshop here

*** Old Favourite ***

Learn to Sew Easter Bunny Pouches – Monday 19th March (6-8pm) in Bawtry
This popular workshop in 2017 is making a comeback for Easter 2018. Make these cute Easter Bunny Pouches, ideal as an unual gift bags for Easter eggs or for collecting eggs at an Easter egg hunt. Suitable for complete beginners and for children aged 11+.
£25 – All materials included

Book the Easter Bunny Pouches Workshop here

*** And now for something completely different… ***

Sewing Swap Shop – Saturday 10th March in Bawtry (Supporting Mind; The Mental Health Charity)
Spring clean your stash, and come swap your unwanted items for something you can love again!
One sewers trash is another’s treasure!
Please invite all your sewing friends, I’ll be here from 10am – 3.30pm and anything left will be taken to the Mind charity shop in Doncaster.
There will be no charge to participate in the swap shop, but any donations will be gratefully received in support of Mind.

If you want any more information or would like to participate, but cannot attend on the day, please get in touch. (Email: alisonrgreer@hotmail.com or phone: 07957 437001)

I hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

PS. If you’d like to find out more about private 1 to 1 lessons with me, click here, I’ve got 2 spaces in March.

Beginner’s Learn to Sew in January and Beyond…

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I’ve been loving January and all the workshops so far have gone with a swing, however I know I am super, super late in posting the January schedule here! There is just one more January workshop left this month!

Learn to Sew A-line Skirts at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell on Saturday 27th January 10am – 4pm. £45 (+£10 for your pattern) Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955

Click here for further info


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Coming up in early February, we have two fab techniques workshops – Zip Techniques on Thursday 1st February and Reading & Understanding Patterns on Monday 5th February. £25 each.

Click here for more info & to book: Zip Techniques or Read & Understand Patterns

I’ll be launching the full workshop timetable for February very soon, but if you just can’t wait, you can get a sneaky peak on Facebook at some of the workshops here.

As always you can book in for a private “Get to Know your Sewing Machine” lesson, whether it’s brand new, new to you, or has been gathering dust for a while, I can get you going and get the most from your sewing machine or overlocker.

1 hour lesson – £30 – Book here

2 hour lesson – £60 – Book here

As February is shaping up to be a busy month, I have space for just one new one to one student, if you’ve been thinking about it for a while, book a free 30 minute consultation with me now to chat about what you would like to learn with me.

Book your free 30 minute consultaion here.

Alison xx


Amazing April! Make it happen. Only 3 spaces available.

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March has been an amazing month for Bagladybird – Learn to Sew, with lots of exciting opportunities coming my way. It has also been a strange month as my poor little Clio failed it’s MOT big time and I have been without a car since the beginning of March and that looks likely to continue for another few weeks! But I’m not complaining as the weather has mostly been fine and I have been able to make use of my lovely bicycle to get about locally. (If you see me, please don’t beep your horn!)

It’s been a fantastic month for my awesome 121 clients and we have had some great successes.

  • Jess was a complete novice and was able to replicate an old favourite dress. She said that getting 121 lessons for Christmas was the best gift ever.
  • Anna had received a lovely pattern and fabric for Christmas and she was terrified of cutting into it and not doing justice to the thoughtful gift that her daughters had given her. We worked together to fit the pattern perfectly to Anna’s body so she could confidently cut out and make up the lovely dress which would fit her comfortably.
  • Angie was fed up of feeling frumpy in ill-fitting clothes, she is an experienced seamstress but hadn’t been able to make herself anything that made her feel confident and professional, she is now part way through her booking and is happy that she is well on her way to getting a great fitting basic block that can be adapted to create a great fitting work wardrobe.

So whether you are a novice or more experienced, there is lots you can learn in private lessons with me.

  • Have you been invited to a wedding this summer and do you want to make sure that you feel amazing in a dress that nobody else is wearing?
  • Do you struggle to get a good fit from patterns and want to know how to alter a pattern to fit you?
  • Have you got a craft business and you want to up your skill level to make more money?
  • Has your body shape changed and you want to know the how to get the best fitting clothes?
  • Would you love to see your children dressed in clothes that have been designed and made by you, but you just don’t know how to start the process?
  • Have you dreamed of making your own wedding dress but need some help to make it happen?

There are a million and one reasons why you might want to book private Learn to Sew lessons with me, but the best thing about them is that they are completely tailored to you and to your creative and technical needs.

Reply to this email with your phone number to book a free 30 minute consultation with me to talk about what you would like to learn in your private lessons. I only have space for 3 new 121 clients in April, so don’t delay, do it today.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Alison xx

PS. I know that it’s important to you to know the price before you commit, so…

1.5 hour (single lesson) £50      Perfect if you need help with something specific.

4.5 hours (3 x 1.5 hour lessons) £125       You can make a simple garment in this time.

10 hours (5 x 2 hour lessons) £250       This is enough time to learn how to create a pattern from scratch, or for a total novice to make a couple of simple garments.


PPS. If group workshops are more your thing, there are still places available on April workshops. Click here for more info.