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.
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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.

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.

Workshops in February 2018 in Bawtry & Wombwell

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I hope that 2018 has been treating you kindly so far. Even though I’ve had a lovely January, it has felt long and I’m glad to see the days starting to get a bit longer.

I know that you’ve been waiting to hear about February workshops, so (in date order) here we go…

Thurs 1 Feb (6.30-8.30pm)   Zip Techniques – Bawtry
Take all the guess work and stress out of sewing zips for garments and get it right first time, everytime with the tips and techniques that you will learn within this workshop
£25, all materials included – Book here

Mon 5 Feb (6.30-8.30pm) Read & Understand Patterns – Bawtry
Get fluent in reading patterns, discover how to cut the right size for you, buy the correct fabric and understand all the markings and symbols.
£25, all materials included – Book here

Sat 10 Feb (10am-3.30pm) Cocoon Cardi – Bawtry
Make your own version of this versitile jersey cardigan from Patterns for Pirates.
£55 includes pattern (fabric not included) – Book here

Mon 12 Feb (7-9pm) Heart-shaped Oven Mitt – Bawtry
Perfect for valentines, a great fun night for all your girls, learn new skills & have fun, I’ll be making a sample real soon and will share it with you.
£25, all materials included – Book here

Tues 13 Feb (10am-3pm) Juniors Dressmaking Age 10+ – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell
Bring out your child’s inner fashionista! They will learn the dressmaking skills to create a fabulous wearable jumpsuit, playsuit or dress just for them.
£35 includes pattern, make a trendy jumpsuit or dress (fabric not included) – Call 01226 805955 to book or click here

Sat 24 Feb (10am-4pm) Jersey Tee – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell
Learn the skills to work with jersey fabrics & make yourself a long sleeved t-shirt in this workshop.
£45 (+ £10 for pattern) fabric not included. – Call 01226 805955 to book.

Sun 25 Feb (10.45am-4pm) Beginner’s Lounge Pants – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell
Perfect for beginners to make your very first garment, learn to cut out a pattern and contruct your lounge pants. Can be made for ladies, men or children.
£45 (+ £10 for pattern) fabric not included. – Call 01226 805955 to book.

I’ll be letting you know about other things that are coming up in future updates, things such as such as weekly courses and private lessons, but if you can’t wait to find out more, send me an email at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com.

I don’t know if you know, I also run a weekly Tuesday Sewcial every Tuesday from 6-8pm, £5 per person, includes tea, coffee & use of sewing machines and other tools at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry. This is a great opportunity to meet other sewers in the area and pick up tips and advice too, although I do not teach during this session. If you would like to join us, reply to this email and I will send you directions.

Alison xx

PS If you’re not a member of my Facebook Group “Learning to Sew” you can request to join here.

PPS If you would like to receive my updates by email, click here to sign up.

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

 

Festive Finishing School 2017

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I had a brilliant idea and this could be just the thing you need this festive season. I know this because it’s just the thing I need too!

For the next 3 Saturdays I’ll be hosting “Festive Finishing School”, your chance to get all your part finished projects completed for Christmas.

Made yourself a pile of partially finished projects over the year?
Get expert help and get those projects finished.
£25 per session
Come along on Saturday 2nd, 9th or 16th December – 9am-12 noon.
If you’re anything like me, this year will have passed in a whirl of sewing good intentions and the end of the year is creeping up and you have a pile of unfinished projects that you still want to complete.

When you’re at home there are 1001 distractions and pulls on your attention take you away from your sewing machine. Take 3 hours out with me on a Saturday morning and you’ll be surprised at how much you get done.
You bring your project(s) and I’ll be there with the expert advice to help you get things done!
On my own personal UFO (Un-Finished Objects) list are:
  1. The Tilly & the Buttons Etta Dress in a beautiful black duchess satin that I want to wear to the Bagladybird – Learn to Sew Christmas afternoon tea at Rossington Hall.
  2. My mustard yellow crinkle fabric Kabuki Tee from Paper Theory Patterns, which I have cut a bit longer than the standard length and I know it will be an easy to wear wardrobe favourite and I will love it!
  3. Numerous Christmas presents that I can’t mention here and now in case the recepients are reading!!!
Who’s going to join me to get stuff finished? Book here. Start the new year with a clean slate.
Alison xx