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

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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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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.

January 2017 Workshops

I know everyone will be deep into the seasonal festivities at the minute, but I’m excited to let you all know about January’s upcoming workshops.

 

Sunday 8th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Lounge Pants – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

This is a fantastic beginner’s workshop, you will walk away with your cosy made by you, for you Lounge Pants or Pyjama Bottoms, a unique garment that you can be proud that you made yourself. (Can be made for adults or kids.)

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£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Wednesday 11th January (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Bunting – Helm, Balby, Doncaster (DN4 8QN)

In this quirky class you’ll learn to sew pretty bunting. Perfect for a party or decorating your home. You’ll leave the class with new skills, some bunting & the instructions to make it again.

£25 (all materials included) – Click here for more info. Email Rachael at ayeup@backindonny.uk to book your place.

 

Saturday 14th January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – The Hub, Retford (DN22 6PA)

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A favourite workshop, you will create a beautiful made by you, for you Kimono Jacket, a unique garment that you can be proud to wear.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Saturday 21st January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew A-line Skirts – St John’s Church Hall, Swinton, Rotherham (DN10 6JD)

The workshop is suitable for beginners or those lacking in confidence or experience and I will guide you through the steps, so you will learn as you make. There is no better feeling than receiving a compliment on an outfit and being able to say that you made it yourself.

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£55 (all materials included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Saturday 28th  January (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Blouses – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)

A brand new workshop, sample photos to be released soon of this on trend blouse.

£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

 

Monday 30th January (9.30am-3pm) – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – Austerfield Study Centre, Austerfield (DN10 6RG)

The first weekday workshop is the popular Learn to Sew Shift Dresses.

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£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

There are many more exciting things coming in the New Year, so keep a look out for details coming soon.

Alison xx

PS. If you’re not a member of my Facebook Group, Learning to Sew yet, click here to join for tips, advice, support & inspiration.

Recommendations for Fabric Shops in South Yorkshire & Retford

Updated 8th May 2018

I am often asked where I buy my fabric from and I have promised to share the local fabric shops where I buy some of my fabrics.

I am based in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, which is a lovely little town, about 10 miles south of Doncaster, but it has no fabric shops, so my fabric shopping circles out from this point.

I do use online shops from time to time but that’s a whole different kettle of fish and I will save telling you all about my online recommendations for another day.

Here are my recommendations for fabric shops in South Yorkshire & North Nottinghamshire…

Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton

4 Church Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 8QA. Tel: 01709 571684

Let me preface this by saying that I run Learn to Sew workshops in association with Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton once a month with fabric supplied by Thread Mill and I help out in this shop one day a week, (on Thursdays). Having said all that, I love this shop and even before I had started my business I always shopped in Thread Mill Fabrics.

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The shop is owned and run by Cheryl Barnes and Cheryl herself is the reason for this shop being my number one. Cheryl is so knowledgeable and experienced that whatever sewing project you are working on, she can offer you advice and support and will give you options for the best way to complete your project. There have been many times when I have popped in to pick up some thread or other bits and bobs and have ended up spending the afternoon there, leaving so inspired and motivated to get sewing again on my current project or even several new ones.

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The fabric you see when you walk into the small shop is floor to ceiling and is just the tip of the iceberg. In the back room is where Cheryl keeps all the bridal fabrics. In there is everything from sumptuous satins and chiffons to decorative brocades and lace.

This shop if definitely worth taking the time to go to the slightly out of the way location, it takes me about 40 minutes to get there. Just don’t visit on a Sunday or a Wednesday as the shop is closed and if you go on a Thursday you will get to see me!

Waltons Fabrics in Goldthorpe

47-49 Doncaster Rd, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9H

Waltons Fabrics is a father/daughter team and used to have a stall on Doncaster Market, the market stall has gone now, but there is still that market kind of feel to the shop. They specialise in dancewear fabrics so if you are looking for high shine or sequinned lycra about a third of the shop is dedicated to this, but I must admit I tend to ignore it.

There are hundreds of rolls of fabric here at bargain prices, they tend to buy up end of lines from clothing manufacturers such as Jaques Vert and sell them at heavily discounted prices. There is usually a queue at the counter when I’m shopping, and the staff definitely know their stock.

SewCute Fabrics, Doncaster Market

5a York Buildings, Edlington Lane, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1BU

Tracy has recently moved from a stall on Doncaster Market to her fabulous new shop in Edlington, Doncaster, SewCute Fabrics sells mainly cottons & polycottons suitable for crafts & patchwork. However each time I visit this stall the selection is expanding.

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Fabric for Lounge Pants From SewCute Fabrics

The Craft Den, Sheffield

23 Loxley Road, Sheffield S6 4TE

Lynne Hunter is the brains behind the Craft Den and it is a veritable quilters paradise, with hundreds of quilting & patchworking cottons and supplies. Lynne also runs a programme of workshops from her on site studio.

Please check opening hours before you visit the Craft Den, Lynne is due to retire and the shop will close in 2018 and is currently open for reduced hours only. (May 2018)

Tim & Gills Fabrics, Retford Market

Retford Market: Thursday & Saturday and Melton Mowbray Market: Tuesday

A stall selling craft cottons & soft furnishing fabrics, worthy of a mention in this blog as I got my fabulous map fabric from this stall.

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There are other shops in the area, but although I have visited I have not bought or used their fabric so they have not made it to my list of recommendations.

Please comment below if you have any further recommendations to share in the area.

Alison xx

Ps. Don’t forget to join my Facebook group, bringing together a supportive community of those who are new to sewing and more experienced sewers.

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