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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Zero Waste Dress Workshop – Make a dress without wasting a scrap of fabric!

I made this... Zero waste dress

Did you know that on average, 15% of fabric is wasted every time a garment is made?

One way to eliminate this is to design clothes that are “zero waste”, where the sewing pattern uses all the fabric and nothing is thrown away. Offset Warehouse have put together this simple zero waste dress pattern and have kindly agreed that we can make it together at a workshop.

A V neck and V backed belted dress with drawstring shoulders and pockets, works well in woven or jersey fabric, with an element of softness and drape and is versatile and wearable for work, nights out or casual dependant on your fabric choice.

Creating this dress, helps us to have a new way of thinking about creating garments and reducing textile waste which is a massive source of landfill!

Learn how to think about fabric differently and make this brilliant dress using 100% of your fabric.

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I had just 3g waste from making my dress and I only had this much because my fabric frayed so much.

You can buy your fabric from wherever you choose, but in line with the ethos of zero waste and reducing your impact on the planet, I would like to recommend The Offset Warehouse.  They sell ethically sourced fabrics that benefit the people who make them, who handle them or the planet. They have some beautiful organic cotton jerseys as well as fabulous woven choices too and I am so tempted by the Grey and Peach Paint Modal Silk Jersey.

The key to getting an effective zero waste dress is fitting all the pieces together like a jigsaw with no gaps, working from your body measurements as a starting point.

So you can make something more personal that you will love, fabric is not included for this workshop.

Fabric Requirements:

Getting the correct length of fabric will make getting a zero waste garment much easier. The length of your fabric will dictate the length of your dress.

If your fabric is 150cm (60”) wide, you will need 2x your finished dress length + seam allowance + hem allowance. I purchased 2m of 60” wide fabric to make my sample, but I’m only 5’2” and my finished dress is knee length.

If your fabric is 115cm (45”) wide, you will need 2x your finished dress length + seam allowance + hem allowance + approx 25cm.

Fabric Suggestions:

Any woven or knitted fabric with a good amount of drape.

The workshop will be on Saturday 20th October, from 10am-3.30pm at a (TBC) Bawtry venue.

Janome 525s Sewing machines will be provided for you to use as well as sewing tools, but if you can bring a ruler along that will help.

The workshop is £55 for the day and £15 deposit secures your place. The balance is payable in cash or by card on the day.

Click here for more info or to book.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Alison xx

PS. If you want to see more, check out these amazing Zero Waste Dresses from The Creative Curator Blog.

October Sewing Courses, Dressmaking Workshops in Doncaster, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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I hope you’re ready for the change of season, if not the stormy weather we’re having! But storms mean it’s perfect time for cosy clothes and staying warm inside sewing.

If you want to know what I’ve got coming up to tempt you this month, check out the list below and book yourself a fantastic sewing experience.

Tuesday Sewcial – Every Tuesday – 6-8pm at My Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £5
Email for more info alisonrgreer@hotmail.com

Beginner’s Dressmaking (5 week course) – Starts Friday 28th September – 6.30-9pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £110
Click here for info & booking.

Beginner’s Tote Bag – Saturday 29th September – 9.30am-12.30 or 1pm-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £25 (includes material)
Click here for info & booking.

Sew Different Cocoon Jacket – Saturday 6th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £55
Click here for info & booking.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Saturday 6th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £45
Click here for info & booking.

Sewing Time with Alison – Monday 8th October – 12-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Dress in a Day – Bettine Dress – Saturday 13th October -10am-4pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £70
Click here for info & booking.

Sew Surgery – Wednesday 17th October – 6.30-9.30pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20
Click here for info & booking.

Zero Waste Dress – Saturday 20th October – 10am-4pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £55
Click here for info & booking.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Saturday 20th October – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry (venue TBC) – £45
Click here for info & booking.

Vintage Christmas PJs – Saturday 27th October – 10am-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £45
+ £10 for your pattern.
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Autumn Sewing School (5 day course) – Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November – 1-4pm at My Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £129
Click here for info & booking. (Only one place left.)

Sewing Time with Alison – Wednesday 31st October – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

Wow! There’s a lot going on! I hope to see you soon & as always if you have any questions, please get in touch by email or 07957 437001.

Alison xx

Autumn Sewing School – Earlybird discount

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We’ve been having a blast at Sewing Summer School, so much so that I’ve decided to do it all again in the Autumn.

Autumn Sewing School: October 29th – November 2nd in Bawtry, South Yorkshire (Monday – Friday, 1-4pm, daily) – Afternoon Course Now Fully Booked!

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

Book & pay in full in August for 10% discount. Discount code: EARLYBIRD18

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

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

You provide your fabric and your patterns and I will help you achieve your dressmaking dreams and ambitions.

There will be formal learning sessions, tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group and student led learning where you will progress on your chosen project.

Do you find it difficult to find the time and space at home for you to sew and are ready to learn more and make more of your own or your family’s clothes? This course is dedicated time and space for you to do just that without distractions.

I am an experienced tutor and have over 25 years creative dressmaking experience, here are just some of the things that my previous students have said after taking lessons with me:

  • “Absolutely loved loved loved my workshop today. Alison you have the patience of a saint!” Amanda C, Doncaster
  • “My self-confidence has soared and I have a new dimension of ‘how to do’!” Trudi K, Chesterfield
  • “This lady is brilliant – I went on Saturday to make a circle skirt, she was very helpful, I only had basic dressmaking knowledge… beginners will thrive… the results are amazing and the feeling you get on completion is fabulous!” Julia B, Retford

Choose from this list or add your own learning areas to be covered within the course:

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics
  • Advanced overlocker techniques

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

Included in Autumn Sewing School:

  • Optional fabric shopping trip to Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on the Monday evening
  • Free access to the Tuesday Sewcial session on Tuesday 30th October 6-8pm
  • Tea, coffee or soft drinks and biscuits (very important fuel for the human body)
  • Email or text support from me in the evenings, should you need it

Sewing School is suitable for you if you want to make clothes for you or your family. You do not need to own a sewing machine or even have any tools, as they will all be provided for you to use, however if you would prefer to use your own, you are welcome to bring them along.

All you need is to bring your pattern and fabric and other bits to make your garment. However if you are unsure about the type or amount of fabric you need to buy, you can purchase your fabric from Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on our fabric shopping trip on Monday evening.

We will squeeze a lot into these 15 hours, but what you get out of it is up to you. There is no homework required, but should you wish to do more in an evening, I will be available to support you in the evenings, via email or text, throughout the course.

The full 5 day course is £129 and there is an earlybird offer if you book & pay in full in August receive 10% discount using the code EARLYBIRD18

Book here

*** New Morning Course added *** October 29th – November 2nd, 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here.

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

Alison xx

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

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Sewing Summer School

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

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

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

You provide your fabric and your patterns and I will help you achieve your dressmaking dreams and ambitions.

There will be daily formal learning sessions, tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group and student led learning where you will progress on your chosen project.

Do you find it difficult to find the time and space at home for you to sew and are ready to learn more and make more of your own or your family’s clothes? This course is dedicated time and space for you to do just that without distractions.

I am an experienced tutor and have over 25 years creative dressmaking experience, here are just some of the things that my previous students have said after taking lessons with me:

  • “Absolutely loved loved loved my workshop today. Alison you have the patience of a saint!” Amanda C, Doncaster
  • “My self-confidence has soared and I have a new dimension of ‘how to do’!” Trudi K, Chesterfield
  • “This lady is brilliant – I went on Saturday to make a circle skirt, she was very helpful, I only had basic dressmaking knowledge… beginners will thrive… the results are amazing and the feeling you get on completion is fabulous!” Julia B, Retford

Choose from this list or add your own learning areas to be covered within the course:

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics
  • Advanced overlocker techniques

Included in Sewing Summer School:

  • Optional fabric shopping trip to Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on the Monday evening
  • Free access to the Tuesday Sewcial session on Tuesday 7th August 6-8pm
  • Tea, coffee or soft drinks and biscuits (very important fuel for the human body)
  • Email or text support from me in the evenings, should you need it

Sewing Summer School is suitable for you if you want to make clothes for you or your family. You do not need to own a sewing machine or even have any tools, as they will all be provided for you to use, however if you would prefer to use your own, you are welcome to bring them along.

All you need is to bring your pattern and fabric and other bits to make your garment. However if you are unsure about the type or amount of fabric you need to buy, you can purchase your fabric from Walton’s Fabric in Goldthorpe on our fabric shopping trip on Monday evening.

We will squeeze a lot into these 15 hours, but what you get out of it is up to you. There is no homework required, but should you wish to do more in an evening, I will be available to support you in the evenings, via email or text, throughout the course.

The full 5 day course is £129, but £30 deposit will secure your place. The balance is payable by cash or card on day one of the course, Monday 6th August.

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

Alison xx

Click here to book.

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Bagladybird @ StraightCurves (Summer 2018)

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Hello Lovely,

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

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

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

Click here for more info on StraightCurves

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

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

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

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

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

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

or

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

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

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

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

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

I made this... Kimono Jacket SC

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

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

Click here for more details and to book Sew Socials

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

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

Alison xx

Workshops in July 2018

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Hi Lovely,

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

Well here goes…

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

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

Zip Techniques

Book Mastering Zips here

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

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

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

Book Tulip Dress Workshop Here

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

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

I made this... Lorrayne's Tunic

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

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

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

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

Book Farrah Blouse or Dress Workshop Here

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

From Inspiration to Reality: How this top was made

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So…

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

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

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

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

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

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

I made this... Chalk & Notch Farrah Blouse

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

Alison xx

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

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

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

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

Coming up…

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

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

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

Mastering Zips

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

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

Zip Techniques

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

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

Learn to Sew Sew Different Scoop Pinafore Workshop

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

I made this... Sew Different Scoop Pinafore

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

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

Book Sew Different Scoop Pinafore Workshop Here

 

Sew Your Own Project – Your Sewing Time

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

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

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

Learn to Sew Tilly & the Buttons Marigold Jumpsuit or Trousers

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

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

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

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

Book Marigold Trouser or Jumpsuit Workshop Here

 

Reading & Understanding Patterns

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

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

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

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

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to Book

 

Jersey Techniques

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

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

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

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to Book

 

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

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

 

Hope the lovely weather returns soon!

Alison xx

Learn to Sew Dressmaking Workshops Coming in April in Doncaster

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I know it’s been a while, but I’m here to tell you about all the fab Learn to Sew Workshops that are coming up in April & even some in May!

I took Easter week off to have some family time and now I’m back to business as usual.

On the 2nd Monday of each month at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell I host a Sew your own Project afternoon, (this month: Monday 9th April, 12-3pm, £20, per person / next month: Monday 14th May), booking is essential – call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place. Bring whatever dresmmaking/clothing project you are working on or want to start and I will help and assist you.

Learn to Sew the Sew Different Tulip Dress – Saturday 14th April – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55
Sew Different is a fabulous independent pattern designer based in Yorkshire and her Tulip Dress design is perfect for so many occasions.
I made this sample in an indigo dye cotton (which left me with blue fingers, like a Smurf!), but yours could be made in cotton or linen or even wool, designed for a woven fabric with a bit of body to accentuate the beautiful sculptural shape.

I made this... Sew Different Tulip Dress - Jennifer
Learn to Sew Tilly & the Buttons Agnes Pattern Hack – Saturday 21st April – 10am-3.30pm – Bawtry – £55
Turn this versatile jersey top pattern into a dress. The Agnes pattern already has heaps of variations available but in this workshop, you will learn how to turn the pattern into either a gathered dress (as pictured) or into a wiggle (pencil) dress.

Learn to Read & Understand Patterns Workshop – Monday 23rd April or Monday 21st May – 6-8pm – Bawtry – £25
My students always tell me that they are baffled by dressmaking patterns, that they feel like they are written in a foreign language! Take this 2 hour workshop to demystify patterns and take your dressmaking to a whole new level. (April or May date available).

Learn to Sew Super Shirt Workshop – Saturday 28th April – 10am-4pm – Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £45 (+£10 for the pattern)
Make your own version of this shirt, learn about collars and buttons and buttonholes during this workshop.

Learn to Sew Beginner’s Tote Bags – Saturday 5th May – 9.30am or 1.30pm – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £25 (all materials included)
This was really popular last time and we expect that it will be again. You don’t need an sewing machine skills to join as this will all be covered within the workshop and you will walk away with your tote bag.

I’m working on samples for the Agnes Pattern Hack & Super Shirt workshops this week and will share them with you as soon as they are ready.

If you have any questions, please email me at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Alison xx

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