Courses to finish the year in style! What are you going to make?

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Hi Lovely,

We’re half way through our half term one week Sewing School course already and the lovely Anne has already completed one dress. (The Geo Dress from Sew Different.)


There are more 5 week Sewing School courses starting over the next few weeks…
Have you thought about what you might make?

Sewing School Start Dates
5 week dressmaking course

Sunday 3rd November – Sunday Evenings – 5-8pm
Tuesday 5th November – Tuesday Mornings – 9.30am-12.30
Monday 11th November – Monday Evenings – 6-9pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

Sewing School is the perfect course for any skill level or experience, as you choose the project and learning areas and learn to your own level.

The class sizes are small (max 3 students) so that you can have plenty of tutor time to support you during the course.

You decide what you want to make and what you want to learn – choose from the list below or decide your own learning options and I will make sure we cover as much as we can during the course.

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

Recent Sewing School graduates have learnt a wide variety of subjects and have made some amazing garments.

Elsie sold one of her Halloween makes online during the course, and is planning to support her new fabric habit by selling her festival clothing online.

Lindsey has gone outside her comfort zone and has learnt pattern alterations and has altered a coat pattern to fit her perfectly.

Emma has covered Full Bust Adjustments and has made up some toiles that will help her create some cosplay creations.

Students have also sewn flawless zips, tackled buttonholes, done full bicep adjustments to overcome snug fitting sleeves. Others have never sewn before and have tackled the basics from understanding how to thread a sewing machine and selecting the correct size on a dressmaking pattern to creating fantastic wearable finished garments.

Click here to book your place on Sewing School – £129

 

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

In other news…
New dressmaking courses start at StraightCurves in Chesterfield next week.

Beginner’s Dressmaking – BOOK HERE

  • Wednesday 6th November – 6.30pm
  • Friday 8th November – 1pm

Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2 – BOOK HERE

  • Wednesday 6th November – 1.30pm
  • Friday 8th November – 6.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Click here to find out more about Sewing and Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

If you have any questions or want to know more, please get in touch. email: alisonrgreer@hotmail.com

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Click here to book your place on Sewing School

PS. If you’re already looking forward to 2020, New Year Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) runs from January 6th-10th (1-4pm) and is bookable online HERE.

Sewing School – September 2019 dates in Bawtry

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Hi lovely,

I took a trip to Fabworks Mill Shop in Dewsbury yesterday, a fabric shop that I’d never visited before but had shopped with online.

I didn’t have a specific project in mind, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful metallic plisse. Does anyone have any pattern suggestions of what I can make with it? (I bought 4 metres.)

It won’t be long now until the kids are back to school, which means it could be time for you to start to think about going back to school too!

Sewing School, that is!

Sewing School is my signature 5 week dressmaking course, with small class sizes (max 3) students can learn exactly what they want to learn.

Choose from the list below or decide your own learning areas.

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

Book your September Sewing School place here

During recent sewing schools, students have covered various different skill sets and projects, from copying a pattern from an existing favourite garment to upsizing vintage patterns. Another student made a waistcoat from upcycled men’s ties.

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Whether you want to start from the beginning and learn the basics or increase your exsisting skills, then Sewing School is perfect for you. With 15 hours of lessons over 5 weeks, there is plenty of time to complete a simple garment or really get your teeth into a more complex one!

Read what past students have said about Sewing School HERE. Many students have attended sewing school more than once as they enjoyed it and learnt so much they have wanted to continue.

Book your September Sewing School place here

September Sewing School Dates

Sunday Evenings 5-8pm – Starts Sunday 15th Sepember – FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday Mornings 9.30am-12.30 – Starts Tuesday 17th September – BOOK HERE
Monday Evenings 6-9pm – Starts Monday 23rd September – BOOK HERE

If you have any questions or queries or want to get in touch about anything sewing related, please hit reply to this email.Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Coming up over the Summer 2019 – Learn to Sew Dressmaking

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Hi Lovely,

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

Let me tell you about what’s coming up…

Sewing School

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

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

Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

Evening 6-9pm – Book Here

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

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

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

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

 

Young Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

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

Here’s what the students made last time…

Book a place on Kid’s Dressmaking at StraightCurves Here

 

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

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

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

Book a Learn to Sew your Own Project Workshop Here

 

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

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

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

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

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

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

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

Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? Let’s get sewing! What are you going to make?

March 19 Mailchimp headerHi lovely,

Have you been loving watching the Great British Sewing Bee (Tuesday’s 9pm on BBC2) as much as I am? I’m in awe of what they can acheive in such a short timescale! I swear I would freeze with indecision like a rabbit in the headlights!

Who do you think will end up victorious? Drop me an email to see if we’re thinking the same thing!

Can you believe that we’re halfway through this term already, which means there’s a whole host of new stuff coming up, starting on 1st March.

Coming up in Bawtry…

Saturday 16th March 10am-3.30pm
There are 3 options for you on this date:

  1. Fancy Tiger Crafts – Sailor Top (Suitable for Beginners) £59
  2. Tilly & the Buttons – Etta Dress (Suitable for Improvers) £59
  3. Sew Your Own Project (Suitable for all skill levels) £49

Book Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top Workshop

Book Tilly & the Buttons Etta Dress Workshop

Book Sew Your Own Project Workshop

Sewing School – 5 week course – Monday Evenings 6-9pm
Starts Monday 11th March

Sewing school is the perfect opportunity for you to increase your dressmaking skills, whether you’re a total novice or you’re more advanced, this in the time and place for you to get focussed and spend some time learning and doing a hobby you love.

Click here for more info and to book Sewing School

Tuesday Sewcial
Every Tuesday 6-8pm

An untaught session of social sewing at my home sewing studio in Bawtry. Sew, chat, laugh & drink tea. £5 per person.

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

 

Coming up at StraightCurves in Chesterfield…

Beginner’s Dressmaking – 5 week course

Beginners’ Dressmaking Course will take you from zero to finished garment in just five 2.5 hour sessions.

You will learn all the skills to make clothes, in exactly your style and your colours that fit you perfectly. Look good and feel good. Nothing beats the feeling of being complimented on something you’re wearing and being able to say “I made this!”

Course Start dates:

  • Wednesday 6th March – Afternoon – 1pm
  • Wednesday 6th March – Evening – 6.30pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking here

 

Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 – 5 week course

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

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

Course Start dates:

  • Friday 1st March – Evening – 6.30pm
  • Friday 8th March – Afternoon – 1.30pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 Here

 

Mastering Zips – 2.5 hour workshop

Never worry about inserting a zip again when you learn how to insert not one but two different types of zips in this short workshop with Alison. Remove your fear of sewing zips, learn tips & techniques to make inserting zips easy allowing you to choose that sewing pattern you love with a zip!

Dates:

  • Friday 1st March – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 10th April – 6.30pm

Book Mastering Zips Here

 

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking – 3 hour workshop

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

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

Dates:

  • Friday 15th March – 1pm
  • Friday 5th April – 6pm
  • Other dates up to July available to book

Book Sew Surgery – Dressmaking Here

 

Dress in a Day – Tilly & the Buttons Bettine Dress
Saturday 9th March 10am-4pm

This is the stuff your sewing dreams are made of! A whole day of uninterrupted dressmaking and a finished dress by the end of the day!

Using patterns from UK independent pattern designers you will sew up a storm. To make a dress you’ll really love, you bring your own fabric to make your dress. With all students making the same dress together in our sewing studio, you will learn together in a friendly and supportive group.

Book Dress in a Day – Bettine Dress Here

 

Coming up at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell, Barnsley…

Sewing Time at Oh Sew Sweet – 2nd Monday of every month – 12noon-3pm
Monday 11th March – 12noon – 3pm

You provide the pattern, fabric and other bits & bobs required and I’ll provide the advice, guidance & tools. Together you will work on your very own project of choice.

You may have already started a project and have found yourself a bit stuck or you just need that extra bit of motivation to finish a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects).

Come along and get the help & advice you need.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

Sew to Grow – Seoul Blossom Blouse
Saturday 30th March 10am-3.30pm

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

The feminine details and soft silhouette of the Seoul Blossom Blouse are inspired by my time discovering the wonders and beauty of South Korea. This top features flattering front diamond darts, V-Neck, and a curved back hem with side slits making it perfect for the “french tuck”. The optional bow cuff completes the design making this the top you’ve been looking for to add to your handmade wardrobe.

Seoul Blosson Blouse & Stella Skirt

March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book

 

And if that’s not enough for you to get your teeth into…

You can also book for a private “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (or Overlocker)” lesson. Spend an intensive hour (or 2) with me and really get to grips with what your machine can do!
Stop it gathering dust, unloved and unused, and get yourself sewing. I will teach you everything you need to know to get going.

Book 1 hour Get to Know your Sewing Machine/Overlocker – £30

Book 2 hour Get to Know your Sewing Machine/Overlocker – £60

 

As for me, I can’t wait to get back to the sewing machine tomorrow and make my self some new season favourites. I’ll be sharing photos with you very soon, I’m sure!

If you have any questions, just email me at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com and I’ll get back to you soon or call or text me on 07957 437001.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

Sew Your Own Handmade Wardrobe at Oh Sew Sweet – Wombwell, Barnsley

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Hi Lovely,

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

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

Each month we will make a different garment together and will learn new skills and techniques and will help your confidence as a dressmaker soar! Designed as a course of workshops; each month we will build on the skills learnt before. For best results book the full course or dip in and book to make one off garments that you will love.

Oh Sew Sweet are now stocking a small range of dressmaking patterns specially selected to compliment the Sew to Grow patterns. See in store for more info or to get advice on suitable fabrics.

  • February – Saturday 23rd – Stella Skirt
  • March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse
  • April – Saturday 27th – Fremantle Frock
  • May – Saturday 25th – Bespoke Blazer
  • June – Saturday 29th – Bondi Top

 

Bespoke Blazer – Saturday 25th May

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

Bespoke Blazer

May – Saturday 25th – Bespoke Blazer

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

Fabric Requirements:

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

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

Fabric suggestions:

Medium weight cotton and other structured fabrics such as chambray, linen and quilting cotton.

Past events:

Stella Skirt – Saturday 23rd February:

Inspired by the effortlessly chic styles of the 1960’s, the Stella Skirt features exposed topstitched pockets, chunky belt loops, and a thick hem for an added retro flare. Mix and Match your prints to create a whole new look or keep it clean and simple with a stone washed linen or thick wale cord.

This skirt comes in two lengths. The above the knee version (mini) and below the knee (midi). It’s a simple shape skirt, but with lots of room to add personal touches like adding piping to the front panel or pockets.

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

Fabric Requirements:

  • Mini Skirt (above knee) – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 1.5m
  • Midi Skirt (below knee) – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 1.75m
  • 25m lightweight fusible interfacing
  • 9” invisible zip
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Linen, corduroy, denim and other medium weight woven fabrics.

Seoul Blossom Blouse – Saturday 30th March :

The feminine details and soft silhouette of the Seoul Blossom Blouse are inspired by my time discovering the wonders and beauty of South Korea. This top features flattering front diamond darts, V-Neck, and a curved back hem with side slits making it perfect for the “french tuck”. The optional bow cuff completes the design making this the top you’ve been looking for to add to your handmade wardrobe.

“When I travel around teaching workshops, I always have women asking me for the “Perfect” garment. They want sleeves, something to cover their bum, a little bit of shape, not to tight around the hips etc… and I took all this into account when designing this new top.

There are two sleeve length options, 3/4 and full length. You can also choose to add or eliminate the bow tie cuff. It is super cute, but just watch out it doesn’t dip into your guacamole. (Ask me how I know…)

The front diamond darts are perfect for adding a little bit of shape. You can also leave out the darts for a looser fitting top. The back slightly dips lower than the front, with an added side split hem to give a little extra room through the hips.

I think this top would also look great lengthened into a tunic or dress. I haven’t had a chance to do it yet, but I’m dying to see someone try it. I bet it will look

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!”

Lindsey Rae, Designer

Seoul Blosson Blouse & Stella Skirt

March – Saturday 30th – Seoul Blossom Blouse

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

Fabric Requirements:

  • ¾ sleeve – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 2.5m
  • Long Sleeve – (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm)wide) – 2.75m
  • 25m lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Light weight rayon, lawn, voile, Tencel, or other light weight woven materials.

Fremantle Frock – Saturday 27th April:

The Fremantle Frock is a clever design that will certainly fit to flatter any shape! This dress features contouring princess lines down the front of the dress, with some sneaky hidden pockets. A simple curved hem also gives this frock a bit of added flare and is perfectly suited for quilting weight cottons, chambray and Japanese linens.

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

Fremantle Frock

April – Saturday 27th – Fremantle Frock

Fabric Requirements:

  • 75m (45”(115cm)/60”(150cm) wide) fabric
  • 1 pack bias tape (– awaiting confirmation of what this is in metres) or an extra 0.5m of fabric to make your own
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Medium weight cotton and other structured fabrics such as chambray, linen and quilting cotton.

The size range for this pattern is XS-4XL as detailed below. If you are outside this size range, please contact me to discuss alternatives.

Bust       Waist     Hips

XS           33-34”   25-27”   35-36”

4XL         47-48”   43-44”   49-50”

Please bring your own sewing machine & tools. If you need to borrow one from Oh Sew Sweet to use on the day, please let them know on booking.

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

 

Alison xx

February Dressmaking Courses & Workshops in Bawtry, Chesterfield & Barnsley

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Hi lovely,

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

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

Happening in Bawtry, Doncaster:

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

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

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

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Book Here

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

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

Book Here

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

*** Only one place remaining ***

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

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

Book Here

 

At StraightCurves in Chesterfield:

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking

Not ready to fly solo with your dressmaking?

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

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

Book Here

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

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

Click Here for more info

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

 

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

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

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

Click here for more info.

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

 

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

Book your 30 minute consultation here.

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

Hope to see you sewing soon,

Alison xx

 

 

Coming in 2019 – Sewing School – 5 day dressmaking course in Bawtry – dates

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Hi Lovely,

I’m writing to tell you about Sewing School and the course dates coming up in early 2019.

If you haven’t heard about Sewing School before, it’s a 5 day course designed for beginner or improving dressmakers just like you. Monday-Friday, 3 hours per day for you to grow your dressmaking skills, whatever your current level.

Sewing School with no more than 3 students on each course bridges the gap between private 1:1 lessons and group workshops.

Read testimonials from previous Sewing School students here.

With sewing school, the lessons are tailored to each individual students learning needs, so that you can learn exactly what you need to learn.

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 technique

It’s a brilliant opportunity for you to meet other local dressmakers who also want to learn how to be a better dressmaker.

If you’re in any doubt as to how good Sewing School is, every student who has attended previous Sewing School courses have booked a further Sewing School course.

The reason I’m telling you about it now, just before Christmas is because the next Sewing School starts on Monday 7th January, and there are still some places available on the morning session.

New Year Sewing School runs from Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January, 9.30am-12.30, with optional fabric shopping trip to Waltons Fabrics and Tuesday Sewcial included in the price of £129.

Book New Year Sewing School Here – January 7th-11th, 9.30am-12.30

However if you think you’d love to attend Sewing School, but those dates don’t suit, the next Sewing School is Winter Sewing School and it runs in February half term.

Winter Sewing School starts on Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February in the afternoon (1-4pm) and also includes an optional fabric shopping trip to Waltons Fabrics and Tuesday Sewcial. £129

Book Winter Sewing School Here – February 18th-22nd, 1-4pm

If you prefer a one day, workshop, there are plenty of options coming up in 2019 to suit you.

Check out 2019 workshops here.

And if that doesn’t cover what you’re looking for, please get in touch to tell me what you’d like to see in the future.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

November Learn to Sew Workshops & Courses in Bawtry, Doncaster, Wombwell, Barnsley & Chesterfield

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Want to know how you can get your sew on this month? Check out the details of everything that’s happening below.

Beginner’s Dressmaking (Part 2) – 5 week course at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £110
Daytime course starts: Wednesday 7th November, 9.30am-12noon
Evening course starts: Friday 9th November, 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.

Click for more info & booking for Beginner’s Dressmaking – Part 2

Learn to Sew Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

Bring along your overlocker and make the sweatshirt almost entirely on your overlocker or use one of my Janome 525s sewing machines to make it on a regular machine.

The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for autumn layering.

Click for more info & to book Linden Sweatshirt Workshop

Learn to Sew Jersey Swing Dress
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venue TBC) – £55

I made mine as a Christmas dress, but you don’t have to, you can use whatever medium weight jersey you choose. It is ideal to wear at the office or on a weekend dependent on the fabric used and how you style your swing dress.

Click for more info & to book Jersey Swing Dress Workshop

Mastering Your Overlocker – 1:1 Tuition
Sunday 18th November – Bookable 1 hour timeslots at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £30

This session unravels the mystery of threading the machine, stitch length, tension control, use of different needles, care and maintainence and troubleshooting!
Learn to love your overlocker rather than have it gathering dust because the thought of re-threading it terrifies you!

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

Click here for more info on Mastering Your Overlocker

Learn to Sew Christmas Shift Dress
Saturday 24th November – 10am-4pm at Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – £45 (+ £10 for the pattern)

Join us at the favourite workshop to Learn to Sew a Shift Dress but with a Christmas twist!
Make it in a sparkly, slinky or glam fabric to be your go to dress for the party season or in some Christmas themed fabric to be a pretty cute alternative to the ugly Christmas Jumper.

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

Click for more info on Christmas Shift Dress

Learn to Sew Handi Bag Handbag
Sunday 25th November – 4-7pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £28

You will walk away with your fabulous made by you bag, something that you can be proud that you made yourself. Perfect for a gift or lovely just to treat yourself. This useful bag has multiple interior pockets for all your handbag essentials.

Click for more info & to book Handi Bag Handbag Workshop

Mastering Zips
Wednesday 28th November – 12.30-3pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £30

Never worry about inserting a zip again when you learn how to insert not one but two different types of zips in this short workshop with Alison. Remove your fear of sewing zips, learn tips & techniques to make inserting zips easy allowing you to choose that sewing pattern you love with a zip!

Click here for more info & to book Mastering Zips

Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops
Saturday 10th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45
Saturday 17th November – 10am-3.30pm in Bawtry (Venuue TBC) – £45

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. Find your happy place in the sewing room for £45 for the day.

Click here for more info & to Book Sew Your Own Project Workshops

Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet
Monday 12th November – 12noon-3pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

This regular dressmaking class runs on the 2nd Monday of each month, bring whatever you’re working on and get my expert help and advice.

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

Click here for more info on Sewing Time with Alison at Oh Sew Sweet

Freestyle Dressmaking at Oh Sew Sweet
Wednesday 14th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20
Wednesday 28th November – 5-8pm at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell – £20

You may have already started a project and have found yourself a bit stuck or you just need that extra bit of motivation to finish a pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects). Come along and get the help & advice you need.

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

Sew Surgery – Dressmaking
Friday 16th November – 1-4pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20
Wednesday 21st November – 6.30-9.30pm at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – £20

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.

Click for more info & to book Sew Surgery at StraightCurves

Tuesday Sewcial
Every Tuesday – 6-8pm at my Home Sewing Studio in Bawtry – £5

If you want to sew and chat and drink tea with others who love to sew, this untaught session is for you. All you need to do is email me alisonrgreer@hotmail.com to let me know that you’re coming.

There’s a lot happening this month and hopefully there’s something for everyone, but don’t forget there are always private lessons available too. (Click here to see the 1:1 options)

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.