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

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Hey Lovely,

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

*** Brand New ***

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

Book the Brunch Blouse Workshop here

*** Brand New ***

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

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

*** Old Favourite ***

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

Book the Shift Dress Workshop here

*** Old Favourite ***

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

Book the Easter Bunny Pouches Workshop here

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

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

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

I hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

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


Workshops in February 2018 in Bawtry & Wombwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alison xx

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

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

Beginner’s Learn to Sew in January and Beyond…

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

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

Click here for further info


January 2018 Workshops A4

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

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

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

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

1 hour lesson – £30 – Book here

2 hour lesson – £60 – Book here

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

Book your free 30 minute consultaion here.

Alison xx


Festive Finishing School 2017

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

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

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

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

November Workshops – Just for you.

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Hi Lovely,

I truely can’t believe how fast this year is going! Today I’m sharing with you the last month of workshops for 2017!
(There will be bits and bobs happening in December, but not a full workshop programme as we’re all too busy prepping for Santa and enjoying the festivities to fit in much selfish sewing.)

Coming up in November…

Evening Skills & Techniques Workshops
Zip Techniques Workshop – Bawtry – Mon 6 Nov (6.30-8.30pm) – £25 (all materials included)
Click here to Book
Jersey Techniques – Bawtry – Thurs 16 Nov (6.30-8.30pm) – £25 (all materials included)
Click here to Book
Read & Understand Patterns – Bawtry – Mon 20 Nov (6.30-8.30pm) – £25 (all materials included)
Click here to Book

Saturday Learn to Sew a Garment in a Day Workshops
My First Garment – Bawtry – Sat 11 Nov (10am-3.30pm) – £55 (made for you pattern included)
Make: Lounge Pants or a Circle Skirt
Click here to Book
Learn to Sew Etta Dress – Bawtry – Sat 18 Nov (10am-3.30pm) – £55 (pattern included)
Etta Dress; pattern by Tilly & the Buttons

Click here to Book
Learn to Sew Pinafore Dress – Oh Sew Sweet, Wombwell – Sat 25 Nov (10am-4pm) £45 (pattern not included, £10 extra to take away and use again)
Click here to Book

Evening 2 hour Learn to Sew Project Workshop
Learn to Sew Make-up Bag – Bawtry – Thurs 30 Nov (6.30-8.30pm) – £25 (all materials included)
Click here to Book

If it does not state that all materials are included, you will need to bring your own fabrics, full guidance will be provided on booking.

Further details for each workshop can be found by clicking on “Click Here to Book”.

Hope to see you soon,
Alison xx

November 2017 Workshops A4

Autumn Cosy – October 2017 Workshops

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I can’t believe it’s already October and I haven’t told you all about October’s fabulous Autumn wardrobe workshops yet.

I’ve got a return of the Tilly & the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Workshop in Swinton on Saturday 14th October. For this workshop, all your fabric is included (from a special selection from Thread Mill Fabrics), as well as your Tilly & the Buttons multi size pattern.

Here I am in the long sleeved version pointing at this fabric in the shop.

In this workshop, you will learn how to cut out and sew with jersey fabric and make one of the different versions of this fabulous top.

There are short or long sleeves, ruched, puff sleeves or straight sleeves, with a ruched neckline or scoop. The choice is yours to make the version that suits you.

Book Agnes Jersey Top Workshop Here – Pay £15 deposit

On Wednesday 18th October (6.30-8.30pm) I will be holding a brand new workshop to help you read and understand dressmaking patterns.

If you pick up a dressmaking pattern and it’s like reading a foreign language to you or you just can’t figure out the right size or how much fabric you need and what all the symbols on all that tissue paper actually mean – join me at this workshop for it to all make sense.

Book the Read & Understand Patterns Workshop here – £25

Then on Saturday 21st October in Bawtry I will be holding a grand celebration for my first year in business and participating in Sew Magazine’s Sew Saturday.

The full day workshop will be making the Patterns for Pirates Cocoon Cardigan, £55 including a multi size pattern. Fabric is not included for this workshop, allowing you to make something perfectly suited for your style, Full guidance will be given on booking. £15 deposit secures your space.

Again this pattern has lots of options, for a cropped or tunic version (mine is a tunic) and short or long sleeves and a narrow or wider band. It’s also a jersey fabric, so you will learn how to cut and sew with jersey.

Since I made this sample last week I have worn this cardi every day, it’s such a good autumn wardrobe staple and so comfy too!

If you can’t attend the whole workshop, do pop in and join the party, get a free goody bag and a slice of cake and see what a Bagladybird – Learn to Sew workshop is all about.

Book Cocoon Cardi Workshop Here – Pay £15 deposit

Last but not least in October I’ll be hosting an upcycling workshop in Austerfield on Wednesday 25th October (7-9pm), as the weather’s getting chillier we’ll be upcycling your jumpers into winter woolies, (option for hat, scarf or fingerless mittens).

Keep them for yourself or give them to your loved ones for Christmas. This workshop is £25 per person and you will turn something old into something new & fabulous.

Book Upcycling Winter Woolies Workshop here – £25

There will be even more lovely workshops coming in November and if you want to hear about them first, sign up to my newsletter here.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.

Alison xx

What to expect at a Bagladybird Workshop…

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I’d love to tell you some more about my dressmaking workshops.

I’ve been asked a few times recently about what exactly happens at one of my Learn to Sew Workshops, so I thought I would talk you through a typical workshop…

If you book your place on a full day workshop (except Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops), I will ask you for your measurements and from this I will make your pattern to the nearest size to your measurements. This pattern will then be available for you to use on the day and to purchase for £10 to use again.
If fabric is not included, I will also give you guidelines on the amount and type of fabric required and also recommendations on where to shop if you need advice.

As you arrive at the venue, I will greet you and introduce myself and the other participants and get you settled in to a space for you to work. Usually each person has a cutting table all to themselves, so there’s loads of space for you to lay your fabric and pattern out, and if you need it we can often get a second table out for you to use to give you even more space. (If you’re used to cutting out on your living room floor or on your bed or your kitchen table, you’ll understand what a luxury many people find this to be.)

I’ll talk you through the project we’re making and show you a sample. For example, recently we were making shift dresses, so spoke to the ladies about the dress, the different techniques we will be using, and explained the different options available to make.

I will spend some time chatting to you individually, finding out about your chosen fabric and your sewing experience, so that I can help you get the most from your Bagladybird Learn to Sew Workshop.

If you’re lucky, my little helper (Jack) will come and take your drink order and offer round biscuits. On other days you just get me as your waitress!

You’ll then spend some time, laying out your pattern, pinning and cutting your fabric, getting guidance and tips from me as you go. Preparation is key, so we take our time to get this right. All the tools you need are provided, however if you prefer to bring your own, please feel free to do so.

The sewing table is a group area, where we all sew together, making it really social and friendly and you can pick up knowledge from more experienced sewers in the group.
We use Janome 525s sewing machines and they will all be set up for you, ready to use and if you have never used a sewing machine before or need a bit of a refresher, I will show you all the functions we will be using throughout the workshop and make sure you feel happy to thread up your machine.

You will each have a set of written instructions for you to refer to if you wish, but I am on hand to show and tell for every step of the way. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need, you are here to learn and have an enjoyable day, and my job is to make that happen, so I will happily answer any questions you might have.

Everyone works at their own pace and this is perfectly ok, don’t worry if you’re getting ahead or if you’re not as fast as others, I will make sure everyone gets as much input from me as they need. We will take a break for lunch when we reach a suitable point, you will be ready for it as sewing can be hungry work and you won’t realise how hard you’ve been concentrating until you take a break.

Once your garment starts coming together, you will try it on and we can make minor fitting adjustments before sewing the hem and adding the finishing touches. I love the look of joy and excitement on everyone’s face when they realise that they have created a wonderful item of clothing that they will love to wear.

Once we are getting close to the end, I will pop a note on your table with the balance owing and just be sure to settle up before you leave.

To see a full list of upcoming workshops: Click Here.

If you have any other questions, either specific to workshops or more general, email me at and I will get back to you.

Hope to see you at a workshop soon.
Alison xx

Back to School – Learn to Sew in September

The kids are going back to school.. you can too!

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It’s that time of year again when the summer holidays are in full swing but all the adverts and shops are shouting about Back to School!

Well I’m joining in their chorus to say that as the kids go back to school it’s also time for you to learn something new. What better time for you to Learn to Sew?

This September there is a bit of something for everyone in my workshop programme, whether you are brand new to sewing or are a bit more experienced, check out what I’ve got coming up…

Saturday 2nd September – Learn to Sew Shirt Dresses – Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut, Wombwell (S73)

This relaxed fit shirt dress is flattering and comfortable. Learn how to sew a yoke and a collar as well as making buttonholes.

£45 – To allow you to create something more personal, fabric is not included for this workshop, but full guidence will be given on booking. (£10 extra if you want to keep your pattern to use again.)

Call Oh Sew Sweet to book – 01226 805955


Saturday 9th September – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – Bawtry (DN10)

This workshop is always so popular. Make your own version of this easy to wear shift dress. This workshop is ideal for beginners as there are no zips or buttonholes used to fasten it.

£45 – To allow you to create something more personal, fabric is not included for this workshop, but full guidence will be given on booking. (£10 extra if you want to keep your pattern to use again.)


Monday 11th September – Learn to Sew Upcycling T-shirts to Big Knickers – Bawtry (DN10)

Bring a new lease of life to tired old t-shirts or leggings and create a pair of knickers similar to the ones below.

£25 – bring any t-shirts, leggings etc with elastane content – all other materials & tools are provided for you to use.


Saturday 23rd September – Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Bawtry (DN10)

You bring the fabric the pattern, fabric and any other notions required to make your chosen item and I’ll help you learn the skills to make it.

£45 – Sewing machines & tools are provided for you to use.


Thursday 28th September – Learn to Sew Jersey Techniques Workshop – Bawtry (DN10)

I get asked a lot about sewing with jersey fabrics without using an overlocker, I’ll show you tips and techniques so you can get the best results with this tricky fabric with just a regular sewing machine.

£25 – all materials included


Saturday 30th September – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – Swinton (S64)

Create your own version of these brilliant easy to wear Kimono Jackets at this workshop in association with Thread Mill Fabrics.

£55 – all materials included from a selection from Thread Mill Fabrics (£10 extra if you want to keep your pattern to use again)

If you need any more info on any of the upcoming workshops, just email me at and ask any questions you might have. 

Hope to see you at a workshop soon,

Alison xx

Lovely Sewing Happiness Coming Your Way in August!

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I’m so happy to announce the Learn to Sew Workshops for August (as well as a sneaky one for early Septempber).

Saturday 5 August (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Your Own Project – Bawtry – £45
If you’ve missed any of my previous workshops and can’t wait for me to run it again, book your space on this workshop.
If you’ve got a dressmaking project you need some help to get started or to get finished then this workshop is for you.
Do you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone with your dressmaking then bring your pattern and fabric and book on!
Click here for more info and to book

Wednesday 9 August (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Upcycled Jeans to Skirt – Austerfield – £25
Bring a pair of your boring old jeans and you’ll transform them into a lovely denim skirt that will bring a new lease of life to your jeans. (You bring your jeans, all other materials included.)
Click here for more info and to book.

Saturday 12 August (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – Swinton – £55
In the Kimono Jacket workshop you will learn how to work with drapy fabrics and to sew French seams. The Kimono Jacket is one of my most popular workshops and will be something you can wear again and again.
This workshop is in association with Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton and a selction of suitable fabric is provided for you to choose from and is included in the price.
Click here for more info and to book.

Thursday 17 August (6.30-8.30pm) – Learn to Sew Zip Techniques – Bawtry – £25
Have you got “the fear” of sewing zips?
Take away the fear factor in this techniques workshop. Learn the tricks and tips to help you insert any zip with ease.
All materials included.
Click here for more info and to book.

Saturday 19 August (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Agnes Jersey Top – Bawtry – £55
Another Tilly & the Buttons pattern workshop, Agnes is a cute and vesitile jersey top with 8 different combinations that you will love to make time and time again.
A Tilly & the Buttons printed Agnes pattern is included in this workshop.
Click here for more info and to book.

Saturday 2 September (10am-4pm) Learn to Sew Shirt Dress – Wombwell – £45
In this workshop at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut, make yourself a relaxed fit Shirt Dress. Learn how to create a soft collar and yoke as well as buttonholes.
Click here for more info and to book.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you at a workshop soon.

Alison xx

What’s coming up in June…

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Hey lovely,

Can I tell you a bit about whats coming up at Bagladybird – Learn to Sew this June?

Learn to Sew A-line Skirts – Bawtry
Saturday 3rd June (10am-3.30pm) £45
This is a great skirt for summer, make it in denim or a fun cotton print for your unique made for you version. You will learn how to make pockets, apply interfacing and insert an invisible zip.
Click here for more info or to book – £15 deposit secures your place.

Learn to Sew Notebook Covers – Helm in Balby
Wednesday 7th June (7-9pm) £25 (all materials included)
Personalise your cover with some machine applique and create your handy A5 notebook cover. (Photos of samples coming soon)
Click here for more info or email me at to book your place.

Learn to Sew Shift Dresses (in association with Thread Mill Fabrics) – Swinton
Saturday 10th June (10am-3.30pm) £55 (all materials included)
This popular workshop is ideal for complete beginners, you can choose from a specially curated selection of fabrics from Thread Mill Fabric and make a fabulous shift dress that can be worn casual, to the office or more dressed up.
There are no zips or buttons on this dress, to keep it nice and simple to make… you will learn how to apply interfacing, sew darts and finish seams.
Click here for more info or to book – £15 deposit secures your place.

Learn to Sew 50’s Style Dresses Weekender – Austerfield
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June (10am-3.30pm both days) £90
Together over the 2 days we will fit and sew your very own fabulous circle skirted 50’s style dress. This workshop is suitable for beginners as full guidance will be given, and more advanced dressmakers will also take a lot away from it as we will make a toile (mock up) bodice to get the correct fit before cutting out in your actual fabric. The dress has an invisible zip and the bodice is fully lined.
Click here for more info or to book – £15 deposit secures your place.

Learn to Sew Casual Trousers in association with Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut – Wombwell
Saturday 24th June (10am-4pm) £45
Elasticated and drawstring waist with pockets and a slightly tapered leg, these trousers are great in a lightweight cotton, linen or viscose for relaxed summery vibes.
Click here for more info or call 01226 805955 to book.

Learn to Sew Kid’s Skirt and Headband – Bawtry
Friday 30th June (9.30am-3pm)
This brand new workshop is aimed at those who have never sewn before, learn how to read a pattern, use a sewing machine and you will make a cute matching skirt and headband set.
Click here for more info or to book – £15 deposit secures your place.

If you are not already a member of my lovely supportive Facebook group full of ladies like you who are just learning to sew and others who have more experience but are always happy to offer advice and share their experience, please click here to join.

Hope to see you at a workshop soon.
Alison xx

PS. Emma Gould, you are still to claim your prize from Slowdown Sunday, your apron is ready and waiting to be posted to you, just email me at with your address.