Even when life gets busy; there’s still time for a little bit of sewing!

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Coming up over the next few weeks…

Hi Lovely,

I know, I know this is the time of year when things start to get a little busy! There’s always so much more that we find we “need” to do!

Gary and I are hoping to be moving house before Christmas, so I imagine we’ll feel it more than ever this year, but we haven’t really thought about Christmas yet! For the past few years within my family we have given handmade Christmas gifts, which takes a little more thought and planning. Uh-oh! Better get on with that!!

(Don’t worry, even though we are moving my business will not be affected by this move.)

I know that come the big day, everything will get done that needs to be done even if that means that things slide off the bottom of my to-do list!

Don’t forget to fit in some time for some of the things that you want to do too! A few hours stolen away to do some sewing perhaps?

There’s lots of one day and shorter workshops coming up over the next few weeks…
Saturday Workshops in November

Saturday 23rd November – Friday Pattern Co Adrienne Blouse in Bawtry

This jersey top from Friday Pattern Company is a great first project using jersey and it’s perfect for layering under pinafores or looks great thrown on with jeans. I love mine so much, that I already plan to make another couple.

Saturday 30th November – Paper Theory LB Pullover – at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut in Wombwell

I love the casual elegance of this top, I feel equally chic lounging at home wearing it with a pair of yoga pants or out and about teamed with a pair of skinny jeans.
It can be made in a woven fabric, like mine (I used linen) or in a low stretch knitted or jersey fabric.

 

If committing a full day to sewing is a bridge too far then there’s also some 3 hour classes coming up in November & December all for you to sew your own project or finish what you’ve started.

Learn to Sew Your Own Project (3 hour sessions) in Bawtry

  • Tuesday 19th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 24th November – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 26th November – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 1st December – 5-8pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December – 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th December – 9.30am-12.30pm

Book Learn to Sew Your Own Project – 3 hour sessions at Bawtry Here

Sew Surgery (3 hour sessions) at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

  • Wednesday 20th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 20th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 27th November – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 4th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 11th December – 1-4pm
  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgery – 3 hour sessions at StraightCurves in Chesterfield Here

Sewing Time (3 hour session) at Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell

Monday 9th December – 12noon-3pm

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place on Sewing Time

And if you’re ready to get in a really Christmassy mood, I’m hosting another Meadowhall Session where you can create your own personalised Christmas Stocking on Thursday 12th December (6.30-9pm).

These sessions are held in the mall in Meadowhall and give you the chance to try something new and creative.

All materials are included for this workshop, so top off an afternoon’s Christmas shopping in Meadowhall with a festive stocking making workshop.

Book Here

 

Book Learn to Sew Christmas Stockings Workshop at Meadowhall Here

 

Hope this has given you some inspiration to steal away some time for you during the build up to this festive season.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.

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

Autumn Sewing School – Earlybird discount

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More dates added (December 2018 update):

  • January 7th-11th 2019 – Morning 9.30am-12.30 – Book Here
  • January 7th-11th 2019 – Afternoon 1-4pm – Fully Booked
  • February 18th-22nd 2019 – Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

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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

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)

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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

Amazing April! Make it happen. Only 3 spaces available.

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March has been an amazing month for Bagladybird – Learn to Sew, with lots of exciting opportunities coming my way. It has also been a strange month as my poor little Clio failed it’s MOT big time and I have been without a car since the beginning of March and that looks likely to continue for another few weeks! But I’m not complaining as the weather has mostly been fine and I have been able to make use of my lovely bicycle to get about locally. (If you see me, please don’t beep your horn!)

It’s been a fantastic month for my awesome 121 clients and we have had some great successes.

  • Jess was a complete novice and was able to replicate an old favourite dress. She said that getting 121 lessons for Christmas was the best gift ever.
  • Anna had received a lovely pattern and fabric for Christmas and she was terrified of cutting into it and not doing justice to the thoughtful gift that her daughters had given her. We worked together to fit the pattern perfectly to Anna’s body so she could confidently cut out and make up the lovely dress which would fit her comfortably.
  • Angie was fed up of feeling frumpy in ill-fitting clothes, she is an experienced seamstress but hadn’t been able to make herself anything that made her feel confident and professional, she is now part way through her booking and is happy that she is well on her way to getting a great fitting basic block that can be adapted to create a great fitting work wardrobe.

So whether you are a novice or more experienced, there is lots you can learn in private lessons with me.

  • Have you been invited to a wedding this summer and do you want to make sure that you feel amazing in a dress that nobody else is wearing?
  • Do you struggle to get a good fit from patterns and want to know how to alter a pattern to fit you?
  • Have you got a craft business and you want to up your skill level to make more money?
  • Has your body shape changed and you want to know the how to get the best fitting clothes?
  • Would you love to see your children dressed in clothes that have been designed and made by you, but you just don’t know how to start the process?
  • Have you dreamed of making your own wedding dress but need some help to make it happen?

There are a million and one reasons why you might want to book private Learn to Sew lessons with me, but the best thing about them is that they are completely tailored to you and to your creative and technical needs.

Reply to this email with your phone number to book a free 30 minute consultation with me to talk about what you would like to learn in your private lessons. I only have space for 3 new 121 clients in April, so don’t delay, do it today.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Alison xx

PS. I know that it’s important to you to know the price before you commit, so…

1.5 hour (single lesson) £50      Perfect if you need help with something specific.

4.5 hours (3 x 1.5 hour lessons) £125       You can make a simple garment in this time.

10 hours (5 x 2 hour lessons) £250       This is enough time to learn how to create a pattern from scratch, or for a total novice to make a couple of simple garments.

 

PPS. If group workshops are more your thing, there are still places available on April workshops. Click here for more info.

March 2017 Workshops

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I’m spending a few days in London this week, seeing a show and seeing the sights. I’ve made myself a waterfall coat and a couple more of my favourite dungaree dresses to keep me warm and stylish while I’m there.

Would you love to be able to do the same? Whip yourself up some new clothes for a few days away or even for a special ocassion? If you’ve never sewn before or if you’ve not touched a sewing machine for years or if you would class yourself as a beginner, then all this month’s workshops are are ideal to get you started in making your own clothes. In each workshop you will learn some new tips and techniques that will help increase your sewing skills and experience level.

Wednesday 8th March (7-9pm) – Learn to Sew Storage Baskets – Helm, Balby, Doncaster (DN4 8QN)


In this quirky class you’ll learn to sew useful pretty storage baskets, that you can use on your dressing table, the kids room or hundred’s of other places around the home. You’ll leave the class with new skills, a lovely storage basket & the instructions to make it again. Learn bsaic sewing machine skills and how to apply interfacing and why we use it.
£25 (all materials included) – Click here for more info. Email me at alisonrgreer@hotmail.com to book your place.

Saturday 11th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Shift Dresses – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)


This is the most popular workshop I do and it is a firm favourite with me too! It’s such a great dress to wear, I used to wear one to the office (before I left the day job) and I regularly wear them now. They are easy to dress up or dress down and you can feel office smart or weekend ready depending on the fabric and how you style the shift dress. In this workshop you will learn about facings and darts.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Saturday 18th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Casual Trousers – St John’s Church Hall, Swinton, Rotherham (DN10 6JD)


Fingers crossed, by this point in March, Spring will be well and truly on it’s way and these lightweight casual trousers will be just the perfect thing to wear. With a drawstring and elasticated waist and pockets they are the ultimate comfy trousers. You will learn to sew pockets and buttonholes in this workshop.
£55 (all materials included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Saturday 25th March (10am-3.30pm) – Learn to Sew Gathered Skirts – St Nicholas Church Hall, Bawtry (DN10 6JD)


This was one of the first clothing workshops I ever did. The skirts are lovely and ideal for spring and summer. In this workshop you will learn a technique for creating gathers and how to insert an invisible zip.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

Monday 27th March (9.30am-3pm) – Learn to Sew Kimono Jackets – Austerfield Study Centre, Austerfield (DN10 6RG)


These Kimono Jackets are fab for your spring wardrobe. I throw mine on as an extra layer if it’s a bit cooler and it is something that can work on a night out or as a casual jacket or as a beach cover-up. It is really versatile. You will learn abot working with different fabrics, how important the grainline is as well as how to sew French Seams.
£45 (materials not included) – Click here for more info and to pay £15 deposit to secure your place.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon and to help you start to create your own wardrobe of fabulous clothes.

Alison xx

PS. There are still places left on Saturday’s Sew Your Own Project Workshop and Monday’s Learn to Sew Simple Woven Tees Workshop. Click here for more info on upcoming workshops.

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January 2017 Workshops

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Alison xx

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

Recommendations for Fabric Shops in South Yorkshire & Retford

Updated 18th September 2019

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

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

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

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

Oh Sew Sweet in Wombwell

The Hut, Dovecliffe Rd, Wombwell, South Yorkshire, S73 8UE. Tel: 01226 805955

Oh Sew Sweet is the best shop for quilting fabrics in the area, their range is impressive and is growning as they are due to increase the space within the shop.

I teach dressmaking workshops here, at least twice a month, usually in the mini hut.

Oh Sew Sweet are adding more dressmaking fabrics too, so if you’ve never been or it’s been a while it’s definitely worth a visit.

You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome and you can take a breather from all your shopping at the ajoining Bolthole cafe with a drink and a slice of their delicious homemade cakes.

I made this... Lorrayne's Tunic

This tunic is in solid rotation in my wardrobe, a firm favourite that always gets compliments, fabric from Oh Sew Sweet.

 

Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton

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

Let me preface this by saying that I used to help out in this shop on occasion and Cheryl has always been really supportive of me and my business. Having said all that, I love this shop and even before I had started my business I always shopped in Thread Mill Fabrics.

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

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

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

Waltons Fabrics in Goldthorpe

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

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

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

SewCute Fabrics, Edlington

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

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

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Fabric for Lounge Pants From SewCute Fabrics

The Craft Den, Sheffield

23 Loxley Road, Sheffield S6 4TE

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

Lynne has now retired to live in Spain and the Craft Den has now closed (June 2019)

Tim & Gills Fabrics, Retford Market

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

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

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

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

Alison xx

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Wow! November has been a bit of a whirlwind at BagLadyBird!!

Wow! November has been a bit of a whirlwind at BagLadyBird!! If you’ve missed it, here’s what we’ve been up to…

It was business as usual at the Learn to Sew Woven Tees Workshop at The Hub in Retford. This fab venue is a craft shop/deli/farm shop/gallery & tourist information in Retford. It also has workshop space for artists in residence. We had some wonderful tees created and had heaps of giggles and fun while we were at it!

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Next up we were at a brand new venue in Bawtry, the Methodist Church Hall for a brand new workshop too, this was the first ever workshop where we were working with jersey. Some lovely new ladies joined us and made tee dresses. Lovely and casual and so easy to wear.

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I had the opportunity to go on at talk show on Doncaster’s community radio station Sine FM. I was on the #Doncasterisgreat show with Andrew Isaacs and we talked about my sewing machine collection/obsession as well as the upcoming Crafternoon that I am holding in aid of Mind at Helm on Sunday 4th December (11am-12.30pm).

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At the Crafternoon I will be showing everyone who joins us how to make the origami star Christmas decorations that I decorated our tree with last year. When I also taught my old team to create the origami stars and we decorated my old office creating a winter wonderland of origami stars and snowflakes made from white photocopier paper! Not sure how popular I was with the print room last Christmas!

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If you would like to join us on Sunday (£10 suggested donation) please email Rachael at ayeup@backindonny.uk to book your place.  Drinks & cakes & mince pie are provided and festive jumpers are a must!

Then to start the festive season off right we had a wonderful Learn to Sew Christmas Stockings workshop at Helm, this was the busiest workshop so far but I always love these taster workshops that I hold at Helm as it allows people to get all creative when they are decorating their makes. There were some awesome Christmas Stockings created. You can watch a video we made at the event here.

Another lovely shift dresses workshop in Swinton. At the workshops in Swinton the fabric is included in the price and is chosen from a specially curated selection of fabrics provided by Thread Mill Fabrics in Swinton. This workshop is always popular and we had some beautiful shift dresses made at this one.

The last workshop of the month was the very first Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshop at St Nicholas Church Hall in Bawtry. Five ladies came together to work on their own projects. Two of them had already started and had reached a tricky bit that they needed help with, another lady had brought a brand new project to start and the other 2 ladies decided that they wanted to make my shift dress. We all had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to see what the next sew your own project workshop brings!!! (More info here.)

In November I also launched Bagladybird – Learn to Sew Gift Vouchers and Get to know your Sewing Machine (or overlocker) 1 to 1 lessons (£30 for 1 hour in my home sewing studio).

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If you would like to learn more about anything above, please get in touch through Facebook or on 07957 437001.

Alison xx

Ps. Join my Learning to Sew Facebook group for a lovely supportive community of people, who want to learn to sew or who love to sew, for exclusive content as well as friendly help, advice & inspiration.