January Sewing School Dates – 5 week dressmaking course in Bawtry, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Hi Lovely,

This December has been busier than usual for me as we moved house this week! We’re in and our Christmas tree is up and we are starting to get settled, but some of you will know that this move has been a long time coming and it feels great to finally be there!

Don’t worry, we’ve only moved a few miles away and my business is unaffected as I’ll still be working out of my Sewing Studio at my parents house in Bawtry.

I hope you’ve been having a good December and are enjoying the festive season too.

If you are looking ahead to January, and have decided that 2020 is going to be the year that you start to learn to sew then I’ve got some fantastic courses for you to join.

Upskill your dressmaking for 2020!

Whether you’re a beginner or want to learn more, this course is designed just for you. Class sizes are small – maximum of 3 students – to ensure you get the support you need to develop your dressmaking skillset.

There are only 7 spaces left for January start dates, so if you want one to be yours don’t miss out.

Course Dates
5 week dressmaking course

  • Sunday Evenings 5-7.30pm – starts Sunday 12th January – Book HERE
  • Monday Evenings 6-8.30pm – starts Monday 13th January – Book HERE
  • Tuesday Mornings 10am-12.30 – starts Tuesday 14th January – Book HERE

5 day dressmaking course – New Year Sewing School

Monday 6th – Friday 10th January – 1-4pm – Book HERE

Book your January 2020 Sewing School Place


January Courses at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Beginner’s DressmakingClick HERE for more info & booking

  • Wednesday 15th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Friday 17th January – 1-3.30pm

Beginner’s Dressmaking (Part 2)Click HERE for more info & booking

  • Friday 10th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Wednesday 15th January – 1.30-4pm


More details of 2020 lessons coming soon.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.


What are you doing for the rest of the decade?! There’s not long left!

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Hi Lovely,

I know that it sounds dramatic… “The end of the Decade!”, but I don’t think that it had hit me until today that is what it actually will be in 18 days time!

When I think about how different my life was as this decade was beginning, I’m very grateful for all the experiences and people that the last 10 years has given me and to be going into the next decade doing a job I love and helping to inspire others with sewing and helping them to increase their dressmaking skills.

However there is still time in this decade to squeeze in a bit of learning to sew with me!

Thursday 12th December – 6.30-9pm
Christmas Stockings at Meadowhall

Book Christmas Stockings Workshop Here – £35

Saturday 14th December 10am-12.30
Zipped Make-up Pouch at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Also at StraightCurves there are a couple of Sew Surgery sessions before Christmas.
These are informal tutor supported 3 hour sessions for you to bring along your project and get the extra guidance you need.

  • Friday 13th December – 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 18th December – 6-9pm

Book Sew Surgeries Here – £25


Even though we all know how hectic the Christmas period can be, I’m available throughout the holidays for 1:1 lessons at a time to suit you.

🧵 If you’ve got a brand new sewing machine or overlocker, you can book in a session to get you stitching with confidence on it.

✂️ If you need a place of calm in the Christmas chaos, you can find that in my sewing studio and get my support and tuition for your project for an hour or two.

🧵Or if your looking for longer term 1:1 tuition to help you acheive your dressmaking goals, you can book for a free 30 minute consultation to chat with me about what you would like to acheive.

1 hour – £30
2 hours – £55
10 hours – £250 (usually 5 x 2 hour lessons – payable in full at the first lesson)

Book One to One Lessons Here


However you’re spending the rest of the decade, I wish you happiness.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

PS. Gift Vouchers are available HERE

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!


  • 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.


  • 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