All posts by Sarah

Charlie Kaftan review

I have had the Charlie Kaftan pattern since it was released nearly two years ago but just hadn’t got around to making it. I knew I wanted to make the maxi version with the waist ties as I need definition for my petite frame and can find that maxis can swamp me.

When this gorgeous Flame Tropic cotton viscose came into the shop, I couldn’t wait to make something out of it. It is a really bold colour but there is something about a punchy red/orange that always appeals to me!

This pattern is fabric hungry and does take the 3 metres that the pattern calls for, but with clever cutting, you should have some spare fabric to make something like a cami top from.

As always, the Closet Case Patterns instructions are spot on, and if you need some extra help with the centre panel, there is a useful tutorial on their blog.

I chose to handstitch the back of the centre panel for a bit more control, plus it is nice to sit and do some sewing in front of the tv too! I did find, I needed to press under more than the given 5/8 inch on one of the long edges though so that my stitches remained invisible from the right side.

I followed Karen Ball’s advice about adding a strip of interfacing to the front neckline, to stop it stretching out and that worked brilliantly.

Once the centre panel is done, it really is plain sailing for the rest of the dress. I didn’t make any adjustments – it is very loosely fitted and can be adjusted using the waist ties.

I am only 5’2″ and I didn’t need to take anything off of the length. I like that it comes to the ankle, rather than skimming the floor. That and the side slits mean that you can walk up stairs normally, instead of the princess walk I usually have to do with maxis! (by that I mean having to pick up the front of the skirt with two hands to stop it trailing on the ground!)

I wore my new kaftan out and about today as it was such a glorious day. We went for a wander around our local shops and I decided to treat myself to one of Able Mabel’s headbands that she had made from the same fabric!

I think this dress will be a big wardrobe staple for me this summer – it is really making me crave a holiday though too!

Stef’s Nora Top

Now that the storm of opening the shop has passed, the LSABLOGSQUAD is back up and running and the lovely Stef from StefMakes has made a Tilly and the Button Nora top from our Monochrome striped textured ponte. Here she reviews the pattern as well as talking about taking a break from sewing.

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Life got busy and I’ve been a little quiet for a while.  I learnt that I can’t do ALL of the things ALL of the time, so took my foot off the social media/blog post gas for a bit in a bid to find a better balance. That’s not to say I haven’t been sewing; I have, just not as much. And it’s quite true what they say, distance definitely does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve been itching to get back to the blog and share the things I’ve been working on.

So here I am, making a brief come back with a quick post on a super cosy and very happy little make: my brand new Nora sweater!

The pattern…

Nora is a great beginner jersey pattern and Tilly has nailed it again with another staple wardrobe item. The construction itself is relatively simple. I made a half size between the 3 and 4, to suit my measurements. The finished sweater came up pretty baggy but I think it works with the style. The only adjustment I made was to remove some length from the sleeves and the lower hems. I made the stepped hem variation so that it is longer at the back than the front and, from memory, I took around 7cm off. Similarly with the sleeves, I took another good chunk off, which I did by eye following a first fitting. I used a 4cm hem all round instead of the recommended 7cm.

The fabric…

This gorgeous fabric is the Monochrome Textured Ponte Roma from Like Sew Amazing and it is an absolute gem to sew with. It is a classic Ponte in that the stretch is minimal however, it is just the job for a pattern like Nora and, due to its stability, is a breeze to sew with. It is also extremely soft and super cosy to wear. This top definitely qualifies for secret pyjamas!

The texture makes it a little different from your standard stripy fabric and can either be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion. As a serial stripe sewer, I rose to the pattern matching occasion (why do I do it to myself!?), as well as using the stripes as fold lines to get a clean finish on the hems and neck band. I even made sure that my stitching was within the black stripes so that the thread was less visible.

A final note…

I absolutely loved making Nora! It was a quick, simple project and a thoroughly enjoyable make. Every now and then it is great to pick a non-taxing project to get back in the groove and take the time to just enjoy the process. And that is exactly what I did.

For me, handmade clothes always prompt association of where I was when I was making or wearing the garment for the first time. Nora will not only be marking the jump back into blogging after a break, but also a special occasion for her first outing. I was a very lucky lady and was treated with a Birthday trip to the Royal Albert Hall last week to watch a matinee of classic show tunes performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and accompanying West End stars. It was a brilliant show and a perfect first outing for Nora!

Eden Coat Inspiration

We think the Eden coat is one of the most exciting pattern releases this year! It is the perfect duffle coat and there are so many options to make it your own.

You can either choose to make yours a traditional wool duffle coat, or more of a lighter weight rain mac and there are two different length options, and optional pocket details and storm flaps.

You can save 10% off all coating fabrics and toggles using the code RETURNOFTHEMAC until Sunday 10th March 2019 (midnight GMT).

Wool Duffle – Fabric recommendations:

This burnt orange coating is such a stunning colour. It works perfectly with our Brown Toggle fasteners. This fabric is what’s known as a vegan wool and has the softest feel and a lovely medium weight. You could line it with one of our ex-designer linings or any of our viscoses.

Similar to the Burnt Orange, the Navy colourway would make a really classic duffle coat. You could line it with our mustard ex-designer lining for a real pop of colour!

This red washable wool would make a very cheery version. I love it so much, I used this fabric to make my test version of the Eden pattern!

You could even make your Eden from one of our Teddy Bear coat fabrics for a super cute style!

Rain mac – Fabric recommendations: 

We love the sixties styling of this PVC waterproof raincoat fabric. It is easy to sew (use a fairly fine needle) and it can even be pressed on a low heat, using a pressing cloth. There are several different colours and styles so you can choose your favourite!

If patterns aren’t your thing, we have the same fabric in three plain colours – bright red, dusky pink and mustard yellow.

It is a fab pattern to really get your teeth into and we can’t wait to see your versions popping up on our feed soon!

Eden coat pattern review

I was lucky enough to be a tester for the Tilly and the Buttons Eden coat so I got to see it in all its glory late last year.

I chose to make the wool duffle version as I had an old mustard RTW one that was on its last legs so needed replacing.

I really enjoyed the process of choosing the fabric and lining for the coat. I decided I wanted to go all out Little Red Riding Hood so I chose this cherry red washable wool coating and then used the Rifle Paper Co Juliet Rose Rayon as the main lining (sold out unfortunately), with some of our pink ex-designer lining for the sleeves (it always helps to have a slippy fabric for sleeves, to help get them on and off easily).

I made the longer version for more coverage and I chose to use a long open ended zip and Prym toggles to fasten it.

The construction of the coat is pretty straightforward, and as usual, Tilly walks you through the instructions step by step. I found the coating fabric really easy to work with.

I would advise you use a tailor’s clapper when working with wool. Or failing that, a small piece of pine wood that you can use to take the steam out of the pressed seam and ensure a crisp finish. I would also advise you use a pressing cloth to make sure you don’t end up with any shiny patches from the iron.

I lined my pockets, using the rayon, this was slightly frustrating as I had to unpick it as I could still see some of the lining peeking out. I chose not to add the pocket flaps as I preferred the look without it.

I have worn my Eden non-stop since I made it. It is such a great winter coat – not too hot but not too cold and the hood has been a life/hair saver in the rain!

If you are feeling like you would like to make the leap into coat making, then I would highly recommend this pattern. It’s cute, stylish and practical and who doesn’t want to look like Paddington?!

 

Casey Sweater Review

Having spent the last couple of months doing DIY and getting the shop ready for opening, sewing definitely took a back seat. However, when we got our new delivery of jerseys in last week, I was completely inspired to start making again!

I fell in love with the Casey top that Andrea, the face behind Experimental Space Patterns, wore to the shop launch party and vowed that it would be my next make. I thought that the two aptly named Casey French Terry fabrics would work so well together to allow the contrast details to really pop!

I used the navy version as the main fabric and the coral for the inside of the cowl, the pocket linings, the welt, the hem band and the long cuffs.

Unlike your run of the mill sweater pattern, the Casey has lots of stunning details. This does mean that cutting out and construction will be trickier, but it is definitely worth it!

I would also recommend sewing the majority of this top using a regular sewing machine, and only using an overlocker to neaten the edges if necessary.

I sewed mine using my the automatic setting for a medium weight stretch fabric on my Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q* and it sewed like a dream! Normally I would go straight to overlocking the whole thing as I love the speed and stretch. I was, however, really pleased with the stretch stitch – no sign of popping and really easy to use.

I finished the seams using my Huskylock S15*, so that they were all nice and neat on the inside.

I did make a couple of mistakes during construction. Firstly, I didn’t read the cutting guide properly so cut the inside cowl the wrong way around. It wasn’t a massive issue but it just meant I needed to recut it!

I found the instructions for the welt pockets a little tricky at first. I usually sew welts a different way so this had me scratching my head for a while – that will teach me not to sew when I am tired! Once I had read it through and properly concentrated, it all came together well.

The buttonholes were an absolute breeze – you have to sew four in total. You must remember to interface them on the reverse, as buttonholes can be really tricky in jersey. Also check to see if your machine has a dedicated stretch buttonhole stitch. If it does, it is a game changer! Again, the automated settings on the Opal make it so easy to tell the machine what you are trying to achieve and then it just does it for you! Bliss!

I matched the stripes on the side seams and sleeve seams but apart from that, I just let them fall where they may. It would have been nice to match the stripes all the way down the sleeve between the two fabrics but I am not actually sure this would have been logistically possible!

I really love the deep contrast cuffs – it makes the top really snug and cosy. I may even add thumbholes if I make it again!

The fit is spot on and it is a really cosy top to wear, but all the details make it super stylish too!

I would definitely recommend this pattern to an intermediate sewer who wants to take a step up from basic t-shirts and sweatshirts.

* For full disclosure, I work in partnership as a brand ambassador for Husqvarna Viking. My machines were gifted to me by Husqvarna Viking, however, all opinions remain my own.

2018 – My Year in Review

I genuinely don’t think I have ever had a year as eventful as 2018. So many things have happened, and fortunately most for the positive!

January

I started the year by becoming part of the Sew My Style leadership team. I was delighted to be picked for this and really enjoyed working behind the scenes to decide on patterns and liaise with the indie pattern designers and sponsors for each month. It was lovely to see how many people embraced the challenge and I ended up with a gorgeous little capsule wardrobe too!

I was also asked to be an ambassador for the SMYLY (sewing makes you love yourself) challenge, organised by Athina, Lisa and Hattie. This involved making a garment that made me feel good about myself and sharing my story about how sewing helps me with body positivity and mental health. I was really proud to be an advocate for this challenge as I truly believe sewing has so many more benefits than just making pretty new clothes.

February

I was asked to be part of the blogger tour to celebrate the launch of Melissa Fehr’s Sew Your Own Activewear book. I made the yoga leggings from the book and wore them to Melissa’s book launch party in central London!

During a sewing meet up in London, I got myself a sewing wife! The gorgeous Jen from Gingerthread Girl and I decided to get Stitched (!) whilst at Liberty!

March

I joined the Simple Sew Blogger team as I thought it would be fun to give some of their patterns a try and it was also lovely to work with such a great group of sewing bloggers. Unfortunately, I only managed to make a couple of garments for them as the rest of my year got very busy!

I took part in the MIYMarch18 photo challenge, which involved daily prompts related to sewing. I do love a good photo challenge as it helps me think creatively about my instagram feed and is also a great way to discover new sewists.

I took a week long pattern cutting course at Bath College to help me get a better understanding of pattern drafting and how to create and alter patterns. I really enjoyed it and would definitely like to continue to study this in the future.

April

April was a huge month for me. After months of planning and deliberating, I left my corporate job that was making me pretty miserable and launched my own business! I had been contemplating making a career switch for a while and decided to make the leap and start my own online fabric shop.

The shop launched on 7th April and I was absolutely thrilled with the response. The sewing community is so supportive and I couldn’t have dreamed how well it was received.

Along with the Stitch Sisters and Jen from Gingerella, we began planning a Bristol sewing event that would become the Sewcialite Soiree. We really wanted to put Bristol on the sewing map and organise an event for the sewing community of the South West. The tickets sold in in just a couple of days too so we were really pleased with the response!

I put a call out for what would become the LSABlogSquad – a team of sewing bloggers to help me review fabrics and patterns for my shop. I was overwhelmed with the response and had such a difficult decision choosing the team but I am so pleased with the final line up. They have all helped me to create wonderful content for my blog, so a massive thank you to all the Jennys, Emily, Susie, Stef and Bianca!

May

It wouldn’t be May without Me Made May – a photo challenge, run by the lovely Zoe from So Zoe… I love how you can make the challenge your own and pledge to take part in a way that suits you. I decided to use this challenge to help me identify gaps in my new non-corporate working wardrobe.

June

I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for this year’s Big Stitch Campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation. Along with a few of my gorgeous fellow sewing bloggers, Gabby, Alex and Rosa, we had a lovely photoshoot for the campaign which involved getting our hair and make up professionally done, by none other than Love Island’s Alexandra Cane! It was quite a surreal experience seeing my face pop up on Facebook as promotion for the campaign and I had so many messages from friends asking if it was me!

I attended the blogging conference Blogtacular with a group of sewing blogger friends. It was quite an interesting event, as it wasn’t sewing related. I definitely learnt a lot from it and made some great new contacts.

I was approached by a patch making company about working with them to create some “how to” videos for the products. We had a great time filming and I also worked with Aspinline to create my own range of patches, which I was really pleased with.

I was super excited to be invited to be interviewed on the Stitchers Brew podcast. My episode was all about the world of pattern testing.

I was asked by the lovely Ana from Cocowawa Crafts to take part in a sewing day as part of the launch of her Honeycomb pattern. A group of us headed down to the Village Haberdashery for the day and all made our version of Ana’s pattern.

Later that same day, I went along to the New Craft House Summer Party with some other sewing friends. It was great fun and a chance to meet up with some familiar faces! The theme of the evening was Tropical, so I gave my flamingo dungarees a good outing!

July

July was a busy month as I was prepping for a pop up shop in Bristol. I had had a lot of feedback that people wanted to be able to come and see the fabric in real life so we tested the waters with our first pop up shop. It went so well and we were absolutely rushed off our feet all day!

After mentioning how much I would love to be a pattern tester for Tilly and Buttons on the Stitchers Brew podcast, I was delighted to receive an email from them asking me to test their next two patterns. It was hard keeping them secret for the weeks between testing and release but I think we can all agree, the Ness and Nora patterns are gorgeous!

August

With August, came the much anticipated Sewing Weekender event in Cambridge. I was lucky enough to get a ticket again this year and just had the best time hanging out with all my sewing friends. It was lovely that we managed to get nearly all of the blog squad in the same place at the same time! I can’t wait for next year!

September

Following the success of the event in July, we held another pop up shop in September. We had more space and managed to get our processes much smoother this time around so it was a far calmer affair for Jenny and I to run. It was around this time that we had started to look for properties to start a bricks and mortar incarnation of Like Sew Amazing. We found the perfect space but then had several months of waiting ahead of us while the solicitors etc did their thing!

Once we had found the right space, we knew we would need help to get it up together, so I launched a crowdfunding initiative on kickstarter. I was so overwhelmed with the response and how supportive everyone was. I used my marketing background to get as much publicity as possible and managed to get us in the local paper, and on the local radio and retweeted by our local MP! We hit the target and secured funding so then it was just a waiting game until we could get the keys. 

October

What’s been lovely about launching a sewing business is being able to support the various events within the sewing community. I sponsored lots of great challenges towards the end of this year, including the Little Red Dress Project, the Cosi Cardy Challenge and the Refashioners.

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to attend Sew Brum this year, as I was very busy at the time, but I’m so glad I did. We had a lovely day of fabric browsing/buying, a big old trip to pizza express and a lot of talking about sewing!

November

In November, I partnered with Husqvarna Viking as a brand ambassador. I am delighted to be working with them and they are going to be providing lots of amazing machines for the shop. We will also be a reseller for Husqvarna, once we are up and running.

We held the Sewcialite Soiree in November. It took months of organising but I was so pleased with how the event turned out. We held an afternoon tea beforehand so that people could get to know each other in a quieter setting and then we held the party at a lovely hotel in the city centre. We had good food, good music and lots of dancing! I made a Carrie Bradshaw/ballerina inspired outfit for the event, which was a real labour of love and kept me busy for a couple of weeks!

I hit the magic 10,000 followers on Instagram in November, which was so lovely. I am extremely grateful for the amazing, supportive community that we have and am so pleased that my business is resonating with people.

December

So despite being plagued with a never ending cold, December was perhaps the most exciting month of all, as I finally signed contracts and got the keys to the shop! Such a fab Christmas present! We’ve already been in and had a big clean up in there with some wonderful friends who gave up their time to help. We’ve started decorating and getting it all up together and the current plan is to be open by the end of January!

I’m so excited for the shop to open. There will of course be a launch party, which I hope lots of you can make. We will also publish our workshop schedule very soon so we can start taking bookings.

I am so eternally grateful for the support I have received from my partner, family and lovely friends in the sewing community. Particular shout out goes to Jenny, who I am so excited to be working with.

It has been a year of real surprises and I would never have thought I would be where I am now, if you had asked me a year ago! It has definitely been a year of being brave and jumping in and long may that continue!

There is a lot of hard work ahead to get ready for opening but I am so excited at the prospect of whats to come in 2019.

I really hope you can all come and visit!

Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year.

Love Sarah x

Jenny’s Lucida Dress

Jenny from Wardrobe Architect has shared her latest LSA Blog Squad make and it is the perfect Christmas dress!

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I decided to take part in The Little Red Dress project this year, and found this beautiful deep red stretch velvet that I thought would be really festive. I have recently purchased the Friday Pattern Company Lucida dress and thought it would be the perfect match for this fabric.

The velvet has quite a short pile, which makes it easier to work with. It has a good amount of stretch and a really decent recovery. The colour is beautiful, really rich and jewel toned.

I didn’t really do anything differently when working with this fabric, I just treated it like a normal jersey. It is a little bit more slinky, but when the right sides are together they stick to each other, meaning it doesn’t shift around.

I cut the pieces out with the fabric folded, right sides together. I bought 2 metres of fabric but managed to get the dress out of 1.5 metres. I lengthened the bodice and the skirt by an inch each and the sleeves by 3 inches. The pieces need to be cut out all facing the same way as the velvet has a nap, I chose to have the nap running down so that the dress feels smooth when you run your hand from top to bottom.

This was my first time sewing up a pattern by Friday Pattern company and I was really impressed. It’s such a simple dress, but the instructions are clear and thorough, it’s definitely beginner friendly. The ruching on the front bodice is created by threading ties through channels and it can be adjusted to suit your figure / style. I think it is so flattering and very effective for such a simple approach.

I lengthened the sleeves as I’m self-conscious about my upper arms (I don’t think I’m alone in this!) and I just cut a line 3 inches lower than the pattern piece when I was cutting out the fabric.

My overlocker is currently being fixed so I sewed this up completely on my sewing machine. One thing that is worth mentioning is that the bodice is self lined, so in places the seam allowances get quite bulky (with 6 layers of velvet) so it is worth grading them so that they sit well.

Overall I’m really pleased with this and can’t wait to wear it out! It’s ridiculously soft and comfy to wear but I still feel dressed up! I think that’s the perfect combination for Christmas party wear!

My Sewcialite Soiree Outfit

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since the Sewcialite Soiree, but I finally managed to get some better pictures of my outfit and some close ups to show you the details!

The inspiration behind my outfit was the gorgeous sea green tulle skirt that Carrie wears on her trip to Paris in the final episode of Sex and the City!

I also had some fabulous shoe boots that I wanted to wear so kind of built my dress around that!

My outfit comprised of three parts: a top, a skirt and a sash. I’ll take each one in turn.

The top

I used the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top as the basis for my bodice. I’ve done a previous post showing how I hacked the pattern into my go to vest top. I knew that the ruching on the neckline would give a hint of ballerina to go with the tulle skirt! I used some of our Glass Velour Mink as I love the colour and the glorious sheen that it has. I used my coverstitch machine to finish off the neckline, armholes and hem so it was a really quick make.

The skirt

I had wanted to make a tulle skirt for a while and this party seemed like as good a reason as any! I decided to use the By Hand London Charlotte pencil skirt as a base to add the layers of tulle to. I modified it by shortening it to mid thigh and adding button plackets down the back so I could get in an out more easily than having to deal with tulle and zips!

I used a beautiful pink micro satin for the skirt base and then two colours of tulle for the over layers – a baby pink and a hot pink.

Along with fellow tulle wrangler Jenny from Give Us A Toile, we spent a day measuring out, cutting, gathering and attaching about 40 layers of tulle to the skirt. It definitely helps to have another pair of hands to keep things straight.

I decided to sew most of the layers closed at the back (leaving a couple of buttons free so I could get in and out) but I left the top layers free, apart from a couple of catch stitches so that the skirt would have more movement.

In hindsight, I should have added the waistband last so that I could cover up that last line of tulle more neatly.

Jenny patiently hemmed the finished skirt for me, as I think it would be a really difficult task on your own. We trimmed it to a midi length and I think it works really well. I love it with the shoe boots and definitely felt like I was channeling my inner SJP!

The sash

To bring the whole outfit together, I decided to make a really long sash that would cover the join between the top and skirt and also hide any bit of tulle at the back that were still open.

I just made a really long narrow belt with angled ends from the same pink micro satin. I left a small gap to turn it through and then hand stitched that closed with a ladder stitch.

Overall outfit

I was so pleased with how the outfit came together. Yes, I was still sewing it on the day of the party, but that all adds to the fun! I would definitely wear it again to another party. The skirt was incredibly heavy, so I may remove a few layers of tulle as I don’t think they are all necessary. I will also be able to wear the top more casually on nights out.

But I think we can all agree that this outfit qualifies as part of the #SewFrosting challenge, given that I essentially look like a cupcake!

 

 

Harriet’s Freya Top

Hello! Today, we have a guest blog post from none other than Harriet from The Little Dressmaker!

Harriet used one of our gorgeous Albstoffe organic jerseys to make herself a Tilly and the Buttons Freya top and she looks cute as a button in it!

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Today I’m writing about a lovely little Freya top I’ve made from the Mono Flower Jersey fabric in peach, from the German manufacturer Albstoffe. As I’m sure everyone will understand, all I want to do when the weather gets a little bit nippier is wear jersey from head to toe – and this organic cotton-spandex mix is the perfect fabric! 

I’m a big fan of using sustainable fabrics for as many of my makes as possible (my life goal is to live a life that means David Attenborough would be proud of me), and this jersey is GOTS-certified, which is a real badge of honour in the way of sustainability. Not only that, the quality of the jersey is incredible! It’s a t-shirt weight, and just feels expensive, you know what I mean? 

Originally, my plan had been to make the Tilly and the Buttons Stella Joggers – I’d bought the ‘Cuff me College’ (also Albstoffe and GOTS certified) in a light grey with coral and red pink bands, which I was going to use for the waistband and ankle cuffs of the joggers. In the end, I decided to use the peach floral jersey to make the Tilly and the Buttons Freya top instead, because I, like most sewists, am a very impatient maker and always want to wear my newest make right away  – and I feel like I might’ve had to wait until spring to wear the joggers! 

I’m really pleased that I changed my mind and went for the Freya top instead; it’s so versatile! I didn’t include the ruffle this time because I knew that I’d want to use it as a layering piece, so the ruffle wouldn’t have been seen most of the time anyway and would just end up adding unnecessary bulk. I’ve been wearing it underneath my dungarees, Kew dresses and Francoise dresses so far as an extra layer of warmth, but I’ll definitely be wearing it with the grey Stella joggers with the Albstoffe cuffs I mentioned earlier, because the peachy/coral colour matches perfectly. 

The Sewcialite Soiree 2018

It may have taken me a couple of days to recover, but the Sewcialite Soiree was well worth it!

We had such a wonderful time and I thought I’d share a little run down and some pictures here.

After a lovely afternoon tea at The Bristol Hotel, where attendees could get to know each other before the main event, everyone headed off to get glammed up for the evening.

We held the Soiree at the Mecure Bristol Grand Hotel. The room was stunning and had a lovely art deco feel to it. We decorated it using Helium Balloons from a local company and it just made the venue look magical.

We hired a photobooth from Booth Nineteen to help people capture the night and I don’t think it was left empty all night! It was lovely to see everyone’s snaps on Instagram the next day.

The music was provided by Mr Like Sew Amazing himself, Alex Taylor! He did such a fab job of keeping everyone dancing, with a mix of live music and DJing. I even got up and sang a couple of songs with him, which was hugely nerve-wracking as I had never sung in front of my sewing friends before!

We really wanted to give people a good experience where they felt welcomed and not excluded at all, so we made sure no-one was on their own. We also wanted to provide great goody bags and prizes.

We had the most generous sponsors so were able to give away a grand prize of a Husqvarna Viking 100Q sewing machine, as well as lots of vouchers.

We must give a massive thank you to our sponsors:

  • Prym
  • Minerva Crafts
  • Husqvarna
  • Tilly and the Buttons
  • Girl Charlie
  • Sew Essential
  • Pink Coat Club
  • Sew Me Sunshine
  • Like Sew Amazing
  • Sodbury Sewing School

and a big thank you to The Crafty Sue for providing some much coveted sewing tote bags from Joanns!

We had lovely canapes and welcome drinks to begin with and then the dancing got started! We also had a mid evening refuel by way of some bacon rolls!

I was so impressed with the effort that everyone had gone to with their handmade outfits – everyone was so glam!

I must give a big shout out to my fellow organisers, Rachel, Nikki and Jen! It was hard work, but so worth it! We are already in talks for next year’s event!

I will be writing a blog post about my outfit when I get a chance to get some more detailed photos, so stay tuned for that!

Thanks again to everyone who made the event a roaring success!!

Sarah x