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  • A Whole Year of Sewing

    I hope you have had a lovely Summer and enjoyed the amazing weather. We have had a really busy time at The Midhurst Sewing Room since the last Newsletter.

    The Open Day & Exhibition was really successful, congratulations to all the Dressmakers Portfolio  students for creating such a great showcase of your work and thank you to all who came along on the day.

    We visited a couple of amazing exhibitions in the Summer, Orla Kiely at the Fashion & Textile Museum and Azzedine Alaia - The Couturier at The Design Museum, both were really inspiring. There are still a few days left of the Couture exhibition so if you haven't had a chance to catch it I would highly recommend it. Click here for details

      

    Students made fab garments on Workshops and Sewing Schools this Summer, here are just a few

              

    Throughout the Summer I was working with my fab Dream Team of seamstresses on projects for The Goodwood Revival and in September I worked backstage at the event creating and repairing costumes for the 150 actors who add to the atmosphere at Revival.  We also made costumes for the Steampunk party on the Saturday Night, for actors, waiting staff and The Duke of Steampunk himself

       

    The following week I was off to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court to teach students how to make a Simple Kimono in a marquee - this is a great event with lots of inspiring things to see and do, hopefully I will be able to take part again next year.

      

    Then there was our Autumn Sewing Retreat in Brighton at Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel.  Three days of fun with lovely ladies.  There were lots of laughs, beautiful garments were made, Frances Tobin of The Maker's Atelier gave an inspiring talk and we watched the film about Iconic designer Viviene Westood.  We also held a Silent Auction for donated fabrics which raised £400 for the Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation Sewing Initiative which helps women in the refugee camps in Iraq.  If you would like to know more about this worthwhile cause click here

       

    My lovely daughter Amy is now helping with the events side of the business and we are busy getting ready for The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace which is next week!  This year I will be teaching lots of workshops and Amy will be running a stand talking about workshops and selling haberdashery.  Do come and say hello if you are at the show our stand number is RCK5.  If you haven't already got your ticket you can use code tutor66 to receive a discount.

    Now onto other exciting things - there are workshops on the website for the whole of 2019!  Hopefully there is something for everyone, from trousers to jackets, corsets to swimwear - to see all of the workshops just click on one of the pictures below.

          

    Also next year there will be several events, the first of which is our March Brighton Sewing Retreat - there are only a couple of spaces left on this so if you would like to join the fun click on the image below to find out more.

    In June next year we are planning a Couture Techniques Retreat to Carlisle, the home of Linton Tweeds.  Places are limited so I thought I would give you a chance to reserve your place early.

    The dates are 17th - 21st June 2019 and the price will include 4 nights accommodation in a 4 star Hotel, breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner each day, 1 day making a toille and planning a couture garment, 1 day out including a visit to Linton Tweeds and 1 day practising couture techniques for your garment so that you can return home confident in how to finish.

    The price of this retreat will be £895, if you would like to reserve your place with a £100 non refundable deposit do let me know asap and I will send a PayPal invoice.  If you have any questions about this Retreat or if there is anything in particular you would like me to cover please do let me know.

    Amy & I will be away for a few weeks in October, we are heading to the USA - part of the trip will be in New York were I will be attending a workshop with Kenneth D King - I am very excited about this and will tell you all about it on our return - you will also be able to follow our adventure on Instagram, including our visit to the famous Mood Fabrics :)

    More News Soon, Happy Sewing

  • News & New Workshops

    If you are looking for some inspiration for your sewing this year then I hope you will find some on the website.  From dresses to skirts, trousers to cardigans there are lots of workshops to choose from.

    There are Couture Techniques in March, Jackets & Coats in April, Dresses & Trousers in May, Techniques & dresses in June, Shirts & Skirts in July & Summer Sewing Schools in August.

            

    There are also dates for Evening Classes and Sewing Schools all the way up to the Summer.  You can see all the workshops here

    There are several workshops using patterns by The Maker's Atelier, you can see them all by clicking the pictures below.

      

    The Maker's Atelier have recently published a magazine, The stylish bi-annual sewing magazine will inspire you to make more and take your sewing to a new level.  Each issue opens with a round up the season's colour and fabric trends, inspiring you with what's new.  There are in-depth articles on sewing techniques, (the first one is on sewing with stretch fabric and was written by me).  There are fascinating interviews with people who make, as well as fashion stories for women of all ages.  The magazine includes a simple versatile pattern. In this issue - The Boxy T-shirt, a wardrobe essential for Spring / Summer 18.   You can order the magazine here

    There are lots more exciting things going on,  I will be running workshops at The Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in March - tickets are available now and you can use code KS10 to receive a discount on the ticket price.

    A few students mentioned going to Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC on March 15th - I was thinking of organising transport from Midhurst - if you would like to join us please let me know asap - the cost will be £53 for the transport and ticket for the show.

    This month sees the release of Phantom Thread, the new movie staring Daniel Day Lews as a coutureier working in London in the 1950's - if you are in the Midhurst area you can see the film from 16th to 21st February at The New Park Cinema in Chichester, a few of us from here are going on Friday 16th - Click below to see the trailer

    More News Soon, Happy Sewing

  • Exciting New From The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Since I last wrote so much has happened!!  Lots of workshops in Midhurst and 4 shows starting with The Great British Sewing Bee Live then Knitting & Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and in Dublin and finally Harrogate.  Below you can see the lovely Sue Cotten and I dressed for the Cocktail Hour - an event organised at some of the shows by McCalls Pattern Company to raise funds for The Eve Apeal

          

    It's been a really busy Autumn, there have been some beautiful garments made and I have met so many lovely people.

            

    There are still a few spaces on Workshops before Christmas including The Swing Jacket using the new pattern from The Maker's Atelier - bring along your own fabric or choose beautiful cashmere/wool, click on the picture below for more details

         

    On the website you can find lots of workshops for the New Year  right up to Easter

          

    I also have some very exciting news -

    The Brighton Sewing Retreat
    21st, 22nd & 23rd March 2018
    Three days of sewing, relaxing and socialising at the Beautiful Harbour Hotel in Brighton
    I will be creating a lovely sewing space in the Marine Room at the Hotel which is light and airy with plenty of room for you to make a project of your choice.
    I will be on hand to help with lots of tips and techniques; there will also be demonstrations and talks from myself and Frances Tobin of The Maker’s Atelier.
    Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided each day with afternoon tea on Friday before you head home.
    You can choose to stay at the Harbour Hotel and enjoy breakfast and use of the wonderful Spa (there will be a discount on room rates)
    Places are limited, for more information and booking click here

    Finally, if you are looking for last minute Christmas presents I have Gift Vouchers available and lots of lovely haberdashery including beautiful hand crafted wooden pressing tools

          

    I would like to wish you all a Merry Chirstmas and a Happy New Year

    More News Soon, Happy Sewing

  • Anniversary Open Day

    This Friday (15th July) I will be celebrating one year since opening The Midhurst Sewing Room.  Time has flown by and it has been lovely to see so many people coming along to workshops and so many beautiful clothes being made.

        

    I will be holding an Open Day on Friday between 1pm and 6pm and it would be lovely if you could come along, there will be lots of tea and cake and you will be able to find out about NEW workshops.

           

    I will also be launching the Dressmakers Portfolio, a 6 month foundation for those wishing to focus on making a handmade wardrobe.

    Bloomsbury Square Fabrics who are next to the sewing room will also be open on the day with lots of beautiful dressmaking fabrics for you to browse.

    Hope to see you on Friday :)

  • Exciting New Workshops & Open Day

    Thank you if you came along to the Cocktails & Couture talk a couple of weeks ago, It was lovely to see so many of you keen to learn about Couture Sewing. Several people have mentioned they were sorry to have missed it - I would be very happy to do it again, I love talking about Couture, so if you did miss the talk and would like to hear about my trip and learn a bit about Couture sewing (and have a cocktail or two) please do let me know.  There are several dates on the website for one day workshops Introduction to Couture Sewing and a 4 day workshop in October to make a Couture Jacket.

         

    I have also added lots of NEW workshops to the website - right up to the end of the year - click here to have a look.

    The lovely Sue Cotten has been working on some new bag workshops and there are two dates for the Orla Kiely Bag.  On this workshop you can chose to make a tote bag, town bag or big bag.  All the materials are included in the cost of the workshop and everything will be cut out so you can just come along and sew.

        

    In July there are still spaces on a few workshops, come along and make a T Shirt Dress, a Linen Dress or a Tokyo Jacket or recreate your favorite garment on Copy It, Make It.

          

    Work Experience
    This Autumn I will be teaching at 4 shows and I am looking for some help putting kits together and getting organised.  This will be an unpaid roll, 1-2 days a week through the Summer.  As a thank you there would be an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops where space is available.  Lunch and lots of tea and biscuits would also be provided as well as tickets to the shows.  If you or someone you know would be interested please send me an email with your details and availability. Applicants will need to be over 18 and have there own transport.

    Finally - it has been nearly a year since I started The Midhust Sewing Room - time has flown by!!  To celebrate I will be having an Open Day on Friday 14th July from 1pm - 6pm.  Come along for tea and cake and find out about new workshops.  I will also be launching The Dressmakers Portfolio - a six month foundation for students wishing to build a portfolio of techniques and a handmade wardrobe.

    One last thing - if you follow me on Facebook and you have enjoyed a workshop with me it would be great if you could leave a review - just click on the link here

    Thank you so much :)

    Enjoy the sunshine and sewing

  • Cocktails & Couture

    I have just returned from a fantastic week of Couture Sewing in Palm Springs with Claire Shaeffer.  I have come back inspired with lots of ideas for Couture Sewing Projects and Workshops.

    If you would like to hear more about my Californian Adventure, as well as plans for future workshops, I will be giving a talk, Cocktails & Couture, on Tuesday 30th May.  For more details and to book a place click on one of the pictures below

        

    I have already added two dates for Introduction to Couture Sewing - click herefor more details.

    Three more workshops that have been added are are The Linen DressThe Margo Playsuit and The Raw Edge Jacket (only 2 places left) - click on the picture for more details

        

    For May there is just one space left on the Half Term Sewing School, In June there are a few spaces left on Monday Evening ClassSummer TrousersDuster Coat Shirt Dress - for details of these and other workshops click on pictures below

        

    On the 3rd of June I will be heading to Brighton as I have a stand at Sewmance Festival, this is an Independent Community Sewing Festival with lots of stands, demonstrations and talks.  Bloomsbury Square Fabrics will also be there - for more details click below.

    Just a reminder that the SPECIAL OFFER on Janome Sewing Machines ends on 4th June - if you would like any more information please let me know

    I am now busy writing Autumn workshops and will hopefully have it all together by the talk on 30th May, lots of exciting plans

  • Sewing Update

    I am back from teaching at Olympia and enjoying running lots of lovely workshops in Midhurst.

    A bit of a catch up since I last wrote - we had a lovely Open Day when Frances Tobin of The Maker's Atelier gave an inspiring talk about how she started her brand.   We then had a chance to look at (and try on) lots of samples from The Maker's Atelier book, The Essential Collection - here are a few pictures from the day, click on the picture to find out about The Maker's Atelier workshops that I will be running.

          

    The Knitting & Stitching Show was great fun, I ran lots of workshops and met lots of lovely people.  It was really nice to see so many familiar faces and thank you to everyone who came along to be an Angel, your help was greatly appreciated and I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.  I didn't have time to do any shopping but did come away with lots of inspiration for new workshops - look out for these fab patterns

      

    Congratulations to Sue Cotten who many of you know from Midhurst - Sue had to stand in for a tutor who couldn't make it to Olympia and had to learn a whole new skill to teach a full workshop.  As well as this Sue did a demonstration to 30 people in the Creative Theatre for the first time!

    I am now getting ready to teach at a lovely sewing retreat in a couple of weeks then I will be off to The Knitting and Stitching Show in Edinburgh - you can find out about where I will be teaching on the Out and About page, including details of The Great British Sewing Bee Live - click below for more details.

       

    There are lots of workshops coming up at The Midhurst Sewing Room this month, this week you can make a Pencil Skirt & Top from The Maker's Atelier Book, on Saturday Sue will be running her popular workshop on how to make Fabric Covered Coiled Pots. You can also add to your Sample Portfolio with Tailoring Techniques which includes bound buttonholes and pattern matching.

        

    Next week is the Seam Detail Dress and there is a day for Beginners where you can gain confidence with your sewing machine and make a Simple Kimono Jacket.  Jenni will be teaching a workshop on how to make Beautiful Fabric Flowers on the 29th March, learn to work with different fabrics, bonding and manipulating to create corsages, broaches or head pieces.

        

    More News Soon, Happy Sewing

  • News From The Midhurst Sewing Room

    It has been a while since I last wrote, lots has been happening since. Two Knitting and Stitchings Shows, lots of workshops as well as writing articles for a couple of Magazines.

    At the Dublin Show I was asked to do a bit of PR by going along to Dublin Radio Station Today FM and teaching the presenter Anton Savage how to make Lace Knickers live on air - it was great fun and you can hear how we got on by clicking on one of the pictures

           

    I have just got back from the Show in Harrogate which was really great - I met so many lovely ladies and hopefully some may come down to Midhurst for a workshop.  To help promote this show I was asked to write a blog post for Simply Sewing Magazine about altering patterns for fuller busts - you can read it by clicking on the image below.  (Fabric available from www.bloomsburysquarefabrics.com)

    Workshops at the Sewing Room have been busy with lots of lovely garments being made

    There are a few spaces on workshops coming up in December including Making Knickers and Ties (perfect for Christmas Gifts).  This seasons must have The Sports Luxe Bomber Jacket and there are two half day Peg Loom Weaving workshops with the lovely Sue Cotten.  For more information and to book a workshop click on the picture.

                                  

    Workshops for the New Year are also on the website with lots of exciting sewing projects as well as evening classes and sewing schools, something for everyone.  If there is anything that you would like me to include please let me know - I am currently working on the timetable for April to August.

         

    Many of you know the lovely Sam who I worked with at The Textile Space - Sam has started up Sew Delicious and is providing lunches for those of you who book onto whole day workshops - to book your lunch just contact Sam and she will bring it along on the day.  For more information and to see the fantastic menu Sam is offering click below

    More News Soon, Happy Sewing

  • Knitting & Sewing News

    We still have the lovely Peter Pan yarn on sale at 30% off rrp - lots of great colours including these plain & self patterning shades in DK - just £2.17 for a 50g

    Knit this pretty hat with a pompom in Peter Pan Hatti - just £3.85 (rrp £5.50)

    Patterns are still just £1 and books are £2.50

    If you are knitting for Easter there are some great ideas in the Jean Greenhowe Books -Robin DK is perfect for knitting these cute animals - 100g balls are £1.67 and 25g balls are only 79p

    This weeks FREE pattern is for a child's jumper in Peter Pan double knit - click here to download your pattern.

    If you enjoy sewing as well as knitting have a look at the new workshops at the Textile Spacein West Sussex, lots to choose from including Revival outfits - click here for more information

  • Summer Specials

    The Summer is finally here and we have lots of great summer special offers for you.  Cotton yarn from Wendy and Twilleys all 40% off

    Wendy Supreme Cotton is a lovely smooth mercerised yarn and is available in Double Knit, 4 ply and Chunky.  Sparkle is the same Double Knit yarn with a subtle glitter and will knit to any DK pattern.

    From Twilleys, the lovely organic cotton Freedom Sincere and recycled cotton Freedom Echo.  Both Double Knit yarns in lovely shades.

    Just click on pictures above to go straight to the yarns.

    Just a reminder of some of this months special offers.

    Ribbon and Lace scarf yarn from Woolcraft and Circulo is still only £8.50

    Bergere de France yarns are 40% off

    And we have Millamia, Rowan & SMC yarns all in our Bulk Buy section at 25% off for whole packs.  More brands will be added to this section soon.

    Finally, as well as selling yarn I also teach dressmaking.  If you like to sew as well as knit you can see all the workshops I teach here.  The Textile Space is in a converted barn on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex.  Workshops are for a maximum of 6 students and all materials are included in the price.  The only exception to this is the Summer School where you can bring your own pattern and fabric.  All the details are on the website but if you would like any more information please feel free to contact me.

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