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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

  • Happy New Sewing Year

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the New Sewing Year as much as I am.

    I began the year with a trip to Paris to visit the amazing Christian Dior exhibition before it finished.  It was fantastic, so much to see - designs, toilles, garments and the work of Dior, the six artistic directors who followed him as well as designers who have been inspired by his work - here are just a few pictures, there are more on my facebook page (follow the link below)


    While in Paris I also got to visit the Yves Saint Lauraint Museum and the Fortuny exhibition and have come back full of inspiration for the new year.


    Workshops are starting this week and there are still a few places available.  On Wednesday there is Peg Loom Weaving with the lovely Sue Cotten and on Sunday you can learn to make a Perfect Fitting Skirt.  Next week you can create a Shirt or Shirt Dress - lots of techniques to learn in the two days, then Sue is teaching how to make a Coiled Pot with fabric covered cord.  Later in the month find out what all those Machine Feet are for and there is a one day workshop where you can make a Wrap Dress using the great pattern from The Maker's Atelier.


    The four lovely ladies on the Dressmakers Portfolio are halfway through their course and have been creating some wonderful garments.  There is is still space on the Dressmaker's Portfolio Level 3 which starts in April - click on the image for more information


    The dates for this years Dressmaker's Portfolio Level 1&2 starting in October have been set and you can see details here

    You can find details of all upcoming workshops by clicking here

    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

  • 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

    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

  • New Yarns and FREE Patterns

    For a perfect gift New shades in Wendy Duo are now available - knit a hat and scarf with just one ball and there is a matching pom pom to add to the hat - a FREE pattern on the ball band.  Four lovely new shades and just £6.20 (rrp £7.75)

    Also new from Twilleys is Freedom Wool - this yarn has been re-launched with new shades and patterns.  Freedom Wool super chunky is a beautiful soft 100% pure new wool roving yarn, which is knitted on 10mm knitting pins.  Perfect for knitting, crochet and felting and only£2.72 for 50g (rrp £3.40)

    We have 3 FREE pattern for you this week, both in the lovely new Freedom Wool - clickhere for the Child's Jumper, here for the pot cover and here for the sleeveless jacket




    There are still lots of bargains to be had in our Summer Sale - with many yarns50% off.  Click here to see all of our yarn

    Many patterns are still just £1 and Knitting Needles are HALF PRICE, our knitting bags start at just £2.50

    Grab a bargain and stock up for all those winter projects :)

    We are very happy to announce that there is now FREE p&p on all orders over £35 :)

    Our FREE pattern this week is for a slipover in the lovely new Wendy Ramsdale - this 100% wool DK yarn is born, bred, dyed, spun and balled all in Yorkshire.  Ramsdale is a top quality yarn made from a Masham wool blend and boasting the British Wool Crook Mark. It has a fantastic handle and will appeal to the more discerning knitter but is offered at a very competitive price of £3 for 50g (rrp £3.75). There are 10 classic colours in contemporary shades.  Click here for your free pattern

  • May Madness


    We are making room for new stock so everything is 50% off

    Yarns from brands such as Wendy, Rico, Rowan, Twilleys, Robin, Peter Pan

    All pattern books are also HALF PRICE

    All knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories are HALF PRICE

    All patterns £1

    This very special offer will be on until the end of MAY - click on any of the pictures above to see all the bargains :)

  • Scarf Yarn for Spring

    This week we have all our lovely ribbon and lace scarf yarn at 40% off rrp - knit a pretty scarf with just one ball

    Woolcraft Desire & Adore and Rendado Trico from Circulo are just £7.19 (rrp £11.99),

    If you like the original frilly scarf yarn we have Rico Can Can, Disco and Glitz at 50% off

    Click on any of the pictures to go to the yarn or click here to see all our scarf yarn

    Happy Mothers Day to all you mums - enjoy your day on Sunday

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