Yummy Mummy sewing time…

Some yummy mummies visited The ThreadShed Fresh East for an “Art Farty Sew Your Own Skirt” workshop this week. They were holidaying in the area and left the husbands and kids to their own devices in order to enjoy some happy sewing time together. The mummies, who were long time friends, chose absolutely beautiful prints to make their half circle skirts. I loved spending time with these happy, chatty, funny ladies, who were delighted to learn how to insert a zip, make a button hole and attach a waistband. Both their skirts were sewn so beautifully and I was blinkin’ delighted that one mummy sewed her skirt on my newly serviced Singer Capri from the 1970s which sings like a dream.

It really was a great day and the perfect way for good friends to spend some quality time together. I am hoping that the ladies are inspired to continue sewing and they have promised to send me photos of any future creations.

An Arty Farty workshop is a really great way to spend some time learning new skills, so why not book a sewing experience in The ThreadShed Fresh East and share it with a good friend of yours?

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Vintage all the way…

A proper bright spark and her mum visited the ThreadShed this week. They were holidaying in the area doing lots of interesting activities and sewing cushion covers together was just one of the things on the itinerary. There is a great fabric stash in The ThreadShed and I just loved that Mum and Daughter picked some completely fabulous vintage fabric. Daughter loved orange and her choice of a bright 70’s fabric made a really happy and striking cushion cover, whilst Mum chose a beautiful ethnic style print in turquoise and browns. They both sewed beautifully and we all enjoyed the big reveal when the sewing was turned around and the cushions popped inside.

A Mother/Daughter sewing experience is a great way to spend a couple of hours together learning something new. Why not purchase a personalised gift voucher for someone you love and give them a simply perfect present?

Recycle Upcycle …

We have become such a throwaway society. Clothes arrive and leave our wardrobes in a matter of months or weeks, or sometimes just hang there, brand new, with tags still on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Get yourself down to your local charity shop and about the rails for some bargains which can be repurposed. Let me introduce you to this pure wool “Eastex Heritage” coat with wonderful vintage buttons – my 50p charity shop bargain! Warm and cosy, it just needed a little glamorising. Add in a fur collar and cuffs (from a £1.99 charity shop cardigan a couple of sizes too big) and I have myself a unique, high quality, glamorous coat for just pennies!

So let’s all do our bit for the environment. Why not recycle and upcycle beautiful clothes, and enjoy the wonderment of who has lived and loved in the clothes previously! Oh and if you see something you love but it doesn’t quite fit then I can very likely help!

Skull Skirt

I wanted to sew a little holiday skirt out of the cool fabric we designed using Lee’s Bic Biro skull drawings and had printed through Spoonflower. Despite having hundreds of sewing patterns I couldn’t find one that matched the picture in my head and so I just drew up a sweet design myself.

I wore the skirt for the first time yesterday and had lots of compliments. Blinkin’ loved that I was wearing a skirt made by me, using fabric designed by me created from drawings penned by Lee. Now that is truly one-off skirt!

Oh and surely every girl needs a skull skirt?

Oodles of Poodles…

I find sewing so therapeutic. My grandmother was a dressmaker. My mother sewed all our clothes when we were children, and my sisters both sew beautifully too. We even made our own bridesmaid dresses for a sister wedding once upon a long time ago. In need of distraction and soothing I set about making myself a new summery dress. I wore it for the first time last night and love it. What do you think?

Patching it up … 

I love to upcycle clothes … I keep my eyes and mind wide open for clothes I know I can work a bit of magic with! I love to appliqué, or patch, or sometimes just swapping the buttons … every piece becomes a totally unique one off item! Some, like these gorgeous appliquéd wiggle skirts,  head straight to the studio for sale to our customers. Others, like this cute rose jacket or polka dot pumps,  stay right in my own wardrobe. 

What do you think? 

Pussy Galorious..

I made this sweet brooch for my lovely friend for her birthday! She has seven adorable pussycats and so I really wanted to make her something cat themed.  I decided I would try making a little felt brooch. I love how cute it turned out!