Lily’s Flat Felled Seam a’thon…

It’s not and easy trick to learn, especially with a think denim… but it’s a great tool to use if you are teaching a child to sew straight. Bright mustard yellow thick thread and a beautiful indigo denim… a really cute 70’s overall dress pattern and VOILA! Here she is… Lily in her very cute outfit (that will last many a growing spree)!  And…. Note that patch pocket!.. well done Lily! lilyspattern lilypattern1 lilypattern2

Summer Sewing at the Workshop…

Announcing new Children’s workshops at the Sewing Parlour for the summer Holidays….term time has ended and our regular weekly classes have finished, so I have decided to open the workshop all summer round. Classes for all age groups will be happening throughout the week, they are one off day classes you can book for your children ad hoc there is no need to commit to all of the classes. So as well as the usual dressmaking classes and beginners workshops for adults at the weekends and sewing surgeries during the week.) …We are set for a packed summer  …

For the 7-10 age group I will be running a day class every Monday and Tuesday, and for the 11-16 age group every Wednesday of the holiday. Each day starts and ends at 10am-4pm… except the last week (in which I think by then I will need some hibernation time). Each class costs £40. There are only 4 spaces per class. For some projects I will be able to supply fabric but depending on the choice of project your child makes there may be some cost for fabric and haberdashery etc. Each child is catered for individually depending on skill level and experience and of course their interests … I am able to do this because of the small class is size and have always worked this way … so I will chat with you about fabric budget etc before your child chooses their project on the day.

So here are the dates:

Little Stitcher’s (ages 7-10yrs)

Mondays:   3rd , 10th, 17th, 24th of August

Tuesdays: 28th July,  then 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th of August

Wednesday Sewing Club (ages 11-16yrs)

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Full payment will secure the space on your chosen days. (I will absolutely refund you this charge if I cancel the class for any reason. My refund policy is that if you cancel and are not able to attend for any reason then I will refund you if I am able to fill the space or you can offer the space to a friend. But no refund is available unless the space is filled. Unlikely in the children’s classes as the waiting lists are long.)

Just a note about DBS checks… (very necessary while working with children) My current one is out of date so I need to update it. I am in the process of doing this application so please bare with me while I get it all legal… If you require the certificate then I will be able to show you once it comes through.

It’s probably best to ring me to book as I take a bit of time to get back to you by email or facebook messenger and places may go quickly… I also now take Visa debit card payments over the phone (I have entered the modern day! … it makes life simpler)

Contact details are: 07545757592

Best wishes and a happy Summer Holidays to you all … Anna x

Ps… Here are some pictures to show the achievements of the children who have attended the term time classes… there are more on our Instagram page too




Karig has completed the Colette Pattern 'Crepe' ...
Karig has completed the Colette Pattern ‘Crepe’ …




There is so much going on at the studio at the moment its hard to know where to begin. I know the blog has been quiet, but here in the heart of it has been anything but, I have been sewing so much I feel like my eyes are on stalks. There is news soon about new stock we are selling and a pattern brand so exclusive it’s unavailable anywhere else in the U.K .. I know that you will go nuts about it. We are busy sampling at the moment so you are able to visit and try on the garments.  But this post is to announce new classes and courses for the summer holidays. The Sewing Surgery is a new concept to the workshop and is a 1 hour slot of time that you are able to book between the lessons and courses here.

Have you got to a tricky point in your project and you just can’t seem to progress? Have you an unfinished garment and you haven’t the time to finish it?  Is it that you have worked so hard to complete a garment and you’ve put it on and it just doesn’t fit quite right. It’s so frustrating when you have got to ‘that’ point …. it goes in the project pile and never gets seen again. The Sewing Surgery is here to help you get the motivation back to finish that project. At the workshop you can book a surgery hour for £8.00. We can help sort out your project with a few ideas (without having to book a whole course…). Or just come in and use the studio facilities, our large cutting table or example. There are 4 spaces per hour so you are likely to meet fellow sewers too.
Fitting, Buttonholes, Zippers, Understanding a tricky pattern, and just general advice to help you on your way… Take advantage of our machines and the one-step embroidery button hole. Or have a zipper tutorial.

Book with Anna on: 07545757592     or email:


Karig’s Colette Pattern ‘Crepe’

Here is Karig’s first ever project completed at the studio. The Colette Pattern ‘Crepe’. Karig joined the Wednesday after school sewing class only a few months ago and has already completed this dress …. I love Colette Patterns – have I said this before? The pattern instruction is so clear, their motto being ‘Patterns that teach’. I hope Colette gets to see this, because Karig is 12 years old and as a first time sewer, was able to follow and complete this dress very competently. So thank you Colette for your fabulous pattern and … Beautiful work Karig!

Karig has completed the Colette Pattern 'Crepe' ...
Karig has completed the Colette Pattern ‘Crepe’ …

Absolute Beginner Sewing … NEW DATES (and a new Tutor!)

Yesterday was spent sewing with the Absolute Beginner Class. The studio was bursting at the seams! (ha..Sorry) Buttonholes, zips, piping … bag making,  laying patterns and fabric choice, machine maintenance… have I forgotten anything? Probably … we only had one day. But it was a laugh and we have some very happy sewers now. With ever more classes being added to the Sewing Parlour diary I have enlisted the help of one Fabulous Lady to aid and abet our sewing revolution. Maika Crampton of Freya von Bulow Paper Couture and Front Row South Coast will be the Absolute Beginner tutor from next month. Her work is exceptional and I’m so happy to have her apart of the team. Her new dates for the upcoming classes are 30th May and 13th June. have a look on the EVENTS PAGE for all the information about booking. And here .. is some inspiration, some photos of a day in the life of the Absolute Beginner Class.

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Happy Easter Holidays Folks

The view from the studio window is breathtaking on a sunny, windy day like today. So I thought I’d share with you here. Today has been a busy day with our daily dressmaking sessions, and lots of projects are mid way through, so I’ll share them once we get some finished pieces. But it’s the last of the daytime sessions until everyone comes back after Easter Holidays. I am so looking forward to sewing with the door open and the sound of sea and sea gulls … Spring is nigh and Summer ever closer.