Summer Holidays Are Here!

SummerFlyerSummer is here and at the La La Rookh Workshop we ramp up the sewing here to monumental levels…. Children can come and play all day making and creating. We have mountains of projects to choose from… Spaces are limited because we limit the numbers to 5 children a day. So the dates for this year are:

JULY:   Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th


 Week 1:   Wednesday 10th , Thursday 11th , Friday 12th

Week 2: Tuesday 16th,     Wednesday 17th  Thursday 18th  Friday 19th

 Week 3: Tuesday 23rd  Wednesday24th  Thursday25th  Friday26th

 Week 4: Tuesday 30th Wednesday31st  Thursday1st  Friday 2nd

 The classes book quickly but I always have cancellations and shifting about so it is worth calling throughout the summer weeks to see if I have spaces on the day …

Ok, booking terms: Its £40.00 for the days class, this includes most haberdashery etc , and like termly classes there is a lot of free fabrics to choose from for small projects. If your child would like to make a garment that requires more than one metre, then there will be a charge for fabric (but I do try to steer them in the free fabric section) , you are welcome to bring fabrics from home also.

To book call Anna on 07545757592 .. and reserve your spaces by paying for them with a 50% deposit. I am unable to reserve them without payment due to cancellations and being unable to fill cancellations on the day. I hope you all understand… however I do have a cancellation policy, if you give me 3 days notice I can postpone or swap days or refund payments in full.

I wish you all a wonderful summer of fun…

Best wishes,



We are going to the cinema!

What is not to love here for us sewing enthusiasts. Our local luxurious cinema  Kino Teatr is hosting this film.. I have hijacked it, and turned it into a ‘meet up with fellow sewers’ fest. Its been my plan to see it for weeks now and I’m a sucker for anything that, 1. Reminds me of home (Australia) and 2. Involves a romantic spin on sewing (because well sewing day in and day out to steep deadlines can seem like just plain drudgery at times. 3. Liam Hemsworth’s naked torso is a bonus but I’m far more interested in the dresses actually)..  If you would like to come then look here on the facebook events page and it will direct you to the Kino Teatr website and you can buy tickets online (£9.00) … we will troop en masse to The St Leonard pub after for a debrief. Please join us on the 26th March 7pm in (currently) wet and wild St Leonards on Sea.


One Day Courses…

Summer Is Busy …  Festivals, School Holidays, Weddings … BBQ’s .. and more BBQ’s, and its difficult to commit to courses that last for weeks.  So I am offering one day courses and weekender courses  at The Sewing Parlour throughout the summer months. So all the studio favourites,  Absolute Beginners, Vintage Dressmaking, Introduction to Dressmaking … are all running over the weekends of July and August. and if one day is not enough for you .. you can also attend the Bring Your Own Project evening on a Tuesday to top up your skills… here’s a little calender for July and August. more details will follow soon.

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The sea from my window...
The sea from my window…

Course Updates

There are all new courses starting from 25th April and a new program is published on the ‘Workshop’ page, I am always trying to accommodate peoples availability and have added new evenings to the program. There is a permanent dressmaking evening course running every Tuesday now, bookable at 4 weekly intervals at £80… AND … I am excited to announce that after many, many enquiries and a flurry of excitement about all things sewing (Thank you to The great British Sewing Bee for this) I am finally able to start a group for young sewers.. from 10 – 15 years on a Wednesday afternoon (after school) from 4 – 5:30pm the session costs £8. I will offer all kinds of projects from garment construction, fabric printing and craft projects… The Bring Your Own Project class is back up and running on Friday afternoons again from 2-4pm ( and this will start from 25th April).

Do look out for one off courses and events happening, we ran a very successful 1 day, Learn to Cover a Lampshade course a couple of weeks ago with Charlotte Elfdahl and will definitely run another in the near future so if your interested do enquire. Here’s a little photographic synopsis of the day…..

Charlotte Elfdahl, Course Tutor
Oh the concentration…
Much hand stitching was enjoyed (errr or endured)
It was all worth it … the finished article, a very elegant little lampshade.
A very busy studio…

The Front Row Flash Workshop

The Sewing Parlour is decamping to Bexhill on sea’s  De La Warr  Pavllion for the Fashion event Front Row Fashion Show 2013 Gods and Monsters…on the 30th November (which is tomorrow folks!). We are upping sticks and creating a workshop in the foyer and I have devised little projects that you can create on the night.

Choose from these two clever little packages
1. The Collar Project …

The Collar Project.
The Collar Project.

This is a dainty accent to any outfit. Each package contains a vintage glass button and ribbon for the bow and it comes in a selection of fabrics from a 70’s floral velvet or a 50’s silk.

2.The Make Up Purse…

The Make Up Purse
The Make Up Purse

Learn how to sew a zip with this easy kit. It’s so easy you’ll surprise yourself and you’ll banish all your zip fears. You can choose from a range of colours and fabrics from a Vintage floral or woven silks and each kit contains a contrasting zip and bias binding and a ribbon to decorate your zip pull.

Each package costs only 5 pounds.. and I will be there to help with sewing tips and to show you around the machines. The kits comes with illustrated step by step instructions so you could take it home and tackle it yourself.
As a special offer for those attending the show we are also offering a 15% discount for booking all future courses in 2014 and there are Christmas gift vouchers for courses too.  I’ll be selling vintage dress patterns and a range of Collette dressmaking patterns, a selection of haberdashery and some Vintage clothing too. So, see you there.

Tickets for the event can be bought at

New Courses .. a new beginning…

I am very excited to announce that we have new courses starting from November 1st.  I have been away for some time, due to a crumby house purchase and subsequent renovation job … that bascially floored us totally. So a 1 year and 4 months later, after spending months knee deep in rubble and coated in building dust we have finally moved in. Whilst the house is only half done, at least we have walls and floors and I can take a D.I.Y hiatus, setting down that paint brush and taking up a needle (I do not want to see another rubble bag or mix another bucket of cement ever again). Now, what has happened while I was away from my desk… the Great British Sewing Bee darn it…  and as a result my phone has been ringing, it’s been too frustrating for words. So for all you budding sewers or experienced seamstresses we have a program of courses that is for everyone. … Take a look at the WORKSHOP tag in the header up there and see if anything takes your fancy. Whilst I begin with these courses I will be adding and updating all the time … I aim to start a Young Sewers course and will perhaps pilot that during the school holidays – so watch this space. The studio will be open from November, so come and browse new pattern stock and haberdashery too. Pop in for a cuppa and chat over your ideas and projects. We have some exciting events in the pipeline so I’ll keep posting here for details. … and .. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you, friends and sewing comrades that have supported us through the house reno from hell…  I can’t wait to get back to work.

Sewing caps on .. and away we go....
Sewing caps on .. and away we go….