Open Dressmaking Day with special SLEEVES lesson

Sat 23rd June 2018

Hatch End, Harrow, North West London.

Bring your dressmaking, ideas and alterations over to our Hatch End workroom in north west London for our chatty sewing day. Everyone is on hand to help each other and teach whatever techniques your project requires.

This is a free workshop for members of the Otome Sewing Bee facebook group.  As the venue is a private property,  location details are only given out to attendees of the event. It is a 2 min walk from Hatch End station. Parking in available.

Special focus on SLEEVES has been requested. Because lets face it we all avoid doing sleeves. In fact I made it a rule that I was only allowed to make dresses with sleeves this year. 2 down and 2 planned in the near future.. better get cutting. So in the workshop we will learn about drafting sleeve patterns with a worksheet. And there will be a demonstration of putting in a sleeve and different ways to finish the seam allowance on a sleeve arm hole.

As always there is FREE…
… unlimited pattern paper
… OSB fabric/ribbon bin for you to rummage in, great for making up toiles and practising
… sewing equipment + sewing machines + overlocker/serger to borrow
… extensive library of dressmaking and craft books, japanese and historical to look at and photocopy
… tea, coffee, drinks etc

Please bring:
small sewing kit if you have one
sewing machine if you are traveling by car
snacks for the tea table
packed lunch for money for lunch (tescos 2min)

Northwood Craft Market 9th June 2018

We will be at Northwood Craft Market next weekend!

Running Needlefelting and Fabric bon bon accessory workshops and selling NEW fashion-craft kits. Exciting times. Please swing by if you are in the area for a gossip. The cafe next door does amazing coffee cake.

Sat 9th June. See the poster for more details.

bunny kawaii needle felting hyper japan

Makers Meet ~Pinner~

makers meet pinner

* Every Tues on Pinner High St *

Welcome to ‘Makers Meet – Pinner’…  a new sociable craft group local to Pinner, Harrow, Northwood, Eastcote & Hatch End in Harrow North West London.

Its for anyone and everyone that loves making and fancies sitting in a coffee shop having a chat with likeminded people.  Perfect for arty freelancers, self employed, crafty retirees, new mums and anyone else who is free to come and create with us on a weekday morning.

Bring whatever project you are currently working on.  Knitting, crochet and other yarn crafts, handsewing, quilting and embroidery, jewellery making… the list goes on.

Terribly relaxed.. just turn up on Tuesday morning between 10am – 12.  At the moment we run every week all year round and I’ll update here if and when that changes.

It’s completely free to join the meet, however, obviously as we are socialising in a cafe you will need to buy a beverage. The coffee is excellent.

Organically Food Spot Cafe, 40-42 Pinner High St, is a great little cafe with an elegant shop front. They do a tasty rich vegan chocolate cake and are very dog and baby friendly. Doggies are alowd indoors if you want to combine it with your daily walk.

The groups hashtag is #makersmeetpinner.

Feel free to get intouch if you want anymore info about Makers Meet.

Corsetry Workshops

Update: Another Corset Workshop on Sun 8th April 2018. An all day free social event in Hatch End, London. Materials available at the workshop for penny prices. Contact for more details. It’s gonna be fun with lots of tea and cake.

Introduction to Corset Making… by popular demand.

Are corsets really hard to make?

Answer: No. Any one with a small amount of machine sewing experience is capable of making a corset with a bit of step by step introduction.

There are 2 levels of complexity we cover in the workshop:

Level 1.
I love love love a waspie! Intermediate level and anyone looking for an easy achieveable first corsetry project can make a Waspie Corset. Essentially this is an underbust corset as pictured in the event title image. Easy to pattern draft and fit. No scary bust fitting to deal with. It’s also easy to make something fab and versatile that you can co-ordinate with fancy outfits.
waspie corset sewing

waspie corset sewing

Level 2.
Over bust corsets. For the ambitious. The techniques used are actually exactly the same as the Waspie
corset it’s just a little more advanced to fit but we will make up a twarl in the workshop.

overbust corset

overbust corset sewing

The corset making method taught is the same as how they are made for period dramas, theatre/opera and the heritage industry in the UK.

A lot of people just want to make what i call ‘fashion corsets’, aka. they don’t do much, they just look awesome!

If you do want to nip in that waist, the advised aim of a corset is to reduce the waist measurement by 2″. Any more than that and you will get unsitely buldges (muffin tops). I must state that I have absolutely no medical knowledge when it comes to corsets. The corsets I have made have never reduced by more than 2″ and have all been incredibly comfortable. I can comfortably wear a loose fitting waspie all day over an outfit.

corset busk sewing

Materials used:

1. Strong stiff fabric (cotton drill, denim, specialist corset fabric or similar) or good quality close weave fabric and something strong to back it with.
2. Ridgleen boning (plastic nylon boning). Unless you have metal boning already that you want to use up it’s really not necesary to buy expensive metal for your first project. This is available in bulk at the workshop for penny prices.
3. Bias binding for the top and bottom edge of your corset.
4. More bias binding for the boning channels. Remember you can easily make bias binding from the main fabric of your corset.
5. Eyelets…again available in bulk at the workshop
6. Lacing. 2m is a good starting point.
7. Matching thread (not cheap stuff that snaps easily in your hands).

inside corset lacing sewing

Topics discussed in the workshop

  • Suitable fabric
  • Adapting historical patterns (e.g. from Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh)
  • Sizing patterns
  • Different types of boning
  • Different types of channel
  • Different loops and eyes.
  • Bias boning channels
  • Jean seam boning channels
  • Eyelets channels
  • Eyelets and loops
  • Busks
  • Gussets
  • Finishing top and bottom edges with bias
  • Lacing
  • Ridgleen boning
  • Plackets

corset lacing sewingcorset lacing sewing

Norah Waugh Corsets and Crinolines
pattern taken from Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh