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03 February 2013

What A Joyful Start to 2013!

What an amazing January we had! For what is normally a cold and dreary month, at Space to Sew it has been full of joy, fun and laughter. And lots of creativity!

For us the month kicked off with a new departure: a Fabric & Pattern Swishing Party. Designed as an inexpensive night out to cheer long January days and help replenish sewing stashes, I am assured that it delivered all it set out to - and more. Sadly a few folk were unable to join us because of snow, but those who came are still talking about it and wanting to come back for more. So what grew out of a chance remark by the lovely Kate turned into a fun night for all. (I don't know about you, but so often in my life some of the best ideas start out as a chance conversation! That's how we got involved with Dress a Girl as well: a chance conversation in the street with the generous-hearted Denise. What great ideas may have just passed you by because the comments made weren't picked up on at the time?)

January continued for us with sartorial splendour: two days of non-stop sewing on Janice's Speed Tailoring Course, hugely enjoyed by all involved, despite very varied levels of sewing experience. The jackets were tailored with a number of different fusibles and have since been so much admired by our regulars that we are gearing up for a repeat in the Autumn. What do you need to attend? The capacity to sew up a simple toile* before the course, a simple jacket pattern, fabric & lining of your choice, a special pack of fusibles and the will and ability to concentrate on two days of intensive sewing. If you've got all of those we can promise you a fab time and a great fitting jacket (plus a pattern you can repeat again & again). So watch this space if Speed Tailoring is something that floats your boat. It certainly does ours!

For those keen on furnishings, Janice returns in March to share her wealth of Curtain-Making expertise and then again in April to repeat her much enjoyed Roman Blinds Course. Here's some client feedback from last time she taught Roman Blinds at Space to Sew (as some of you already know I’m already biased from years of learning from Janice at the lovely Sewing Rooms in London, so think it’s only fair you hear from others!):

If furnishings are your favourite sewing projects be warned that places are going fast, though there are other furnishing workshops to come, including a repeat of Janet's Classic Piped Cushion Course, as it sold out far too quickly this time round!

Last but not least, I am so grateful to those of you who joined us for a fun night of Scottish Dancing at Roden in support of the Dogs Trust. Those of you who know me are well acquainted with how besotted I am with canine friends. And how grateful Jeremy (my better half) and I are to the Dogs Trust in Roden for letting us have our two furry bundles of joy. Such are the friendships forged at Space to Sew that I felt no reticence in asking other doggie Club members whether they'd like to join in the dancing fun and much hilarity was shared as a result. Thank you, for your kindness, friendship and fun-loving spirits. Long may those, as well as sewing, continue to bind us together at Space to Sew!

*As stated on this blog before, for those of you who don't already know, a toile (U.S. "muslin") is a fabric version of a dress or other garment that is sewn up in calico or other cheap fabric to ensure a proper fit before making up the garment in the intended fabric. In my experience this is a much more satisfying way of testing out a pattern as I am not usually easy to fit. The fitting alterations can be made on the calico version which avoids too much unpicking on fabric that damages easily. Plus, if for some reason you don't like the pattern once it's fitted, it is better to find this out before spending money on an expensive fabric.

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