It’s back! can you help? Spring workshops, on-trend free download and farewell Sewing Bee Wendy

Good evening lovely sewers. I hope this finds you well and still sewing. I don’t know about you but I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to the gradual end of lock down. I can just see a return to the studio over the horizon and I will keep you posted as to what the plan will be.

The Great British Sewing Bee Series 7It’s back and very welcome it is too! I am, of course, talking about series 7 of The Great British Sewing Bee starting this Wednesday 9pm BBC1. The first episode features a shell top, makeover challenge with T-shirts and a buffet dress. I’m not quite sure what one of those is but it will be interesting to find out. I’m sure there will be the usual triumphs, disasters and fun along the way.
Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown
Our own Zoom Sewing Bees have been busy and I can’t thank everyone enough for making them such a fun focal point of the week. We have certainly make a wide range of lovely garments. Sharing pattern ideas has tempted me to try out some different styles and fabrics including the easy but stylish Wilder Gown Tilly and The Buttons Detatchable Collar free download patternwhich picks up the season’s trend for tiered garments. This version is for my daughter in law Jane-May. Hope she likes it.

Another trend this season is big collars. Thank you Jane Mc for suggesting this free download pattern from Tilly and The Buttons. Chance to try it out without actually committing it to your garment if you’re not sure!

Even when we can get back to the studio the Zoom sessions will continue making them accessible to thoseof you who are not near enough to come to Barton. These are the upcoming dates.
Sewing Bee workshops – online
14 April 1-3pm
19 April 7-9pm
24 April 11am-1pm
30 April 10am-12pm
5 May 10am-12pm
15 May 10am-12pm
17 May 7-9pm
26 May 1-3pm

Can you help one of our sewers? The very talented Bridie has gone on from the City & Guilds courses to a Diploma in lingerie making and is looking for help with her final project. Bridie says “I’ve reached my final project, I am specialising in petite lingerie size 28AAA-34A. I need to set a focus group up to get feedback on fit, style etc. I was wondering if any of your students would be in this size bracket (or was it just me?!) and would any of them like to answer a few questions related to bras”.
If you can help Bridie would love to hear from you. You can contact her directly at

I’m feeling confident that a return the studio is now nearer but until we can here’s your list of online workshops coming up.
baby lock overlock workshop
6 May 7-9pm
Overlocking with jersey fabric
8 May 10am-3pm (for all makes of overlocker)
baby lock cover stitch workshop
26 May 7-9pm
Pattern cutting – trouser block
10 May 7-9pm
Pattern cutting – bodice block
22 May 10am-1pm
Alabama studio hand-sewn jersey garments
5 June 10am-3pm
Fitting sewing patterns
18 June 10am-3pm
Shirt making
21, 28 June, 12 & 19 July

I finish with the very sad news that our lovely Sewing Bee Wendy Williams recently passed away. A pleasure to sew with Wendy always had a smile, made a fantastic cup of tea (which was our running joke) and will be much missed.
My thoughts are with her family and with her friend of many years Anthea who came sewing with her. We can raise our mugs to Wendy when we are back together again Anthea.

On a Spring fitness regime I completed 10,000 steps in March with a donation to Marie Curie dedicated to Wendy and my cousin Sue.

Stay safe, keep sewing and I’m looking forward to hearing your Great British Sewing Bee thoughts.

If you would like any more information or to a chat about how I can help with your own sewing please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes