Harry Potter Hen Party

Congratulations to Louise and Andrew who got married on 16th August. Louise celebrated her hen party with her hens on Saturday 26th July. They all arrived in amazing Harry Potter outfits and proceeded to make beautiful personalised bunting. Louise wanted to have the photos taken outside and with the magic of Harry Potter a fire engine, complete with firemen, was parked just outside as if waiting for her hens. They all had fun posing with their bunting and the firemen. Louise even experienced a firemans lift.

Why not book a hen party with a difference at the Birmingham School of Sewing.

oh so beautiful bridal gown


The first wedding dress I ever made was my own, way back in 1980.  I loved making the dresses so much that I starting a business designing and making bespoke wedding dresses.  During a period of some 30 years I designed and made many dresses, some of which have featured in newspapers and bridal magazines, including on the cover of You and Your Wedding Magazine.

I retired from making wedding dresses in 2000 in order to concentrate on my sewing school, Birmingham School of Sewing, or so I thought. My daughter has announced that this is getting married this year.  So, I will end my wedding dress design career by making one final dress.  It will be my most beautiful dress ever.


Of course, I cannot divulge too much but I will let you know as much as I can.  The process starts next week when we will be meeting up to discuss the design and fabrics over a cup of coffee and will come up with the final design.  It is going to be a challenge as my daughter is a qualified designer and we have worked together on many projects, but on this occasion it is simply a daughter wanting her mother to make the most special dress of her life.  What a privilege I simply can’t wait to start.

Watch this space to see how everything unfolds.

I teach a variety of sewing classes, including a Bridal Course at Birmingham School of Sewing in my studio in Harborne.



Garter Making Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing

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Congratulations to Kathryn and Graham who will be getting married on Saturday 2nd August 2012.  Kathryn and her hens enjoyed a Garter making Hen Party, organised by Penny, at the Birmingham School of Sewing.  Everyone made beautiful garters, even the hens who had never used a sewing machine before finished their garters to a high standard.  Well done everyone!

After the event Penny kindly sent the following email:

“Hi Sheila may,

I just wanted to thank you again for our garter making session yesterday! All of the girls loved it and love their garters! 
We talked about possibly arranging some more group sessions in the future as it was so much fun :) so I’ll be in touch!
Have a lovely weekend,
Penny ”
“What a lovely idea Penny, I am glad you all enjoyed the party and I look forward to seeing you all again soon… Sheila-May

Justine’s Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing

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Congratulations to Justine on her forthcoming marriage.  Justine and her hens celebrated together at a crafty hen party making shoe clips fabric bows and flowers at the Birmingham School of Sewing in Harborne.

Kates Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing in Harborne

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Congratulations to Kate on your forthcoming wedding on 12th July 2014.  Kate and her hens held their hen party at Birmingham School of Sewing and Crafts.  They worked together to produce a beautiful personalised bunting that Kate will use to decorate her wedding venue.  A special well done to Kate who had never used a sewing machine before.  I think she now has the sewing bug!

Bra Making Courses in Birmingham

Students successfully completed the Bra Making Course and made their first underworld bra at the Birmingham School of Sewing.  They were all delighted with the results. Next Bra making course is Tuesday 8th July 10-4pm or 2 evenings Wednesday 11th and 18th June.   See the courses page on our website for further information

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Knicker Decorating : Hen Parties : Birmingham

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Hens enjoyed a knickers customisation Hen Party at the Birmingham School of Sewinv

Hen Parties in Birmingham : Glass Painting

Photo: Congratulations to Lucia who is getting married on 3rd May 2014.  Lucia and her Crafty Hens attended a Glass Painting Hen PartyCongratulations to Lucia who got married on 3rd May 2014. Lucia and her Crafty Hens attended a Glass Painting Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing in Harborne.  All the hens painted a beautiful wine glass.

Learn how to use a sewing machine for absolute beginners

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew round corners
  • Learn how to sew curves
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine to start making your own projects.

(All materials included)  (Tea, coffee and biscuits)

Time:  7.00pm-9.00pm

Birmingham School of Sewing Celebrates


Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again.  June celebrates the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Birmingham School of Sewing, and we have moved again.  Finally we are home, literally the move is to a lovely studio in my home in Harborne.  The location is easily accessible to Birmingham city centre.  To celebrate both the move and the anniversary I am offering 20% discount off all courses that are booked between now and the 4th June