Friday night in and learn a craft at Birmingham School of Sewing : Friday 21st November


‘Girls’ what do you do on a Friday evening?  How do you fancy getting together with a group of like minded women to learn a new fun skill, have fun, eat cake and drink tea/coffee?   One Friday a month you can do just that at the Birmingham School of Sewing  Girls Night In fun craft events.

On Friday 21st November we will be learning how to use fabric crayons to create fantastic designs on fabrics.  We will also use a variety of techniques including simple embroidery and beads and sequins to complete the designs.  These are great techniques for clothing, home furnishings, wall hangings and childrens clothing.

You will create your own designs and samples.  Feel free to bring along a T shirt that you may want to decorate.

Time: 7.30-9.00pm.   Cost £20

All equipment, materials, tea, coffee and cake included in the price


Bra Making Course, Learn to make bras in Birmingham, If you can use a sewing machine you can make a Bra, Tuesday evenings 2nd and 9th December 2014

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this 2 evening workshop you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam.

2 evenings Tuesday 2nd and Tuesday 9th December 2015

Time: 6.45am-9.15pm

(All materials included)

Price: £98.00

Fashion Design for Teenagers in Harborne, Birmingham

I am planning new Fashion Design Courses for teenagers.  The courses will take place in Harborne.  If you know anyone who may be interested please let me know. I am currently working out dates, times and costs etc.   email.

Sew Retro Top : Sewing Lessons in Birmingham : Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sew Retro Top : Working with a stretch fabric : Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sew this easy 1980′s retro top.  This course is suitable for beginners  who have attended the Absolute Beginners Workshop.  You will make a stylish top which, depending on the fabrics you use can be worn for work or for a special occasion.  During the workshop you will cut out and sew the top in stretch whilst learning how to sew a hem.  You will also use an overlooked (you do not need any previous experience using an overlooked).

You will leave with your finished top, in your size, Small (8/10), Medium (12/14) or Large (16/18).  You will also take home your pattern which you can use again to make more tops.  Great to wear yourself or to give away for that very special handmade Christmas present.

Please state your required size when booking.

All equipment, materials, fabric and pattern provided.

Time: 6.45-9.45pm

Only 4 places available.  Book now to avoid disappointment.


Price: £65.00

Girls Night In : Sewing and Crafts in Birmingham : Learn to stencil on to Fabric : Friday 24th October 2014

Girls Night In : Surface Decoration : Stencilling on Fabric : Friday 24th October 2014

Single ‘Girls’ what do you do on a Friday evening?  How do you fancy getting together with a group of like minded women to learn a new fun skill, have fun, eat cake and drink tea/coffee?   One Friday a month you can do just that at the Birmingham School of Sewing  Girls Night In fun craft events.  On Friday 24th October we will be learning how to stencil on fabrics.

You will produce a variety of samples and finally you will create your final design which you will stencil onto a tote bag to take home.  If you prefer, bring along one of your ‘T’ shirts that you want to print on.  Ideal for Christmas gifts.

Time: 7.30-9.00pm

All equipment, materials and tote bags, tea, coffee and cake included in the price.

Price: £15.00

Pattern drafting : Sewing Course : Learn Pattern cutting in Birmingham

Skirt Course : Pattern Drafting and Sewing for Beginners : Monday 6th and 13th October 2014 : 2 day course

Skirt Course : Pattern Drafting and Sewing for Beginners : Monday 6th and 13th October 2014 : 2 day course


This is a great course for beginners to start to make you own clothes and to learn how to pattern draft a panelled skirt to your own measurements.  This skirt can be made in a variety of fabrics and by moderating the pattern and fabrics it can be made up a number of times to look different each time.   On this two day course you will learn how to draft a skirt to your own measurements.  Once you have made the pattern you will cut out and make the skirt.  You will learn a variety of techniques including:

- how to make a simple panelled skirt pattern to your own measurements

-how to sew and make the skirt

- how to sew a concealed/invisible zip

-how to sew a neat hem

- how to sew a bound waist finish

- how to sew a hook and eye

You will use a sewing machine and an overlocker.

Everyone will finish making the a skirt pattern to their own measurements.  Most people will finish their skirts completely according to their sewing skills.  If you do not finish you will be given instructions to finish at home.  We will discuss how you can create a different look to your basic pattern using different methods.  You will take your pattern home with you so you can make lots more.  You must be able to use a sewing machine in order to attend this class. You do not need any pattern drafting experience

All equipment, materials, fabric, zips and thread are included on this course and you will take home your finished pattern as well as your skirt.



Price: £120.00

Hen Parties : Tiara making parties

tiara workshopWhat a fabulous way to spend times with your hens. Book a tiara making party and you will learn how to make tiaras. Sheila-may will teach you the techniques and you will choose your colours, crystals and beads to create your own beautiful tiaras or combs to take away with you. All materials provided including beads, crystals and wires.  Only £39 per person, minimum of 10 people.  Over 10 hens and the bride is invited for free.



A special personalised applique cushion.

Applique cushiob

My daughter’s wedding has taken place.  After all the planning and sewing it has all ended in one wonderful day.  During the build up to the wedding I was busy making the Bridal gown, bridesmaid’s dress and accessories and my  3 year old grandson looked at me wantonly and asked “Granny, you are making a dress for my mommy and for my sister, will you make me a dress too?”  After explaining that little boys don’t generally wear dresses I promised to make him a lap quilt to keep him warm whilst he was watching television.  He happily agreed to this. As I didn’t have time to make the quilt during the ‘wedding period’ I decided to make a cushion for him as it would be far quicker. I personalised it by appliquing his name on it.   I handed him the cushion and he looked at me confused, as only 3 year olds do. “Well do you like it I asked?” “Yes” “Then say thank you Granny” “Thank you Granny – are you going to make my blanket know” The moral of this story is: when you promise to make a lap quilt for a 3 year old, you don’t try to pacify him with something else because it is quick and easy.  They take things literally and have excellent memories. However, he now loves his cushion and uses it whenever he is relaxing and now the wedding is over I will have to start making the quilt.

If you went to make a personalised applique cushion you can book on to Applique for Beginners : Cushion Course

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.