November 19th, 2014
‘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
October 12th, 2014
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. email@example.com
October 1st, 2014
What 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.
September 27th, 2014
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
August 19th, 2014
Harry Potter Bride in fireman hold
Harry Potter Hens made personalised bunting and pose with local firemen
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.
August 17th, 2014
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.