Dressmaking for Intermediate level : Wed 4th and Wed 11th May 2016 : 6.45pm-9.45pm


All Equipment and materials provided

Maximum 6 people

Price: £120.00

Amy’s knicker decoration Hen Party at Birmingham School of Sewing

Congratulations Amy on your forthcoming wedding!  You and you hens spent two hours enjoying your knicker decorating hen party and you all left with fabulous decorated knickers.  Well done everyone.  Best Wishes for your wedding day Amy.

Learn to Sew Lingerie : Bras, Knickers, Suspender Belts and Camisoles at Birmingham School of Sewing


Laura attended the 3 day Lingerie Course in January 2016 at the Birmingham School of Sewing and made all of the items above.  Well done Laura!

Read the interview with Laura:

What was your reason for attending the course?

“My nan taught me to sew when I was a child.  I’ve always wanted to get back into sewing for a while and thought that going on a course would be an ideal way to get back into it.”

Was the course what your expected?

“The course was better than I was expecting.  It was less formal than I imagined.”

Was there anything you particularly liked about the course?

The biscuits and the tea and coffee!  I was lucky that there wer only a few of us on the course which meant we had really close tuition. Sheila is very calm and patient and a really good teacher.”

Can you suggest a follow up course you may wish to attend?

“I would like to learn more about pattern making and fitting.  I know this is a course that Sheila offers so I will try and attend.”

Is there anything you would change about the course?

It was great that I could make, knickers, camisole and suspender belt in my size…. unfortunately my boobs are too small for the sample bra”

Is there anything else you wish to add about the course?

The working environment is lovely.  Very light, calm and relaxing.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my three days here and will definitely recommend.  It has revived my passion and my nan would have been proud of me.”


You can find more detailed information about the Lingerie Courses at Birmingham School of Sewing

Underwear as Outerwear, winter 2015/2016 Fashions

Underwear as outerwear – Sew a camisole top


Underwear has come a long way since being hidden under clothing during the Victorian era.  In the last 20 plus years, there has been a re-emerging trend of underwear being warn as outerwear.  In 1996 Princess Diana wore a John Galliano slip dress.  And once again through the influence of boundary-pushing designers including Victoria Beckham, Dolce and Gabanna this seasons fashion include beautiful lace trimmed camisoles and slip dresses worn to be seen. Many celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham rock this look.  If you want to keep up with fashion you will definitely invest in a lace trimmed camisole.

If you are very adventurous why not learn how to make your own.  When you have learnt how to sew them will be able to invest in several beautiful handmade pieces for the price of one.  Book a course now at Birmingham School of Sewing.  Click here for further information about all our  courses.

Is your new year’s resolution to learn how to sew? If so join us in the absolute beginners course at Birmingham School of Sewing


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:

  • Make a basic tote bag
  • 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 neat corners
  • Learn how to sew a basic hem
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine.  You will put all you new skills together to make a basic tote bag and you will have gained the knowledge  to start making your own projects.

(All materials included)

Time:  6.45pm-9.30pm

Maximum 8 places

Click here for more information and to book



Price: £55.00

Learn how to sew and tailor your own sewing alterations at Birmingham School of Sewing

Sewing and Tailoring alterations

Do you have clothes that always need the same alterations, for example do you always need to shorten your trousers or jeans.  Do you need to shorten the sleeves on your tops or jackets.  Do you need to shorten your skirts or dresses.   Then this is the course for you.  You  can bring the items you want to alter and you will learn how to make your alterations at the same time as sewing them.  You will need to bring a variety of garments that you wish to alter.  You will alter as many items as time allows and we will talk through the alterations that you do not have time to complete.  You must be able to use a sewing machine in order to attend this course.  The course takes place on Monday 15th February 2016 from 6.45pm until 9.45pm

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Biscuit Tins and Sewing


IMG-20151123-WA0001My niece who lives in America sent this image to me. I related to it completely.  In fact, my mother her grandmother always used several biscuit tins for storing a variety of her sewing things. One of these tins contained buttons. As a little girl I was was fascinated with buttons and would play for hours with them, looking at buttons with two holes, four holes and buttons with what I now know is called a button shank. My mother died last year and I inherited the tins. I have not been able to empty them or part with them yet.

I would love to hear your sewing stories. Please email them to sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk

Christmas Trees in Florida

Yesterday I visited the Tree Festival in Florida.  It was absolutely amazing.   There were so many Christmas trees with different themes. Obviously because of my fashion background these were my favourites.  I though I would share them with you.   I think they are just wonderful with that ball gown effect and of course the American style wouldn’t be complete without Barbie.

All of the trees are decorated and donated by local people, artists, shops etc and then they are sold off to indivduals and the money is donated to charity.  What an amazing idea.  What was even more amazing for me was seeing so many lovely Christmas trees in bright sunlight and 30 degrees.  Back home to the cold today.

Hen Parties in Birmingham : Jewellery making

Jewellery making for beginners

Jewellery making for beginners

Enjoy a jewellery making hen party at Birmingham School of Sewing and Crafts.  This is a great hen party and is suitable for absolute beginners to jewellery making.  You will make a beautiful spiral bracelet in silver plate wire along with crystals.  Choose a colour to match a specific outfit, or perhaps your bridesmaids dress.  All tools, materials and wire and crystals included in the price of £32 per person.   Tea and coffee included.  Minimum cost is £320 for a party of 10 people, additional cost of £32 per person.  If you book for more than 10 people the bride is invited for free.  For further information contact sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk or call 07920031744

Hen Parties in Birmingham : Bath Bombs

Learn how to make Bath Bombs

Learn how to make Bath Bombs

Craft hen parties are great fun.  Have you considered all of your Hens making lovely smelling bath bombs.  You can make them to give to the bride and groom or make them for yourselves.   Book your Bath Bomb hen party now at Birmingham School of Sewing only £300 for up to 10 people.  Book over 10 people and the bride is invited for free, each additional person £30.  For further information contact Sheila-may  email: sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk