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Working with tricky fabric

We have been making bridesmaid dresses for the past couple of weeks!

The main fabric is a gorgeous aqua satin, the skirts will be then covered in a similar colour crystal organza, the final dress will be really swishy and fabulous.

Chrystal organza covered satin

The organza has caused a lot of problems when cutting out because it is so slippy and the pattern had to be cut on the bias. We had to pin the chiffon to a blanket to get the stability, even then some pieces were still incredibly out of shape!

Persistence paid off, and we have all pieces cut and ready to be pinned and tacked together.

Bodice ready to be pinned to the skirt
Bodice ready to be pinned to the skirt
Tailor tacks inserted into the skirt
Tailor tacks inserted into the skirt

We cannot show you the final dress yet as it still has other elements to be pieced together, and the wedding is a while away yet!

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Hen Party Sewing Bee

Our first hen party sewing bee was a delightful success!

We provided a group of 15 ladies with a table full of fabric and accessories, and a linen square to decorate to how they wished. The results were fantastic, we were all so pleased with the amount of creativity that was on offer. No square was the same, and each person got stuck in at the word go!

Many of the ladies had never sewn before and were a bit apprehensive of having to use a sewing machine, but after being shown the basics, they were confident enough to go on and machine on their designs.

Afternoon tea was served along side all the sewing, on our very own vintage china tea cups and saucers. Each person tucked into a delicious fat scone with jam and cream!

The workshop lasted around 3 hours, which was just enough time for everyone to complete their square. We will then work on finishing off the bedspread for the Bride before her wedding day.

The buzz in the room whilst everyone was sewing and chatting was such a nice atmosphere, it really is an excellent way to spend time with all of your friends and make something that you may never have thought you could have attempted before.

I am pleased so say that we have also made some sewing converts, they have already got the bug and are keen to come on along to another one of our workshops.

If you would like to know more about our hen party workshops you can read more here.