YOU COULD SEW IN A SPACE LIKE THIS
Recently, I was lucky enough to be guest host at one of The Village Haberdashery‘s Sewing Social evenings. They run each Thursday night, 6.30-9pm. Each attendee pays £8 to access the studio and sew with friends and a host who shall make them feel welcome and answer their questions. Oh, and there’s cake.
This was the first time I attended and I LOVED it. There were about eight or nine of us there – we each had a sewing machine and plenty of space to work. The wide windows were flung open to the evening summer air and a member of staff (hi, Freya!) was on hand if we had any questions. There was also a knitting group in the shop area and the atmosphere was friendly, relaxed and fun. Honestly, I was in heaven!
It’s worth remembering that The Village Haberdashery store is right next to two overland train stations and there’s an M&S shop downstairs. All your needs are covered! It only took me 40 minutes from my front door to be sitting down with new friends to sew.
One of the benefits of this social (apart from the chat) is that you get access to equipment and space you may not have at home.
- Tired of cutting out on the floor? You can devote the evening to standing at the gorgeous, varnished, waist-height table.
- Working with fabric that frays and don’t own an overlocker? Use the ones at The Village Haberdashery!
- Want some construction advice or fitting help? Your guest host is on hand!
Honestly, this concept is simple genius.
I was working on another pair of B6178 culottes in lightweight wool suiting. So lightweight that I can totally wear these on sunny days. What’s that favourite saying in sewing circles? These may be my favourite pair so far. So far… Don’t you just love those two key words?
The waistband is attached using the stitch in the ditch technique. I’ve learnt to always baste this section of sewing before going to the machine. It makes such a difference to accuracy.
As I was sewing these, I wondered if there’s a couture-ish technique for protecting both the body and the fabric from each other at that crucial crotch area? I could do a partial trouser lining in silk, but was thinking something along the lines of a patch of fabric that prevents wear and tear … don’t you see something like this in men’s trouser suits? Let me know if you have half an idea what I’m talking about and knowledge to impart!
I should warn you, if you attend a Sewing Social you’ll struggle to leave empty-handed. I bought some of this beautiful jersey with a graduated stripe. It’s so soft – I have another Freya Sweater planned.
I’d like to give a shout out to Faye for being one of the most delightful, charming, sensible and just super-lovely assistants I’ve ever encountered. Annie, you need to keep hold of her!
One last note on the topic of blue – look at my sunflower seedlings. Yes, those are blue seed husks. Bought from Ventnor Gardens on the Isle of Wight. Apparently, these grow monster sunflowers. Watch this space!
Good luck to everyone running the London Marathon today! You have inspired me to haul my derriere out of bed for a quick canter this morning before the heat kicks in. If you can do 26 miles, I can do 3k in the park.