Sew busy, no blogging just sewing!

Wow where has the time gone? I have completely missed September and October! My last post was way back at the end of August, yes August! Well I’m back to make amends and to post about my latest sewing adventures.

Sewing September

So during August we moved house (actually, only next door!) and you know that moving house takes time. In fact there are still boxes of things that need sorting today. Apart from the time out of the sewing room (and time setting up a temporary sewing room) the move went well and now I am looking forward to having a new sewing space early next year. I’ll explain more about that another day.

Then it was preparation for the Great British Sewing Bee Live event in London. I have read many reviews and blog posts about the event and I won’t be re-writing what others have said but what a fantastic event it was!


I attended for the 4 days, flying up early Thursday morning and returning late Sunday night.

It was brilliant to catch up with some of the Bee’s from my series and amazing to finally meet Bee’s from previous series. Although we have never met it was as if we had been friends for years. In fact one evening we had Sewing Bee’s from all 4 series sat together having a meal. It was also great to finally meet so many of my ‘social media’ friends. In fact I met so many I won’t list them all but here’s a photo with Amy @almondrock_sews the editor of Love Sewing.


Photo credit @almondrock_sews.

I ran 4 workshops during the event on tailoring techniques: Hand worked Buttonholes, Canvas interfacing and Pocket construction. Each workshop sold out and I was thrilled. It was so lovely to meet people who wanted to learn and I think everyone had fun.

I also ran live demos at the Sewing Quarter theatre. They were short sessions where people could pop along and sit to see what I was doing.


It was great to see some famous brands attending the event including Ernest Wright and Son. I had to visit their stand to pick up a little item. Well I say little but in fact 13 inch, large bolt, Tailors shears are hardly little! Thanks to Nick and his team for these.


And here I am at their stand.


It was also lovely to meet staff from John James who, if you don’t know, make needles, pins and Tailors thimbles! Yes British made tailors thimbles. They also kindly gave me a load to give to my students at the workshops I taught, Thank you! (I shall be posting more about John James in the future too)


So after 4 busy days I said goodbye to London and headed back home.


October sewing

Well I kicked off October by finishing a jacket I had been working on. A rather bold striped affair; think boats and straw hats! I will do a proper post on it soon.


Next I had to prepare for another sewing related adventure. Sadly I can’t yet let you in on the secret but all will become clear soon.

Whilst at the Sewing Bee Live I picked up some beautiful tweed from Holland and Sherry and began a long 3/4 length jacket. A self drafted pattern and a great way to get used to my new shears.




I will do a full write up when I have finished it but the photos show the work in progress. I am also working on a few commissioned pieces that will be revealed soon.

Now I don’t want to mention the C word but I did get an early Christmas present (thank you my lovely wife) and it is amazing! A professional Bieffe boiler iron. Why I haven’t had one before, I really don’t know!


So thats about it. Phew! Now thats why I haven’t been blogging but I will make a conscious effort to blog more often.

Until next time…..Happy Sewing!

6 thoughts on “Sew busy, no blogging just sewing!”

  1. Nice to see you back, an easy way to keep current on your posts is to take a few snap every day and post to instagram. I am currently working on perfecting my jeans making skills, mainly topstitching. Next project will be a shirt with interesting top stitching, and back to completing a unconstructed jacket. Looking forward to more video tutorials from you. Congrads on the ironing station, i need one, and will get one from reliable corp eventually.

  2. I’m in the US and I had no idea John James made tailor’s thimbles; I’ve got to be on the lookout for some. Thanks; I’m enjoying your blog very much!

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