Around about the time of the lull the falls just after Christmas, I took a long walk with a sleeping Tot across South London. I walked across rather than around an area I hadn't yet explored and walked past Sew Over It. Intrigued, I peered in the window, instantly noted the amazing sewing kits they do and remembered my much maligned sewing machine. Hearing the Tot stir, I plodded on and wondered if I'd ever find my way back.
Today I did and what a treat! I took a beginner's sewing class with about 10 other women, all looking to get crafting and learn from the Sew Over It team. Our task was to learn to thread the machine, hem and sew together an Envelope Cushion Cover that we'd cut from our patterns. Seemed pretty simple. I was ready!
I loved the work space and the fact that it's downstairs with a good supply of cake, teas and refreshments. I approve of the massive cross over between baking addiction and craft. It's something I feel I can get behind. The Oreo brownies were delicious!
I loved the decor and the graphic design work on the labels, signs and stickers everywhere. I particularly loved the print in the kitchen and vintage pattern wallpaper. It was these touches that made me feel I was in for a treat before I'd even learned the thrill of sewing an entire project in one sitting.
Georgie, our teacher was friendly and supportive, keeping the pace just right while still making sure everyone had the time they needed to learn the steps and ask questions. She was also wearing a gorgeous dress she'd sewn so was more than a good advert for what we could achieve if we stuck with it!
I quickly learned that sewing involves a lot of ironing..... this is not altogether welcome news...
However, the cushion making was fun and I just loved the thrill of 'I DID THIS!' that I walked out with. We asked if we could make our own versions at home and Georgie helpfully explained how to adjust the pattern, giving us each a sheet of pattern paper to take home and work with. I grab a few supplies to have a go with in the hope that repeating a project that I already know will be easier than learning a whole new project on a whole new machine.
A brilliant way to spend a few hours. Thanks for the inspiration Sew Over It!