Saturday Sewing Session Blog

Scrumptious chemise…

We have an exciting new lingerie expert to add to the Saturday Sewing Session team.

The lovely Freya will be delivering her silk nighty session starting this Sunday!

Freya started out her sewing career as a sewing blogger – Handmade by Freya. Having learnt to sew whilst she was young, she picked it back up after many years, looking for a creative outlet from her not so creative day job.

With a passion for sewing lingerie and becoming frustrated with the lack of attractive sewing patterns on the market with decent instructions she undertook vocational courses in lingerie. Studying  at KCC in Lingerie construction and Pattern Cutting. Freya has since set up her own sewing pattern company specialising in lingerie patterns - Elise Sewing Patterns


Elise Sewing patterns

We are excited to have Freya teaching her scrumptious vintage inspired silk nighty/chemise pattern at Saturday Sewing Session. All the info can be found here.

Lace silk nighty


Working from Freyas gorgeous pattern, you learn how to:

  • Work with silk or a similar fabric that drapes beautifully
  • Cut and sew on the bias of the fabric
  • Create shape in the bust through pleating
  • Add lace inserts, learn how to do ‘window lacing’ (a lovely technique for delicate detailing)
  • Create the couture skill of rouleau straps (those barely there straps)
  • French seams and finishing off with a tiny pin hem.


This is a session for the dressmaker who wants to move up a notch and hone in on some beautiful finishing techniques.  Who better to learn from than the pattern maker herself!

Plus the pattern is yours to take home, with full instructions for you to make as many as you wish. You could shortern the pattern to make a little silk camisole or lengthen it to make a stunning full nighty – the choice is yours.

For more inspiration here are some images I have found of similar patterns by some very chic design houses.

You can make the pattern in any colour combination that you wish to make it truly unique. This pattern also looks stunning in a cotton lawn or something similar if silk seems a bit scary! Book your place here – spaces are limited.

Thanks for listening X



Our beautiful Joelles Wedding…

At Saturday Sewing Session we are very lucky to have truly wonderful girls as part of the SSS team – talented, gorgeous and with styles to die for!

So, when our lovely Joelle married her childhood sweetheart in August this year, we knew the wedding would be something special. So much so, that the awesome and award winning blog ‘Love my Dress’ picked it up.

You can read all about Joelles day here. Prepare for the heart swell.


Joelle and Bens Wedding

Aside from teaching at SSS Joelle has a great wedding consultation business called Rust and Stardust

If you are planning a wedding and needing some help with ideas, stationary, theme etc you can get in touch with her through her website.

Thanks for listening


Gorgeous Kiss-Lock glasses case tutorial…

Hello Sewers!

Here is a quick tutorial to make for a gorgeous Kiss-lock purse. Keep the design small for your pennies and pounds or simply extend it to make a glasses case like in the tutorial!

These clasps come in various shapes and sizes, perfect to make a whole collection!

Kiss-Lock Purse!

Below are the details on how to go about making one for yourself or someone you love. I extended the pattern to make a glasses case but the principle is exactly the same. I have used a 3” curved frame but you can change the pattern depending on your clasp size and shape.

How to draw up your pattern

- Fold the paper in half and place your frame on a blank piece of paper and draw around the outside of the frame (green pen)

You only need to mark up one side, then fold and cut both out together to make them symmetrical – I have done the long version in the pics!

- Mark 2.5cm (1 inch) along from 1 edge

- Mark 1cm (1/2 inch) up from the top of the curve

-Draw a line (dashed pencil line - free hand is fine)

-For a glasses case measure from the very top of the pattern, down the crease to 21cm (8 1/2 inches) and mark – you can make whatever size you wish!

- The bottom width of the case should be approx. 14cm (5 1/2 inches) (7cm (2 3/4 inches) from the crease

- Draw in the pattern and cut out.

Drawing in the hinge!

- Line the frame up with the initial marking (green line) and rotate it around until the edge of the hinge hits the side of the pattern

- From that point, measure 1.2cm (1/2 inch) down and mark – shown below with a blue line, fold the paper again and mark on the other side.

Once you pattern is all marked and cut out its time to cut out the fabrics.

2 x Top fabric - 2 x Lining Fabric - 2 x Interfacing

*Remember: notch (snip) the hinge markings on all of the pieces

Once you have cut all your pieces out, you’ll need to iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the lining. Follow manufacturers instructions.



There is 1cm (1/2 inch) SA (Seam Allowance) already on the pattern.

- With the RIGHT sides of your top fabric together, pin from hinge snip to hinge snip leaving the curve at the top open. Sew.

- Repeat with lining BUT at the bottom of the case leave a gap so mark a 6cm (2 1/2 inch) gap

-Sew in the same manner as above, starting at the notches and finishing at the opening. Repeat the other side.

Once this is all done and you have both bags sewn up, its time to put a flat bottom onto your case. It looks really good and will give your bag shape. This is a great little trick for lots of bags.

- Taking the corner of your top fabric bag, open out so that your bottom seam is lined up with your side seam. It should look like a triangle with little ears

- Mark 1.5cm (1/2 inch) and a bit down from the tip of the triangle and mark with a pin or chalk/pen. Make sure that it is lying flat and sew a straight line along that marking. Cut off the excess

- Repeat with the other corner and the corners of the lining too.Making the corners

- Turn your top fabric the right way round.

- Next, slip your top fabric bag into the lining bag so both right sides are together and the bottoms meet.

- Once the exterior bag is safely tucked into the lining, sew up the curved edges.

- Pin in place at first (right side to right side)

-With your 1cm SA you want to sew around the curve, notch to notch, meeting up with your side seams

It’s a bit fiddly so start and stop if necessary to get a neat curve. Leave the needle in. lift the foot and manoeuvre.

Once you have sewn them up, its time to get rid of some of the excess fabric so that you have a neat curve when the case is pulled through to the right side.

To do this, cut out little triangles, being careful not to snip your lovely stitching.

Sewing the curve up

- Now ‘Bag it out’  pull the exterior bag through the gap in the lining and turn it in on itself so that the lining will be inside the glasses case.

- Finger press the curve making sure you haven’t any lumps and bumps and that everything looks great. Before you iron, you’ll need to sew up the bottom of the lining bag.

- Pull the lining through again and stitch up the gap. Use a matching thread to make it really neat or a hand sewn slip stitch.

Bagging out and sewing up the gap.

Push the lining back in and press so that the curve is really crisp and tidy as we are going to add glue right on the edge!

Time for the clasp! 

 - Open up the clasp and apply glue to the inside channel of one of the sides

- Then glue one side of the curve of the case

Its a bit messy but I have always loved getting glue all over the place, however, the glue will come happily off the frame but not the fabric so be a bit careful.

- Wait a moment for the glue to become a bit tacky and then insert your purse into the frame…

- Start by inserting both the sides of the purse into the frame at the hinge end and working pretty quickly push the top of the purse in too

- A small pair of scissors or a head of a pin are a great help in pushing the fabric into the frame

- Check the back and the front all the time making sure it is secure and in place

- Leave to dry for 10 mins and then start with the other side

kiss lock clasp on

When its dry and the excess glue has been wiped away, double check its all looking lovely, make sure the clasp opens and closes and its looking great.

Ta – Daaaaa

Then pour a lovely glass of wine or put the kettle on! Pop your sunnies, reading glasses or pennies in their new home.

For your specs

We would LOVE to see any of your makes. Post onto our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Thanks for listening!