Saturday Sewing Session Blog

On trend festive fashion

With Christmas less than a month away, and the diary bulging with parties, dinners and festive get togethers its time to stitch up some one off party frocks. We’ve picked some gorgeous festive styles that can be stitched and upcycled at home. As with every SSS blog we start off by doing a round up of our favourite book, restaurant, shop, exhibition and our top pick of the month.

 

  1. Us by David Nicholls, a witty page-turner about a couple on the brink of divorce on a tour of Europe with their teenage son.
  2. The Lodge, an authentic mountain Alpine retreat in the heart of Clapham. Cheese fondue, hot toddies and a meaty menu what more could you want!
  3. Harrods- a trip to see the Christmas window displays and the Toy Kingdom will get any Scrooge into the holiday spirit.
  4. Audrey Hepburn Exhibition, Portraits of an Icon, it may not be at the National Portrait Gallery anymore, but you can still catch the curated twitter tour.
  5. SSS Pick of the Month- Brixton’s South Pole Saloon. Join Santa’s elves for a post workshop tipple…festive, tacky goodness!

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Sparkles & Sequins

 

Sequins are a Christmas party staple. There are plenty of unusual sequined fabrics on websites like ebay that will make you stand out for all the right reasons! Whether one block colour or just a sparkly section there are plenty of ways to jazz up your evening wear. For the subtler partygoer a sequined little black dress can give that festive edge without being too over the top. Below is a pattern for the new look maxi evening dress that can be customized with different straps and backs. We have also included some similar designer styles on the Catwalk to give you some on trend inspiration. If you are new to stitching with sequined fabrics always test on a piece of the fabric first, it may need a thinner needle to punch through the sequins. If a big evening gown project makes you nervous, please contact us and we can help you through it every step of the way!

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Tulle Skirts

 

Carrie Bradshaw Style Tulle Skirts are an easy way of making a party ready look. They can also be worn with a Cashmere jumper and necklace for daytime festive shindig, or with a silk cami top for the evening. The look is versatile and can be worn throughout the year…. Well worth stitching this December. Below we have simplicity pattern 1427 so you can make your own Tulle Skirt in a number of lengths and styles. If tulle is a foreign fabric to you it may be worth organising a one2one session as we can cater for any type of project, no matter how big, small or glittery.

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Embellishments and Appliqués

 

Embellishments, gems and Appliqués are a great way to add sparkle to any hand stitched dress or shop brought garment. Below we have a simple shift tunic dress that you can make at home, we also have our shift dress class which is really useful for getting the perfect fit (and brilliant for intermediate sewers!). Buying gems, embellishments and appliqués is a great way of adding a personal touch to your wardrobe, and it means you can up cycle last years cocktail dresses with a new twist! The dress below is £160 from Ted Baker, you can make your own for a fraction of the price and you can guarantee no one else will have the same outfit as you!

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Whether you are embarking on a big dressmaking project for an upcoming event this December or hoping to upcycle 2014’s party frocks we want to hear from you. Party season is upon us andthere is no better feeling than have some one ask where you brought your outfit from and replying you made it yourself!

 

If you have a family member or friend that loves trying something new, why not get them a Saturday Sewing Sessions giftcard this Christmas. There is nothing better than finding a hobby that you love, and you won’t know you love it until you’ve tried it! And if you are very brave, why not try making your loved ones a handmade prezzie?

 

Warm Wishes in the build up to Christmas,

 

The SSS Team xxxxx

 

 

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