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This fortnight’s blog is kicking off with yet another juicy assortment of hand picked goodies selected by the SSS team. We have chosen an addictive book, a mouth-watering shop, a healthy exhibition, a quirky restaurant and a team favourite you cannot miss!

  1. Not That Kind of Girl – musings and stories written by the audacious Lena Dunham. If you are a fan of HBO’s Girls you will love this.
  2. The Biscuiteers -totally delicious crumbly goodness, perfect for all occasions (check out the Mothers Day biccies below!) and the biscuit boutique in Battersea is a MUST see.
  3. BBC Good Food Eat Well Show- Olympia from the 27th Feb to the 1st of March- a wholesome healthy event hosted by an impressive array of chefs and celebs.
  4. Gingerline – A nomadic dining experience hosted in a hush hush pop up location along the East London overground line. It is created by two-adventure loving foodies…book in and wait with anticipation for a text detailing the secret location.
  5. The SSS Top pick of the week is a brilliant play called ‘The Nether’ on at the Duke of York’s Theatre in Soho. Compelling yet dark…not recommended for a first date!

Saturday Sewing Sessions top picks.

The focus of this weeks blog is about a lovely lady called Fran and her sewing journey. Her passion for sewing has evolved from wanting to create unique personal decorations for her new home and has led on to her selling accessories on Etsy. Read on to see how simply ‘giving it a go’ can lead to discovering something you love.

So Fran how did you get into sewing?

I loved the thought of being able to do something creative and make something for myself and my kids. And when we bought our new house I started making cushions and decorations to give it a personal touch. At first I just experimented and gave it a go, but eventually I wanted to learn more techniques so I found the Saturday Sewing Sessions and attended some classes to become more confident. Its now evolved into something I love and a bonus is making money from it too!

What aspect of sewing do you like most?

I like both dressmaking and accessories, but at the moment I’m focusing on creating accessories as I sell them on my Etsy shop Sewingly beautiful. But I do have some gorgeous jersey fabric waiting to be made into lovely summer dresses for my girls and me.

Fran's Easy Shop makes

Below is my before and after from when I attended the Saturday Sewing session’s ‘Jersey in a jiffy’ introduction to pattern cutting and dressmaking course. I loved creating a garment that no one else will have…And what beautiful fabric!

Fran Saturday Sewing Sessions Jersey in a Jiffy before & after

What is it you love about sewing?

I have two small kids who take up most of my time, but I try and make time for sewing whenever I can. I love buying fabric (one can never have enough fabric) and then get the scissors out and start making something. When making dresses I normally don’t think too much about it before and start drawing a pattern onto the fabric and just go for it and see what comes out of it. Luckily most of the times it works!

What advice would you give to people who are beginner sewers eager to learn more?

Just go for it! You don’t need an expensive sewing machine, a pretty basic one is enough to see if you enjoy it, but I would definitely recommend attending sewing classes at some point if you really want to go further with it.

Would you recommend Etsy to other sewers keen to sell their projects?

Absolutely. Don’t expect to sell lots and lots, but if you do get an order it just makes you feel good and gives you more confidence. Have a look around on Etsy to find similar items of what you are wanting to sell to get ideas on pricing.

Fran & her Daughters.

Thank you so much to lovely Fran for taking the time out to catch up with the SSS. If you have been inspired to give it a go, have a look at our beginners classes to learn the basics… you will be cross stitching before you know it!

If you fancy saying hello or have any recommendations for pick of the week, please comment below, we would love to hear from you!

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