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The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie

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This fortnight Arianna very kindly invited me along to take part in The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie workshop at the SSS, so I thought it might be nice to share with you my experience of the course. As with all the Saturday Sewing Sessions blog posts we have to start with a round up of the top 5 team picks of the week in each of the following categories- a book, restaurant, exhibition, shop and our ultimate pick:

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison, if you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, you will love this.
  2.  The Abbeville Kitchen Clapham South, hearty flavoursome seasonal dishes. The sharing lamb shoulder is phenomenal.
  3. Fashion Rules Exhibition at Kensington Palace, a nostalgic look back at the recent decades of Regal fashion, on until summer 2015!
  4. Obvious State unique designs notebooks, prints, cards and books. Witticisms, original illustrations these will make you want to take note.
  5. SSS Pick of the Week, Saturday 11th April Spitalfields Farm- The Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race- The Highlight of the 2015 Farmyard Calendar.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

Before I write about my experience of attending The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie course last weekend, it may be appropriate to let you know a little bit about me and my sewing abilities. My name is Rosie (I’m posing with my floral dummy in the photo below), I taught myself to sew so I lack in technical expertise, but I really love giving it a go. I would definitely count myself as an amateur as I am unfamiliar with patterns, types of stitches, seams and hems but I’m enjoying learning. If you fancy having a look at some of my home makes take a look at my Instagram @monacoandmargot. Alongside Arianna I write the blog for the SSS, and help out with some aspects of social media too.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

I was thrilled when Arianna invited me to take part in the course and thought it would be nice for anyone thinking of attending to know what to expect (the classes vary according to skill level). ‘The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie’ workshop ran over 2 days and was taught by the lovely Laura Stanford. Laura has an impressive CV working at all the big Lingerie companies (Marks & Spencer and Agent Provocateur to name but a few). She has taken her extensive knowledge and put it into her beautiful new book “The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie’ (co-authored by Katherine Sheers) and runs handy workshops to show you how to make our own sets too!

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

There were five of us eager to learn how to make our very own delicate knicker and brasserie sets. Laura had sourced the most beautiful Italian tulle, British lace and vintage French tape for us to make our creations. We picked our colours and trims then set about cutting our fabric out of the intricate patterns (all available in Laura’s book). As a newbie sewer what I found useful was having the finished products on the table to use as a reference point throughout the day.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

Now I am not going to reveal all the Secrets I learnt about sewing lingerie, you will have to attend the course to hear all the tips and tricks of the trade. It really does help having an expert to guide you through it, and show you how to master the fiddly bits like elastic on tulle.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

As part of the course you get copies of the patterns so you can make a whole collection at home if you wanted too! Here is a photograph of my finished black lingerie.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

It is simply divine, and one of the only things I have made with a professional finish!

The workshop revealed what kind of learner I was, I much preferred being shown by Laura how to do something then repeating it myself. Whereas some of the other ladies were a little more ‘pattern savvy’ and could follow the steps then asked for extra assistance when they needed it.  The Naughty Knickers course at the SSS may be a great springboard to prepare you for making the whole set.

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

Everyone beavering away!

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Workshop Saturday Sewing Sessions, handmade, knickers, underwear, delicate, lace, beautiful.

It was so lovely to meet like-minded people in the workshop, and throughout the weekend you find out more about each other and generally have a good old natter over tea and cakes! We were all at different levels of experience so we all took it at our own pace, and then helped each other out if someone had already completed a fiddly bit you were tackling. I would thoroughly recommend the workshop to anyone; Laura’s extensive knowledge and tales of the fashion lingerie industry are fascinating. I couldn’t be more thrilled with my lingerie set, not only is it delicate and feminine but it fits perfectly.

Keep an eye on the website as another Lingerie workshop will be announced shortly. We also have tonnes of other classes available if you want to brush up on your sewing skills before the class, (the sewing bootcamps are a great starter!) and we do one on one sessions if you would prefer that too.

 

Let us know if you’ve done any makes over the Easter weekend, we would love to hear from you!

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