Saturday Sewing Session Blog

Our Top 5 and what really happens inside a sewing machine…

Its the middle of Feb, and it sees to be getting colder bar the sprinkle of daffodils peeping up from the ground.

That is enough to know that a change is on its way . WooHoo

We hope that everyones new year is ticking along nicely and that your resolution do and don’ts haven’t become a thing of 2015! At SSS Hq we are still mastering how to juggle, maybe we’ll keep that one in 2015!

Here is our Top 5 round up of our favourite book, restaurant, shop, exhibition and our top pick of the month to take you into Spring.

1) A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler We love a book that has thread on the cover here at SSS! This story is the tale of a beautiful emotional ride of a family  through the generations.

2) Sunday Cafe – This gorgeous little cafe in Barnsbury does an awesome brekkie!

3) BOB by DOP – Slightly biased but the wonderful Dawn O’Porter is online and has a POP up in town. Also check out her collaboration with Katharine Hamnett  in support of Help Refugees ’Choose Love’ campaign

4) Vogue100 A Century of Style - The National Portrait Gallery is showcasing  glorious Vogue commissioned photographs from 1916 to present day.

5) Magical lantern Festival – Chiswick House and Gardens comes alive with a  spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns

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Come closer, we have a secret….

We get asked all the time at SSS

‘Why does there need to be 2 threads’ and “How does the sewing machine actually work?’

Realising our answer of ‘Well, the thing is, ummm there are little fairies working their magic inside the little bobbin house’ … sort of, didn’t really cut it.

So we decided to find out the answer for YOU.

We  ventured far and wide, over hills and mountains, through streams and snow to find the answer, but then we just looked at Facebook and here is the result … and its a brilliant little vid!

Fairies not involved! How the sewing machine works!

 

Hope that helps!

Happy Stitching

 

XX

 

Let me introduce myself…

Hello!

I am Arianna, I am a maker and milliner and I have a great little sewing school based in Chelsea, London.

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My big sisters wonderful wedding – hats by me!

Although my main career now is millinery; I have spent most of my career making bespoke wedding dresses and hats. Which I have LOVED!

Creating hats has slowly overtaken the wedding dresses, although I still make and have enormous passion for dressmaking, I have decided to just focus on millinery – website will be launching soon so watch this space! However, Saturday Sewing Session started on a Saturday above The Chelsea Ram pub, hence the name!

It started on a bit of a whim and a prayer…

People kept asking me how to sew. So walking into my local, I asked the wonderful James who was the owner of the pub at the time if I could use his private dinner room on a Saturday.

I hired some machines made a basic flyer and voila! That was about 3 years ago.

My personal studio was in my flat and being constantly surrounded my fabric and pins day and night got a bit much so about 2 years ago and with the sewing sessions going well I took the scary leap to get a proper working wonderful space in Chelsea.

This enabled me to open up more sessions in the evening and at the weekend.

In the day its a studio space covered in hat blocks and fabric and everything else that we may be making and by night it transforms into a place where you can learn to sew or improve your skills.

We cover all sorts of sewing sessions, depending on your skill. Many of our sessions are based for beginners where you can make cushions, make up bags etc. Furthering your skills we do pyjamas (Pajama-Rama), dressmaking, knickers, working with leather and fur -loads depending on what you wish to make.

We can get you there with a simple beginners session and you’ll be sewing in no time.

We have had some wonderful feed back ‘I left the studio feeling completely inspired to carry on and try new projects’, we really strive to make the experience as lovely as can be so you leave feeling inspired and wanting to continue. The sessions are small so we hope to make the environment friendly and relaxed and a lovely way to spend a few hours.

All of our teachers are amazingly talented ladies. Experienced and highly skilled seamstresses. You’ll be meeting them along the way. They are wonderful!

This is our studio…

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I want this blog to be about sewing, fashion, vintage, food, travel and loads of lovely things.

I want to tell you whats happening at Saturday Sewing Session – now nearly every night of the week and all weekend!

-what classes we have up and running
-who are wonderful team of makers are
-great exhibitions
-loads of sewing tips and tricks used by experts that will help you on your wonderful sewing journey
-things that we will be making so you can see how easy sewing really is

…Loads of things.

As the youngest of 3 girls and knowing some amazing women, I am a massive advocate for women in business and knowing that if you want to make something happen, you can :)

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This is me with one of my wonderful sisters, Minty, and my brilliant big sisters gorgeous little girl – I think she was trying to call Santa in this pic!

Over to you!

In the comments section below, let us know if there is any topic you would like us to cover in our blog. We are always looking for fresh ideas and inspiration to help spread the sewing love.

Thanks for listening XX