Saturday Sewing Session Blog

London Fashion Week SS16 Sewing Projects.

Hot on the heels of New York Fashion Week, the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 shows did not disappoint. As expected it was another stand out year for British Designers, from the outlandish to the sublime, all were hailed for their innovative talent and progressive design. Before we look at our favourite sewable LFW trends we’ve got to start as we always do with our Saturday Sewing Session Top 5 picks of the Month in the following categories a Book, Restaurant, Shop, Exhibition and our Pick of the Month.

  • The Girl Who Wasn’t There- A gripping murder trial that will keep you guessing right until the end. Dark, ingenious and irresistibly gripping.
  • Darwin Restaurant, Sky Garden- Incredible brunch and views to rival the Shard…Perfection!
  • Pearl Lowe Petite- Uber cute Circus inspired Kids collection from Pearl Lowe- Launching in Harrods soon!
  • Mademoiselle Prive- Saatchi Gallery-a journey through the origins of CHANEL’s creations and the charismatic personalities of Mme Coco and Karl Lagerfeld.
  • Pick of the Month- Autumnal Walks in london- embrace the change in season, wrap up and get out there!


Saturday Sewing Sessions Blog Sewing, Pearl Lowe, Fashion Week, Autumn Walks, Darwin Restaurant, Chanel Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery,

There is often a disconnect between fashion and home sewing, and here at the SSS we want to bridge that gap. Couture glamour and experimental design shouldn’t be left solely to the designers, if you feel inspired to make your very own home made fashion statement then we want you to give it a go!


We have identified 3 trends for the SS16 LFW catwalks that we think can be easily created at home…….get stitching!

Print Blocking

Saturday Sewing Sessions Blog Sewing London Fashion Week, Trends SS 2016, Designer Fashion, Sew at Home

Jonathan Saunders, Emilia Wickstead, Duro Olowu, Mary Katrantzou, and Mother of Pearl


Colour blocking is usually the trend that keeps on giving, but this time around, the city has taken it up a notch by blocking prints. Head to your local fabric shop, pick the jazziest prints and start mixing up your dressmaking patterns. Whether they clash or compliment each other this trend will be big next spring. There is so much room in sewing for experimentation, taking risks and getting creative. We can do tailored one to one courses for any project that you want to tackle, so be ambitious, get in touch and we can help you make your dream project a reality!


All tied up

Saturday Sewing Sessions Blog Sewing London Fashion Week, Trends SS 2016, Designer Fashion, Sew at Home 

Issa, David Koma, Christopher Raeburn, Eudon Choi, and Amanda Wakeley


Tied waists not only add structure to unfitted designs but they are also an easy way of updating an existing outfit. To make your own tie, measure out 2 lengths of black thin fabric, edge stitch down each side and one end, poke inside out, press, top stitch 0.3cm in and secure the open end by top stitching. Add to a boxy outfit for a LFW designer twist to your outfit! Emphasis was placed on the waist with plenty of designers tying their looks up with a bow.



 Saturday Sewing Sessions Blog Sewing London Fashion Week, Trends SS 2016, Designer Fashion, Sew at Home, Net Mesh

Sibling, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland, Simone Rocha, and Burberry Prorsum

If like us at the SSS you are a keen follower of Fashion but also love to sew then why not try some dressmaking patterns that you know and love in some on trend fabrics? As an example why not try our Jersey Dress Pattern that you can make in our SSS class in a netted mesh? It creates a bold look, that may require a slip underneath to protect your modesty but its an easy way of creating a high fashion look. It can be a great opportunity to learn how to Alter patterns to accommodate fabrics with different properties.


If you have a go at sewing the Catwalk then please send in your photos, we would just love to see them! We will be doing a bigger round up of all our favourite fashion week trends across Milan, London, New York and Paris next month… so watch this space!


Happy Stitching



A little lesson in love from the Saturday Sewing Sessions.

Chelsea Victoria Etsy Shop Hearts, Twinkle Lights- Holding On To Love. Hearts, valentine, sewing, dressmaking Saturday Sewing Sessions.

Image Credit: Chelsea Victoria Etsy Shop Hearts, Twinkle Lights- Holding On To Love.

Each week on the blog we are going to select our top five ‘picks of the week’ in the following categories: exhibitions, shops, books, restaurants and the SSS team’s favourite. They won’t necessarily be sewing related but just interesting things for lovely people.

  1. Deliciously Ella cookery book- whole plant based recipes from a very inspirational lady. Ella’s philosophy is all about embracing natural food your body loves.
  2. SMUG gorgeous lifestyle store in Camden (and online) selling beautiful stationary, homeware & much much more.
  3. Thea Porter Exhibition- at the Fashion & Textile Museum, 6th Feb- 3rd May. Fashion & interior design from the pioneer of 1970’s bohemian chic- major dressmaking inspiration!
  4. 10 Greek Street -Unpretentious tasty hearty food in Soho. It has a small perfectly picked menu, friendly staff and a buzzing atmosphere…Yum, yum and yum.
  5. The SSS favourite this week is the seriously addictive Serial Podcast. The first season unearths a complex murder case in Baltimore 1999, which will keep you guessing…did Adnan really do it? Not exactly tying in with the Valentines theme this week, but it’s just too good to miss.

 Saturday Sewing Sessions Top 5 Picks of the week banner.

With Valentines Day looming we thought it might be topical to tackle the subject of love. Whether you are single, taken or too busy stitching to care, read on to find out our top sewing related lurve tips that will get you in a romantic mood this Valentines Day….


So, you and your other half have been together for a while, and maybe you are looking for something special to surprise them with this year? Well forget the bouquets of flowers, dinner for two and annihilating that trusty tray of Guylian Chocolates, and book yourself in for our Naughty Knickers workshop on Sunday the 8th of February 2015! Nothing says ‘thoughtful present’ more than a handcrafted gift you can both enjoy. Your Naughty Knickers can be personalised however you want; sew on bows, appliques, ribbons, lacey trims and other pretty decorations…. It’s completely up to you!


Valentine’s Day can be a sore subject if you are a singleton with only a hearty tub of Ben & Jerry’s to keep you company. But have no fear! The SSS team has the perfect solution to get cupid working overtime. It is a fact that you meet Mr/Mrs Right when you stop searching for them and start focusing on something you love. Start a new hobby that excites you as it opens you up to meeting like-minded people and discovering what makes you passionate and creative. And what is more attractive than watching someone who is impassioned by what they do, you can literally see the happiness radiate off them! And if dressmaking could be your thing, have a look at our upcoming classes…. After all, you may need to knock up a little black dress for all the dates you will be asked out on!       

Too busy stitching?

Most of us sewaholics will be in this category… make sure you share your lovely makes via our Instagram & Twitter. Soon we will be launching our ‘Make of the Month’ to everyone who has taken part in our classes, so keep an eye on the website.

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

Happy Valentine’s Day


P.S If you are still stuck for prezzie ideas for your Valentine you can buy gift vouchers here for our SSS classes or when in doubt, diamonds are ALWAYS a winner!



Pencils – and not the ones you write with!


I hope you all enjoyed the sewing bee  - wasn’t it good!

So I had a spare hour the other day and really wanted to try out a pattern by the brilliant By Hand London Girls.

They are a couple of lovely girls who stared drawing up more on trend patterns and the packaging is totally beautiful.

The beautiful Charlotte Skirt from the girls behind By Hand London

The beautiful Charlotte Skirt from the girls behind By Hand London

The packaging is so well thought out and attractive, that alone was enough to tempt me, plus I had heard great things.  I also wanted to try this pencil pattern hoping this would become the one that we would use in our sessions… so here goes!

I went for a faux leather – mainly because I had some but also I was after a really similar leather pencil that I had seen from ASOS, so I thought, I will make myself one and kill 2 birds to also test the pattern. As a seamstress I make and mend for my career and I forget to run myself up some lovely things for myself – so its a real treat to have the time.

It tells you very clearly what you need to make this cracking garment and there are options with the peplum – around the waist, on the hem or without – I went without.

I am so use to making my own patterns that this felt like a royal treat!

I used sandbags to hold the pattern in place, being from Cornwall, its a little bit of home…

Tip… If you are heading to the sea side anytime soon, fill up a little bag with sand – empty them into little calico hand stitched bags when you get back, secure the top and voila – brilliant weights!

Alternatively, any weight or anything heavy will do, pins puncture leather so if you do pin, stay inside the SA (Seam Allowance). I extended the pattern about 2″ to make it more of a midi. It s a very slim skirt so I took the sides out a little too.

Once it was all cut out, I needed to mark the darts -now, there are loads of different ways to mark darts, tailor tacking, chalking, using a spiky roller aka a tracing wheel – as long at you mark where you need to mark, while being aware of your fabric choice, thats fine. In this case I used a tracing wheel and carbon paper to transfer the markings, whilst popping a pin at the head of the dart for accuracy. (Its OK to use pins here as we are going to stitch there anyway!)

Follow the lines of your chosen size, this can look like dotted line mayhem but rolling up against a ruler really helps! Once you have your lines transferred onto the fabric, pinch the right sides together and sew down your drawn lines and off the edge – tie the ends in a knot – as if you are putting a knot in your gift wrap ribbon.


It should look a bit like this from the outside… remember, I chose a faux leather so it looks a little bumpy, even when carefully pressed with a pressing cloth on a low heat. To be honest, I think I took this before I went anywhere near the iron!

If you are using a lovely cotton or something similar, press darts to the side and it will look sharp and polished. Once you have sewn something, press as you go. It really makes a difference to the finished result.

After that, it was sewing the side seams up and I used a white invisible zip to close. Although invisible means invisible I quite liked the idea of perhaps seeing  a flash of white zip so I sewed it a little further away. Its one of the privileges of making your own things – Artistic Licence I think they call it!

Then after attaching the waistband around the top edge of the skirt I fastened the top with a metal popper to secure. Ta Darr my skirt was done and I loves it!

Ta Darrr

Ta Darrr

Excuse the selfie!! So I teamed my new leather pencil skirt with a simple T and, what looks like really scruffy boots!

I thought the pattern was great, easy to use, easy to read, a lovely shape. Next time I think I will pop a vent in the back and will definitely make another with the peplum, perfect for Summer in a bright colour or floral pattern.


This will be our Miss Moneypenny Pencil skirt. A perfect intro to dressmaking covering really great techniques, darts, zips and waistbands.

We would love to see any pics of your makes or if you have any sewing questions let us know and if we can help we will.

Have a wonderful Easter everyone – oohh imagine a skirt made of chocolate!

Thanks for listening and hopefully see you soon.