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



Pinnies for Pancake Day

Its that time of the year again Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday

One of my faves!

Whether it is the eve before giving up something for lent or simply because you find them delicious pancake day falls this year on the 4th March.

That just happens to be my sisters birthday so I know what we’ll be having for pudding, but due to when Easter falls, it changes every year.

Traditionally, a religious festival it is cemented in the British Calendar.

We can either celebrate flipping our pancakes in our own kitchens amongst families and friends or head into town and  flip them in streets across England where  pancake races have become a tradition.

Look at these amazing images… (more…)

Gorgeous Kiss-Lock glasses case tutorial…

Hello Sewers!

Here is a quick tutorial to make for a gorgeous Kiss-lock purse. Keep the design small for your pennies and pounds or simply extend it to make a glasses case like in the tutorial!

These clasps come in various shapes and sizes, perfect to make a whole collection!

Kiss-Lock Purse!

Below are the details on how to go about making one for yourself or someone you love. I extended the pattern to make a glasses case but the principle is exactly the same. I have used a 3” curved frame but you can change the pattern depending on your clasp size and shape.

How to draw up your pattern

- Fold the paper in half and place your frame on a blank piece of paper and draw around the outside of the frame (green pen)

You only need to mark up one side, then fold and cut both out together to make them symmetrical – I have done the long version in the pics!

- Mark 2.5cm (1 inch) along from 1 edge

- Mark 1cm (1/2 inch) up from the top of the curve

-Draw a line (dashed pencil line - free hand is fine)

-For a glasses case measure from the very top of the pattern, down the crease to 21cm (8 1/2 inches) and mark – you can make whatever size you wish!

- The bottom width of the case should be approx. 14cm (5 1/2 inches) (7cm (2 3/4 inches) from the crease

- Draw in the pattern and cut out.

Drawing in the hinge!

- Line the frame up with the initial marking (green line) and rotate it around until the edge of the hinge hits the side of the pattern

- From that point, measure 1.2cm (1/2 inch) down and mark – shown below with a blue line, fold the paper again and mark on the other side.

Once you pattern is all marked and cut out its time to cut out the fabrics.

2 x Top fabric - 2 x Lining Fabric - 2 x Interfacing

*Remember: notch (snip) the hinge markings on all of the pieces

Once you have cut all your pieces out, you’ll need to iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the lining. Follow manufacturers instructions.



There is 1cm (1/2 inch) SA (Seam Allowance) already on the pattern.

- With the RIGHT sides of your top fabric together, pin from hinge snip to hinge snip leaving the curve at the top open. Sew.

- Repeat with lining BUT at the bottom of the case leave a gap so mark a 6cm (2 1/2 inch) gap

-Sew in the same manner as above, starting at the notches and finishing at the opening. Repeat the other side.

Once this is all done and you have both bags sewn up, its time to put a flat bottom onto your case. It looks really good and will give your bag shape. This is a great little trick for lots of bags.

- Taking the corner of your top fabric bag, open out so that your bottom seam is lined up with your side seam. It should look like a triangle with little ears

- Mark 1.5cm (1/2 inch) and a bit down from the tip of the triangle and mark with a pin or chalk/pen. Make sure that it is lying flat and sew a straight line along that marking. Cut off the excess

- Repeat with the other corner and the corners of the lining too.Making the corners

- Turn your top fabric the right way round.

- Next, slip your top fabric bag into the lining bag so both right sides are together and the bottoms meet.

- Once the exterior bag is safely tucked into the lining, sew up the curved edges.

- Pin in place at first (right side to right side)

-With your 1cm SA you want to sew around the curve, notch to notch, meeting up with your side seams

It’s a bit fiddly so start and stop if necessary to get a neat curve. Leave the needle in. lift the foot and manoeuvre.

Once you have sewn them up, its time to get rid of some of the excess fabric so that you have a neat curve when the case is pulled through to the right side.

To do this, cut out little triangles, being careful not to snip your lovely stitching.

Sewing the curve up

- Now ‘Bag it out’  pull the exterior bag through the gap in the lining and turn it in on itself so that the lining will be inside the glasses case.

- Finger press the curve making sure you haven’t any lumps and bumps and that everything looks great. Before you iron, you’ll need to sew up the bottom of the lining bag.

- Pull the lining through again and stitch up the gap. Use a matching thread to make it really neat or a hand sewn slip stitch.

Bagging out and sewing up the gap.

Push the lining back in and press so that the curve is really crisp and tidy as we are going to add glue right on the edge!

Time for the clasp! 

 - Open up the clasp and apply glue to the inside channel of one of the sides

- Then glue one side of the curve of the case

Its a bit messy but I have always loved getting glue all over the place, however, the glue will come happily off the frame but not the fabric so be a bit careful.

- Wait a moment for the glue to become a bit tacky and then insert your purse into the frame…

- Start by inserting both the sides of the purse into the frame at the hinge end and working pretty quickly push the top of the purse in too

- A small pair of scissors or a head of a pin are a great help in pushing the fabric into the frame

- Check the back and the front all the time making sure it is secure and in place

- Leave to dry for 10 mins and then start with the other side

kiss lock clasp on

When its dry and the excess glue has been wiped away, double check its all looking lovely, make sure the clasp opens and closes and its looking great.

Ta – Daaaaa

Then pour a lovely glass of wine or put the kettle on! Pop your sunnies, reading glasses or pennies in their new home.

For your specs

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