Me Made May is fast approaching once more and so we are gearing ourselves up for another month of sewing and making inspiration all courtesy of the amazing Zoe of So Zo What Do You Know!
Celebrating all things handmade and wearable, Me Made Me is exactly what we need to welcome in spring and the chance to get out our more summery me made’s out of the wardrobe. And of course it is the perfect opportunity to finish off the those projects that have been languishing in our work areas, waiting to be worn and loved – you know the ones, that dress you couldn’t be bothered to hem, the skirt that needs a zip inserting, or the trousers that you somehow managed to sew both legs the same and you couldn’t face unpicking them and redoing it. Now’s the time to get your sewing mojo back on and sort out your UFOs (unfinished objects) so that you can wear them with pride in May.
Of course, Me Made May isn’t about rushing out and buying loads more fabric and patterns just so you can create an entirely new wardrobe for just one month; it’s about wearing and enjoying wearing your own handmade creations, be they sewn, knitted, crocheted or upcycled. So if you find that you haven’t been wearing many of the your me made makes for the past couple of months, it gives you the opportunity to find out why. Is it simply that it’s been tool cold and most of your handmade garments are for the summer season? Maybe it’s time to try out sewing with warmer and heavier weight fabrics – perhaps you could look at working with wool or sweatshirting. Do you struggle to get the fit right on your sewing? Why not try out sewing with jersey or look at patterns that have more easily adjustable closures, like wrap dresses or skirts or, anything with a belt tie that you can pull into fit your body. Do you only sew things for special occasions and then feel they’re too fancy for everyday wear? Maybe you should let yourself dress up a bit every now and then! Or look at making more comfortable and casual things in the future – Tilly’s new book contains patterns for a hoody, and you can’t get more comfortable and casual than that!
Or maybe you’re simply you haven’t sewn or made anything in a while and you’re in need of inspiration. And if that’s the case, then look no further than our window, which showcases our patterns in a fantastically simple colour blocked series.
You can also follow a global network of sewists taking part in Me Made May 2018 by following the hashtag mmmay18 on social medial sites like Instagram. Head over to Zoe’s blog here to read all about how she started off the movement and to sign up with your pledge to wear a certain number of me made makes for however many days of the month that you want to. Clair and Lotte will certainly be taking part once again this year, possibly with a seven day a week pledge to showcase our self made garments – it’s a challenge we’re happy to rise to! So now it’s your turn – what do you think? We say, Get involved and be inspired! #MMMay2018 here we come!
Inspiration takes many forms so feel free to pop into the shop, browse our patterns and fabrics, or if you can’t do it in person, head to our lovely new website and see what we inspire you to make there.
We are hosting yet another Brother Demo Day next week giving lots of you the chance to see just how amazing some of our sewing and embroidery machines are. Rachel from Bother will be here from 10.30am onwards on Friday 16th February, showcasing any machine you want to see in action, and answering your questions. If you are thinking about getting your hands on any of the Brother machines, it’s well worth popping along for a chat to see what’s what and take advantage of any special offers we have on the day.
A brand new machine will be joining the Emporia stables on that day – the Innovis NV100 – which is also on special offer during February and March 2018. The NV1000 has a fantastic range of features including a large (210mm) work space to the right of the needle, plus 140 stitches (plus lettering), 10 different styles of button hole, and a memory function that allows you to combine and store different stitches and symbols for embroidering. It also comes with all the brilliant extras that Brother is renowned for that make sewing a much smoother experience, like the SFDS – Square Feed Drive System for optimum stitch quality, the advanced needle threader, automatic thread cutter, slide speed control, lock stitch button, drop feed and knee lift.
A powerful and multi-functional sewing and quilting machine, this model also comes with a variety of different feet like the Zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, zipper foot, a monogramming foot and a button fitting foot. And if you buy this one before the end of March 2018 then you can get your hands on either the Creative Quilt Kit OR Creative Sewing pack and Couture Kit for FREE, both of which are worth over £140.00. The Creative Quilt Kit includes a wide extension table, motion free grip, open toe walking foot, 1/4″ piecing foot with guide and a stitch guide; the Creative Sewing Pack contains a narrow hem foot, a concealed fastener foot, a plastic quilting foot, a braiding foot and a piping foot; the Couture Kit includes an adjustable binder foot, a gathering foot, a 5-groove pin tuck foot, a straight stitch foot and needle plate set, an adjustable zipper/piping foot, and a non stick foot.
If you would like to take a closer look at the Innovis NV110, come and see it in action on Friday 16th February 2018 from 10.30am to 4pm.
Next month Clair will be heading off to Birmingham for a very exciting trip to the NEC for the wonderful Sewing for Pleasure, and we are giving away four pairs of tickets FREE to our lovely followers! Featuring a wealth of exciting stalls, stands and demonstrations and workshops, this inspirational exhibition is sure to get any sewing or knitting fan excited.
Taking place at the NEC in the heart of Birmingham, Sewing for Pleasure offers craft fans an amazing array of different stitch themed activities and shopping experiences; whether you are after demonstrations of new and exciting crafts, the chance to get hands on with physical workshops or just the opportunity to browse fabric and craft stalls from all around the country, there is plenty to be inspired by over the course of four whole days. Speak to the experts, shop for yarn, fabric and patterns, and soak up the crafty atmosphere – we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic day out.
For more information on the full run down of Sewing for Pleasure click here.
In amongst all the creativity Clair will be hosting our very own Emporia Fabric & Craft stand, where she’ll be selling new fabrics, the Emporia patterns collection and jewellery, plus a range of sewing equipment and haberdashery. We will also be launching two NEW patterns at the show which will be on sale exclusively at Sewing for Pleasure for the first week. Exciting times! Who wouldn’t want to win tickets to see that?!
The Sewing for Pleasure event takes place from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March 2018 at the NEC Birmingham; if you would like to take part in the competition to win a pair of tickets to the show, all you need to do is follow the blog if you don’t already, and leave a comment below saying who would like to go to the event with. We know you all love a day trip out, so now’s your chance – get entering!
The competition runs from Friday 2nd – Wednesday 28th February 2018, and we will announce a winner via the blog and Facebook on Thursday 1st March 2018. Please make sure you follow the Facebook page too, so that we know we can get in touch to notify you if you win.
Last Saturday was Sew Saturday and we had a fabulous time in the shop handing out goody bags, teaching newbies the basics on their machines and enjoying a bit of hand sewing with some crafty customers. But we also launched our very exciting new range of sewing and knitting themed jewellery!
These gorgeous creations are the result of a fantastic collaboration between ourselves and our long-time crafty mates Richardson & Richardson, who are renowned in Kent and beyond for their amazing laser cut designs. We sell their brilliant jewellery and wooden keepsake cards in the shop, and now we’ve teamed up with them to create some exclusive crafty designs. If you love sewing and/or knitting, then these gorgeous designs are just perfect for showing off your passion. Take a look at these lovelies and tell us which one is your favourite?
The new jewellery range is priced from £12.00 for smaller items up to £20.00 for the biggest pieces.
And they’ve hit our shelves just in time for Christmas too! Know someone who’d love one as a present? Get your hands on them soon as we’ve got limited stock of each design.
Speaking of presents and the dreaded (or not so dreaded in some people’s eyes) Christmas, we’ve also got a whole load of fabulous sewing boxes in store now. Ideal as gifts for committed sewing fans or the ideal present for someone who has just started off on their sewing journey, you can give the someone a sewing box to help them keep their sewing area tidy, or fill one with all the necessary pieces of equipment they might need. Either way, they come in a variety of fantastic prints – fun, funky, cute, pretty, sophisticated – they are loads to choose from.
The sewing boxes vary in size from small to extra large, and the prices range from £25.00 – £35.00.
Seen something you’d like? Give us a ring on 01233 612278 or get in touch via the contact form at the top of the blog and we’ll reserve it for you.
Saturday 21st October sees sewing fans up and down the country celebrate their addiction to their craft and we’re joining in the fun. With competitions, goody bags and workshops all taking place at the shop, there is plenty to get excited about on this fantastic sewing-inspired day.
Saturday morning will see a Beginner’s Class take place, so if you are keen to get behind a machine and learn the basics or refresh your knowledge if you’ve not sewn for a few years, then join Clair for this three hour session. Make an envelope-closed cushion cover and learn how to insert a zip in a pencil case or makeup bag. The Beginner’s Class starts at 10.30am and costs £40.00 per person – booking is essential.
In the afternoon there will be the chance to get your hands on a special Sew Saturday goody bag containing a variety of sewing themed treats and some free patterns. You can then take a seat in our sewing corner and spend a bit of time with fellow crafters making some special Sew Saturday creations. Sausage dogs are the theme of this year’s Sew Saturday so you can create a cute little canine friend to take home with you in our special open craft session.
Special offers will be taking place in the shop on the day, including Buy One Get One Half Price on all sewing patterns, and everyone who makes a purchase on Sew Saturday will be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic bundle of goodies including fabric, pattern cutting tools, a copy of Sew magazine (who are sponsoring the event) and tickets to a sewing and crafting event of your choice!
All this plus our ever expanding collection of new dress fabrics, and our brand new jersey collection – come and see us on Sew Saturday and celebrate your passion for sewing!
For more information on the Sew Saturday Beginner’s Class or to book a space, ring 01233 612278 or pop in at see us in Park Mall.
This week we’re at the Sewing Bee Live at ExCel London! (Another work trip out, we hear you cry! Yes! Aren’t we lucky?) The show runs for another two days over the weekend and we’ve spent the day here checking out the stalls, watching some of the contestants take part in the various challenges and getting the most out of our sewing themed day out.
From the varieties of fabric and haberdashery stands selling all kinds of sewing wonders, to specific designers showcasing their patterns and different designs, we have had a full on day of oohing and ahhing about everything on show. Vogue fashion shows, getting technical advice from the judges, expert tips from previous Sewing Bee contestants as well as getting to see some of the garments from the TV show live and in person – there isn’t much sewing related action that we’ve missed out on.
One of the the highlights was the vintage fashion exhibition hosted by the London Textiles and Fashion Museum which featured some amazing garments from the 1930s up to the 1970s. From gorgeous silk tea dresses that your grandmother might have worn to the kind of thing your mum might have been boogieing before she got pregnant with you, there were some amazing designs and even more amazing prints on display.
We stopped off at various stalls to make purchases, including some gorgeous arrow print chambray and star pattern sweat shirting from our mate Paul at Fabrics Galore; a Linden Sweatshirt pattern from Guthrie and Ghani, some fabric print blocks from Block Craft and a dress pattern from Maven Patterns.
We also spent quite a bit of our time going gooey at the knees over various famous sewing types, including Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It, the ladies from The Foldline, Ana from Cocowawa, Chinelo Bally from the first Sewing Bee series and most important of all, Patrick Grant himself! Having interrupted Chinelo on her way to the loo, half way through a challenge, we thought it best to shout after her “I think you’re amazing!” and the less embarrassing phrase, “We love you!” as she departed. She looked at us either like we were crazy or just over excited. It was most likely a mixture of both.
All in all we had a fabulous day out and generally got a bit over enthusiastic about sewing, fabric and all the stars. If you are headed here tomorrow or Sunday, we hope you have just as much as fantastic time as we did.
The Sewing Bee Live event continues to take place at ExCel London on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017.
Another new and exciting stockist has arrived at Emporia this week – the incredible and sewing-world renowned Adjustoform!
Giving you the chance to create amazing fitting clothes either for yourself without having to persuade someone else to do the pinning whilst you wear your creations, hoping they will do a reasonable job. Or if you’re sewing for someone else, then you don’t need to have them constantly on hand to be able to fit their clothes to them as you can use the dummy instead.
Coming in a variety of sizes that adjust their shape to replicate yours, these handy models can make the difference between endless pinning and tacking and resewing, and simple, easy fitting and creating. The model we’ve currently got on show in the shop is the Lady Valet, priced at £160 for either a small or a medium, and even though it’s the most basic model it will still adjust in 12 different points to replicate your body. Other benefits include using it to hang clothes to keep them in shape whilst you undertake a long-winded sewing project, and it’s old school style and traditionally designed polished wood stand and matching neck cap.
If you want to take things up a notch with your dress model, take a look at the SupaFit standard and deluxe editions. These forms come as either a four or eight part dummy, which again can be tailored to fit your own measurements as an aid to accurate fitting. The body is split at the waist to assist fitting for those with longer or shorter waistlines, and it features 12 adjusting wheels, an adjustable neck with useful pin cushion, a foam-backed nylon covering which allows easy pinning and marking, strong tripod stand folds for easy storage, and hem marker or hem leveller options. You can also get a male version of this model too.
The prices for the SupaFit deluxe models start at £130.00 and go up to £145.00 for the full figure; and the SupaFit standard starts at £120.00 for the petite and goes up to £135.00 for the full figure.
For more information on the Adjustoform dress models you can give us a ring on 01233 612278 or pop into the shop and have a chat with us about your sewing needs.