Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sewing School Autumn/Winter Programme Launched!

Looking for sewing lessons in the Witney, Oxfordshire area?  We are proud to announce our Autumn/Winter programme of workshops and lessons.

If you are thinking about taking up sewing, or if you haven’t done it for a while, try our taste lesson, making a fun owl cushion…

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If you are looking for something more thorough, but for the beginner, try our 4 week introduction to sewing course, where you will learn about how to pick fabrics, thread and stitches, as well as make cushion covers, bunting, aprons, bags and zip up pouches.  Walking away with a new project completed each week, and by the end, the skills needed to choose stitches, sew straight and curves, make and use bias tape, pick and use interfacings, cut fabric, read patterns, sew darts and use zips!

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If you are looking to extend your skills base in making clothes, why not try our Pyjama bottom workshop, or Full Bust Adjustment workshop (where you will learn how to adjust patterns to suit your upper body shape perfectly!).

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Fancy trying your hand at making a floor cushion – great for children and an opportunity to learn the basics of box cushion construction.

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and if you are looking for a fun evening with like-minded folk, sign up for our Christmas sewing workshop.

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We supply everything you need, you can even choose your fabrics from the whole of our store!

If you are not local, but know someone who is, please share our programme with them, and if you are local – what are you waiting for?

Download a copy of the prospectus here.

Visit www.printstopolkadots.co.uk to find out more and book your place today!

Funky Street Life from Dashwood Apron

I have been busy getting my eldest son ready for food tech tomorrow, this apron took about an hour to make.  I have used the fab Dashwood Studio’s Street Life collection (click here) and to make sure it will withstand cooking lessons for 11-year-olds, I have applied fusible interfacing (click here).  

Really pleased with the results, this collection is truly beautiful, definitely going to have to make a Colette Dahlia dress out of this one!

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Witney’s Fabric Pop Up Shop is Back!

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14 WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS and the FABRIC POP UP SHOP is BACK on SATURDAY 3rd of October – starting at 10am.

It’s NEVER too early to start preparing for Christmas – Come along and get inspired to start sewing – with almost everything from the online store available on the day, you are sure to be inspired!

Bunting is always popular so why not make some for Christmas or get ahead for that Summer Party – you can store it in one of our cotton Bunting Bags!  We have templates, pre-cut triangles and our unique bunting tape in red, blue, pink, yellow, green and white

Our Applique Iron on letters will add a touch of uniqueness to your bunting (amongst other projects); try making bunting spelling out your child’s name. Perfect for on the wall over the bed and we have everything crossed that our bunting sewing packs will be here in time  – perfect gifts for budding sewers!

Our range of Haberdashery has never looked better it includes bias tapes, ricrac, ribbons and buttons – plus an increased range of interfacing.

We have the Usual Pick and Mix of role ends. All being sold at the bargain price of £1.70 per 50 Grams.

NOT TO BE MISSED SCRAPBOOKING materials will be on sale at silly prices. Many items would make great stock fillers for Less than £1

Witney Methodist Church Hall, OX28 6HG
Saturday October the 3rd
10am to 4pm

Park for free in Waitrose or Marks and Spencer’s car parks.

Looking forward to seeing you all there and sharing creative ideas.
Claire, Diana and Jayne.

 

Sewvember Sewing School – Classes Preview…

We are making this November into Sewvember with 15% off all sewing classes at Prints to Polka Dots!

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We will be running a series of sewing workshops and our Introduction to Sewing course over the month, here in our Sewing Room.

Full details will be published later this month, but in the meantime you can register your interest in finding out more by emailing us at customerservices@printstopolkadots.co.uk


INTRODUCTION TO SEWING

During this 4 week course you will learn all you need to know to get going.

Week 1

  • The basics, choosing and inserting your needle, winding your bobbin and choosing your thread.
  • The most popular stitches and where to use them.
  • We will also practice cutting fabric and you will make your own bunting and envelope style cushion cover to take home!

Week 2

  • We will make reversible bags, introducing sewing around curves, top stitching and hand sewing.

Week 3

  • We will be making half aprons (they are ones that start at the waist!) with pockets.
  • Skills covered will include making and sewing with bias tape, gathering and adding pockets.

Week 4

  • We will make zipper pouches, you can go as big or small as you like!
  • Skills covered will include sewing with zips, choosing and sewing with interfacing.

CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT

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During this workshop you will be making a Christmas tree skirt, designed to keep your tree looking festive after the presents have all gone!

Not only is this a great make, but it’s a great introduction to quilting!

SUITABLE FOR: All you need is a basic understanding of your sewing machine, how to thread & how to sew in lines.

SKILLS COVERED:  Pattern cutting, using fusible wadding, stitching in the ditch (quilting), sewing with bias tape.


FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT (FBA)

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Did you know that most sewing patterns are designed with a B or C cup in mind?  If you are larger than this you will be used to finding the underarm areas of sleeveless tops gapping, showing off more bra than you would like, and to having trouble getting dresses to fit every part of your body at the same time!

Spend an evening learning how to adjust standard sewing patterns to allow for your real shape.We will be sewing a simple vest top, with bias binding around the armholes and neckline.  Once you have adjusted your pattern you can take it home to make a wardrobe full of bespoke tops!

SUITABLE FOR: This is a great introduction to sewing clothes, you will need to be able to thread a machine and have had practice sewing straight lines.

SKILLS COVERED:  Measuring yourself, adjusting patterns to fit your upper body, reading sewing patterns and sewing with bias tape.


CHRISTMAS STOCKING

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Make your own lined Christmas stocking at this fun workshop!

SUITABLE FOR: All you need is a basic understanding of your sewing machine, how to thread & how to sew in lines.

SKILLS COVERED:  Pattern cutting, piecing pieces together, choosing and using iron on interfacing, sewing with pom poms.


WAFFLE FLOOR CUSHIONS

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Make your first waffle floor cushion – we say first as it won’t be long before you have a stack in the corner of your room!

SUITABLE FOR: All you need is a basic understanding of your sewing machine, how to thread & how to sew in lines.

SKILLS COVERED: Pattern cutting (using quilting ruler), making a box cushion (without zip), hand sewing (ladder stitch).


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

  • You can bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours.
  • We keep classes small to ensure you get our full attention, 4-6 people per session.
  • Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7pm to 9.30pm.
  • We are based in Witney.

We also offer one to one sewing tuition, and can come to your home if you prefer – why not hold a sewing party, invite a few keen sewers and we can tailor the evening to your needs.  Contact us at customerservices@printstopolkadots.co.uk for further information.

Dashwood Autumnal Offer!

We have a great range of Dashwood cotton fabrics on offer at just £7 a mtr!

Dashwood Studio fabrics are perfect for clothes, quilting, patchwork and home decor projects, they are 100% cotton, 110cm (44″) wide.

Click here to view all our Dashwood fabrics, or the image below to jump to the special offer ones.

Already in love with Dashwood?  We would love to see pictures of your makes, if you sell you makes do include a link to your shop or Facebook page and share the love!

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Specialist bunting tapes in a new range of colours!

We have been stocking our fab specialist bunting tape for a while now, and would never use anything else to make bunting.  It has a pre-set crease running down the centre, is strong and won’t stretch and sag in the way bias tape does.

Until now we have only been able to source the tape in white, but we have now managed to get our own range of colours made out of the same material, so these colours really are exclusive to us!

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Colette Sewing Patterns – Fab Designs for Classy Grown ups!

We are so excited to be stocking Colette patterns.  So many women’s patterns that you see in the shops look like they were designed in the 1980s and have just been reproduced year after year, but not Colette’s!

Their range has a really crisp, clean feel, while still managing to be timeless and really classy, beautiful patterns for skirts, dresses, tops and trousers, for women and men.

Their patterns are really easy to follow (a member of our team used a Colette pattern to sew their first top and then a dress and it all went fine!).  There are detailed but not overly complicated instructions and each pattern clearly states on the front the skill level needed to make it.

If you are tempted, we would love to sell you a pattern or two, if you not sure about trying a new brand, we recommend downloading one of their free patterns and trying that first – we did and now we stock the brand!

For their free vest top pattern click here.

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Visit us today and start planning your new wardrobe!

Getting Excited About our New Range of Bunting Sewing Kits!

We have been finalizing the colour combinations for the first release of our new She Sews bunting kits later this month.

We will have a girly one, boyish one (very New York loft style), a rainbow one (we have singing the nursery rhyme all day to make sure we get all the colours in!) and a festive one (inspired by Christmas fabrics and tree lights!)

Each kit will include all the bunting triangles pre cut, plus our specialist bunting tape and full instructions, and it will all be wrapped up in a cotton bunting storage bag!

We will be offering ‘open’ bunting, where the triangles are spread out, great where you want a lot of bunting as you get a beautiful effect without the high cost of closed bunting, and closed bunting, where the triangle’s tips touch each other – great for decorating a fireplace or bedroom.

You can pick the length of bunting your pack will make, from 1 mtr to 10 mtrs (plus ties) and even pick up an applique option to add iron on letters and numbers to your flags.

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Great gifts for budding sewers or as a treat for yourself 🙂

Click here to view our bunting department today!