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Avid Seamstress of the month winner – July!

We’ve had our eye on the gorgeous Day Dresses that Abi – our winner of Avid Seamstress of the month for July – has been making! We couldn’t wait to find out more about this creative, wonderful lady! I’m Abi Norman…a proud Midlander living on the South coast and working at Southampton General Hospital. I’m a keen Lindy Hopper (a swing dance from 40’s) and my first foray into sewing came from making a couple of simple Vogue dresses and loving the feeling of being able to make and then dance in my handmade creations! As much as I love getting dressed…

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freelance marketing assistant

Love sewing? Love marketing? Have some spare time during the week? Why not combine your skills and grab this fantastic opportunity to assist with the Marketing & PR at The Avid Seamstress! The person We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic and proactive individual to join our small team as Freelance Marketing Assistant. Working on a freelance basis, you’ll be computer savvy (with your own computer) and have lots of energy and enthusiasm. You’ll be asked to come up with great ideas that will help increase both sales and profile of The Avid Seamstress. You’ll be responsible for building relationships with both wholesale customers and industry media contacts, so a professional but passionate manner is also crucial….

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Our gorgeous patterns are now in the USA!

It’s been an exciting wait and I’m delighted that Stitch Sew Shop is now open! This gorgeous shop is our US stockist so if you would love to get your hands on one of our patterns and live in the US it’s now super easy! Located in picturesque Old Town Alexandria, Stitch Sew Shop is a sanctuary for the modern maker; a space to gather, a space to learn and to be inspired, a space in which to be part of a community. Stitch Sew Shop has gathered gorgeous fabrics, patterns, notions, books & tools from all over the world, in…

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Avid Seamstress of the month – June – meet Camilla!

We have a fabulous winner of our Avid Seamstress of the month for June – meet Camilla! Camilla writes a great blog called  Camilla & her gorgeous Day Dress My name is Camilla – I’m a primary school teacher in Nottinghamshire UK. I have 2 per dogs who I spend lots of time walking in the local fields and forests. I’ve recently sewn up and blogged about 3 Day Dresses, and I’ve attached a couple of pictures which are taken on a camera rather than my phone. The fabric is a beautiful Liberty lawn which I felt was perfect for…

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Learn to sew with us at Village Haberdashery!

We are super excited to tell you that we are going to be teaching the wonderful art of sewing at The Village Haberdashery! Our “This is a sewing machine” workshop will introduce aspiring stitchers – or those who need a refresher – how to use a sewing machine! In this comprehensive three hour class, you’ll get sewing machine-savvy and leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start making your own projects at home! What will you learn? * Machine safety * Learn the different functions of the sewing machine * Threading the machine * Winding a bobbin * Tension *…

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Backstitch – a little piece of heaven in Cambridge

Set in the gorgeous countryside, Backstitch is the kind of shop you could spend hours in. However, I had my husband and son with me and we were en-route to a day out in Cambridge.. time was not on my side! I whisked in and ran around, touching as many fabrics as I could and even found myself a gorgeous piece of fabric!! Backstitch is sewing & knitting heaven! They even do a huge range of sewing, knitting & stitching classes from a really nice space in the shop. For their classes schedule click here Alice Synge opened the doors…

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May’s Avid Seamstress of the month – Marie

Thank you for all the great entries into our Avid Seamstress of the Month competition. We were delighted at how many of you are loving our patterns! This month we had an entry all the way from Copenhagen, Denmark. Marie made a gorgeous Summer dress for her daughter Ingrid, using the Raglan Dress pattern. Bowled over by Ingrid’s cuteness in the Raglan dress, we knew we had our winner! “Dear Lisa and The Avid Seamstress team Thank you for making such nice patterns! This is the first one I have bought, and it has been really nice, and I am now…

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The Sheath Dress fun at Fabric Godmother

On a sunny Saturday morning I met 6 lovely ladies at Fabric Godmother to make the Sheath Dress. Armed with fabric, elastic, invisible zips and sewing machines there was soon a flurry of activity as we all got down to planning our dresses. Time flew as we went from measuring, grading, cutting to sewing!  Josie, Fabric Godmother, kept us hydrated with cups of tea and biscuits! What a lovely group of ladies, everyone got on so well and it was so much fun to see how different each dress turned out with the various fabric choices. Me, looking all “seamstressy” (note measuring tape around neck for full effect!)….