I love the beginning of a New Year, don’t you? A time for optimism and opportunity! January courses & workshops

by | Jan 16, 2020

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Happy New Year Lovely,

I don’t know about you but I love the start of a new year and I’m especially loving this one!

The New Year brings such optimism and opportunities. A chance to turn over a fresh leaf and start again with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. 2020 is even better because it’s the start of a whole new decade.

I’m throwing myself back into 2020 with a one week Sewing School course which started on Monday with a fabulous bunch of students who are already soaking up all the new dressmaking skills they can as well as practising their existing skills.

It’s a fantastic feeling for me to see the joy and satisfaction on a student’s face that comes from nailing a new technique. Whether that is the first time they’ve sewn a perfect straight seam or mastering a spot on stripe or check match.

If getting to grips with dressmaking is one of your 2020 goals then I’ve got some courses and workshops to help you on your way.

Sewing School – 5 week dressmaking course in Bawtry

Sewing School is designed to develop your sewing skills whatever your level. As class sizes are small (max. 3 students) it means that you get heaps on one on one time with your lovely tutor (that’s me!) to support you in your learning.

You choose your project and your learning areas, so that the course is completely tailored to you and that means you progress much quicker. Previous students have made, skirts, dresses, coats, shirts, menswear and kids clothes – the choice is yours.

Sewing School courses starting next week:

  • Sunday evenings 5-7.30pm – starts Sunday 12th January – Book Here
  • Monday evenings 6-8.30pm – starts Monday 13th January – Book Here
  • Tuesday mornings 10am-12.30 – starts Tuesday 14th January – Book Here

Book your Sewing School place here

Dressmaking Courses at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Beginner’s Dressmaking (5 week course)

Go from zero to finished garment in just five 2.5 hour sessions. Don’t forget although this course is called dressmaking if you would like to make a top, a skirt or some simple trousers that’s more than ok too!

You will learn all the skills to make clothes, in exactly your style and your colours that fit you perfectly. Look good and feel good. Nothing beats the feeling of being complimented on something you’re wearing and being able to say “I made this!”

Start dates:

  • Wednesday 15th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Friday 17th January – 1-3.30pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking Here

Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 (5 week course)

Following on from Beginner’s Dressmaking (part one), continue your journey into making fabulous wearable clothes that you’ll love! This course allows you to develop, practice and increase your confidence to make beautiful clothes that actually fit you in the fabrics you love. It is the perfect way to continue to indulge your dressmaking habit and develop it into an addiction.

Repeat this course as many times as you like, your skills will grow and you will become a more confident and skilled dressmaker.

Start dates:

  • Friday 10th January – 6.30-9pm
  • Wednesday 15th January – 1.30-4pm

Book Beginner’s Dressmaking Part 2 here

One day Workshops in January

Dress in a Day – Tilly & the Buttons Bettine Dress at StraightCurves in Chesterfield – Saturday 11th January 9.30-4.30pm


Sewing Time at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut in Wombwell, Barnsley – Monday 13th January 12noon-3pm – £25

This is a regular (2nd Monday of each month) session for you to come along and sew your own choice of project. Booking is essential.

Call Oh Sew Sweet on 01226 805955 to book your place.


Introduction to Garment Making – Crossback Reversible Apron at Oh Sew Sweet at the Hut on Saturday 25th January 10am-3.30pm

As an introduction to garment making you can join me for this fab workshop at Oh Sew Sweet to make the Indygo Junction Crossback Reversible Apron for adults or children.

You will learn how to:

  • Read a pattern
  • Select your size
  • Cut your garment
  • Apply interfacing
  • Make a pocket
  • Sew Seams
  • Add a lining

This workshop is perfect as an introduction to sewing clothes and is perfect for beginners or those who need a refresher to help increase their confidence.


Tuesday Sewcial – every Tuesday 6-8pm in Bawtry – £5

Last but not least there is our regular untaught Tuesday Sewcials – come along and sew what ever you’re working on. Chat, laugh and have a cuppa.

Please ask if you have any questions about Tuesday Sewcial sessions and let me know if you are planning to come, so I have an idea of numbers.


If that’s not enough for you to get your teeth into, then I also offer one to one lessons. You can book a free 30 minute consultation with me to chat about what you would like to learn if you are interested inone to one lessons.

Book a Free Consultation here

I’m signing off now to go and squeeze in a bit of personal sewing, just for me. Finishing off a dress to wear for a hen party at the weekend.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

The Love & Stitches Club

An exclusive membership club where you can learn to sew and create your own handmade clothes, from the comfort of your own home

Learn to create an entire wardrobe of wonderful, stylish outfits. Whatever your personal style, size and tastes, you’ll learn to make beautiful clothes that will last for years and gain compliments wherever you go.