From us

6 April 2018
Calling women and girls to help create a banner to celebrate the centenary of the right to vote
The 6th of February 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which was a landmark moment in our nation’s history. On this day, 100 years ago some British women gained their right to vote, a critical point for women’s equality and British democracy.

In celebration of this momentous anniversary, we are calling on women and girls from across the region to join us on April 14th to help create a banner which will then join the 100-strong banner procession on June 10th. The procession will be a celebration of the fight for suffrage, expressing what it means to be a woman today, and will take place across Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

Read the full press release, including more information about our work with Transform Ageing, here.

26 March 2018
First classes of 2018 in full swing!
From learning to sew for absolute beginners to making your own shirt, upcycling fabrics and covering your own chair, we have something for everyone! Come see how restful and inspirational our sewing space is – we’d love to meet you!

Here are some of the participants in our first run of 2018 courses.

26 February 2018
We’re a West Lancs Mayor’s charity!
Here we are at Booths raising money late last year! We had a great time! west lancs mayor charity

14 February 2018
Let’s get shirty! The Sewing Rooms Skelmersdale introduces new sewing and upholstery classes
We are so excited to announce our latest sewing and upholstery courses that are to be run in the impressive, fully equipped sewing rooms – the “Sew Fab Academy” in Skelmersdale. Co-founder Paula explains, “We have the most amazing tutors, and together we have carefully crafted a number of courses that we feel will appeal to almost everyone. These bespoke courses will be very popular. You can book on Eventbrite.

“The class size will be kept to a minimum. This ensures that all participants will get 1-2-1 attention and value for money. In addition to our classes, we are able to offer personal private tuition @ £50 per hour – this can be tailored to meet your individual need.”

Another exciting offer is on Fridays when the Sewing Rooms are available to budding sewers and designers who may not have the equipment or space at home. Anyone can use the facilities in the Sewing Rooms and that includes cutting tables and sewing machines, for only £30 per day. Other available equipment (for experienced sewers in particular) includes industrial machines such as flat beds, overlockers with 3, 4 ad 5 thread, blind hemmers, button holes and walking feet.

Sewing is “sew” popular at the moment explains co-founder Maureen. “The ability to make your own outfits or fix a wonky zip has never been so popular and celebrities including Dannii Minogue, Julia Roberts and Dame Judi Dench have all revealed a penchant for making everything from cushions to children’s clothes.

“There are so many people out there who are creative and with a little know-how, they discover they can make beautiful and unique garments. We can help you achieve that.”

The Sewing Rooms social enterprise is a business just like any other business- what sets us apart explains Paula, “Is what we do with our profits – that makes all the difference to the communities where we work. So when you pay for one of our courses, or we make your curtains, or you buy one of our bespoke products such as the patchwork chairs, you are “Buying Social” and helping us to continue doing the great work and creating impact and social value.”

To book a course, or for further information regarding curtain making, private tuition or using the facilities, please contact Paula on T: 01695 550772; E: paula@the-sewing-rooms.co.uk and follow us on twitter @SewFabAcademy.

Forthcoming sewing courses, for everyone from complete beginners to advanced stitchers – all booking is via Eventbrite:

1.
Beginners Sewing Course (maximum 6 participants)
Mondays 6-9 pm
£135
March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16

Tutor: Michelle Aras Content covers using a domestic sewing machine; threading; functions; care and maintenance; seam types; inserting zips; using button hole; and the course will also include making make-up and tote bags; cutting and tracing a commercial pattern; and making soft furnishings including envelope, square and oblong cushions.

2.
How to follow a pattern and make a garment
Tuesdays 6-9 pm
£135
March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17

Tutor: Michelle Aras The course will cover the basic knowledge and experience of using a sewing machine, including how to follow a commercial pattern and make a garment from scratch if you are going to a wedding or the races and want to make something original. Participants will need to bring their own pattern and fabric.

3.
How to follow a pattern and make a garment
Saturdays 930-1230
£135
April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12

Tutor: Michelle Aras The course will cover the basic knowledge and experience of using a sewing machine, including how to follow a commercial pattern and make a garment from scratch if you are going to a wedding or the races and want to make something original. Participants will need to bring their own pattern and fabric.

4.
Make Your Own 1950s Vintage Dress
Wednesdays 6-9 pm
£135
March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 18

Tutor: Cath Carmichael This course is for beginners with some experience of sewing and use of domestic machines and who want to stand out at the races or a special event with a bespoke dress. Participants will need to supply their own fabric.

5.
How to Upcycle and Recreate New Designs from Old and Loved Clothing
Saturdays 1-4 pm
£135
March 17, 24 and April 7, 14, 21, 28

This is a creative class for which participants will need to have basic sewing skills and to bring their own garments. It could be a wedding dress, evening gown or other beloved dress, jeans or anything else you’d like to work with. Get creative and make something unique from your old clothes.

6.
Let’s Get Shirty!
Thursdays 6-9 pm
£135
March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19

Tutor: Christine Ashton This course is for experienced domestic sewers and will cover pattern cutting and all aspects of garment construction. Participants will need to bring their own fabric.

7.
Mindful Embroidery
Tuesdays 930-1230
£135
March 13, 29, 27 and April 3, 10, 17

Tutor: Laura Scott Join Laura to experience the calming effects and creativity of embroidery. The course will cover techniques and methods of embroidery as well as provide an environment of peace and tranquility to provide participants with an opportunity to be in the moment whilst demonstrating their creativity through the medium of embroidery. All silks and threads are provided.

8.
Cover Your Own Chair (maximum 4 participants)
Saturdays 930-1230
£250
March 17, 24 and April 7

Tutor: Tom Hogg Join Tom as you delve into the fabulous world of upholstery. You will leave the course with the confidence and skills to tackle new projects on your own. Bring your own chair.

9.
Cover Your Own Chair (maximum 4 participants)
Saturdays 1-4 pm
£250
March 17, 24 and April 7

Tutor: Tom Hogg Join Tom as you delve into the fabulous world of upholstery. You will leave the course with the confidence and skills to tackle new projects on your own. Bring your own chair.

30 January 2018
Our latest line of bespoke furniture coverings – patchwork chairs!
If you’re interested in a one-of-a-kind, made-to-order update for a piece of beloved, or well-worn, furniture, look no further! Using upcycled fabrics from Panaz, our team creates beautiful new upholstery looks. An excellent ways to #buysocial and support local businesses and talents!

10 January 2018
Putting people and the planet first – speaking at the Business Ambassadors Network
Co-founders Paula and Maureen recently shared their insights, knowledge and passion for social innovation at the Business Ambassadors Network meeting in Skelmersdale. Watch the video here, and stay tuned for more news about The Sewing Rooms’ support for a new Social Innovators Programme starting in February 2018!