• SewCam is Back!

  • SewCam is back! Fresh from the success of last year’s sellout event, we will be following the same magical format of getting a whole bunch of sewing-loving folks together to work on projects and have a good old natter 🙂

     

    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email hello@gingerthreadgirl.co.uk

     

    You will need to be able to bring your own sewing machine to this event – so please note that there is no option to hire a machine. There will be an overlocker station with a couple of machines, and an ironing board station too (so no need for you to bring these things with you).

    This year’s event is kindly supported by the lovely team at Brother Sewing UK, which is allowing us to increase numbers, and also, excitingly, we will have a Brother expert on site giving demos with a coverstitch machine. So this will be a great opportunity to have a play with a coverstitch!

    We will have tables set-up around the main hall for everyone to work at, with power sockets for machines.

    So you will just have to pick a project, bring your machine and supplies, and we’ll have a fun day doing what we love best.

    I will arrange for some sewing sweets & snacks, and there will, of course, be free flowing tea and coffee! For lunch, feel free to bring a packed lunch – or across the road there is a Sainsbury’s for you to buy something on the day.

    And I will also set-up a pattern & fabric swap table, so we can bring along bits to swap with others 🙂

     

    The event will be held at the same venue as last year – Storey’s Field Centre. It is a lovely building on the newly developed area on the outskirts of Cambridge called Eddington. It is an incredible building, and recently won and was shortlisted for a number of architectural awards (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2018). So it will be the perfect backdrop for much sewing magic to happen (and of course, those all important Instagram snaps!).

     

    This year we are very lucky to be having a wonderful professional photographer, Lucinda Price, come and take some snaps of us in the afternoon. Photos will be available for attendees from a gallery after the event.

    In addition, I will be organising a funky photo backdrop for us to take photos in front of – possibly wearing our me-mades / generally goofing around!

     

    We are very lucky to have the incredible Sue Young on hand on the day to offer help and advice with sewing projects. I’m very excited about this as I’ve always found Sue such an inspiration and all-round sewing guru!

    Here is a little bit from Sue, about her sewing background and sewing meet-up words of wisdom!

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m Sue and I’ve been fascinated with dressmaking and sewing since I was very young. Eventually I studied at the London College of Fashion and since then I’ve worked variously as a sample cutter, pattern cutter and sample maker mostly in bridal and evening wear. I also worked in a Secondary school as the textiles technician which was quite an eye-opener! These days I’m very involved in #sewover50 because I wrote the original blog post that eventually became the springboard for my friend Judith to start the @SewOver50 account on Instagram. With 15k followers (of all ages) it’s an inclusive group which offers inspiration, help, support and encouragement to everyone. I love that it’s global in its reach too. 

    I do occasional bridal alterations (they can be quite specialist) and I’ve written a few articles for Love Sewing magazine, plus writing my own blog which is mostly reviewing patterns I’ve used (I’m always truthful!) patterns I’ve hacked, fabrics I’ve used or exhibitions I’ve enjoyed visiting. I test patterns for designers too, which is both interesting and frustrating at times. Believe me, if you’re quite new to sewing there are no mistakes you can make that I haven’t already made too! That’s how we learn after all. 

    I’m really looking forward to helping Jen at this year’s SewCam event, it was loads of fun last year. I love a good sewing meet-up and the chance to chat about our makes, if you’ve never been to one yet this will be a great introduction to them, don’t be shy, we all have a love of sewing in common so what could be better?

    I look forward to meeting you in November and you can find my blog at Susanyoungsewing.wordpress.com, and on Insta as @susanyoungsewing.  

    Sue x 

    I am thrilled to give you a peek at the line-up of incredible brands supporting our goody bags this year! More brands to come – so keep your eyes peeled!

     

    We will again be supporting breast cancer awareness charity, CoppaFeel, with a charity raffle with some *incredible* prizes up for grabs! Below is a peek at the amazing brands who have kindly offered to support with sewing-related goodies. And keep an eye on this page, as more brands are added!

     

    I can't wait to see you all there on Sunday 3rd November!

    Jen x

  • A Silky Yellow Magnolia Maxi Dress

  • Hello sewing fans! Sorry for my absence on the blog lately. I’ve been snowed under with, well… life. But very happy to confirm that I have been managing a little sewing here or there. And this dress is the result of my many bitesize sewing sessions!

    I’m over the moon with it. I had eyed up this fabric quite some time back, on the Ray Stitch website. It is a bamboo silk, and they sell it in a rainbow of the most beautiful opulent colours. This colour is called ‘saffron’, and the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it for a dress…. because, you know, YELLOW IS MY FAV!

    The pattern is a stunner too – it instantly headed to the top of my sewing list! It is a Deer & Doe Magnolia Dress. I love everything about the style of this… the sleeves, the V-neck wrap bodice, and the maxi skirt with a cheeky slit to one side!  My only slight concern about this dress is that it’s… ahem… a bit on the booby side! But I feel like this is ok as it’s long and covers the legs, and also has long sleeves. So otherwise well covered up 😉

    And the fabric/pattern combo… well, what a match made in heaven! This silk is just gorgeous. It is a great weight, so doesn’t feel too sheer to wear without a lining – and also means that the drape is so so lovely too.

    I have written a little guest blog post for the Brother Sewing UK blog where I have revealed how I tackled sewing this tricky slippery fabric. So head on over if you want to find out!

    Anyway, hope you like this make too. I’m super pleased with it 🙂 And watch this space for more makes hitting the blog very soon!

    Pattern: Deer & Doe Magnolia

    Fabric: Bamboo silk from Ray Stitch

    Size made: 40

    Alterations made: None!

  • A Peachy Cocoon Coat of Dreams

  • Well this has been a long time in the making! One of those projects which I have been working on, in little bitesize pieces, for months now. For so long I had wanted to try my hand at making a proper coat, and heck, I’m bloody proud of myself for making this.

    The pattern is the Sew Over It Cocoon Coat, which came with the first edition of Lisa Comfort‘s magazine. I felt like this was a style I could wear really easily for work, as I had been wearing one very similar (RTW) for so long – but it is starting to look a bit sad as I’ve worn it so much!

    The pattern came as a normal printed pattern in a paper envelope. The only difference was that the instructions came printed inside the magazine. And as I wanted to add pockets (obviously!), I just had to download the welt pocket add-on from the Lisa Comfort website. The instructions throughout were super clear. I just had one issue which was to do with the numbering of the steps near the start – I think that may just be a small error. It was easy to work it out, so no real problem. There were no massive head-scratching moments – so all in all, great instructions with clear photos to help guide you through.

    The fabric I chose was this absolute stunner… peach wool coating from Ray Stitch. I was so drawn to this, despite it probably not being ‘my colour’… I just attached to it (online) and just had to have it. Very much an investment piece of fabric (yikes!), but I knew that I wanted to make a quality coat using a premium fabric which I could get lots of wear out of – and really enjoy.

    The lining fabric isn’t a traditional slippery lining. Instead I used a viscose, which you likely already recognise as being one of the ever popular Atelier Brunette viscose fabrics. The background colour of this is a deep green. And some of the strokes in the pattern are an exact colour match to the coat fabric. And I thought to myself about how excited I get when you see a garment, open it up and have that flash of a beautiful patterned lining – and that feeling had me all kinds of sold on putting this fancy Atelier Brunette on the inside of my new coat. And I’m delighted with the result!

    And I can’t write this blog post without mentioning a tool which helped no end with this make – my beautiful clapper which was bought from Sew Essential. It helped me press those bouncy coating seams nice and flat. And I firmly believe that this bit of kit really helps to give the coat a professional finish. Cannot recommend it highly enough!

    I made this coat over the course of maybe 5 months, in tiny snippets of time in the sewing room. This sounds crazy, but I really don’t get much time to myself, to sew. So having finished this feels incredibly satisfying! I didn’t cut any corners or rush any part (as tempting as that is when you’re embarking on a big make!). And for that reason the finish is just beautiful. Sorry if that sounds a bit like I’m blowing my own trumpet. Actually, I take that back… I’m not sorry. It is one gorgeous coat! And I’m super proud of that.

    Thanks for reading guys!

    Pattern: Sew Over It Cocoon Coat

    Fabric: Peach coating from Ray Stitch, with Atelier Brunette viscose lining (I can’t remember where I bought this!)

    Size made: 10

    Adjustments made: None!