So what’s all the fuss about?
Our Sewing Retreats are a few days to sew, chat, make friends, learn, fit, practice, perfect and just chill. All in beautiful surroundings. Because let’s face it we all need a little bit of time out just for ourselves sometimes and we will certainly provide that for you while you stay with us. As well as help you to improve your sewing and fitting too.
We have looked at various locations for our retreats as, although we have a new large studio just outside the town centre, we need a bit more space with some accommodation on site. So we have been using a few of the larger hotels in and around Stratford to help us run the retreats. The next Retreat in September is in the beautiful Stratford Park Hotel and we shall be sewing in their amazing Barn. It also has it’s own 18 hole par 72 championship golf course. So if you play – bring your clubs!
The Stratford Park Hotel has provided us with an excellent sewing studio space in their Barn that we will fully equip with sewing machines, overlockers, cutting tables and pressing stations. But you can choose to bring your own machines if you prefer to work on something more familiar.
The few days we have together are a proper Retreat, and that distinction is really important. You can read more about what a retreat is in another of our Blogs.
We are also taking our Retreats on the road to allow more people to join us for a bit of a treat. We have the Cornish Retreat coming up in October and you can read more about that in another blog. We are also planning others around the country too. More news on those later!
We are not prescriptive or restrictive.
One of the special aspects of our Retreats is we are not prescriptive in any way. This means we will not give you a restricted list of specific patterns you can only make on the Retreat. But we will give you an idea of what’s achievable during the time we have.
The wealth of expertise and experience Claire-Louise and I have means you can ask us anything. You can bring any project you are working on for help and advice. Obviously there are particular patterns that are more suited to a Retreat than others. You may want to consider bringing something that you can make up fairly quickly so you have that sense of achievement in getting something finished. Equally feel free to bring along something a bit more complex that you might need help with on particular techniques or the fit, but you’re not worried about finishing.
Helping YOU make the clothes YOU want to wear.
But really it’s all about helping you to make the clothes you want to wear. If you need help fitting or with specific techniques or processes, you’ll have the time and space to work through any issues or projects with expert help and tuition on hand if you need it. So you may want to nail the fit on that pair of trousers you’ve been wanting to make for ages. Or have a go on an overlocker and whizz up a Bianca coat before working on a couple of other projects. Or perhaps you want some space to cut a few projects out and then decide which to make – the choice is yours!
Take your sewing up to the next level.
There will be help and guidance on the machines when required and also we will be running a few Masterclass Demonstrations on some key processes we know are the ones people find tricky. If there is something you are really keen to cover, just let us know and we can include it in the Retreat
This Retreat really will give you time to focus and relax.
There will be plenty of tea coffee and cakes to keep you sewing throughout the weekend and a fabulous wholesome and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner too.
This time around we are introducing a more meditative element to the Retreats and you will be able to take part in a guided contemplation walk in the peaceful and calming countryside or some gentle yoga to help stretch out those tired muscles at the end of a day sewing. Both are purely optional of course but will certainly add to your whole sense of well being over the weekend.
What’s included in the Sewing Retreat….
- A cuppa and cake on arrival
- Help to make your sewing plans for the weekend using our sewing planner
- Use of all the sewing machines, overlockers and equipment from 9am to 6pm over the 3 days of the retreat
- A chance to visit Sew Me Something to stock up on sewing supplies
- Expert help and advice on all your sewing projects
- Expert help and advice on fitting and pattern alterations
- Masterclass demonstrations
- All your meals, breakfast lunch and dinner as well as plenty or tea coffee and cakes to keep you going
- Comfortable bedrooms for three nights
- Guided contemplation walks and a yoga session each day
I am so excited about what a great weekend this is going to be. Don’t worry if you are thinking of coming on your own you will soon make friends and we will do all we can to look after you and make you welcome.
This is what some of our past Retreat Attendees have said about joining us. . . .
“Very enjoyable. Venue excellent.
Jules and CL were fantastic. So patient, attentive and professional. As well and warm fun and friendly.
Have left with a pattern block that fits!!
Invaluable! I’m delighted!” Susan
“Great weekend! Learned loads! The trousers I made were great and fit perfectly. I just wish I’d had time to finish the Agnes top too.
CL and Jules were so calm and knowledgeable – amazing mentors! Thank you for a great weekend.” Ruth
“There was a great atmosphere and the venue was lovely. Excellent support from both Jules and CL, and huge thanks to both. I learnt a lot of techniques which I wanted to learn. Thank you both for your calm expertise and generosity.” Kate
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We deliberately keep the participant numbers small to make sure that all those that join us get a really good chunk of tutor time if they need it.
So I can guarantee you will leave the Sewing Retreat knowing more than you did when you arrived.
We can’t wait to host the next Retreat, it is going to be wonderful and I can’t wait to see you there.