Catwalk Takeover

Check out this amazing run of catwalk shows taking place at Sewing for Pleasure and Fashion & Embroidery. No need to pre-book, simply turn up, grab a seat and get inspired! The Catwalk Takeover takes place on Friday and Saturday only.

Friday 15th March

13.00 – FOR THE LOVE OF VIVIENNE

Hosted by Brenda Killigrew, IDC College

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The final of the Schools Fashion Design Competition 2024, takes place this lunchtime in an exciting catwalk showdown, who will be crowned the winner?

Students aged between 13-18 were asked to research the late undisputed queen of British fashion Vivienne Westwood’s career. Her innovative genius was acknowledged worldwide and she was revolutionary in her designs, a fearless non-conformist, but with a real passion for tradition.

Participants had to create three mood boards showing their own take on one of her iconic styles. The ten selected finalists will battle it out on the runway, having made up their designs, to see who will be taking home a fabulous Janome sewing machine for themselves and their school, along with many other prizes, with thanks to our sponsors, to help them on their creative journey.

14.30 – DRESSMAKING WITH HELEN RHIANNON

Hosted by Helen Rhiannon

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Dressmaking The Easy Guide has transformed dressmaking for so many people!  The book teaches the reader to make a sample/toile to fit their unique body, before drafting their own dress, top and skirts in their favourite styles.  Finally, women are making clothes that fit!  Join Helen and her followers, on the catwalk to see the beautiful clothes, which have been made by each lady, to fit their own unique self.  

15.30 – INSPIRED BY THE MET GALA

Hosted by Tiffani Trench, Fashion/Textiles Lecturer, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Sutton Coldfield

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At Birmingham Metropolitan College students studying fashion and textiles get to explore a wide range of different topics. The course gives them the opportunity to develop their practical skills and gain knowledge in the creative industry.

The college runs a live project every year where the students work with an industry professional. This year the project was to design and create a garment based on the Met Gala. They had five themes to choose from covering various years of the event. This project was a chance for the students to experiment with not just traditional fabrics but reuse other materials and think outside the box. Their creations are showcased on the catwalk today.

Saturday 16th March

11.00 & 14.00 – WE SEW TOO

Hosted by Clive Bruder, We Sew Too

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The “We Sew Too” Catwalk welcomes all regardless of who you are or what you sew! Whether you’re a seasoned sewing enthusiast or just starting out, Clive invites you to join him for a celebration of diversity, creativity and passion for sewing. “No matter your age, gender, or skill level, we believe that everyone has a unique perspective to share.” So, come and see this exciting runway set as sewists and ‘TV stars’, strut their stuff, expressing their style and enjoy being part of this inclusive and empowering event.

12.30 – MY HANDMADE WARDROBE

Hosted by Sarah Laws, My Handmade Wardrobe

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My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns enable you to sew the clothes you want to make and wear everyday. The range of patterns for classic styles with fashion inspired details will help you to fill your wardrobe with handmade garments that will stand the test of time. On the catwalk we showcase a selection of the best-selling patterns styled for the new season, and a preview of some upcoming patterns in development.

Sarah is also delighted to welcome the organiser of the “Sew Yellow for Endo” campaign, Jess Porritt, to showcase garments made by herself and fellow supporters of the cause, using yellow fabric and My Handmade Wardrobe patterns to support Endometriosis Awareness Month.

15.30 – THE DRESSMAKERS BALL

Hosted by Sarah Laws and Freya Gilbert, Crafty Sew & So Events

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The Dressmakers Ball is an annual event held in Leicester, which brings together sewists from across the country and beyond to celebrate our wonderful dressmaking community together. 

Dressmakers of all levels of experience are invited to sew and wear their own creations strutting their stuff at the catwalk, dancing to live music and sharing their makers stories with fellow sewists at this sophisticated dinner and dance event. 

On the catwalk we showcase some of the wonderful makers wearing their creations from previous Dressmakers Balls!

Textile Stage

An exciting FREE programme of talks and presentations on a variety of textile topics – no need to pre-book, just turn up and take a seat. The Textile Stage talks take place on Thursday and Sunday only. 

Thursday 14th March

11.00 – WHAT IS NEEDLE FELTING? FROM NOUGHT TO GNOME

with Steffi Stern, The Makerss

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Introducing you to the amazing craft of needle felting. What you need? How It’s done? Who is it for and what can you make? This talk and demo will cover all of the above and show case makes from whimsical decorations to practical useful items and applications. There will be tips on wools, tools and accessories, plus time for questions.

Steffi has been needle felting for over 20 years and is an expert when it comes to this amazing and addictive craft. Her innovative ‘thinking outside the box’ has helped lead the way in Needle Felting Industry and attracted many creatives as well as world famous businesses to work with her, including: Aardman Animation, Me to You Tatty Teddy, The Official Flower Fairies and RSPB.

12.00 – STITCH & SOCIALISE: UNRAVELLING THE ART OF COMMUNITY CRAFTING

with Freya Gilbert, Crafty Sew & So

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Get ready to join the fun world of crafting and community with Freya Gilbert as she chats about the benefits of organising sewing socials – from making new friends to getting your creative juices flowing. Let’s explore how to host laid-back, enjoyable events that bring people together and make crafting a fun and sociable for everyone!

13.00 – THE POWER OF PATTERN MAKING – OWNING YOUR OWN STYLE

with Sarah Laws, My Handmade Wardrobe

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Discover how the art of crafting your own patterns enables you to embrace your body and define your personal style. By designing your garments, deciding every detail, from stitching to pleat size to buttons, you can create a wardrobe that truly reflects you. Although it might seem intimidating at first, Sarah will share a few simple tips and guidelines to help you get started on the path to becoming your own designer.

14.00 – ALL ACCESS SEWING – THE JOURNEY OF A DISABLED SEWER

with Becky Cole

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Becky Cole has an impressive CV. She’s been professionally dressmaking and pattern cutting for over 20 years and has numerous television credits. She was Assistant Sewing Producer on the 8th series of The Great British Sewing Bee, the Sewing Producer on Channel 4’s Unique Boutique and is a much-loved sewing favourite on Create & Craft TV.

Yet, despite all this success on paper, Becky has spent most of her life feeling a failure, until she learned she’d been living with three disabilities that she never knew she had. This life-changing revelation set her on a sewing journey that she never anticipated!

Becky is here to share her journey and how this ultimately has led to writing her first book “All Access Sewing”, designed to make sewing accessible for all, with easy-to-follow projects for adapting clothes already in our wardrobes to work for us, whatever our age, ability, or experience.

15.00 – SEWING ON SOCIAL MEDIA – HOW TO CREATE SEWING CONTENT IN 2024

with Holly Dennett

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Holly Dennett became the first UK sewing influencer by growing her following to over 130,000 on social media within a year. She creates sewing content that inspires and educates the home sewing community on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.  

Holly will be sharing her tips on how to make eye catching sewing social media content, while giving advice and answering your questions on content creation and how to develop, grow and maintain a creative personal or business social media platform in 2024. 

Sunday 17th March

11.00 – CREATIVE STITCHED TEXTILES

with Wendy Dolan

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Come and share Wendy’s exciting world of stitched textiles, combining fabric, paint and stitch. Wendy will show examples of her work, ranging from pictures, wedding garments and large commissions. Techniques will be shared which you can then experiment with in your own work.

12.00 – FROM BBC 1 “MAKE IT AT MARKET” TO BIRMINGHAM NEC – AN INTRODUCTION INTO DIGITAL EMBROIDERY AS AN ART FORM

with David Morrish, Kingfly

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Join David as he delves into the captivating realm of digital embroidery. In this presentation, he will guide you through the basics, from the must-have tools and materials to attempting your first project. You’ll also get a personal look at a curated collection of David’s works, offering a glimpse into his creative process and potentially sparking your own journey into the art of digital embroidery.

13.00 – SO YOU WANT TO START A CRAFT BUSINESS… TOP TIPS FOR START UPS

with Annie Gianini, STITCHFINITY and HUSTLEwell

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It’s hard to know where to start when you’re setting up a business for the first time. Annie’s been there and learned the lessons with her own craft business, STITCHFINITY.

In this talk, she’ll share the top tips for starting your craft business with more ease and less overwhelm. From registering with HMRC, to understanding your target market, to making something profitably and getting in front of customers. You’ll also get access to her helpful Craft Business Startup Checklist.

14.00 – SEWING TOOLS, SEWING BEE AND HOGGHACKS

with Jen Hogg

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Jen Hogg is a lifelong sewist turned international sewing business owner, and got to the semi-final of The Great British Sewing Bee along the way. She’ll demonstrate her tools, share some of her popular HoggHacks, using everyday items to make your sewing life so much easier, and share some Bee gossip too!

15.00 – WHAT IS NEEDLE FELTING? FROM NOUGHT TO GNOME

with Steffi Stern, The Makerss

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Introducing you to the amazing craft of needle felting. What you need? How It’s done? Who is it for and what can you make? This talk and demo will cover all of the above and show case makes from whimsical decorations to practical useful items and applications. There will be tips on wools, tools and accessories, plus time for questions.

Steffi has been needle felting for over 20 years and is an expert when it comes to this amazing and addictive craft. Her innovative ‘thinking outside the box’ has helped lead the way in Needle Felting Industry and attracted many creatives as well as world famous businesses to work with her, including: Aardman Animation, Me to You Tatty Teddy, The Official Flower Fairies and RSPB.

EASTER BLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP with Anna Weatherley-Hastings, The India Block Print Co. – 11.15

During this 90-minute workshop you will explore Easter and spring designs from The Indian Block Print Co. Using their hand carved printing blocks to block print some Easter cards and tags, plus a fun Easter tea towel. 

Advisory Note:

This workshop is suitable for children over the age of 12 with parental supervision.

Meet the Tutor

Anna Weatherley-Hastings

Anna has been part of The Indian Block Print Co. from the beginning. With over 10 years experience running block printing workshops she will share her in depth knowledge and tips with all things Block Printing. 

Zips In Three Ways With Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge- Sunday 13.45

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Join Mercedes and learn the tips and techniques for three different methods of zip insertion. Starting with the centred zip you will then move on to the lapped zip and then finish with the invisible zip. All three methods will be useful additions to your garment and home-ware sewing.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for over 16’s only. Experience using a sewing machine would be useful.

Meet the Tutor

Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge

Mercedes was a contestant on series 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee (2019). She lives just outside Brighton with her husband Graham and their two cats, Maggie and Erica. Having worked in IT for over 20 years and serving as a reservist for 13, Mercedes has a passion for all things technical and wants to know the ins and outs and whys of everything.  Mercedes enjoys utilising fabrics from all sources in her sewing projects while using traditional and developing new techniques.  

Zips In Three Ways With Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge- Saturday 11.35

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Join Mercedes and learn the tips and techniques for three different methods of zip insertion. Starting with the centred zip you will then move on to the lapped zip and then finish with the invisible zip. All three methods will be useful additions to your garment and home-ware sewing.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for over 16’s only. Experience using a sewing machine would be useful.

Meet the Tutor

Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge

Mercedes was a contestant on series 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee (2019). She lives just outside Brighton with her husband Graham and their two cats, Maggie and Erica. Having worked in IT for over 20 years and serving as a reservist for 13, Mercedes has a passion for all things technical and wants to know the ins and outs and whys of everything.  Mercedes enjoys utilising fabrics from all sources in her sewing projects while using traditional and developing new techniques.  

Zips In Three Ways With Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge- Friday 15.15

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Join Mercedes and learn the tips and techniques for three different methods of zip insertion. Starting with the centred zip you will then move on to the lapped zip and then finish with the invisible zip. All three methods will be useful additions to your garment and home-ware sewing.

Advisory Note:

Suitable for over 16’s only. Experience using a sewing machine would be useful.

Meet the Tutor

Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge

Mercedes was a contestant on series 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee (2019). She lives just outside Brighton with her husband Graham and their two cats, Maggie and Erica. Having worked in IT for over 20 years and serving as a reservist for 13, Mercedes has a passion for all things technical and wants to know the ins and outs and whys of everything.  Mercedes enjoys utilising fabrics from all sources in her sewing projects while using traditional and developing new techniques.  

Sewing for self-care: Sew an Eye Mask and Reusable Skincare Pads – Saturday 13.30

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Sew a mini self-care kit for yourself or to gift to someone else. In this class, Lauren will guide you into make a silk lined, padded, wrap around eye mask along with sustainable reusable makeup/ skincare wipes.  

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, over 16’s years.

Meet the Tutor

Lauren Tedstone

Lauren Tedstone, quarterfinalist of series 9 of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee (2023). Her machine, given to her many years before by her grandmother was finally put to use in late 2019 when Lauren taught herself to sew. Starting with small projects for her children, Lauren then went on to garment sewing and is on a journey to curate and create a complete handmade wardrobe. A big lover of fashion trends, she loves creating key timeless classics that have professional finishes and longevity. Lauren is also a family orientated person, often sewing for her children and family. 

Sewing for self-care: Sew an Eye Mask and Reusable Skincare Pads – Friday 13.15

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Sew a mini self-care kit for yourself or to gift to someone else. In this class, Lauren will guide you into make a silk lined, padded, wrap around eye mask along with sustainable reusable makeup/ skincare wipes.  

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, over 16’s years.

Meet the Tutor

Lauren Tedstone

Lauren Tedstone, quarterfinalist of series 9 of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee (2023). Her machine, given to her many years before by her grandmother was finally put to use in late 2019 when Lauren taught herself to sew. Starting with small projects for her children, Lauren then went on to garment sewing and is on a journey to curate and create a complete handmade wardrobe. A big lover of fashion trends, she loves creating key timeless classics that have professional finishes and longevity. Lauren is also a family orientated person, often sewing for her children and family. 

Sewing for self-care: Sew an Eye Mask and Reusable Skincare Pads – Thursday 15.15

90-minute workshop – cost £24.00

[Max 10 people]

Sew a mini self-care kit for yourself or to gift to someone else. In this class, Lauren will guide you into make a silk lined, padded, wrap around eye mask along with sustainable reusable makeup/ skincare wipes.  

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, over 16’s years.

Meet the Tutor

Lauren Tedstone

Lauren Tedstone, quarterfinalist of series 9 of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee (2023). Her machine, given to her many years before by her grandmother was finally put to use in late 2019 when Lauren taught herself to sew. Starting with small projects for her children, Lauren then went on to garment sewing and is on a journey to curate and create a complete handmade wardrobe. A big lover of fashion trends, she loves creating key timeless classics that have professional finishes and longevity. Lauren is also a family orientated person, often sewing for her children and family. 

Tumbling Block Y Seam Class with Clive Bruder- Friday 9.45

60-minute workshop – cost £17.00

[Max 10 people]

This class is a wonderful opportunity for beginners and experienced sewers alike to enhance their skills and create beautiful projects. Y seams are a unique sewing technique used to connect three or more fabric pieces together at angles that cannot be sewn using regular straight seams. In this class, you will learn all the essential techniques and tips to successfully sew Y seams, including marking and cutting fabric, sewing accurate seams, and achieving smooth and professional finish.

Clive will ensure that you gain confidence and mastery in sewing Y seams. Whether you are interested in quilting, garment construction, or any other sewing project, this class will equip you with the skills to tackle complex designs and create stunning creations. Join this sewing class and unlock a whole new world of sewing possibilities with Y seams!

Advisory Note:

Suitable for beginners, 16 years plus.

Meet the Tutor

Clive Bruder

Clive started sewing when he was around 10 years old. With the help of his Mum he made some curtains for their home on an old hand cranked Singer sewing machine that was gifted to them by a relative. Ever since Clive has been hooked on sewing.

He went on to college to study textile design, followed by The University College for the Creative Arts in Epsom, to achieve a Fashion BA Honours Degree.

Over the past few years with the support of family and friends Clive was encouraged to start his own business Bruderful Design. Unfortunately like many, his business was badly impacted by COVID, but despite the pandemic he’s been extremely lucky with new exciting opportunities. This included a regular guest slot on Sewing Street TV, the launch of @WeSewToo and along with his husband Mark he has attended many sewing shows and together with Mark’s successful brand, they have released lots of sewing patterns too.

Clive says, “Nothing makes me happier than being at my sewing machine and being creative.”