Learn to Sew with Lauren Official Launch Day!

By Lauren Guthrie

Whoo whooo! My first sewing book, Learn to Sew with Lauren, is officially out into the big real world today!

I know a few of you have already spotted it out in Waterstones and a few pre-orders have reached their lovely new owners already... but as it's the official release day that I was given all those months ago I wanted to mark the occasion! 

It’s a whole bundle of emotions when a moment like this comes. I still can't read the acknowledgements page of the book without getting a lump in my throat because I'm so grateful to all my family and friends for their support.  It really is impossible to do something like this without good people around you. It’s given a me big flash back to how much has happened in the last year!  I’m so excited that it’s now an actual real thing that people will buy and have in their homes and sewing rooms.

I have one of those ‘One line a day’ journals where one page represents a day with a space to write one line a day for 5 years. It’s really cool and a great way to remind yourself of what you were doing in the past. I actually started the journal 2 years ago to the day, the 1st September 2012. You won’t believe what I was doing 2 years ago today!!…….I went to the final audition for the Sewing Bee in London! It just goes to show you how much can change in a relatively short period of time!

If you are one of the lovely pre-orderers you will have had a special delivery on Saturday or maybe today….last week I was busy packing and wrapping the first batch of books to go out. 

If you fancy getting a signed copy you can still order one from the shop (click here) (or non-signed from Amazon). We still have a few spaces left on the make and take workshops happening during the launch party this Saturday. (Spaces are FREE when you order from us! yay!).

As always, wishing you happy sewing and I hope you find lots of inspiration in my book!

Maker Gallery August

By Lauren Guthrie

I've got another awesome collection of snaps for the maker gallery this month! Thanks so much to everyone who shared pictures with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email! I love seeing them!

First up is Catherine who made this gorgeous Deer & Doe Belladone Dress using the new Dashwood Studios cotton lawn fabric. I love the contrast binding and lace trim just above the hemline!

This is Debbie who made a super funky Coco Top using a super soft printed cotton jersey 

How amazing is this science geek chic Negroni Shirt made by @homemadebrummie?

This is Jo who made not one but two lovely Leni Dresses! We've still got a bit of the lovely Navy Batik look fabric left! 

I love the multi coloured buttons on the mini fabric bowling shirt from the sewing bee book made by Judith

Karen made this great Belcarra Blouse using some of the popular navy flamingos fabric! 

Linda shared her finished Elisalex Dress (with a gathered skirt!) made in the perfectly drapey Plum Spotty Viscose fabric, doesn't it look great?

@LittlelittleL made a beautiful Colette Hazel Dress using our fresh vintage style flower fabric. I'll keep my fingers crossed for an Indian summer for you! 

I so want one of these sofas! Rachel used the Kokka canvas fabric that we had when we first opened to cover her sofa! It looks amazing!!

We had some lovely makes from the workshop this month too including Emma's lovely envelope cushion cover!

Lucy's applique cushion cover

And Karen's hand stiched lampshade from Zoes Shade School workshop


And the super cute purses Sharon and her daughter made on the purse workshop! 

Thanks again for sharing everyone! I've created a board on Pinterest too for all the maker gallery images! If you want to be in the next one just share on any social media platform with the #ggmakergallery 

Learn to Sew with Lauren - Sneak peek – The Patterns

By Lauren Guthrie

With just a week away until the official launch date of my book, Learn to Sew with Lauren, I’m giving you one last sneak peak before it’s all out in the real world! Eeeeeppp! 

A few people have been asking me about the patterns that come included with the book so I thought it would be good to give you the low down.

There are 7 garments in total out of the 20 projects in the book, 5 of them for the ladies and 2 for kiddos. Full size patterns for all of these projects are included in the book. The size range spans UK 8-18 and the kids’ sizes go from approx age 3-8 years old (we all know kids can vary so much in size!).

The patterns are on large sheets of paper that are neatly folded up and packed into a clear plastic wallet at the front, and back of the book.

Each sheet is printed on both sides to make the best use of space so there will be a tad bit of tracing needed to pull out the size you need.

To be honest, I trace all my patterns anyway because I just can’t bear the thought that all the other sizes are getting wasted – what if I eat too many delicious cakes end up bigger than my current size one day? – I’d be gutted that my sewing patterns didn’t fit me any more!

Of course there are a few methods of transferring the pattern onto the fabric, including using carbon paper and a tracing wheel, but my preferred method is to trace it off onto dressmakers dots and crosses pattern paper. This paper is more robust than tissue, but thinner than normal paper so it’s perfect for pinning onto fabric to cut around. It comes on a big roll and we sell it in the shop for 60p per meter. 

There are also a few choices in transferring the pattern onto the paper. You could place the pattern underneath with the dressmaker’s paper on top and simply draw around your size using a pen or pencil. Just be sure to transfer all other markings too – name of the piece (like front bodice for example), grain line or fold line and also the size you have traced (for future reference!).

On the patterns included with the book, each size line has a different characteristic, making it even easier to distinguish between sizes and the colour of the ink is strong so it’s really each to see through the paper.

Alternatively, if you are finding it hard to see the lines, lay out a self healing or cutting mat to protect your table, lay the dressmakers paper out, then the pattern on top. Hold or weight the pattern down and using a toothed tracing wheel, roll it around the size that you want to make. The tracing wheel with leave a perforated line on the paper that you can then cut around – still remember to transfer all the same info on size etc with a pen. 

This tracing method allows you to preserve all of the sizes for future use and make notes of any alterations you make to the pattern - alerting the size of a seam allowance or adding extra length for example.

There are also patterns for the other projects too, but they are just one size.

It’s still not to late to pre order the book and snap up a space at one of our mini make and take workshops running during our Book Launch Party Day at the shop on Saturday 6th September (spaces are FREE when you pre-order the book from us).

Also it’s the last week of our FABRIC SALE before all the new Autumn/Winter fabrics are released -whooooooo!!! (so excited about that!) - still lots of bargins to be had!