The Sewing Weekender 2017 – Sewing Prefects and Speakers!

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It’s now only a few weeks until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing Prefects and Speakers who will be joining us over the weekend.

To find out more about this weekend, check out The Sewing Weekender page for all the details. For attendees, we will be sending you the itinerary and all the details you need in the next few days.

Sewing Speakers and Prefects

To help you with your sewing projects and/or give a talk about sewing, we have the following talented ladies on Saturday and Sunday!

Elisalex de Castro Peake, By Hand London

Saturday workshop / Sewing prefect

Title of workshop: “Embroidery – In this relaxed workshop we’ll be covering the foundation stitches of hand embroidery, and creating a hoop art slogan to hang proudly in your sewing space!”

Elisalex is co-founder and head of design at By Hand London, an independent sewing pattern label. They celebrate making, individual style and creative women, designing for those who love to dress up, stand out and customise their own wardrobe.

Find out more about Elisalex and BHL: Blog, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Portia Lawrie, Makery

Saturday Sewing Prefect / Speaker

Title of talk: “Refashioning: Why wouldn’t you? Description: There are huge and varied benefits to be had from refashioning unloved clothes. Refashioning is a growing trend and I’d love to share with you; How and why I got started with refashioning. How and why I started The Refashioners challenge, and what you could gain from getting your refashion on too!”

Portia Lawrie organises The Refashioners each year, an upcycling challenge to refashion garments into something wearable. She also regularly writes features and projects for sewing magazines. You can also follow her sewing adventures here.

Find out more about Portia: Blog, Instagram, FacebookPinterest.


Elle Harris, Sew Positivity

Weekend workshop / Sewing prefect

Workshop: “Machine embroidery is one of those things we all want to try but never get around to doing, but during The Sewing Weekender I will be bringing along a beautiful Janome Memory craft embroidery machine and hosting an informal workshop for those of you who want to try something new.”

Elle is a sewcial seamstress, mental health stigma challenger and slow fashion advocate. She has a sewing blog where she shares an in-depth view of the things that she has created, creates a dialogue about events and meet ups and advocates investing in your own skill set.

Find out more about Elle: Blog, Instagram, Facebook.

Fiona Parker, Diary of a Chainstitcher

Sewing Prefect / Saturday Speaker

Title of talk: “The role of a Costume Supervisor in theatre. Fiona will be talking you through all the different parts in the process of taking a costume designer’s ideas and turning them into a reality on stage; including fabric, haberdashery and accessory shopping, working with costume makers, fittings, creating a costume bible and all the weird and wonderful problems that arise when you finally reach a dress rehearsal!”

Fiona is a self confessed sewing addict and loves working with fabrics and learning new techniques. In 2014 Fiona was asked to become the first UK member of the Mood Sewing Network and in 2016 had the amazing opportunity to work as a Fabric Buyer for the fourth series of The Great British Sewing Bee! Follow Fiona’s making journey here.

Find out more about Fiona: Blog, Instagram, Twitter.

Melissa Fehr, Fehr Trade

Saturday Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Sewing for Movement: Most fit advice concentrates on achieving garments that look and feel great while you’re standing or sitting, but how can you adjust for all the other movements your body makes on a given day? Melissa will talk you through the thought process and adaptations she’s developed from designing and competing in her range of activewear patterns so you can feel comfortable no matter what your movements.

Melissa founded Fehr Trade in 2005 and after starting sewing in 2001. In 2013 both interests collided when she released her first digital sewing patterns for activewear, and she hasn’t stopped moving or sewing since! So far she’s run six full marathons in her own-sewn gear, and also enjoys cycling and bouldering whenever she can. All FehrTrade patterns have been road-tested by Melissa and a team of fellow fit sewists. Her studio space is in her floating home in London on the Thames.

Find out more about Melissa: Blog, Facebook, InstagramTwitter, Pinterest.


about-page-profileElena Rosa Brown, Randomly Happy

Sewing Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “How I’ve been taking what I know about mindfulness and using it with sewing – learning to take the time, appreciate what I’m doing – and how it’s really got me to enjoy sewing again.

Elena Rosa Brown loves arts and crafts and is addicted to sewing. On Elena’s blog you will find everything beautifully photographed with a gallery of her handmade wardrobe and lots of DIY projects for you and your little ones. She writes great reviews and makes a range of outfits from simple tees to jeans, so you are sure to find something to inspire you.

Find out more about Elena: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.