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The Sewing Weekender 2019 – Sewing speakers and workshops!

It’s now only a month until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing speakers and helpers who will be joining us over the weekend. We are also excited to announce the New Craft House workshop available to attendees during the weekend, sponsored by Spoonflower.

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 soon.

Sewing speakers and helpers

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


Juliet Uzor, Sew So Natural and TV sewing contestant

Sunday Speaker

You may recognise Juliet from a well know TV series this year. Juliet will be talking about Wax print fabrics and how she uses and styles them. Mixing and matching prints is a true love of Juliets and she will bring some garments she has created using these fabrics. Juliet is also a master at ‘hacking’ commercial sewing patterns and will talk to us about how you can adapt these patterns to suit your style.

Find out more about Juliet: Blog, InstagramFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Alexandra Bruce and Caroline Akselson, Selkie Patterns

Saturday Speaker

London-based Selkie Patterns is owned by Caroline and Alexandra, providing customers with dressmaking patterns, easy to sew lifestyle patterns and pre-order fabrics. Selkie Patterns is the only sustainable sewing pattern and fabric business. We all love to sew and preferably sew something stylish, and home sewing is a great way to counteract the wasteful ways of fast fashion. But it’s not all bad: lots of people are looking for ways to improve what we wear! Being a small, sustainable business they will share some insights into sustainable practices we can all adopt when sewing, whether we sew at home or sew for a living: what can you think about when selecting fabric? What can you do with remaining materials? What are your options for haberdashery? How does caring for your clothes influence their environmental impact? The talk will be around fifteen minutes and there will be some time for questions afterwards: having an open discussion is a great way to learn from others. See you there!
Find out more about Alexandra and Caroline: Website, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook.

Tara Viggo, 
Paper Theory

Saturday Speaker

Tara is an independent pattern company taking the sewing community by storm with her popular pattern releases, including the Zadie Jumpsuit. Tara is going to talk to us about why she chose to leave the fashion industry and start her own business. This will touch on topics including fighting the idea of exclusivity that the fashion industry breeds and creating something that has inclusiveness at its core. This inclusiveness is the design inspiration for all her styles and helps her makes things (like the Zadie Jumpsuit) that can be easily worn by more than one body type.

Find out more about Tara: Website, InstagramFacebookPinterest.

Nina Chang, Nina Lee Loves and Nina Lee Patterns

Sunday Speaker

Ever wondered what it might be like to sew a wedding dress? Or been asked to make some bridesmaids dresses for a friend? Nina has done it all – she spent months creating her dream dress for her wedding in June, along with her two bridesmaids’ dresses, her mother’s two outfits, a hand-embroidered veil, customised M&S shoes, and a second dress for the evening’s dancing! But prior to this Nina had sewn two wedding dresses on commission and two sets of bridesmaids dresses. She’ll talk about the planning process, the ups and downs of sewing for your own wedding or special occasion, and for others’, what really goes into making a couture-inspired gown (hint: it’s nearly 40 metres of fabric!) and her tips and resources if you’re inspired to tackle a big project of your own.

Find out more about Nina on her personal Blog and Instagram and also her pattern brand Nina Lee Patterns: Website, InstagramFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Barbara Ruis, Rocking Stitch

Sewing Expert

Barbara will be at The Sewing Weekender to help you with your projects. She started showing an interest in sewing at age 16, when she decided to cut into her jeans and t-shirts to create clothes that were different from what everyone else was wearing. Passionate about sewing and musicals she studied Theatre Design in Amsterdam. After 8 years of working on many different West End musicals she decided it was time for a new adventure and she moved to the UK.

She started her own sewing business RockingStitch, with the aim to spread the joy of making your own clothes and to teach as many people as possible that sewing machines aren’t scary and to just give it a go! 7 years later she is now living a happy life in London, being a sewing teacher, content creator, YouTuber, blogger, and the designer of the Seamstress Gauge.

Find out more about Barbara on her website, Instagram, YouTube, ETSY shop, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.



We are really excited this year to have the New Craft House provide workshops for attendees of The Sewing Weekender. We are grateful to Spoonflower for sponsoring these workshops.

The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in 2008 in Durham, N.C. with the dream of empowering individuals to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Today, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million creative individuals who use their own designs and the Spoonflower Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothing, bags, furniture, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Located in Durham, N.C. & Berlin, Germany.



This workshop for attendees will run for around three hours twice on Saturday and you will learn how to sew a pair of knickers with Hannah and Rosie. Learn techniques for cutting and sewing lingerie fabrics, including using a rotary cutter, working with lace, inserting elastic and more. Elastics will be provided but please bring your own fabrics, pattern is available in sizes XS-3XL. We will send more details for attendees via email about this workshop before the event.



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