The Sewing Weekender

Following four sell-out annual events in Cambridge, The Fold Line and Charlotte Emma Patterns are bringing The Sewing Weekender online for a second year, on Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th June 2021. The 2021 event will again take place online and will feature two days of online content for attendees to watch and participate in, as they work on a sewing project at home. Tickets will be available to purchase from 7am on the 8th May and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the charities The Black Curriculum, Refuge and Fine Cell Work.

All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender too, so you can catch up later. An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 12th June and again on Sunday 13th June. This will contain the full schedule for the day (same as copied below), and links to all of the video content. All the content for the day will be available immediately, so you can dip in and out and watch it as you wish (this makes it accessible to all our international attendees). 

As we continue to find ourselves in difficult times,  we didn’t want not to be able to connect with all you again in 2021. Over the weekend, we’ll have a series of informal vlogs from bloggers and makers plus longer talks, live zoom sewing help sessions, online workshops and other online activities with special guests from the sewing community. We’re really excited about The Online Sewing Weekender and hope you are too! Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram.

All the attendees of The Sewing Weekender in-person event

Previously an annual in-person event in Cambridge (2016 – 2019), bringing 90 sewists together for a weekend of informal sewing, socialising, workshops and talks, the Sewing Weekender moved online in 2020 in response to Covid-19. With Charlotte, we came together in just a few weeks to bring the event online for the first time and all monies raised were donated to charity. With 1,941 tickets being sold, attendees from 37 countries helped to raise £23,610 for the following four charities: NHS Charities Together, Black Lives Matter, mental health charity Mind and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Find out all about last year’s Online Sewing Weekender event are on our blog here.

Here is Kate to tell you more about this years Online Sewing Weekender.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Ticket price is £17.50 (including VAT and Evenbrite fees). Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.


The Schedule

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 12th June and again on Sunday 13th June. This will contain the full schedule for the day (same as copied below), and links to all of the video content. All the content for the day will be available immediately, so you can dip in and out and watch it as you wish (this makes it accessible to all our international attendees). All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender too, so you can catch up later.

Choosing a project

Remember that the Sewing Weekender is an informal sewing event. You can pick any sewing project to work on over the weekend (and share your plans and progress with us using #sewingweekender). You’ll want to start planning your makes for next weekend and if there is a pattern you’ve been lusting after then now is the time to pounce! Search thousands of sewing patterns from indie designers and commercial pattern houses in our online sewing pattern shop.

Full schedule

Date: Saturday 12th June 2021

Introduction from Kate, Rachel and Charlotte.

Masterclass Tutorials:
  • Exclusive Bargello Project with Nerrisa Pratt from The Bargello Edit
  • Pattern hacking: adding frills with Nina from Nina Lee Patterns
  • Hacking the Zadie Jumpsuit into a wrap dress with Tara from Paper Theory
  • How to create a patternless skirt with Marilla Walker (includes a downloadable)
  • How to perfect pattern matching with Alison Smith
  • Sewing garments by hand with Alexis of Fibr & Cloth
  • Draft and sew a simple 3-piece sunhat with Charlotte from Charlotte Emma Patterns

Expert talks:

  • Introduction to historical costuming with Dixie Davis from Dixie DIY
  • Deadstock and Sustainability with Hannah and Rosie from New Craft house
  • Behind the Scenes with Kylie from Kylie and the Machine
Maker Chats

Sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy community conversations with:

  • Rehanon @mink_deville
  • Bianca @sleepless_in_bavaria
  • Sylvia @theravelout
  • Shannon @rare.device
  • Judith and Sandy @sewover50
  • Atia @thebrightblooms
  • Ada @asiansewistcollective

Podcast:

  • Podcast episode on Sew Organised Style with Charlotte from Charlotte, Kate and Rachel.

Get social:

  • Live Zoom Chat Rooms. We will have five live zoom chat available throughout the weekend where anyone can join and share how they are getting on with their sewing project and sew along with other attendees.

Need help with a Sewing Project? We’ve got a virtual sewing helper Barbara @rockingstitch who will be on hand in our private Facebook Group for attendees. Ask a sewing question and she’ll dive in and help you!

Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram and sharing what you are making.

 

Date: Sunday 13th June 2021

Masterclass tutorials

  • Fabric burn test with Harriet from Sew Me Sunshine (includes a downloadable)
  • Add an exposed ruffle to a dress with Montoya from Montoya Mayo
  • How to make an eye mask and drawstring back with the Tilly and the Buttons team (and an exclusive look at their next new pattern!)
  • How to make period pads with Alex and Caroline from Selkie Patterns
  • Incorporating paper piecing into garment sewing with Samantha from Purple Sewing Cloud
  • How to create an Ankara half circle skirt and advice on wax print sewing with Marcy from Oonaballoona
  • A brief history of swimwear and how to draft your own bikini with Alice and Lilia of Alice and Co Patterns
  • Puffed sleeve pattern hacks with Emily from Self Assembly Required
  • How to make a tailor’s ham with Claire from Claire Sews

Expert talks

  • Creativity and Social Media with Lydia from What Lydia Made
  • Top 10 styling tips with stylist Lucy Briggs
  • Your five piece Spring Capsule wardrobe with Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It
Maker chats
Sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy community conversations with:
  • Korrie @korriekorrie
  • Rebecca @revansmerritt
  • Andie @sewprettyinpink
  • Susan @susanyoungsewing
  • Adaku @dovetailed
  • Sally @modistasewing

Podcast:

  • Podcast episode on Sew Organised Style.

Get social:

  • Live Zoom Chat Rooms. We will have five live zoom chat available throughout the weekend where anyone can join and share how they are getting on with their sewing project and sew along with other attendees.

Need help with a Sewing Project? We’ve got a virtual sewing helper Barbara @rockingstitch who will be on hand in our private Facebook Group for attendees. Ask a sewing question and she’ll dive in and help you!

Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram and sharing what you are making.


How to Book

Tickets to The Online Sewing Weekender 2021 include:

  • Online digital entry on Saturday 12th June and Sunday 13th June 2021;
  • Access to online tutorials, talks, activities and sewing help;
  • Access to a private Facebook group for attendees;
  • A digital goodie bag from contributors.

10% of proceeds from tickets sold will be donated equally between the following charities: The Black Curriculum, Refuge and Fine Cell Work

Attendees who have booked a ticket will receive an email confirming their ticket purchase with further details. Full details will be emailed to you in advance of the event with links on how to access the digital content and Facebook group.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Ticket price is £17.50 (including VAT and Evenbrite fees). Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.


Charities

10% of proceeds from this event will go to these brilliant charities:

The Black Curriculum – A social enterprise that aims to deliver black British history all across the UK. They run a variety of virtual and in-person programmes to schools, young people and corporations to promote the importance of Black history. They also have a curriculum and develop free and licensable resources for schools to teach students about Black history.

Refuge – supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse. They run a range of specialist services to help survivors access safety and rebuild their lives, including culturally-specific services.

Fine Cell Work – a social enterprise which enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives. They do this by training them in high-quality, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. Their aim is to allow them to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.


Contributors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bloggers, vloggers and makers who have generously given their time to helping us create The Online Sewing Weekender 2021. Thanks to them we hope to raise lots of money for charities that are doing vital work to support us all.

All photos are copyright of the maker(s) featured.


FAQ and policies

Who comes to The Sewing Weekender?

We welcome everyone to join The Online Sewing Weekender from around the world! Makers of all abilities from will be joining us from beginners to the advanced.

What do I need to join in?

You will need internet access and a computer/phone or tablet. You will need access to YouTube, Zoom and Instagram to take part in all the activities. An Instagram account is recommended; no account is required for Zoom or YouTube. If you want to sew over the weekend you will need access to a sewing machine and your usual supplies. We also recommend you are well stocked with tea and cake for the duration!

How long do I have to watch the videos and join the activities?

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 12th June and again on Sunday 13th June. This will contain the full schedule for the day, and links to all of the video content. All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend, so you can dip in and out as you wish. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender if you don’t manage to watch all of them at the time.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 10% of proceeds being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.

Photography

Photographing and/or videotaping of activities will take place throughout the weekend. The Fold Line and English Girl at Home may publish the photos and recordings online or in other places for marketing and sales purposes. Attendees agree that their picture and sound may be used by the organisers and their partners without granting any additional permissions. Please contact [email protected] if you have any concerns or questions about this.

Damaged Property

The Fold Line and English Girl at Home are not responsible for attendees’ damaged property through the use of digital media applications.

For any further questions please email [email protected]