The john lewis sewing bee: behind the scenes

Did you catch that ultimate shift dress I made last week sewn up in the floral print (of dreams)?

Well, I wanted to share a bit more from ‘behind the scenes’ of where I made it – at the sewing bee organised by the John Lewis department store to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

I guess it’s not quite behind the scenes when you’re sewing in the middle of the UK’s biggest department store. But, look at all that sewing goodness.

And all those sweet sewing machines.

The aim was to use one of John Lewis’ 150th anniversary cotton prints to create a vintage inspired dress in one day. No one quite manage to get there – though Rosin was pretty darn close.

But we did spend a lot of time talking (OK, I spent a lot of time talking). And we got to meet a lot of interested people who were curious to know what we were doing.

The lovely Lisa from Sew Over It acted as a very well-dressed host. You can see the dresses slowly starting to take shape, but if you want some real eye candy you should check out the different blogs (links below).

Colour me ignorant, but I never knew there was a brilliant crowd of such amazing UK sewing ladies. All the ladies I met were so talented and such great sewing partners-in-crime. Where have I been hiding myself?

Here we all are on the roof top of the Oxford Street store (super amazing – do try and pop up there if you can).

Left to right: Freya (full of all the sewing knowledge) and Lisa from Sew Over It, Fiona, Clare, Charlie, Rosin, Amy and Emmie.

Thanks to John Lewis for organising such a great event. And to Lisa for being such a great hostess. Photos by Brain Dohrety.

  1. Reply

    This looks like such a fun day!

  2. Reply
    Fiona Parker

    They are such fab pictures aren't they?! Such a fun day!

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