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March's Sewing Star - Phillipa's gorgeous Owl applique dress!

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Phillipa tells us about the dress she created for her daughter Martha that made her this months Sewing Star, and won her a FREE Stitch Class. To find out how you could become our March Sewing Star please click here.

Phillipa was inspired to make this dress because she has a 6 month old baby, Martha, and wanted to learn to make childrens clothes.

phillipas dress for martha march 2013 mcfp course        simplicity 5489 image 

She came on the Making Clothes from Patterns Course at Sew In Brighton armed with Simplicity's 5489 pattern and 2 lengths of corduroy, which she'd bought on the pre-course shopping trip at Fabric Land, which is run as part of the course.

Phillipa says of the course:
"The best things I learnt were how to do applique and automatic buttonholes - and I also learnt loads from watching the others on the course learning various techniques for their garments, such as the zip in Sallys top, gathering on Fran's 50's style dress, I plan to try both techniques myself in next projects!
" The classes were really good, informal, which I prefer. There was always a good atmosphere and liked the balance between Kat's teaching and allowing me to get on with it myself and ask for help when needed."
 
Phillipa made the dress as a practise run, as it's a 3 year old size, and she plans to now make lots more from the same pattern in smaller sizes that Martha can wear now - next the next one will have an applique apple instead of an owl!
 
If you'd like to make clothes from patterns, you can do so on these courses and classes:
 
Making Clothes from Patterns  5 week evening courses
We take you pattern /fabric shopping, then teach you how to make clothes from commercial dressmaking patterns, fit them to your size and sew up to an expert finish! 
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Stitch Evenings Thursdays 7-9.30pm every week
Make whatever you want! Flexible sewing and dressmaking classes: choose your own dates and sewing projects.....Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc. 
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Stitch Mornings  
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 10am-12.30pm every week
Make whatever you want! Flexible sewing and dressmaking classes: choose your own days, dates and sewing projects.....Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc. 
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Stitch Weekends  
Sun afternoons 2.30 - 5.30pm every week
Make whatever you want! Choose your days and what to sew. Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc.
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One to one - private sewing & pattern cutting lessons
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