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make do & mend...

Good Morning!
Happy Saturday...
Last night I went along to Cordial & Grace (a new Sewing Cafe here in Bristol) - for their Make do & Mend evening class.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a vintage Mexican Dress on Etsy from the States. It arrived last week only  to find it was made for a woman twice the size of me!
I needed to take it in and up...but wasn't sure on how to go about such a task.
So last night, with a glass of wine and a slice of chocolate brownie, I was guided through the process of changing the tent into a dress that fitted me.
Laura - expertly explained that I needed to completely unpick the seams, then cut out a section and sew it back together, re-inserting the darts at the back so it fell correctly, without swamping me.
There were 3 other ladies there. One was making a delicious be-jewelled corset for a customer of hers.
Another was making cute lavender bags with hand-painted birds on the front.
And another was changing the lining of their coat so it fitted better.
Conversation flowed and my dress slowly came together.
I will be going back next month to complete it.... will you be joining me?

Make do & Mend classes take place the 3rd Friday of every month... booking required. Check out their website for more information and other classes such as patchwork and sewing for beginners.


  1. I love the look of that dress - I have no idea how to go about putting in darts so I am very impressed! Hope it turns out beautifully XX

  2. Love the idea of this... Lucky you! I need help to alter things too just a bit too far for me come... I've been trying, in vain I might add, to find someone to teach me one to one some altering and sewing skills. I look forward to seeing your handy work when it is finished!! x

  3. Great dress! What a lovely way to spend a Friday night! Looks like fun. God I wish we had a sewing cafe like that where I live...

  4. That's a gorgeous dress! Hope you'll be modelling it for us when it's done :-)

  5. What a brilliant idea.

  6. Sounds like fun and pretty dress!

  7. Sewing can be very relaxing and peaceful. In fact we recommend it to some of your clients. Btw, nice dress!

  8. Gosh I wish I lived a bit closer to Bristol - I would love to have a few sewing lessons. What a great idea. x

  9. What fantastic sewing lessons! Can't wait to see it finished :-)

  10. Oooh that dress looks so pretty- I can't wait to see you in it, when it's finished!

  11. what a lovely thing to do. great way to meet like-minded folk and have a natter. can we see your dress when it's done? happy mother's day. xxx

  12. This is such a wonderful concept! I love that sewing can be fun and social! xx


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