all about purple sewing sessions

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There are two types of Purple Sessions:

"A" sessions are where you work on your own project at  your own speed and level. These run much like our regular tried-and-tested face-to-face lessons 

"B" sessions are a fixed project but which you are welcome to hack or change and of course you get to choose your fabric and truly make it your own.


Both A & B weekly sessions are one and a half hours long.  Cost is £12/£8 per session. (The lower price is for those really feeling the pinch at this tricky time) and this also includes a 15 minute catch up during the week to check any issues. Class sizes are maximum 6.

PLEASE NOTE:- participants for both A & B sessions should have basic machine skills and be able to thread the machine to join this class. If these skills are missing, please get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1 class to get started.

When you book for the first time, we can have a little session just getting your Zoom set up. Zoom is a free online meeting platform which you can install on phone, tablet or computer. It is great fun as you can see everyone else in the lesson and say hi to them too!

Purple "A" Sessions

Come to the class with your own pattern, your fabric and matching thread. You can photograph your pattern instructions and send to me via email or text if you are finding it hard to understand anything. As in the regular face-to-face classes, I will pass between participants answering questions and helping with progress. Other participants can watch and learn as well - this kind of peer sharing is one of the best ways we can learn in these sessions.





The first two weeks on "B" sessions is working on:

The Lawley Skirt  (2 sessions)

by Elbe Textiles

Thursdays April 9th and 16th at 6.30pm

The Lawley Skirt is a free pattern. It's a gathered, knee length skirt- featuring an elasticated waistband with a drawstring and side pockets with a bias strip edging finish. 

Please see

for fabric requirements.

You will also need:

  • Pattern printed and assembled

  • Matching thread

  • Paper scissors

  • Fabric scissors

  • Pins

  • 120 - 180cm length of drawstring cord (or you can sew your own from leftover fabric)

  • Eyelets – with an outside diameter of 1.2cm, and inner diameter of 0.7cm (You can use buttonholes instead if your machine will make them)

  • 5cm wide elastic60cm-12-cm depending on size

  • 6cm by 4cm patch of iron on interfacing

  • Dressmakers chalk or fabric marker

The next project will be The Sorbetto Top by Collete Patterns

Check it out here 

If you need to buy fabric, we recommend Stone Fabrics for mail order...