Learning to Sew Gorgeous


Sew Gorgeous is the creation of Jaye Williams who, before founding the vintage-inspired sewing lounge, became quite tired of her friends popping round of an evening with a bottle of wine, an arm full of mending and a look which said “please fix my clothes, I have no idea how to sew”.

I used to be one of those girls. Admittedly, I’d give Koren my buttons, hems, and hole-worn clothes to fix in her next round of mending. She always obliged kindly without complaint. But, you know, there comes a time when a girl has to learn to sew for herself (especially when your sister leaves the country).

Sewing classes, for me,  conjured up the thought of middle-aged women sitting about discussing the colour of their child’s poop all the while sewing booties and onesies (not that there’s anything wrong with that, I’m just not at that stage in my life just yet). So I was pleasantly surprised when all the women were around my age or younger and were all there for the same reasons – they hadn’t taken their sewing machine out of the box and they had absolutely no idea where to start.

Jaye Sew Gorgeous 1

Jaye Sew Gorgeous 2

Jaye was our knight-ess in shining pink. The four week beginners class saw us learn a whole set of new skills including how to read a pattern, how to pin properly, use interfacing, thread a bobbin, sew on a zip and how not to be afraid of our big scary sewing machines; all taught to us in Jaye’s unique, fresh, funky way with lots of hilarious jokes thrown in. Plus we also got to sip tea and eat sweets (that rates quite high on my priority list).

I walked away with a new passion for sewing, excitement about starting my next project, an addiction to buying vintage fabric on ebay, a gorgeous skirt to wear about town and, unexpectedly,  some new friends. This wasn’t really just a sewing class, it was an opportunity to socialise with like-minded women, laugh until our tummies hurt, learn and create.

Sew Gorgeous Skirt 2

Sew Gorgeous Skirt 1

Jaye offers beginners, intermediate and open sewing classes evenings and weekends at her Sew Gorgeous sewing lounge Given Terrace, Paddington. You can find out more over at her website at http://www.sewgorgeous.com.au/.

Love Alana xx

4 Responses to Learning to Sew Gorgeous

  1. MotherDownUnder March 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Love the skirt!
    I would love to learn how to sew…but I don’t even have a sewing machine so I don’t know where that leaves me!

    • Alana March 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      That’s not a problem actually – if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can actually hire them from Jaye to use in class Some of the girls used the hired ones to get a feel for the type of machine they might want to buy in the future.

  2. Kate March 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Your skirt is fabulous, you just can’t beat spots!

    • Alana March 15, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks Kate. I love polka dots. They always make me smile.