Sew Creative in Petersfield

We had a trip to Petersfield in Hampshire on Saturday because W had spotted a promotion for the opening of a new cycle shop on Facebook.  I’ve always liked Petersfield because it has lots of independent shops but we hadn’t been for quite a while.  There is a market in the town square on a Saturday selling excellent quality fruit and veg, bread etc. and there was a stall with some lovely baskets.  There are bookshops, quirky vintage stores, galleries, interesting food shops – definitely worth a visit.

After the cycle shop – which was packed with people in lycra – we had a wander round and I came across Sew Creative.  They have been open since last October and sell a range of fabrics, haberdashery and kits.  They also have a great programme of workshops – including some for children and teens which is good to see.  There were sewing machines whirring away in the background on Saturday morning.

Jo, the owner, is really friendly and has just introduced a loyalty card scheme which is a great idea.  The cards are very cute and designed to fit on your key ring.

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I left W sitting on a wall across the road reading a book he’d just bought in The Petersfield Bookshop while I had a browse.  I was very restrained and just invested in some excellent quality calico ready to make a toile of the Brumby skirt from Megan Nielsen.  I bought the pdf pattern the other day and splashed out on having it printed at the local copy shop to save all the sticking together of A4 sheets.  The denim fabric was bought to make a jacket but I’m now thinking of using it for the Brumby.  The enormous pockets on the short version are irresistible!  The skirt has an exposed zip and I found this really nice denim one in C & H Fabrics the other day.

I love the way Jo wraps up your purchases in sheets of pattern tissue.  I haven’t unwrapped it yet!

There are lots of charity shops in Petersfield but I didn’t manage to find any bargains.  I am fast becoming an expert at scanning a rail of men’s shirts to see whether there is a Refashioning project in the making!

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