New Look 6145

Back in 2015 I spotted this pattern as part of the Simplicity Star Sewist competition but failed to get my act together and send off for the free pattern to take part.

Moving on a couple of years and there was the pattern on the swap table at our sewing group.  I grabbed it straightaway.  I think pretty much everyone else has already made this pattern and I’ve seen some lovely versions on IG and blogs.

As part of my recent fabric/pattern stock take I’d decided to pair the pattern with a curtain fabric remnant from C & H Fabrics (now known as Closs & Hamblin which sounds much more upmarket!).  The dress and the fabric both have a 60s vibe which I hope work well together.

I’ve previously reported that in advance of our last sewing group meet up I’d made a bedsheet toile and cut out the main fabric.  I managed to sew the bust and back (double-ended) darts, shoulder seams and assemble the neck facing at the meeting which was a good start.

I finished the dress at the weekend and can now tick off the first garment from the list I’ve committed to making. This is a simple pattern with several variations which also lends itself to customising.  I didn’t have enough fabric for the collar but I may try this next time.  I’m not a fan of short sleeves, I normally prefer three-quarter length or sleeveless, but decided to give them a try.  I had just enough fabric to add some in-seam pockets.  I would have gone for patch pockets but I wasn’t able to pattern match – or even have two matching pockets – so abandoned that idea to avoid it looking a complete mess!

I had meant to use the pocket bag template from the Clemence Skirt in Tilly’s Love at First Stitch but used a different one (possibly from the SOI Tulip Skirt) which is much smaller.  I shall definitely make the pockets bigger next time.  I have very small hands but can only just get them in!

I’ve been struggling to find a good quality invisible zip since C & H changed the zips it stocks.  I’ve had several frustrating experiences but when I was on a sewing meet up in Brighton recently I bought one from the Brighton Sewing Centre.  It went in first time with absolutely no problems.  Sadly, due to fabric limitations, there’s absolutely no pattern matching across the zip!

There’s a hem vent at the back of the dress which also worked beautifully despite me having failed the read the instructions properly (or at all)!

I rarely have blog photos of me ‘in the wild’ as Mr Jane Makes is not the most willing of photographers.  However, I had my sister on hand on Sunday morning and she was more enthusiastic!  She was rather unsympathetic about my concerns at all the bees buzzing around me but she certainly made an effort.  The hydrangeas in my mother’s garden have now been re-named hyjanegas – I do seem to be emerging from the middle of them in one of the photos!

I’m so pleased with this dress.  It’s smart but comfortable and would look great in so many fabrics.  I already have ideas for other versions.  If you are one of the few people who hasn’t already used this pattern I can definitely recommend it.

I shall now move on to the next make on my ‘list’ – I’ve just not decided which one yet.  I was temporarily distracted by seeing @cathysewsstuff’s lovely Esme top when I met up with her on Saturday in The Eternal Maker.  I’ve made more than my fair share of Esme dresses but have never made a top.  I went straight home, cut one out and finished sewing it last night.  I’m wearing it today!  The fabric is from Ditto and I really like the abstract floral design.  I’ve tucked it into a denim skirt but it will also work well with jeans I think.

Sewing Group #2

Karen and I were both nervous about the second meeting of our new sewing group.  What if the first one had been a one hit wonder and nobody turned up?  We needn’t have worried.  We had another great turn out and the hall was a hive of activity!

We failed to take a single photograph but thankfully the lovely @cathysewsstuff assumed the role of official photographer.

We had crochet, sewing, embroidery, cutting out (first ever dress from a pattern) and a cosy patchwork quilt from felted sweaters.  I can’t wait to see this one finished.  Our official photographer was also making a quilt from denim and fabric scraps from some of her previous makes.  I wish I had a photograph to show you, it’s such an unusual design.

As mentioned in my last post, I cut out this pattern to take along.  I’d picked it up from the swap table at the first meeting so I was pleased to be making use of it.

I did make a quick toile from an old bed sheet to check the fit.  I went with the bust measurement because the rest of the dress skims the waist and hips.  I have to admit that if something doesn’t really work at the toile stage I usually decide it’s not for me unless all that’s required is a minor tweak here and there.  I’m in awe of people who can undertake complicated fitting manoeuvres!  I didn’t have enough fabric for the collar so will try that on another version and I decided to go for the short sleeves.

I cut out the fabric in advance and despite plenty of chatting I managed to sew all the darts (front and back), shoulder seams and make up the neck facing.  I did unpick one bust dart and re-sew it when I got home because I wasn’t 100% happy with it – but I was just being picky!  More on this pattern when I’ve finished the dress.

There was cake … these are salted caramel and chocolate cookies! There were also chocolate brownies made by Karen.

IMPORTANT NEWS :

We’ve now booked dates for the sewing group for the rest of the year :

  • 9th August
  • 13th September
  • 11th October
  • 8th November
  • 13th December

Hope you can join us for all or some of these dates at St George’s Church, Cleveland Road, Chichester from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Watch this space for details of some upcoming special events!

Taking Stock #3

Here’s the ‘final’ post on how I’m approaching my current sewing plans.  I have done a little bit of shopping since I sorted everything out so there is more planning to be done!

This is a much more subdued selection of fabric, although it was coincidental that the piles ended up as they did!

  • Up first are two plain jerseys in cream and mid-blue which both came from The Eternal Maker.  They are lovely and soft and I’m going to make two Gable tops.  This is my current all-time favourite basic top pattern.
  • I’ve made McCall’s 3830 so many times over the years that the pattern has almost disintegrated.  I’ve now traced it off to preserve it for the future.  I’m going to make a plain denim skirt with a floral lining which will be smart enough for work.  The denim is from Ditto and a really great colour and quality.
  • The next fabric is a gorgeous colour and was original bought from The Eternal Maker to make this Simplicity top to go with my Christmas skirt.  I ran out of time but I’m still keen to make this.  It will be the third version of this pattern I’ve made and when I wore one of them the other day I realised the top would work better a little shorter so that’s an alteration I will make this time.
  • Next up is a real challenge for me!  I’ve had the Moss skirt pattern for ages and have always been put off by the thought of inserting a fly zip.  I’ve decided that now I have the sewing group to back me up I can finally tackle this.
  • The photograph of the final fabric looks very strange!  It’s a narrow striped stretch cotton from The Fabric Godmother but the stripes look more like wood grain here! I’m going to make another Top 64 by Merchant & Mills.  I’ve worn the first version a lot and the pockets are brilliant!

Since the last post I’ve cut out the New Look pattern and I took it with me to last night’s sewing group.  Despite a lot of chatting I made quite good progress.  Here I am at the sewing machine wearing the sleeveless Esme dress I made VERY quickly after buying the fabric last weekend at Ditto!  Thank you to @cathysewsstuff for the photograph as I failed to take a single picture!  There will be more about the sewing group in another post.

I’ve realised there was no mention of Mr Jane Makes in my last post. He’s now signed up for the Chichester half marathon in October having been donated an entry by a friend who is now doing a half marathon in London that day!  He has embarked on his training programme, part of which involved polishing off quite a few of the cookies I baked for the sewing group last night!

Salted caramel and chocolate cookies.  They were pretty good even if I say so myself!

Taking Stock #2

Following on from my last post, here’s the second pile of fabric from my sewing room and the plans I have for it.

  • I picked up the New Look pattern from the first meeting of the new Chichester sewing group so thank you to whoever donated it.  See below for a reminder about the next meeting.  I have two possible fabrics for this dress.  The one on the left is another Lucienne Day print from the Peter Jones sale.  This one is called Serenade.  I will probably underline or line this one as the fabric is quite lightweight.  The floral fabric is a curtain remnant from C & H fabrics and has a bit of a 60s vibe which I think will work really well.  Not sure if I’ll make a toile.  Probably, I usually do.
  • The second fabric is a barkcloth which came from the Olympia Knitting & Stitching Show a couple of years ago but I can’t remember who I bought it from.  I’ve made Simplicity 1109 several times and it works well with a fabric with some structure.  I believe this fabric frays like mad which has put me off using it so far.
  • The paintbrush fabric was a vintage charity shop find for £2.  It is slightly bonkers.  The pattern is the Sew Over It Tulip Skirt when it was originally published in Simply Sewing magazine.  I’ve made it twice before but both skirts are now too big.  They are in the alterations pile and I may tackle them eventually as they are both made with fabric that I particularly like.
  • I’m well behind everyone else on the Cleo dress bandwagon but I got this pattern for my birthday from Baby J’s mum and dad so that bypassed the pattern buying embargo.  The fabric is a grey denim from Ditto.  I also have to confess to buying a loose weave denim from The Fabric Godmother on Saturday which will also become a Cleo!
  • The next photo doesn’t look much different from one in Post #1 but this fabric is a very lovely mustard/gold denim from The Fabric Godmother.  My first Brumby skirt was made from this fabric and I miss it as it no longer fits.
  • Finally, I don’t think this fabric made it into one of the piles.  It is a pair of curtains from a vintage sale that really need another wash as they are still slightly musty!  I’m going to try the Deer & Doe Chardon skirt as I’ve seen quite a few of these on IG over the last year or two and I love the pleats.

Perhaps one of these will be the fabric I cut out to take along to the next meeting of the sewing group on Wednesday 12 July – TOMORROW!  If you’d like to join us come along to St George’s Church Hall in Cleveland Road, Chichester from 7.00 – 9.00 pm.  We’d love to see you.  Here’s the report on the first meeting.

 

Taking Stock #1

As the joint organiser of what Karen (The Draper’s Daughter) and I hope will be a successful sewing group in Chichester I felt I should probably have a more professional/organised approach to my sewing activities.  I certainly don’t have as impressive a fabric stash as some sewists and we do generally try to keep our lives as uncluttered as possible (apart from an excessive number of bicycles and pairs of skis).  That’s not to say that I can’t be tempted which has resulted in some mis-matches between fabrics and patterns.

To that end I have taken stock of the following :

  • Patterns – TNT
  • Patterns – Unused
  • Fabric

This is with the intention of pairing fabric with suitable pattern and sticking with that plan so that I can be sure that I :

  • Use up the fabric I have
  • Make the best use of the patterns I have rather than succumbing to temptation and buying new ones
  • Pass on fabric and patterns that I’m never going to use
  • Have garments that I will actually wear

This all sounds good doesn’t it!?

I’ve spent several hours recently sorting out fabric and patterns and deciding what might work with what.  Everything has now been folded neatly and each piece of fabric paired with a pattern!  I’ve made an effort to introduce some unused patterns to the mix to give myself a bit of a challenge.  I think there are too many photographs for one post so this is Pile #1

And here’s what I’m planning to make.

  • First up is Simplicity 1609.  I’ve already made a toile of this one and was going to use my vintage Hawaiian fabric.  I’ve had second thoughts about that and the vintage fabric is currently in the ‘not sure’ pile to be reconsidered later.  The pink fabric is a Lucienne Day design called Symphony which I picked up in the Peter Jones sale a couple of years ago.  I have a feeling it was £5 a metre which really was a bargain.  It’s a lovely crisp fabric but I suspect I didn’t wash it straight away so it needs to go in the machine before I get started.
  • The next three fabrics are all going to be an Esme (from Lotte Jansdotter’s book Everyday Style).  To be honest I don’t know why I don’t use all my fabric up with this pattern as the two Esmes I have in circulation at the moment get me more compliments than anything else!  The one on the left will be a dress with sleeves, the gingham a sleeveless top and the blue ‘floral’ a sleeveless dress.
  • The daisy needlecord came from a shop in Southsea called Mells and Whimsey which I see has now closed, although I’m not sure when as I bought the fabric some time ago.  This will be an Annie A-Line Skirt – the excellent free pattern from Sew This Pattern which I’ve used many times.  I shall probably line it with the yellow fabric.
  • I can’t believe I’ve never made a Seamwork Astoria because I’ve seen so many of them on IG and I think it will be perfect as it’s a cropped length and I’m quite short!  The fabric is a mid-weight jersey in a lovely heather colour.  I’m struggling to remember where I bought it.  I think it might have been C & H Fabrics.  I don’t think I’ll be wearing it for the time being but I’m looking forward to trying the pattern.
  • Next up is another Laurel.  I love this pattern, especially with the ruffled cuff and none of my previous versions fit me any more.  The utterly amazing fabric was gifted to me by The Fabric Godmother on a recent sewing meet up.  I really want to do this one justice.
  • Finally some khaki green fabric which came from Fabworks and was also £5 a metre.  I’m really not sure about the colour so I’m going to make a new, hopefully wearable, toile of the Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen.  I have made this skirt twice before and I love the short version.  They are both too big now and I made a mess of altering one of them.  I’m going to start from scratch to get the fit right using this fabric before I cut into the mustard/gold denim which is in Pile #2

I think there’s enough in just this pile to keep me busy for a while!  I know I really don’t need any more fabric or patterns.  However …. I’m off to the Fabric Godmother’s open day tomorrow (largely for social reasons) and there will also be a flying visit to Ditto.  There is just one fabric requirement on my list.  I’ve identified that I need some neutral denim or twill to make a skirt that goes with everything.  I had two such skirts last year but both of them now swamp me and they have gone to the charity shop. Oh, and I don’t have any striped fabric at the moment which I think is a big mistake.

UPDATE : Since starting this post I’ve succumbed to the new version of La Maison Victor magazine in English and I have to make the Solange dress!  So striped tricot fabric is therefore a must.  On first reading the zip insertion instructions had me scratching my head so I’ll need to study that more carefully!

 

Keeping Cool

Much as I love the sunshine, I work in a 1960s building which is made primarily of glass (with no air con) and on a sunny day my office is like the hothouse at Kew Gardens!  We’re also right in the middle of a one-way system so if the windows are open we have to contend with traffic noise and fumes.  There are compensations.  I have a lovely view of Chichester Cathedral and, provided you can cross the road without incident, we are minutes from the centre of the city.

My current wardrobe worked well through Me-Made-May but I’m seriously lacking in suitable clothes for higher temperatures.  My two favourite sleeveless dresses are now too big and possibly too much of a fiddle to alter as they are both lined (and I’m a bit lazy).  I’ve not decided what their final fate will be.

I needed to sew something new, and quickly.   I had originally bought some striped cotton fabric from Ditto Fabrics to make a skirt inspired by this one from Anthropologie.

Having realised what I actually need is more tops and dresses I decided to make a dress.  I have more than enough stripy tops.  At that point I was planning another Esme dress (from this book) but having laid out the fabric I quickly spotted there wasn’t enough for sleeves!  So the sleeveless Esme was born.

I had cut already cut this out to take along to the first meeting of the new Chichester sewing group in case Karen and I actually had time to sew.  We didn’t!  There were too many people to talk to.

However, when I came to start sewing on Friday evening the fact that it was already cut out, my sewing machine had been cleaned and a new needle fitted (so I didn’t show myself up in front of other sewists) meant this was a very speedy make.  The machine was even threaded up with the right thread and a full bobbin.  The only issue was the mess up I made binding the armholes with bias binding.  I’ve disguised the untidy join with another piece of binding and I’m sure no-one will be inspecting my underarms that closely.  I will get it right next time.

The fabric had a tendency to fray so I decided to do French seams which I love because they are so neat and tidy.  I also stays stitched the neckline as soon as I released the fabric from the pattern pieces as it felt like it could easily stretch out of shape.

I did reference the original inspiration by cutting the pockets so the stripes run horizontally and this also made life a lot easier because I didn’t have to match the stripes.

This is probably the most comfortable garment I own and I think I’ll be cutting out another one very soon before this beautiful weather disappears.  I know the reason I’ve rejected the dresses from last year is because they are too loose – and so is this dress!  I’m OK with that because (a) it fits at the neckline and shoulders and (b) it’s supposed to be like that!   I’m also happy that this fabric doesn’t crease as much as I thought it would.  I sat and melted in it all day and it still looked pretty fresh.

 

Sewing Group Success!

I am feeling quite inspired and the sewing machine has come out of the loft already.

Thanks for hosting – I enjoyed it so much.

It’s given me the sewing kickstart I needed.

Such a great evening.

A fab evening of chatting, sewing, tea and cake.  Met some really lovely people.

I absolutely loved it …. Can’t wait for the next one!

Karen The Draper’s Daughter and I thought we might be sitting by ourselves eating all the cake at the first meeting of the new Chichester sewing group, so Wednesday night’s turnout was nothing short of phenomenal!  Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening such a success.  As you can see, the feedback we’ve had since has been really encouraging.

Apart from my recent blog post and a couple of posts on IG we had kept it fairly low key so were pretty overwhelmed when 20 people arrived at the church hall!  Sewists were arriving from about 6.30 – two people had driven over from Portsmouth – and they were still coming through the door with their sewing machines after 7.00 pm.

Karen and I kicked off with a quick introduction explaining the outline plans for the group but making it clear that the future direction will be guided by everyone.  Ideas were already flowing during the evening so I don’t think we’ll be stuck for activities.

Individual introductions took a while but I’m afraid it was all a bit of a blur …. I think Karen and I were in a state of shock!  There were several familiar faces, including old friends, as well as some virtual friends I only knew from IG.  It was so good to finally meet Cathy from @cathysewsstuff.  We’ve been following each other for ages and she was as lovely IRL as I knew she would be.

It was also great to see Anna and Dhurata from The Eternal Maker.  Anna will shortly be celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company and it was a dressmaking course there about seven years ago that encouraged me to start sewing my own clothes after years of only sewing bags, aprons and cushion covers.

We didn’t think that much actual sewing would get done the first night but we were wrong!  Once the introductions were over everyone got stuck in and the sewing machines were whirring.

It was great to see people helping each other.  My friend Sally received some expert advice from Cathy on altering a dress she’d brought along.  This was the first dress she’d ever made and the fit was not quite right.  By the end of the evening she’d unpicked the sleeves, put in some new darts and is already planning her next make. With a little help from her friends another new sewist started and nearly finished a pillowcase dress to take on holiday.    There were some lovely hand painted tea towels being hemmed for a gift, some people were cutting out new garments and there was also some crochet going on.

Karen and I did absolutely no sewing!  We had both cut something out to take along but we ended up speaking to everyone, making tea and cutting cake instead.  There was A LOT of chatting going on in the hall, the atmosphere was amazing!

I was very pleased that some of my ‘surplus to requirements’ fabric on the swap table found a good home, as did some patterns.  In exchange I acquired this New Look pattern which I’m very pleased with as it’s one I’ve thought about buying in the past.

There was also cake.   My kitchen has been like the Bake Off recently what with birthday cupcakes and the sewing group.  The beautiful Victoria Sandwich in the picture was made by Karen.

Here’s some photographs of the evening which hopefully show just how busy it was!

The next meet up will be on Wednesday 12 July, same time (7.00 – 9.00 pm) same place (St George’s Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester).  We’d love to see everyone back – and any new faces too.  There will be a £5 charge each month to cover the cost of hiring the hall and refreshments and what’s left over will accumulate to pay for equipment, tutors, visits etc.  We already have some ideas in the pipeline.

If anyone would like more information just leave a comment below or DM Karen or me on IG – @thedrapersdaughter @janemakes

We will launch straight into sewing next time and Karen and I will definitely get something stitched.

Last but not least, a big thank you to Karen’s lovely daughter who came along to help.  She shifted furniture, made tea and washed up.  We couldn’t have managed without her.

 

Vintage + Vintage

I was really pleased with the style and fit of my grey denim twill version of this re-issued vintage pattern from the 1960s so had always had planned to use it again. Apologies for a second post about it so soon after the first but the new version is quite different.

When I spotted this piece of vintage fabric on The Eternal Maker’s de-stash I ignored my decision to forego fabric purchases in May. It was my only deviation from my no new fabric commitment.  As I’ve previously reported, when I picked up my purchase from Anna she told me her grandmother had made a dress for her aunt from the fabric in the 60s and this piece was what was left over.  Anna had also altered and worn the original dress herself many years later.

It’s not a style of fabric I would normally choose but I’m a sucker for vintage fabric and even more so when I know the story behind it.   I realised after I posted this photo originally that the left hand image shows the reverse of the fabric.   Apparently it’s a common practice to use the ‘wrong’ side of fabric with Hawaiian prints and my sister has a beautiful chaise upholstered using the reverse of a Sanderson fabric.  I was tempted to try it out but in the end, after much standing in front of the mirror swapping from one side to the other, I decided to stick with the ‘right’ one.

A 60s pattern paired with a 60s fabric. Hopefully a perfect combination! I have so many things on my summer sewing list but I went ahead regardless.  I made no changes this time other than not make a mess of the bottom of the invisible zip and have to unpick it three times!  I also didn’t bother finishing the neck facing with bias binding as I only had some scratchy black binding to hand.  Pattern matching across the back wasn’t possible as due to insufficient fabric but I do have a small amount left that I’m tempted to make some ruffled cuffs with.  I may go back and do that at some point.

I wore the top to the theatre on Friday night to see Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth”.  I wasn’t quite in line with the fashions of the era as the play was written in 1959 but not too far off!  I usually make ‘orphan’ skirts but to be honest this is a bit of an orphan top.  The only thing I had to go with it was some black trousers.  I rather fancy a pink skirt if I can find fabric in the right colour.

I hope I’ve done this fabric justice – I wonder if anyone in the 60s paired this fabric with this pattern?

NEWS FLASH!  Don’t forget that this Wednesday, 14 June, sees the first meeting of the new Chichester sewing group.  Click here for more details.

 

Me-Made-May 2017 Part 2

This post is a bit late  but we were away last week.  Here’s what I wore for the second half of the month.

I think it’s safe to say I have plenty of skirts!  The one I’m wearing on Day 17 was altered after Day 4 and is now a much better fit.  Everything I’ve worn here will be staying in the wardrobe – even the Mandy Boat-T which seems have grown considerably  wider since I made it!  There were a few casualties that were tried on and rejected.   Some have made it to the alterations pile, others are heading for the charity shop. I’m determined to have a more streamlined wardrobe going forward.

Update from yesterday on something I thought about this morning …. One of the things I’m particularly sad about is that this Laurel Dress made in a lovely Liberty fabric now swamps me and I’m not sure I’ve got the time/patience to dismantle and alter it.  I also decided this morning that I still don’t have enough tops.

I think my favourites from the second half of the month have to be the blue and white fish skirt (a curtain fabric remnant), my two Gable tops from Days 29 and 31 (also worn on Day 17) and my Merchant and Mills Top 64 from Day 30 which I wore while we were camping at the Hay Festival.  The fabric doesn’t crease whatever you do – even when you fall asleep in your tent in the afternoon!

I was particularly pleased when I was packing for our trip on Day 27 to find my pile of ironing was almost exclusively made up of me-made and charity shop clothes.

Another great Me-Made-May which has once again focused my thoughts on what I make and wear. I’ve also really enjoyed seeing everyone else’s posts throughout the month. A big thank you to Zoe for this inspiring challenge.  I always feel a bit lost at the beginning of June without the focus of my daily photo!

Chichester Sewing Group – NEW!!

I’ve previously mentioned my friendship with Karen, founder of The Draper’s Daughter, which started on Instagram when we discovered we both lived in Chichester.  Over the last year or so, inspired by the amazing Stacie of Brighton Sewing Bee and Sewmance fame, we’ve been talking about the possibility of setting up a monthly sewing group here.  I’ve always been envious when I’ve seen photos on IG of what they get up to in Brighton but it is just a bit too far to go for an evening after work.

Life then got in the way and nothing happened for a while but we’ve now bitten the bullet and booked a venue for the inaugural session!

Like the Brighton Sewing Bee, the aim will be to give anyone interested in sewing the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people to make, sew, chat and eat some cake.  There will always be cake!

Photos courtesy of The Draper’s Daughter!

The sessions will be informal and open to everyone regardless of skill level.  We hope that the group will develop gradually to meet the needs of the members.  There won’t be a formal teacher but we intend to invite special guests to share their knowledge and experience and we will also build a skills bank based on members’ interests with the aim of persuading some of them to run sessions from time to time if they are so inclined.  There will be absolutely no obligation to do this!

In the longer term we may be able to provide a couple of sewing machines at the venue but in the meantime just bring your own along and we will arrange for extension cables so that everyone can plug in and sew.  You don’t have to sew on a machine, just bring along your embroidery, knitting, hand stitching or whatever else you are working on if you prefer.  If you have a sewing conundrum you need help with – the group may well be the perfect forum to find a solution.

There will also be a fabric and pattern swap table each month.  I’m sure we all have things in our stash that we know we will never use but could well be just what someone else is looking for.

The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 June at St George’s Church Hall from 7.00 – 9.00 pm.  Click here for the address and a map.  There is parking so you won’t have to carry your sewing machine very far.  There will be no charge for the first meeting – have this one on Karen and me.  After that we are proposing a ‘sub’ of £5.  This is definitely not a business enterprise and all funds will be used to cover the cost of hiring the hall, equipment and future activities.

The first meeting will give everyone a chance to introduce themselves and we’d really like to have a democratic process to help decide on a name for the group.  Come along with any suggestions and we can maybe put them to a vote!  We can also talk about everyone’s ideas for possible future activities, speakers, visits etc.

If you are interested in joining us please direct message Karen or me on IG – @janemakes or @thedrapersdaughter – or alternatively email me on janeybmakes@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

We’d love to hear from you.