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Urban Sewing Retreat - Yorkshire


About the Course

Sew Different brings you their new urban sewing retreat set in a stylish, contemporary venue near Leeds. Spend three full days browsing fabrics, learning new techniques and creating a stylish piece of clothing that is completely unique. In between stitches you can indulge in afternoon tea and chat with like-minded creative sewists. Choose your project from the Sew Different range of sewing patterns and, with the help of our expert advice and tuition, create a dress, top or jacket that fits you beautifully.

The course starts with a trip out to the famous Fabworks Mill Shop where you will have time to browse their vast range and select the fabrics for your project. There will be help and advice on-hand from Laura, Sew Different’s designer, and from Fabworks’ resident fabric experts.

After this, it is back to our light and modern sewing studio where you will have the benefit of a small teaching group (max 10) so that there is plenty of opportunity for one-on-one help if needed. Our dedicated sewing teacher, Donna, has many years experience with beginners, as well as more able sewists. Help and advice are on hand every step of the way, from choosing your fabric, to cutting your pattern and putting your garment together. The retreat is suitable for beginners and intermediate sewists who have perhaps done some small sewing projects or made simple garments in the past. You can learn how to make your own bias binding, how to finish an immaculate neckline, fit the perfect zipper or add in an extra dart where needed. Every project is individual so we can tailor it to your own style and ability level. You can feel confident tackling new techniques knowing that technical help is always to hand.

Choose your project from the Sew Different range of multisize patterns. Laura will be there on day one to assist with the design, colour and fabric elements of your project. We will be very happy to guide you towards a project that is right for your level of expertise and there are plenty of clothing samples to try on to get idea of what suits you. In the past we have helped to customise and pattern hack for our sewists to reflect their creative urges(!) so that each project is unique.

The Venue
Our studio is located in a newly refurbished mill with lots of natural light. All equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you prefer.

The Area
Yorkshire is famous for its rolling green countryside and hosts some fantastic places to visit, including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Cannon Hall, Leeds city centre with its Victorian shopping arcades and the famous Titanic Spa. There are also great walking and cycling routes for anyone who is thinking of bringing along a non-sewing partner!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?


• Sew Different paper pattern of your choice
• Dedicated studio sewing with expert teaching
• Design, colour and styling advice from Laura
• A trip to Fabworks Mill shop
• Help and advice choosing your fabrics
• Free Quick Makes pattern of your choice for your off-cuts
• A delicious homemade lunch every day
• A decadent early afternoon tea with Prosecco on Saturday.
• Teas, coffees and snacks available every day in the studio
• A 30% discount on all other Sew Different patterns


Laura Casey at Sew Different
Hub 26, Scandinavia Mills,
Hunsworth Lane
West Yorkshire
BD19 4LN
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Just finished a wonderful weekend with Laura, Donna and Charlotte. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere was great, plenty of laughs, chit chat and tasty food and snacks.
Came away having made the long line coat and ready to start on my second! Already booked on another weekend later in the year. Many thanks ladies!!

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