The Berylune Blog / sewing

I had a day off today

It's been sweeping through my circle of friends like an easily transmitted disease. Roisin was heavily afflicted when I first met her and symptoms were apparent and obvious. Zoëwas a carrier, but recently the symptoms have started to become more pronounced. Then it took Amy. She seemed to be weathering it well, until last Christmas, when she gave up fighting it altogether (I feel a bit bad about...
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Silent Night

The elves have been busy in the shop! Zoë has been busy making things as fast as they sell. Amy has been busy making other things, wrapping soap, packing boxes for the delivery lady to collect and being generally cheery to customers. I've been performing very important bean counting services, taking pretty pictures of the things they make and adding them to Not on the High Street and our Big...
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Friday Finds - Vintage fabric packs

Our Friday Finds this week come from all of us, and have been accumulated over several years, but they are finds nonetheless! Amy, Zoë and I all adore vintage fabrics, especially retro bedding. In order to make anything fun with it, we think you need at least two contrasting bits. So we have pooled our collections to make these fabulous fabric packs!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the...
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Catalogue shoot

Paul made himself a tie! From scratch and everything!

There is something really interesting in the distance...

If you fancy having a go at making one for yourself, or for your Dad (don't forget it's Father's day tomorrow!), I found a great tutorial here. We think the wilder the fabric, the better.

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Fiona Murray rocks my world.

I mean it. She really does. I'm going to show you a bunch of beautiful pictures. Those of you who have seen our craft studio will know that it's kinda pretty, a bit scruffy, full of clutter character and probably in need of a coat of paint. We have way too many craft supplies rammed in there, we have a framed horse tea towel on the wall, a David Bowie dress up doll and a bit too much bunting. This was the backdrop Fiona had to work with when photographing our dressmaking class with Roisin on Sunday.

Roisin, talking Hannah through the finer points of jaw-dropping frocks

 Our cluttered pin board, looking crisp and beautiful
 Some scruffy shelf. And a peg.
 A couple of chicks pinning some stuff.  And not on Pinterest.
Our dummy, Gertie, wearing a frock that is just a zip, some straps and
a jolly good ironing away from complete (watch this space for the finished article)

OK, so we're lucky both of our subjects are really beautiful and glamorous looking. And it was a bright and sunny day on Sunday when these were taken. And Hannah, under Roisin's expert tutelage, worked really hard to get the Colette Hazel dress to look almost complete for the final picture above - they really were an amazing pair.

But honestly, Fiona is is so talented. Amy and I want some Fiona goggles, so we can see the world looking as beautiful as this all day, every day. We're in good company, Kirstie Allsopp is also a fan.

The above pictures - you can see more on Fiona's Blog post - really show what Roisin's students get from their workshop. I know from feedback we've received that some people think this one is a bit pricey, but just think what you are getting for your money. Firstly, there is a Colette Pattern, worth nearly £14, that you get to take home and keep. Also included in the price is any thread, zips and other accessories you might need. You get to use our equipment and studio. We provide generous portions of home baked cakes and offer tea on demand, to keep you fed and watered whilst you work.

Last, but not least, you get a good deal of time to spend with your qualified teacher and talented seamstress, Roisin. The maximum class size for this workshop is just four, and it lasts for two full days. Compare this to evening classes at the local college; you only get 2 hours in each session, which no doubt whizzes by really quickly once you have settled down to do something. It's in the evening - for those of you who have been at work all day, is this the best time of day for you to be learning something new? College courses also tend to me more expensive, and you have take extra things with you (needles, threads etc). Most importantly, the class sizes are much larger, so you get very little one on one time with your teacher.

Fancy giving it a go? You can book yourself a spot on our next workshop here.

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.
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Sunglasses required

We have new wrapping/crafting paper in stock! This lot includes some fabulous neons and liberty-esque florals. We had to wear our sunglasses as we were rolling them up, but we love them!

Roisin is participating in 'Me Made May' this year, wearing a home made frock every day this month.
Do you think that's why she got a great promotion at work yesterday? Probably not, it's more likely due to what she's got going on between her ears, but it can't hurt that she looks fabulous too:


As a treat, Roisin bought herself a beautiful new cornflower blue satchel. Which will no doubt hold important documents and work related stuff (magazines and wotsits?).

If you fancy having a go at making yourself a pretty summer dress, Roisin is teaching a dressmaking class over two days in our studio at the end of the month - click here for booking information. Promotions not guaranteed upon completion of your dress, but we do guarantee a sense of achievement and a dress that fits you! You also get to keep your very own copy of this lovely patten:

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN.
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Drum roll please...

We are excited to welcome a new teacher to our team! Roisin (aka Dolly Clackett) is a renowned Leamington based blogger and dress making guru - you have probably read her inspiring blog, and if you haven't it's time you did.

Roisin wears a beautiful dress every single day. I'm guessing she must have PJ days like the rest of us, but if she's leaving the house, she'll be wearing a stunning frock,...
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Foux du fafa

Fancy learning French? Want to learn to sew? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, our new French sewing cards are for you!

Also, we've given our wood cuts a bit of a re-vamp, they are now mounted on vintage playing cards. Which you seem to like, because we've nearly sold out, so get them while you can!

Do I sound like a cheesy American commercial? Sorry, I don't mean to.

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