Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Sew In Love at Love Materialise

Being crafty is awesome. Customising, DIY, make do and mend is cool, right? I could spend hours browsing Collette’s vintage inspired designs and lusting after Spinsters Emporium’s fabrics. But the fact is, despite having a mum and gran who were absolute whizzes on the sewing machine and even made their own wedding dresses, these skills were not magically passed on via genetics or osmosis and I never learnt how to sew. Being able to whip up my own vintage repro dresses wasn’t going to happen staring at endless YouTube videos of threading sewing machines, I needed practical advice and experience. 

I decided to start to put this to rights and booked myself on a class at Love Materialise, a wee shop on Lady Lawson Street which hold workshops for all skill levels. Absolute Beginner workshops start with learning the very basics of getting to grips with using a sewing machine, a perfect place to start. I roped my pal Mel into going too and we booked onto the envelope cushion cover workshop at a very reasonable £30 for a 3 hour class. We started off with a brief introduction over a cup of Brewhaha Tea and a delicious piece of lemon and rosemary loaf from Lovecrumbs and practiced threading the Singer machines – one of the most daunting parts of using the machine for me! The Love Materialise lades were super patient and helpful though and soon enough I was all threaded up and ready to start practicing sewing in straight lines and corners. 

You can use some of LM’s own fabric they keep in the shop to make your cushion for an extra cost of £5 or you can bring in your own material to make your cushion (I had serious fabric envy over some lovely Scandi-style bird print material a girl next to me had brought in). I chose a bright red and green art deco style flower print and with a little bit of guidance, was well on my way to pinning, ironing and sewing my lovely cushion cover. It was a lot easier than I ever thought it would be and we were so pleased with the results that plots were immediately hatched to start a cushion cover empire.* 

The more advanced workshops sound great and I’m going to book myself on a few other post-beginner courses to build up my confidence before I’m following my own patterns (and there’s even a workshop to make your own Little Black Party Dress, to help master more advanced dressmaking patterns). And if you don’t have your own sewing machine, you can hire their Singer machines by the hour. It’s definitely worth visiting to learn a new skill (or brush up on a forgotten one) and gorgeous little place to visit. 

* Plots and plans immediately forgotten after a congratulatory drink in the nearby Dragonfly.


  1. I love all of the sewing classes popping up around Edinburgh! Have you checked out Red Thread Studio in Newington and Polwarth? Maybe you could try one of their classes and compare! x