John Lewis is 150: It's Sewing Bee Time!

Well I wanted to add my bit to all the other lovely blogs that have been written about the John Lewis Sewing Bee.


I was asked by John Lewis to host the day and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I got to meet some amazing sewing bloggers, all of whom, surprise surprise, were incredibly talented sewers.

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We started the day by choosing a pattern and then fabrics from the amazing JL150 years limited edition fabrics. The patterns were a small selection of relatively simple patterns that I chose from the Vogue catalogue. I also threw a couple of ours in there.

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Everyone got stuck in straight away. Clare and Emmie both chose to make our Betty Dress pattern and kindly shared the one copy we had.

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Elena chose to make our Ultimate Shift Dress and being 7 month pregnant she became the first to make a maternity dress out of it!


There was lots of chatting and sharing of ideas, making it the perfect sewing session ever. Once the bodices were sewn up we had a few fittings (in the staff loos!) and tried to fix any problems. There were a couple of asymmetrical shoulders but we decided not to fit to these as sometimes that can only accentuate the problem.


Next was lunch at the Brasserie, which was lovely. I decided to opt out of the wine for fear of food and wine coma! Then it was back to finish off. Luckily we weren’t under the pressure of the televised Sewing Bee – it meant everyone could take their time to get the perfect result. Amazingly one dress was finished (no surprise it was the speed demon, Roisin’s!) and the others are now popping up on blogs (you can find links below). It’s so lovely to see them.

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We finished the day by heading up to the amazing roof garden at the top of the store. You should definitely go there! It’s only open until the end of the summer so try and squeeze it in if you can.


Thank you to John Lewis for asking me to be involved and to all the lovely ladies who took part – I had a fab day with you all. And a big thank you to our talented Freia who was such a big help.

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Of course I got fabric envy and having one Betty made out of the JL150 fabric was not enough, I had to buy more!

You can find the lovely bloggers here. Thank you for taking part guys!
Amy – Almond Rock
Clare – Sew Dixie Lou
Charlie – This Blog Is Not For You
Elena – Randomly Happy
Emmie – My Oh Sew Vintage Life
Fiona – Diary of a Chainstitcher
Roisin – But It Can’t Be Dolly Clackett

One thought on “John Lewis is 150: It's Sewing Bee Time!”

  1. JonElizabeth Hortenbury says:

    OMG, Seeing the Haberdashery Dept at John Lewis after being away so many years really brings back many wonderful memories of my Fashion Design classes at The American College in London! I really miss London and hope to get there again someday to go to JL’s again and of course visit your shop!!

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