Today we’re talking to Lauren Guthrie, owner of the gorgeous haberdashery shop, Guthrie & Ghani in Birmingham. (You might also recognise her from season 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee!) Let’s say hi!
Tell us more about your business. How did it all start? Where are you based? What do you do?
Guthrie & Ghani has been open for 2 years now – I can’t believe it sometimes – it’s passed so fast!
I started dreaming up the business almost 4 years ago when I decided I wanted a career change from physiotherapy into something more creative. At the same time my husband was deciding what to do with a building he owned, the two problems collided and I decided to turn the place into an amazing fabric shop and sewing school. During the set up phase of the business I was accepted to be a contestant on the BBC’s first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, and the rest is history as they say!
We are based in a really lovely suburb of South Birmingham called Moseley. It’s a really nice place to visit with a cute village feel.
We sell a wide range of fabrics suitable for dressmaking and general crafts and home interiors along with an extensive range of hard to find independent sewing patterns and any kind of haberdashery tool you can think off!
How do you choose the products you stock in your shop?
I choose all the fabrics and notions based on things that I would love to use or have myself. There is a huge choice of fabrics out there but they have to speak to me and be of a high quality. When I spend time making something I want it to count and really matter, thats why I always use the best and loveliest fabrics.
What is it that you like about Sew Over It patterns/kits? What do your customers think?
I think the Sew Over It Patterns have a really simple classic element to them which makes it easy to re-make the garment in lots of different fabrics, making it become a wardrobe staple.
What plans do you have for your business this year?
This year we are continuing to expand the range of dressmaking fabrics that we offer, pad out the workshop calendar with even more sewing classes as they are so popular and I’m also working hard on a new website that will make it a lot easier to pair fabrics with different patterns.
What was the last garment you sewed for yourself?
The Named Lourdes cropped jacket in a gorgeous Magenta light weight woolen fabric.
Thanks so much Lauren! We always love hearing about other sewing-related businesses. We can’t wait to visit your beautiful shop again soon – seriously we could buy everything!