Posts Tagged ‘Online Sewing Classes’

Sewing Tour – The Thrifty Stitcher London

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I’m very excited to share with you our second stop on our London 2012 Sewing Tour to The Thrifty Stitcher!

We met with the founder Claire-Louise Hardie who is simply delightful! We enjoyed visiting her for hours and hours where we talked all about sewing! I’m also so pleased to share with you some of the highlights of our visit with her below. So come along and learn all about Claire-Louise at The Thrifty Stitcher.

The Thrifty Stitcher is an intimate friendly sewing school run by professional Theatrical Costumier Claire-Louise Hardie.

Claire-Louise is passionate about costumes, clothing, cushions & all things fabric! She just loves making beautiful things – sometimes it is a stage costume, sometimes it’s a beautiful interior, and sometimes it’s just resurrecting your favourite jeans.

Claire-Louise Hardie & Maree Pigdon

Watch the video below where Claire-Louise tells us about her sewing and design days as a Theatre Costume Designer! Claire-Louise trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has personally worked as a Costume Maker, Costume Cutter, Costume Buyer, Costume Supervisor, Costume Designer,  Dresser and Wardrobe Mistress, all in the Theatre. Claire-Louise has also worked as a” Costume Stand by” and a ” Costume Daily” in Film and TV.

In the video below Claire-Louise gives us a tour of her sewing studio with excellent storage tips for small sewing spaces. Not only that she shows us a vintage dress she picked up for ‘five quid’ and is going to adjust to wear herself. There is also a vintage model in this video – check it out all those vintage lovers!

Claire-Louise has a vintage pattern on her wall in her sewing studio that I made in the 70′s!

Jacqueline enjoys filming & photography on our sewing tour to create these wonderful blog posts just for you!

Claire-Louise & Jacqueline

Thank you Claire-Louise for a wonderful afternoon, we can’t wait to visit you again soon!

We highly recommend visiting Claire-Louise at The Thrifty Stitcher next time you’re in London and to book a sewing class with her!

Please find below more information about The Thrifty Stitcher

Address: Unit 21, 4-6 Shelford Place, Stoke Newington, N16 9HS


Telephone: +44 (0) 7779 255087


Please leave a comment below for us and Claire-Louise, we would love to hear from you, how you liked this blog post, perhaps what you’re currently sewing or have now been inspired to create. Also if you’ve been to The Thrifty Stitcher too or if it’s now on your list of places to visit!

Stay tuned for our next stop on our London 2012 Sewing Tour coming your way soon!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

Would you like to watch these videos on my You Tube channel? Maree Pigdon at The Thrifty Stitcher

Vintage Cape – Re-designing a wool blanket

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Today’s post is a transformational one! Here at my sewing school many of my students love to sew from vintage fabrics or revamp an old garment into new!

Vintage sewing is so popular and I enjoy seeing old style fabrics come to life! Re-vamping old garments can also save you money on fabric and save you from throwing out an old garment or accessory in your wardrobe which still has lots of life left in the fabric.

Anita as shown below brought to class a vintage blanket intending to make cushion covers. However with one look at the vintage blanket I could see it was such a good quality felted wool. I suggested another idea – to make a gorgeous warm winter cape! And this is just what Anita did. See the series of pictures below at various stages in the making.

Curved neckline & front toggle closures

Pockets cut on the bias with fringing cut from the edge of blanket.

Pattern matching – a must!

Overlocked edging

Made from this New Look pattern

In the making

Well done Anita what a wonderfully warm winter cape for you to wear!

Would you like to learn to sew? Watch this video on the below link to learn more!

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Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666

Rosie Bag Pattern Sewing Creative Classes Learn To Sew – Maree Pigdon Online Sewing

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Do you love sewing and need a fantastic new sewing project?

Watch my video below where I show you a great Bag Pattern, 3 samples and my current creative bag project!

Bags for day or evening ~ 3 Styles

Patchwork, B. Checkerboard, C. Fashion Fabric
Zip top opening
Variable handle length
Fully lined
Internal phone and patch pockets
Size – approx. Width 12 1/2″(32cm), Height at CF 13 1/2″ (34.5cm), Base 3″x9 1/2″ (7.5cm x 24cm)
Clear & detailed instructions with diagrams included



If you would like to buy my Rosie Bag pattern and receive all the bonuses simply click on this link below:


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Watch on You Tube!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666