Learn to Sew with Lauren - My Book is Almost Here!

Blog / 14 July 2014

Fancy learning how to sew, brush up on the basics or develop your sewing skills further?

Then my debut book is for you and I’m so excited to be able to share a first look at the front cover with you….


Learn to Sew with Lauren – From first stitches to personalized projects will be published by Mitchell Beazley on Monday 1st September!

When planning what to include in the book, I knew I wanted to show everyone how easy it can be to make and sew really lovely personalized things to wear, have in your home or give as a gift.
I love experimenting with fabric and trimmings, playing around and figuring out how everything can come together to make something really special. I want to inspire others to get that same sense of satisfaction and achievement that I get from sewing. 

Learn to Sew first takes you though a range of techniques with clear full colour photographs that are really easy to use as a reference when completing the projects in the book, or from elsewhere.

The 20 step-by-step projects covering garments, homewares and bags and accessories, are divided into four sections which gradually increase in complexity taking you from ‘Beginners - Easy Peasy’ through ‘Moving On’, ‘Next Steps’ and finally ‘Improvers – More Tricky’, allowing for growth in confidence and proficiency.  Each project has more than one variation to the design, fabric or embellishment featuring the distinctive touches that I love to bring to anything I make. Once you have mastered the basic technique, you can fashion endless, stunning alternatives to your own preferences.

The range of projects means that whether you are learning for scratch, brushing up on techniques or confident to tackle more involved dressmaking projects, you’ll find something to inspire you.

I let you in on my secrets and tips into finding the best materials, approaching this dilemma in a practical manner, from testing the fabric against your body (could you potentially see the entire pattern in the garment?) to checking the drape (holding the fabric aloft and seeing how the material falls). The basics of sewing are conveyed in a no-nonsense, chatty tone ensuring all baffling, technical jargon is demystified.

Full-sized pattern sheets are also included and can be adapted to suit your own style.

The book is now available to pre-order on Amazon or if you fancy getting your hands on a special edition, signed copy, only available from moi stay tuned! 

Save the date!

On Saturday 6th September I am planning a special launch day in the shop.

  • Come along and get lots of help and guidance on sewing in a make and take workshop in the studio.
  • Find lots of inspiring ideas while you browse the projects from the book in real life
  • Have the chance to pick up one of the limited edition books that have an extra special gift (I’ll tell you more about that later!)
  • I’ll be more than happy to sign the book for you too – I’d love to meet you!

I’ll fill you in on more specific details and how you can reserve your place on the workshop and what’s so special about the limited edition books very soon – I promise!

Watch out for lots of sneaky peaks and what the experience of writing the book was like over the next month too….

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