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SEWING RETREAT

If you want to enhance your sewing skills, learn something new, meet like minded people or just come away and sew in a beautiful, calm and stress free French location then this is the retreat for you.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?

We aim to offer something for everyone regardless of your ability. We don't see it as an issue if you are a complete beginner and relish the challenge of teaching and guiding you through creating your first piece. 

On the other hand we also love meeting talented and enthusiastic sewers and creators that wish to come and sew with like minded people.

I am a complete beginner

Join our retreat and by the end of the week you will have made at least one item and know your way around your sewing machine. I aim to give you a solid foundation and knowledge of sewing and your machine during this week.

I have some experience

Perfect a technique or simply get into the nitty gritty of a task, working alongside other seamstresses getting invaluable tips and knowledge. Bring along a specific item to work on or simply work on our suggested projects.

I've been sewing for years!

Join in and have fun with the rest of the team, even passing on your own knowledge if you feel comfortable. I'm confident there is always something new to learn and you will love relaxing and sewing in this calm environment.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE RETREAT

Sewing Stations

You don't need to bring anything, we have it all covered. You will have access to a personal sewing machine assigned to your for the whole week, and we also have 3 overlockers if required. You will also have access to threads, materials, sewing equipment such as scissors, rulers, markers, pins and all the other sewing tools you would need to start sewing.

If you do want to bring any of your own equipment your are always very welcome to. We believe anything that makes you feel more comfortable in your natural sewing environment is a great asset.

Pattern Cutting

If you want to work on a specific commercial pattern please bring this along. You can work individually on this or as a group if desired. 

Sewing Technique and Challenges

If there is a specific difficult area of your sewing that you want to tackle then please also let us know. We cover everything from getting to know your machine, reading a pattern, cutting and garment construction at your pace.  We also cover techniques such as zips, cuffs and collars as well as learning about thread, tensions and how to set up your machine correctly. 

CHOOSE A SEWING KIT

For those of you who are keen to join the sewing retreat but have no idea where to start, Kate has put together three kit ideas, that you can choose:

 

  • A cute little vintage style pinny with pockets (see top of the page)

  • A ladies simple kimono Jacket

  • A little girls reversible pinafore dress (as shown)


Depending on what you choose she will help you ‘read the pattern’ pieces and decipher the layout sheet, then you can cut the item out yourselves. If you would like a kit please let Kate know which one and in which size. 

 

If you are unsure what kit to choose or simply want to bring a piece of your own to work on then talk to Kate and she will gladly help you decide what is best for you.  When filling in the form below please give as much information as possible so Kate can plan ahead for the week.  

WHAT'S INCLUDED

You will be staying in our beautiful gite, Maison D'Hibou and sewing in here. You can relax in your own environment making the most of the gite.  You will be fully catered for so no need to shop for anything. The aim is for you to get the most out of your retreat, so the sewing area is pretty much always open for you to create and you will only be joined by other sewists on your retreat.

Sewing 

  • Welcome drink and brief tour of the sewing space

  • First night pre dinner drinks and introduction session on the terrace in the main house

  • Morning sewing session at 10am to 12.30am

  • Afternoon sewing from 2pm to 4.30pm

  • Specific sewing workshops are available once Kate knows the requirements of each guest

  • The use of all the sewing room facilities and equipment including sewing machines

  • 3 overlockers available to use

  • Haberdashery items and some fabric **

  • Tuition, advice and guidance on all sewing related topics

  • Sewing Kit, if required

Food and Accommodation

  • Breakfast- Buffet style 8am to 9.45am

  • Lunch - Buffet style from 12.30 - 1.30pm

  • Evening meal - Served at 7pm

  • Wine with dinner and lunch

  • Teas, Coffee and soft drinks available throughout the day

  • Accommodation either in the gite or the main house

  • All linen including pool towels

  • Full access to all the grounds including use of the heated pool and terraces

Outings & Visits

  • You can't go home without a trip to the beautiful local towns of Cognac and/or Angouleme

  • Test out some local wine and cognac 

  • Trips to local shops as required

Transfers

  • Transfers from and to Bordeaux Airport* or

  • Bordeaux/Angouleme stations as required

Vintage Afternoon Tea - SPECIAL

Join our June 2020 retreat for a very special treat. We offer mid week Vintage afternoon tea including tiny sandwiches and cute cakes, made by Kate.

Farewell Dinner - SPECIAL

For those taking advantage of our June 2020 retreat they will take part in our farewell dinner party including cocktails and bubbly on the last night.

PRICING & CONDITIONS

If you like the sound of our sewing retreat please take a closer look at the remaining information and contact us or take a look at the Pricing & Booking section to find out more.

Conditions

  • Please inform us of any dietary requirements, allergies or preferences before arriving.

  • All the rooms in Maison D'Hibou are twin with ensuite or access to a private bathroom.

  • All bookings are made on a 2 room occupancy. (Unless organised before hand, where a supplement will apply).

  • Only other sewits will be staying in the gite during the retreat.

  • All visits and tours are optional,  so if you prefer you are welcome to stay home and sew to your hearts content.

Not included

  • Your flight or journey cost to Bordeaux or Angouleme

  • The cost of admission to any tours or attractions visited

  • Lunches or meals taken whilst out

"I have been running Sew Many Pretty Things for a few years now from my home in the UK but  have moved it to our house in France. 

 

The emphasis here is to enjoy a week in the company of fellow sewists and it is not too structured.  Having  said that I am always happy to go that extra mile if there is something specific you want to tackle.  This is  your holiday/retreat and I want to make it as enjoyable as I possibly can."

Kate Hughes

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SEWING RETREAT

If you are interested in joining a sewing retreat please drop Kate a line with as much information as possible.

To help Kate please enter your level and if required tell her the kit you would like:

Sewing Level:

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Available Kits:

  • A cute little vintage style pinny with pockets

  • A ladies simple kimono Jacket

  • A little girls reversible pinafore dress

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

SEWING FOR LIFE

I can't thank you enough Kate for giving me the ‘gift of sewing’. I get so much enjoyment from it and would never have taken it up without your lovely classes. Sending hugs and enjoy the sewing bee! 

FANTASTIC FOOD

What can I say - a wonderful holiday as usual. Thank you for look after us all, we really enjoyed it. We now need to go on a diet!!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

Thank you for another thoroughly enjoyable & relaxing time. We all look forward to our yearly visit, and upon arriving back home will no doubt look towards next year's visit!