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Sydney Morning Herald Article Sydney Issue 87 July

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Press SMH Sydney issue 87 July 2010 copy


Thank you to Lucy Carroll and gorgeous photograher Jennifer Soo for including us in the July issue of Sydney. It was very exciting for us to have a write up in such a popular magazine.

Lucy Wrote:

The sewing Room

Childhood memories of patchwork quilts inspired Penelope Leonard to set up The Sewing Room in Sydney’s original rag-trade district. She offers an eight week introduction to sewing course $600, with materials included. Short courses include basic alterations($75), Millinery techniques ($150) and embroidery and beading workshops.

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June 25th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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Simple Shift Dress

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The Sewing Room Slip Dress

Pattern code: V8552

Rudee looks gorgeous in this cutie! I love it, the fabric is so perfect. Make your own simple pretty shift dress at a sewing class at the Sewing Room. 

If you are still in the early stages of learning to sew, I would still suggest that you keep it simple. As you begin to sew more clothes and you become more experienced, than you can go onto more difficult projects. So maybe for starter try a few “Very Easy” by Vogue These are very fashion now V8278, 8486, 8530 and 8552.

I think it is important that  you don’t get frustrated and not enjoy sewing any more because you bought a to difficult pattern.
This dress is simply gorgeous. I really enjoyed making this dress. Quite a few of the Stitchen Sisters ( The new nickname for the Tuesday night’s sewing ladies, thanks to Brooke & Patti) have produced beautiful dresses with this pattern. Basic sewing skills are required, Sewing Class 3 or equivalent experience with zips preferred. It takes about 3 x 3 hour sessions.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 20th, 2010 at 7:43 am

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Tailoring Techniques Saturday 12th, 19th & 26th June 2010 9.30am to 1.30pm

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Tailoring Techniques

You can choose from 3 tailored jacket designs for women, Vogue Pattern code V8333, V8428 and V7975. In this sewing class create a tailored fit using professional construction techniques and finishes. These will include welt pockets, collar, lapel, facing and linings. So visit one of the Tessuti Fabric stores or The Fabric Store in Cooper Street Surry Hills for beautiful delicious wools to make a scrumptious new coats, to keep you snuggly warm this winter. And pop down to The Fabric Store for 50% of Vogue pattern until the 15th May 2010.

 For more information regarding classes you can call Penelope on 0432 688 536 or email


Written by Penelope Leonard

June 7th, 2010 at 1:10 am

The Sustainable Fashion & Manufacturing Forum 10th June 2010 6pm

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 Bronwyn Darlington at the Sewing Room

Thank you to everyone who registered their interest for an evening with Bronwyn Darlington. The response was incredible, it was exciting to see that so many people are passionate about sustainable fashion. I can forsee that this will be one of many forums to be held at The Sewing Room.

Bronwyn provides advice to textile and clothing or other companies on creating ethical and sustainable clothing lines including supply chain design and advice and certifications such as Fair Trade, Carbon Neutral, Carbon offset, Organic Ethical Clothing Australia (formerly ‘No Sweatshop’) and Australian Made.
Bronwyn Darlington, (B.A., M.A) has worked extensively in fashion manufacturing. This has been in both internal and consulting capacities with sustainability as a core focus. Her presentation at this forum will be a consideration of how we can apply social, environmental and cultural benefits to the fashion and textile industry. In addition to setting up Darlington Consulting, she was founder of Rise Up Productions and until recently served as a member of the Australian Government’s Textile Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Innovation Council.
This evening would be of interest to Designers, Manufacturers and anyone interested in the ethical manufacturing of clothing.
The schedule
Best to arrive between 5.30 and 6.15pm with Bronwyns talks to begin at 6.30pm and to conclude at 8pm to allow for the opportunity to participate in general discussion. The Forum fee is $45 per person.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

School Holiday Workshops


Annie Childrens Sewing Class The Sewing Room

Children’s Sewing Classes 5+
The Sewing Room offers fun, educational and inspiring classes for Children aged five years and up. Classes are run by friendly and experienced Sewing Room teachers.
All sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied.

Beautiful bird brooch / Buttons hair pins 5+ ( $40 )
Monday 5th July 10am to 12pm

Wise old owl (girls) and monsters (boys) t-shirt 5+ ( $55 )
Tuesday 6th July 10am to 12pm

A5 Journal Cover 5+( $40 )
Wednesday 7th July 10am to 12pm

Felt Softies 5+ ( $45 )
Thursday 8th July 10am to 12pm

Learn to Knit 5+ ( $40 )
Friday 9th July 10am to 12pm

Learn to Knit a Cool Beanie with ear warmers ( $150)
(age 10+)
Three Day Program
Monday 12th July to Wednesday 14th July 10am to 12.30pm

Teens Sewing Classes 12+
The Sewing Room is offering a great range of classes for teenagers, to suit both beginners and those wanting to undertake more challenging projects.

Teens Learn to Sew: Basic Sewing Module 1 ($60)
Monday 5th July 2pm to 5pm
BYO: 1.2m fabric (non-stretch), matching thread and 1 button (max 2cm diameter).

Teens Sewing Basics Module 2: 3hour Zips & Buttonholes ($60)
Tuesday 6th July 2pm to 5pm
All materials supplied by The Sewing Room.

Teens Chic T-shirt Manipulations ($80)
Wednesday 7th July 2pm to 5pm
All materials supplied by The Sewing Room.

Boxer Shorts ($60)
Thursday 8th July 2pm to 5pm
BYO: 1.2m fabric (non-stretch), matching thread and 1 button (max 2cm diameter).

Refashion a vintage pair of jeans from the op-shop ($80)
Friday 9th July 2pm to 5pm
Bring with you: A pair of jean or simple garment from you local op-shop.
Sewing equipment and all materials will be supplied

For more information regarding classes you can call Penelope on 0432 688 536 or email or
see our blog

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Creating Beautiful French Silk Flowers

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Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room 4

Thursday morning at The Sewing Room we created beautiful French Silk Flower under talented Sydney milliner Catherine Kelly. We spent four fabulous hours learning the ins and outs of working with silk organza and silk dupion to create absolutely beautifully hand crafted silk flowers. With all materials and morning tea provided, it was a lovely way to spend a rainy morning in Sydney!


Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room 7

Here Catherine is heating the special brass flower making tools and demonstrates the traditional art of French Silk Flower Making.

Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room 6

This tool is called a Rat’s tail and is used to curl over the edge of the petal to create a realistic appearance to your flower.

Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room 2

Everyone in the class created a gorgeous individual piece exactly to their own personal taste. These masterpieces can be used on a fascinator, brooch, or as trim for a hat or garment.

Silk Flower Workshop at the Sewing Room

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 3:29 am

Sewing Classes

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Introduction to Sewing Classes

Tuesday Evenings is ‘Project Based Learning’  from 6pm to 9pm
or Thursdays from 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm
Come and join the lovely ladies on a Tuesday evening or during the day on a Thursday to create that project you have been planning agers. We will help you every step of the way. So pop down to the fabic shop, choose a pattern and fabric, you will be on your way to an exciting new creation that you have made yourself.
3 x 3 hour sessions
BYO: Patterns & fabric should be brought to first class, then zips & notions can be discussed and purchased before second class.
Or do a one off class

Sewing Class 1: The Machine & Basic Functions
1 x 3 hour session
Wednesday 9 June 2010 2pm to 5pm

Sewing Class 2: Sling Bag
1 x 3 hour session
Saturday 19 June 2010 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 23 June 2010 2pm to 5pm

Sewing Class 3: Zippers, Casings & Buttonholes
1 x 3 hour session
Thursday 3 June 2010 6pm to 9pm
Wednesday 16 June 2010 2pm to 5pm

Sewing Class 4: Sewing the basic skirt
2 x 3 hour session
Thursday 17 & 24 June 6pm to 9pm

Sewing Class 5: Sewing the basic shirt
2 x 3 hour session
Thursday 10, 17 & 24 June 2010 10am to 1 pm
For more information regarding classes you can call Penelope on 0432 688 536 or email

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 5th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Posted in Sewing Classes

Higher Learning Conference 17th & 18th June The Ivy Sunroom

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The Sewing Room and the Fashion and Textile Gallery are proud to support a new fashion seminar in Sydney, Higher Learning.

Higher Learning will be delivering the inner workings of all aspects of the fashion industry. It will be an opportunity to get access to practical information to help you succeed in one of the most competitive industries in the world.

During this 2 day conference on the 17th and 18th of June at the ivy sunroom, you will learn from some of the most successful people in the fashion industry about design, buying, marketing, public relations, fashion week, online, creative strategy, investment and more!

The speakers are representing companies including General Pants Co., Romance Was Born, Friedrich Grey, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Sweaty Betty, Merivale, Le Black Book, Ogilvy, RUSSH Magazine and Design Crowd. In addition the event will be hosted by acclaimed fashion commentator Glynis Traill-Nash.

To view the full list of speakers and event details go to

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am

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Small Business Marketing Seminar Tue 8th June 2010 6.30pm – 9pm

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Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach
cnr Grand Parade & Princess Street
Brighton le Sands

If you’re a small business owner or manage a small to medium sized business, chances are you do the marketing too. Fact is most small businesses struggle with this. In this 3-hour seminar you will learn about. Why marketing has no off switch! The five steps to effective marketing. Why you should focus on the customer not the product. Why surveys are so important and how to measure your marketing.

In the past 12 months, Hunter has presented to over 2,500 businesses helping them develop and plan more effective marketing including a recent national tour with NAB business banking.

Seminar Only $30 (+gst) or Register for the Rapid Marketing Seminar, Book and scorecard for $195 (+gst)

Register at or call (03) 9592 2190

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 1st, 2010 at 11:51 am

Posted in News