A Saturday afternoon free from our male housemates, Mini and I needed a plan. Her brief was a tough one – she wanted to try something she had never done before. Suggestions such as painting pottery, market shopping and making brownies were immediately dismissed.
Scratching my head, I wondered where we could go to make something – rather than just experience or buy. Sew Much Fun, the sewing studio and shop, popped into my mind. I had walked past it a year or so ago when waiting to pick one of the Smalls from a party at the Primrose Hill Community Centre.
A quick phone call later, we were booked into the 2pm session. And this gave us enough time to walk over the hill and treat ourselves to a quick pre-sew cupcake at Sweet Things, Regents Park Road.
Natalie Allen, founder of Sweet Things, gave up her job in the City to dedicate her life to home baking the finest cakes. How noble she is. But, this is not a business to be scoffed at. Since 2005, Natalie has gone on to win numerous awards proving her cakes and cafe to be a fine addition to the existing selection in Primrose Hill. Mini chose the Oreo Mini cupcake(£1.25).
Eager to get needle-threading, we arrived a little in advance of our 2pm session at Sew Much Fun. Roz didn’t mind though. In fact, I shouldn’t think much ruffles Roz Davies’ feathers. She founded the sew studio 4 years ago and is clearly delighted by each of her customers and students. The premises, on Chalcot Road, are colourful, light and unbelievably inspiring. Mini was around the right age (just 8) to be able to pick up on the hang of casting off, choosing colours and waiting for some assistance when hitting a tangle.
I admired the sense of calm, the creative suggestions and the general enthusiasm from Roz and her team of helpers. Mini had started off saying that she didn’t know how to sew (eek! I have failed) and left with ideas of what she would like to make next time.
Sew Much Fun not only brings out the sewing passion in young and old but also sells a wonderful selection of beautiful fabrics, trims, buttons, ribbons and Roz’s very own sewing patterns.
Do book for your sessions though to avoid disappointment.
Sweet Things 138 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 020 7722210