Bitching and stitching at the Irish Design House

One thing I’ve wanted to learn for ages is how to sew, I had images of a few classes and viola, professional seamstress! Alas that was NOT the case, but I did learn the basics of pattern design, sewing AND I made a pretty nifty tote bag.

Our Bitch and Stitch group was the brain child of Sinéad at the Irish Design house. Sinéad, (who by the way has the patience of a saint) led a group of 6 novice sewers and took them right through the process of learning to sew.  Due to time constraints we decided to start small and create tote bags, Sinéad led us through the process from drawing up a pattern to producing a bag.


We met at The Irish design house for 3 sessions, most of us had never threaded a needle and one or two had tinkered around on a sewing machine. It wasn’t long till the chats were flowing. It was unreal how all the girls immediately were helping one another out, in both sewing and in settling into Toronto life.

The classes took place out the back of the Irish Design house, in a huge workspace, wall to wall with materials, drawings and machines. Sinéad has an impressive collection of sewing machines and really knows the quirks and tricks of each. She let us all get a feel for the machines and gave us ample time to play around and practice the stitches we’d just been taught.  We  were given plenty of time to work and by the end of each class, even though we had ran late I’m sure a few of us would have worked on.

The course cost $115 and included all materials. Just incase you need any more incentive to join a Bitch and Stitch group, sewing may be good for your heart!
A clinical study commissioned by the Home Sewing Association (HSA) reveals that women who sew – both skilled as well as novice sewers — experience a significant drop in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate when compared to women who participate in other leisure-time activities. Heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration rate are three key factors in the measurement of stress. The study’s results appear to indicate that sewing helps women to relax while they focus on a creative activity. Not bad for a evenings craic 🙂

For more details Contact Irish Design House

Check out the Bitch and Stitch Facebook Group

Thanks for hosting Sinéad and for the photos!

Sinéad (not from THE IDH 😂)  Xx




Ladies Night….The Rituals

1.Plan: Decide what to do and who’s coming (not her, she’s a thundering bitch!) “Research it” i.e.  talk about it. Send group message to talk about it and accidentally include said “thundering bitch” and have to invite her too!


2. Tan: Thursday night is time to tan. Work on Friday is a smelly orange affair, and everyone knows your out on the lash this weekend


3. Plan your outfit: Obviously after asking every member of the group what they are wearing first.

nothing to wear

4. Stand in front of your wardrobe: This normally takes about  40 hopeless minutes. Then you decide that you actually have no clothes and you NEED to run to Topshop

5. Re-plan your outfit: What?! they’re all wearing jeans? You just bought a dress, back to the drawing board then.


7. Crank that playlist: We all have one, it contains our guiltiest of pleasures, our pre-drink playlist, because nothing helps getting ready better than a bit of cheese

see that girl, watch that scene

see that girl, watch that scene

8. Pre drinks:Realize if you don’t slow down on the pre drinks you might not make it out


9: Food: Obviously with all your running around and preening, you have forgotten to eat. Time for a giant bag of Doritos, they should hold you out until your 2 AM Pizza Pizza.


10. Its 11.30 you actually still haven’t left the house….frantic calling of taxis, shoes being located and finally your out!


Sound familiar? What does your Saturday night entail?
Have a good one what ever you do
S xx