When mydeco heard about the new (and unique!) crafts café in London where you can sew while you sip, we had to check it out. Offering a huge range of fab sewing and customisation classes, from Mad Men dress making to buttoned cushions, Sew Over It caters for both novices and the more experienced sewer. We sat down with owner Lisa Comfort to find out where she finds her inspiration and how she stitched this idea together.
How did you come up with the idea for the Sew Over It café?
It was in reaction to the growing feeling that sewing was become a lost skill. If you can sew you can be so creative with your home and very cheaply too!
This is the first café in London of its kind – what has the reaction been like so far?
Great! Lots of people have told me they’ve been looking for a place like this. Everyone has loved the space so far which is really encouraging.
Which is your favourite creative session that you run?
I have two favourites. The Liberty patchwork lampshade class and the appliqué-me cushion class. I have a patchwork lampshade in my flat and it is such a focal point in the room. You can choose the fabrics so it goes with your own style of decor. The appliqué cushions are so cute and stylish – I love the mix of the felt against the linen and tweed.
The café’s white, baby blue and pink colour scheme is very clean, 1950′s retro which is right on trend. What was it about this style that drew you to it?
These are my favourite colours, especially together. They always put me in a good mood. Mixed with the white walls I hoped to achieve a really fresh space and the fact that it’s on trend is just a bonus.
Some of the members of the mydeco community have also been working around the popular 1950′s design and colour combinations and have been making moodboards to showcase their inspiration. loucouper has embraced the easy pastel colours, shapes and retro kitchen feel of the 1950s – the perfect theme for an afternoon tea party.
Image credit: loucooper
Community member jenrooms has made great use of pastel and white products mixed with the bright blue lights and telephone, below. A stand-out piece such as a red chair will always make a statement and can really give a room some character.
Image credit: jenrooms
PrincessSugarSkull has taken the ’50′s style and made it a bit more edgy with neon lights and a colourful jukebox. This fun décor is perfect for a shared flat – no one can refuse a Marilyn Monroe wall print!
Image credit: PrincessSugarSkull
Why not make a moodboard full of inspiring products for your own DIY-decorating project? They’re quick and easy and a great way to showcase different looks for your home.
You customise so many things – what has been your favourite?
The café – I had so much fun doing up the space. My favourite piece though is the kitchen dresser. I got it from an antique market; it had been in a barn for years and had loads of spiders and cobwebs hidden in it.I loved seeing it transform. I sanded it all down and then whitewashed it and painted all the knobs pink and blue, of course.
I also love the chairs as they are all different and look eclectic. They are painted either pink or blue and have fabric covered seats. I like mixing things up. My favourite bargain was a large pink table that I got from a car boot sale for £20 and painted it pink – I think it looks amazing now.
You are clearly very hands-on – did you decorate much of the café yourself?
I painted practically all the furniture and recovered the chairs. The hardest things were the wall stencils because they were so big which made positioning them tricky, but I love them now and they were worth the sweat and tears.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
Adding new classes. I read a lot of magazines and keep my eyes peeled to what people like and what’s going on. I want to bring out new classes each season that are on trend so that people are learning to sew while making something that’s fashionable too.
Photos are accredited to Sew Over It.
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