Sewing Bee enjoy a visit to Crescent Trading

Earlier in the summer, the Sewing Bee group spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in Crescent Trading, an amazing warehouse full of all sorts of beautiful fabrics. They stock everything from beautiful silks, to Liberty print cottons (at a bargain price of £8 a metre) to fine suiting and woollens. They specialise in supplying to costume departments but also sell to the public from Spitalfields – Unit 2 Quaker Court, Pindoria Mews, 41 Quaker Street, London E1 6SN. Bring cash between Sunday and Friday – they don’t take cards.

Philip Pittack, 70, was on hand to share his years of fabric knowledge and cheeky wit with the group. He and his business partner Martin White, 82, have over 120 years of experience in the textile trade between them. They have bounced back beautifully after a horrible fire in September 2012 that destroyed all of their stock and their premises.

Sewing Bee was founded in July 2013 due to member interest in learning to sew. We set projects – for example, sew a pair of pyjama bottoms or a dress and then get together to talk about how we did and other sewing related things. We also have a Facebook group where we can ask each other questions if we get stuck and share patterns and ideas. We also organise workshops, for example: Making The Most of Your Sewing Machine with Barley Massey of Fabrications; Making a Skirt from an old Tshirt with Sarah Klymikiw of textile recycling charity Traid; a Mending workshop with 2 of our members Juliet and Amanda of R&B Consultants; and How to Make a Pattern from a garment you own without taking it apart with Claire-Louise Hardie, Sewing producer on BBC 2’s Great British Sewing Bee & member of Stoke Newington WI. Sewing Bee is open to members only.