Community

It’s great to sew, but often you will want
to sew in the company of others.

At GillyMac Designs there is an uplifting community of fellow sewists who meet regularly in classes and online. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are full of the latest projects, tip and a dedicated post every Friday shining the spotlight on a member of our community. In addition, if you take part in a GillyMac Class, have been to one of her talks or taken part in an online challenge, then you will be able to join the GillyMac Club on Facebook. This is a closed group where there are regular Sew-a-longs, demonstrations, ideas, and patterns and even more importantly you will get to meet and stay in touch with fellow sewing enthusiast online.

Below you will find some of the latest pictures from our super active and very friendly GillyMac Sewing Community.

The sewing classes at GillyMac Designs range through patchwork, quilting, dressmaking, bag making, and homewares. Similarly, the children and teen classes make the most amazing items for others, themselves and also to enter (and win) national competitions.

Once you have attended class you will be invited to join the uplifting online GillyMac Club where you can learn more from me and take part in our regular sewalongs and demonstrations.

2 months ago

Another garment was finished last week. This one is a Burda pattern which I have made before and loved. I used @fabricgodmother Luna Trees in Viscose Lawn. The top is a present for a friend who chose the pattern and fabric. I generally hate making things for other people. I find the process super stressful. However, more recently, I've been making garments for the girls and so making something for my oldest friend didn't seem so much of a stretch. 💕Do you make things for others? Or does it fill you with horror? If you want to make something for yourself or someone else, click the link to see the dressmaking options available in the Autumn.#gillymacdesigns #gillymac #dressmaking #garmentmaking #sewingclothes #sewing #burdapatterns #burdastyle6632 #janome #janomemakes #imintheguild ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

This week we have been looking at projects for the Junior Sewing Bee in the Autumn. We are normally planning at least 4-5 months ahead, Next week it will be Christmas! 🎄When do you start Autumn projects? #gillymac #gillymacdesigns #sewing#sewingwithkids #sewingpumpkins #janome #janomemakes ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

We are now into the first week of the GillyMac #summerchallenge. 🧵🪡This week involves making half square triangles, so there is not much to catch up on if you want to join now. 😊The next video comes out on Monday & there are two options ⬇️If you want to catch up with what’s been happening so far , you’ll need the paid option (see link). Or, the free option will continue with week 2 on Monday. There is no catch up on the free version. Come and join the fun summer creativity - 🧵🪡☀️#gillymacdesigns #gillymac #summerchallenge #sewing #sewingproject #summersewing ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

The 2022 GillyMac Summer Sewing Challenge begins on Monday. Over five weeks we will be making five blocks, all of which come together to make the 54" square quilt top you see 👀 here. 🧵🪡☀️The challenge is suitable for beginners and those more experienced. You will be part of the free option by downloading the free requirements from my website. Thereafter on each Monday for five weeks, starting on Monday 11th July, I will send you a video and instructions for the block we are making that week. Each video is available from Monday to Sunday when it will expire. 🧵🪡☀️If you would like to access the videos forever in the membership area of my website, a video on perfect piecing the quilt top, three quilting plans, a video on quilting and prompts each week to get you going, then there is a paid option for the challenge. This is currently on an early bird discount of £18 until Monday 11th July. Gill 😊#gillymacdesigns #gillymac #Janome #sewingclass #sewingtutor #sewingchallenge ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Here is my latest ‘make’. My ‘Mandy Boat Tee’ by @tessutipatterns was such an easy garment to put together as it is made from only four pieces. It is superbly designed with options for 3/4 or full length sleeves. I chose a lightweight jersey, but I will make it again for the Autumn in a heavier weight knit fabric. Pattern Tessuti Fabrics #mandyboattee Fabric @Fabric Godmother Anna Stripe Cotton JerseyMaking my own clothes is such a pleasure. I can make garments that suit me and fit me well. There are now many many modern pattern designers on the market - so there will be a garment or design house that peaks your interest. I can also show you some fabulous places to buy fabrics. I have regular in-person dressmaking courses. July is sold out and September has a couple of places remaining, but I have added dates for later in the year. Why not come and join me? Different dates are available, and you can find out more by clicking the link 😊 #gillymacdesigns #gillymaccommunity #quiltingideas #imintheguild #sewingclass #sewingtutor #teachingsewing#JanomeMakes #Janome #dressmaking #garmentmaking #sewingclothes ... See MoreSee Less
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