Normally I am averse to the cup-cake vintage set. I just don’t like icing that much, preferring my baked goods rustic and lightly burnt around the edges. For Cordial and Grace I am happy to make an exception. Pretty and polka dotted it may be, but there is an edge of practicality to the set-up. We are here for a sewing lesson, something the majority of us haven’t attempted since our last home economics class ten years ago.
Maria, our tutor for the day, possesses an air of Kirsty Allsopp about her: well-chosen prints and floral sophistication, coupled with a firm but jovial teaching style. Introducing three complete novices to the ins, outs and back in and round agains of a sewing machine isn’t an easy task but she manages it with aplomb. By the end of our two hour session we've three respectable attempts at pin cushions to carry home.
Cordial and Grace run workshops for all sorts of sewing enthusiasts, from the complete beginner, which I can assure you we certainly were, through to groups of more experienced seamstresses that like to get together for a natter over their needles.
If you’d like to book yourself in there are Christmas sessions coming up that sound most exciting. After all, who wouldn’t want a homemade stocking to stuff?