18/6/16 11-5pm

Free Entry


159-161 Kings Road Arches

Oh hello there! Do you love to sew? So do we! We have decided to bring you a celebration of all things sewing, the 1st SEWMANCE festival in Brighton, U.K on Saturday June 18th 11-5pm at the wonderful Tempest Inn, Brighton. 

 Sewing is addictive and the people who sew are passionate individuals so we thought we'd organise a little get together on the sunny south coast so we can all share our stitchin' love and talk all things sewing. 

We are inviting the online/IRL community of sewists together to come and enjoy our unique, quirky, 'brightonesque' independent festival of sewing. Come and be inspired. All are welcome to our fabulous new celebration of sewing.

This is a little, local, independent sewing festival that believes in the power of community!

It's #mysewmance and It's your #SEWMANCE   



So.... what to expect at SEWMANCE 2016...
Workshops, stalls, Brighton 'Stitch n Bitch' social area, talks, the premiere of our #sewingstories mini documentary about the Brighton sewing bee, handmade gifts, inspiring sewing bloggers, tea, cake and a wonderful summer BBQ in the wonderful, unique Tempest Inn

Get those needles and threads at the ready!

We have a wonderful Workshop table this year with 4 unique workshops available. Some will be avaliable to pre book on Eventbrite and others are drop in, pay on the day.

Our workshops will be hosted by exciting local talents including Zoe Edwards, sewing tutor, dressmaking extraordinaire and author of the inspiring blog She will be doing a 'Introduction to Commercial sewing patterns' session Pre book at

 Julia Hincks, Fashion and Dressmaking tutor and author of the number 1 Overlocker bible 'The Overlocker Technique Manual: The Complete Guide to Serging and Decorative Stitching' will be doing a 'Make a cute wrist pin cushion workshop' pre book at

Other wonderful exhibitors will be running drop in workshops from there tables and these will be available all day. Such as the Saltdean Crafters Embellishing fabrics workshop,  'Sewing surgery' drop in by @amymadeit  and many many more.

Fill that sewing box with everything you need and come to #SEWMANCE #makersgonnamake

Our independent stalls will have lots of lovely handmade gifts, kits and sewing loveliness to buy! 

Josie Hawes, The Fabric Godmother will have her beautiful range of dressmaking fabrics, indie patterns and essential notions. Ana from Coco Wawa Crafts will also be selling her beautiful fabric, jersery yarn and handmade clothes. Chloe Deadman from Kleine Kreations, a Brighton based Crosstitch whizz will be selling her art and kits! There will be many more handmade stalls to tempt you!

We will also be having the premiere of our Brighton sewing bee #sewingstories mini documentary!. Asking members of the community sewing group why they sew. It will be a unique insight into a sewists relationship with their passion/hobby. We will also be doing an Instagram Video challenge starting Wednesday 1st June asking you 'What's your #sewingstory?' To participate join Instagram, follow @brightonsewingbee and @sewmancefestival. Each day we will ask you a simple question regarding your #sewingstory and you need to upload a video with your response! Tag us plus #mysewingstory and #sewingstories! It's going to be fab! Why not join us!

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