Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Getting crafty at Paper Dress Vintage Boutique

Hello again all

Now that the nights are drawing in so early and it is getting harder and harder for me to haul my lazy self from the sofa of an evening my thoughts have turned to indoor fun...NO, not that you crude thing, more the make do and mend sort.

To help me get the craft bug back I decided to take a few classes and lo and behold, what arrived on my facebook page but an invite from Paper Dress to attend their new and exceedingly affordable craft classes.

Paper Dress Boutique is one of my favourite vintage shops and is very handily located near my work in Shoreditch.  Following their opening in September 2007 the shop has gone from strength to strength.  The boutique sells vintage clothing from the 1900's onwards, all quality hand sourced pieces (on of my favourite ever suits comes from here...happy sigh), and frequently hosts gigs, classes and shopping events as well as being available for private hire.

The craft classes are run by Paper Dress' in house alterations team (perfect if you need a few tweaks to make your new purchase perfect) and include crochet, knitting, sewing and embroidery.

I have attended two of their crochet classes so far, taught by the lovely Yolanda who runs her own 1940's inspired fashion company (I need to know more about this and will ask next time I see her).  I found her teaching style to be incredibly warm and patient and the atmosphere in the Paper Dress coffee shop perfectly calm and cosy.  The time just flew by, aided by the mulled wine no doubt.

After just two classes I have learned to make a chain, slip stitch, single, double and treble crochet and made my first granny square.  Look at the beauty!

I really can't recommend these classes enough and at just £2 for each session they are ridiculously bargainous.  I have thoroughly enjoyed myself at each one and am looking forward to classes to come.

Who knows - maybe one day I'll be able to make gorgeous 1940's designs like my classmate Mara's beautiful bag from Vintage Secret!

If you fancy getting crafty join the Paper Dress facebook group here.


  1. oh to bad I live in the US =(

  2. well done, that is cheap indeed!

  3. I would love to attend,but living so far from London makes it very difficult...Your square is very impressive!

  4. Ha ha I must be crude then!!

    It looks like a realy fab shop and they are fantastic prices for London without a doubt. And mulled wine is available too? Love it!

    Your square is amazing, well done chick!