Episode Fourteen : This Business of Fabric with Sew Me Sunshine and Sew Essential

FIRSTLY … MEGAN’S HAD HER BABY!! Both are healthy and happy and we can’t wait to introduce you all to the newest Brew!

This week’s guests are Harriet from Sew Me Sunshine and Lucy from Sew Essential.

Both online shops stock a vast array of fabrics, patterns and haberdashery items to fuel every sewists habit! Sew Essential also have sewing machines and gadgets galore so we have lots to talk about!

We hear about the brilliant sewing stories of these ladies and how they have successfully embedded their business into the sewing community.

Both have many tricks up their sleeves and it was wonderful to delve into their worlds – even to hear about how they met their husbands and how they are both so inspired by the fashion catwalks!

We could have talked to these wonderful women all day so we are happy to share with you this brilliant, inspirational episode that should encourage anyone that its never too late to completely change your career path!


This episode was brought to you by 1st For Fabrics.

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne with a brilliant new online shop, this family run business is a one stop fabric shop stocking everything you need for your dressmaking, quilting and soft furnishing projects.

If you are nearby you must pop in and see there massive shop of stunning strokable fabrics but if you are nowhere near then go to www.1stforfabrics.co.uk to do exactly the same!!

I’m a bit obsessed with their printed and glitter babycord! Oh and you get FREE GUTERMANN THREAD WITH EVERY ORDER!!

So if your feeling the ‘thirst’ for fabrics look no further then 1st For Fabrics!!! 😉



HARRIET - Sew Me Sunshine

Harriet is the one woman show that is Sew Me Sunshine – an online fabric, haberdashery and indie pattern shop.

LUCY - Sew Essential

Lucy works with her husband and mother in law at Sew Essential, the online sewing superstore with fabrics, patterns and sewing machines.


Lucy from Ashby-de-la-Zouch
just like Adrian Mole:


Sew Over It – beginning sewing course
-intro to dressmaking – Julie Johnston – 2 days – ultimate shift dress & circle skirt (now a pencil skirt)


– Huskvarna Viking Emerald machine

Angela – sewing super star – Made Lucy’s wedding dress!

Sew Essential – 14 years old 2003/4

Husband’s both made their websites Ed & Paul


In Colourful Company
– colour walks

JOY – the sewing wife!


Sewing weekender (this is the stripey dress she wore!)
Loughborough uni

The Stitch Room Sewcial
Anne Acosta – New Vintage Sewing
14-16th June – ALL SOLD OUT!

Winifred Aldrich (pattern cutter extraordinaire!)

Sew Essential blog

Sew Me Sunshine

  • supporting lots of new designers and makers
    – in colourful company crafters 
  • crotchet macaron pattern weights

  • teacup pin cushions – handsewn


Lucy’s vlogs
– new one with gadgets:

Harriet & Sew Happy Alex Q&A vlog:

Sew Me Sunshine Blog team

Zoe sews blog about 2017 recap

Simple Sew blog team

Sew Me Sunshine
Pop up shop – 20th – 25th July
@ New Craft House

(13th August is her 1st year birthday!)

Summer dress reccommendations: 
Sew Essential – lots of new fabrics, patterns, machines, gadgets and tools on the site and
Huskvarna Viking 40% off

Sew Me Sunshine – Active wear fabrics – swimwear
Cotton lawn
Indie patterns

Morecambe and Wise – Bring Me Sunshine!


+++ Theme song created by Stephen Ellis +++

+++ Podcast edited by Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis +++

Gabby Young



Megan Valero

Pigeon Wishes


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