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Sew Ab Fab and Bobbin Sewing School are pleased to be repeating their luxury sewing retreat, aimed specially for mixed level ability dressmaker continuing to build a capsule wardrobe.

Bra Making Luxury Sewing Retreat 2023

Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June 2023 or Monday 10th July – Thursday 13th July 2023.

Only £200 deposit required to book!

This bespoke experience is tailored for 10 guests only, providing lots of individual tutor time with 2 experienced tutors on hand. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced sewer we have the perfect experience for you! 


Hands up if you have been a little intimated by the thought of making your own bra? We have all been there so with this in mind we have decided to concentrate on lingerie for these retreats and have chosen the fabulous Willowdale Bra Pattern by Cashmerette. The construction of this pattern is perfect for the home sewist and achievable during your time with us. The fit suits all sizes and is one that Aly and I have tested and wear, and I am happy to confirm that is a firm favourite in our wardrobes! Once you have made one you will have the knowledge and pattern to go home and make more, you will no longer be buying ready to wear bras.


This is a fantastic chance to indulge your sewing passion with no interruptions of normal daily life, to spend time with like- minded people, sewing during the day – no need to tidy up and relaxing in the evenings – sewing with lots of giggles!

Nothing to book right now. Check back soon.


During your time with us at the Wisteria Hotel, Oakham, Rutland, you can expect to be treated like a princess. 

We are offering two different packages for our 3 night, 4 day break:

Full Board

Each guest will have an ensuite double room, full English breakfast, mid-morning tea and biscuits, a delicious lunch, afternoon tea and cake and a  sumptuous dinner.

Day Delegate:

Each guest will have mid-morning tea and biscuits, a delicious lunch, afternoon tea and cake and a sumptuous dinner. Does not include accommodation or breakfast.

During your stay we will be having dinner at a variety of venues, all renowned for their food and service.


If you have never visited Oakham before it is a beautiful, small market town situated in the centre of Rutland, with plenty of interesting and quirky unique shops, surrounded by beautiful countryside.


1. Full Board: This fantastic 4 day 3 night break is £825 (inc full board in a double ensuite room, pattern and tutoring).  Drinks and materials are extra.

2. Day Delegate: £545 (inc lunch, dinner, pattern and tutoring). Drinks and materials are extra.



Join us on this fabulous experience on Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June 2023 or Monday 10th July – Thursday 13th July 2023.


NB We recommend your buy your bra fabric and notions from:

The Sewing Chest – they do fabulous kits which contain everything you need.

Booking Terms and conditions relating solely to our Luxury Sewing Retreats.

Enrolment for these retreats can be made on the Sew Ab Fab website or by popping into our shop at 1 Mill Street, Oakham LE15 7UZ, by payment of a non- refundable deposit of £200. The balance must then be paid no later than 2 months prior to the commencement of the chosen retreat ( 4th April for May retreat and 15 May for July retreat), failing which the booking will be forfeited. Owing to the specific nature of these retreats our normal cancellation policy will not apply and no refunds will be available. Therefore we strongly recommend the purchase of your own holiday insurance in case cancellation is unavoidable. In the unlikely event of us having to cancel then a full refund of all monies paid will be made.

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