Cambs Frocktails POSTPONED

Cambs Frocktails has been postponed. Please put the new date of 17 October in your diary.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision for our organising group but given the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation and the uncertainty (and anxiety) about what to do, we have decided the best course of action is to postpone Frocktails.

We will write a longer blog post soon explaining our decision and what happens next, however we didn’t want to delay informing you one minute longer than necessary.

We owe a huge thank you to the Clayton (Tamburlaine) Hotel, The Cassettes and Lucinda Price Photography for being so understanding and working with us to reschedule this event with minimal fuss and damage to our budget. They have all been incredible partners. THANK YOU!

If the new date doesn’t work for you, we will offer refunds on ticket sales. Please give us a little time to work out how to do this. We will provide clear instructions on our website and send another email with more information once everything is confirmed.

We’re looking at the positives. There is more time to add finishing touches to our Frocks or even to start a new project. We will also have more time to promote our event and our sponsors. CambsFrocktails will be even better than we had imagined!

We realise this may be really disappointing, especially after months of work on your outfits and the expenses you may have incurred for materials, transport and accommodation. However, we think it would be more devastating if our event led to suffering for our guests and/or their families and that is a risk we just cannot take.

We’re working with our sponsors to clarify the situation around discount codes; however, you can assume that any codes listed on our website are still available for you to use. If we’re going to be stuck at home for the next few weeks we might as well get on with some sewing!

Thank you for your understanding and please keep an eye out for further updates.

Please stay safe and well and keep on sewing!

Roxanne and the CambsSews team

5 out of 4 Patterns

5 out of 4 Patterns is a perfect match to sponsor Cambs Frocktails. Not only are they the perfect place to look for modern PDF sewing patterns, they are also a community for making clothes, making connections, and making time for yourself.

5 out of 4 Patterns have a great range of PDF patterns in a range of sizes and it’s not just for women. Check out the range of patterns for men and kids as well. There’s some great patterns to chose from and you can even please the whole family with the Family Fleece Pullover bundle; get a men’s, kids’ and women’s pattern in one bundle. There’s also a nursing and maternity range for women. This truly is the only pattern company you need to dress your whole family!

If you’re looking for a little help with those trickier sewing skills, check out the 5 out of 4 Patterns Sewing School. Watch the video and download the step-by-step PDFs. We’re busy learning how to do the Burrito method works to make lining bodices a breeze!

Still looking for your Frocktails outfit? 5 out of 4 Patterns may have the perfect solution! Our favourite is the Gloria Dress. In sizes XXS to 5XL, this is an pattern that would suit everybody. We love the long split sleeve option for making a striking Frocktails dress. You can even change it up by buying the Luna Circle Skirt to switch up the skater skirt in the pattern. We’re sure our lovely fabric shop sponsors will have the ideal fabric to create a sparkly Gloria perfect for Frocktails! We also love the Monica Pleated skirt if your looking for separates for your outfit.

Instagram: @5outof4patterns

Sew Much to Do

We couldn’t be more excited that one of our local fabric and craft shops is also one of the headline sponsors for Frocktails! Local sewsits will all be familiar with the warm welcome you get when you visit Sew Much To Do!

Sew Much To Do is a fabric and yarn shop in the heart of the gorgeous Cathedral city of Ely. If you’re looking for inspiration, help with a project or just fancy a browse, head to the shop and soak up the creativity, the Sew Much To Do team would love to see you and hear all about your projects! If you’re visiting Bury St Edmunds, Sew Much To do also has a sister shop at 23 Hatter Street.

As well as some beautiful fabrics, they also stock haberdashery, sewing accessories and patterns ideal for dressmakers and quilters. Are you still looking for that perfect pattern or fabric for your frocktails outfit? Why not head in to the shop and look for inspiration there!

Sew Much To Do are also an authorised dealer for Bernina, Bernette, Janome and Elna sewing machines, overlockers and accessories. If you’re thinking about getting a new machine, or just want to make sure you have all the accessories, there’s no better place to go.

Alongside fabrics, Sew Much To Do also stock some beautiful quality yarns, and knitting and crochet accessories. Perfect for stocking up for your other hobbies or finding the supplies to start a new one.

Sew Much To Do also has a full calendar of creative classes in both locations where you can learn a new skill or refresh your knowledge while you meet new like minded people! There’s even social events at both shops where you can bring along your projects and chat your way through your makes! Check out the full list of classes on Sew Much To Do’s Facebook page. Classes can be booked by calling 01353 664000 or by heading into the shops in Ely or Bury St Edmunds.

Inspire… Create…Smile… 

And keep and eye out for the the new Sew Much To Do website which will be live very soon.


Shop: Sew Much To Do, 7 High Street Passage, Ely CB7 4NB
Tel: 01353 664000
Instagram: @sewmuchtodoshop

Sarah Diane Creative

Welcome to Sarah Diane Creative, one of our local Frocktails sponsors.

Sarah Diane Creative offers expertise in bespoke clothing, accessories and homeware design and production. Providing a custom made to measure and tailor made service from initial design to completion. In addition, you can learn and develop the amazing skill of sewing and dressmaking with expert tuition from SDC’s founder Sarah Fletcher by joining one of SDC’s workshops, have a private 1:1 or with a group,  or attending one of the amazing day or weekend sewing retreats! You can also shop the unique and sustainable Sarah Diane Creative product range.

The Jordan’s Mill One Day/Two Day Retreat on the 16th & 17th May 2020 is perfect for those who want some dedicated sewing time with extra help from Sarah who has kindly offered our Frocktails guests £10 off to one or both day options using the code ‘CAMBS10’. Places are limited so book now!

Private sewing tuition is also available. Even better, Sarah has generously offered great discounts for Frocktails attendees for this as well!

Offers available for Frocktails guests:
£20 off weekend retreats with ‘TREAT20‘ code
£10 off workshops (excludes Friday Community Sewing Sessions and Learn How To Use An Overlocker) with ‘CAMBS10

Thank you to Sarah Diane Creative for supporting our Cambs Frocktails event and for providing such a wonderful opportunity for a sewing retreat!

Instagram: @sarahdianecreative

Wild Orchard

The Frocktails team know there are many people in our local sewing community who want to make their hobby as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible, so we are very pleased to have Wild Orchard Fabric Co. as one of our key sponsors.

The Wild Orchard Fabric Co. is an online shop dedicated to supporting the home sewing community. They sell fabric by the meter, haberdashery kits and sewing project kits. They are an ethically inspired business offering fabrics made with high quality natural fibres, no polyester or poly blends. All their packaging is plastic free and they passionately encourage slow sewing versus fast fashion.

The Frocktails team want to encourage as everyone attending to consider sustainability then planning their outfit and there will be a prize for sustainable sewing on the night. Wild Orchard have provided a £50 voucher for their online shop (Competition details coming soon). That’s got us thinking about all the ways we can make our sewing more sustainable. It’s the perfect opportunity to re-fashion an outfit from some ready-to-wear clothes, or change up something you’ve already #memade to make it Frocktails ready!

For anyone inspired to sew with sustainable fabrics, Wild Orchard will also be offering 30% off in the online shop for everyone attending Frocktails! Can’t wait that long to get you hands on some of the amazing fabric? Wild Orchard have also offered a discount for anyone reading this blog; use the code Frocktails20 for 20% off the website!

If your looking for the perfect fabric for your Frocktails outfit, why not take a look at the gorgeous linens Wild Orchard stock on their website? These high quality Italian linens would make an amazing dress. Our favourite is the beautiful rose colour; a sophisticated rose pink that is sure to make an eye-catching outfit! Check out the linens in the collection here:

The Frocktails also recommend you check out the Wild Orchard Fabric Co. blog. Get inspiration for makes with the stunning sustainable fabrics available in the online shop. Check out the blog here:

Thank you Wild Orchard Fabric Co. for supporting Cambssews Frocktails!

Instagram: @wildorchardfabric


Vlieseline have sponsored our gift bags and provided our guests with a raft of interfacing goodies including interfacing samples, seam tape and a sewing notebook.

One of Vlieseline’s flagship dressmaking products is the seam tape flexible.  This easy to use product is suitable for use across a broad spectrum of garment types and fabrics, from velvet at one end of the spectrum to jersey at the other.  The bi-elastic, bias cut fusible woven tape is designed to protect edges against distorting, stretching and fraying while sewing, and can be easily applied to curved shapes with a hand iron.   The overall effect is that the completed garment will have a cleaner and crisper appearance, the seams will be protected against distorting and grinning in aftercare and the overall integrity of the seams will be enhanced.  Seams which have been taped are also easier to handle during sewing, particularly with stretch and jersey fabrics where curling occurs on raw edges.

The seam tape flexible is also suitable for use in jacket small parts, in the seams of unconstructed jackets, is washable to 40 degrees and is fully dry-cleanable.  This is one sewing room essential that should never be out of stock!

For more dressmaking tips and information about the Vlieseline range of dressmaking interlinings and tapes please visit our website at: and our facebook page Vlieseline Freudenberg UK


The Frocktails team are very grateful to have the support of local crafty business Backstitch. Sewists from in and around Cambridge will know Backstitch for the friendly and welcoming shop and excellent customer service.

Backstitch is the perfect place to find materials for your Frocktails outfit either in person at the shop, or by browsing the extensive selection of fabrics and haberdashery on the online shop. Backstitch is a needlecraft heaven for a reason. A successful online fabric and haberdashery shop since 2010, Alice Synge opened her shop at Burwash Manor in 2014.

The Frocktails team are particulary taken with the Sparkles and Sequins fabric section on the website. We can see ourselves shimmying the night away in the Mini Sequins Sparkle fabric at just £10 a meter!

Do you need to make sure you have some time set aside to work on your Frocktails outfit? The shop is also a great place to book some studio time to perfect those #memade outfits. Make use of the light and airy studio area with a large cutting table while being surrounded by fabric inspriation. Morning and afternoon sessions are both available to book through the website and cost just £4 a session. You can even hire a sewing machine to work with while you are there.

Visit the shop and not only can you browse the beautiful range of fabrics, but you can also take part in many different classes. These classes are perfect for aspiring sewists who want a little help getting started, through to the more experienced seamstress who wants to up-skill thier dressmaking skills with a Dressmaking Technique class. You can even learn to make a new garment such as a pair of Ginger Jeans in their three day workshop. Or why not learn a new skill? The classes aren’t just for dressmakers, you can also learn to crochet or knit, or pick up a new craft in the Introducation to Weaving class. All the classes can be viewed and booked through the Backstitch website.

Backstitch shop at Burwash Manor is open 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

Backstitch at Burwash Manor

Thank you Backstitch for your support of Frocktails!

Instagram: @backstitchshop
Burwash Manor Barns, New Road, Barton, Cambridge, B23 7EY
Normal Opening Hours:  Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm


Welcome HabbyDays to our amazing collection of sponsors for Cambs Frocktails.

HabbyDays is a local haberdashery store in St Neots. They have thousands of fabrics in stock, from dressmaking to quilting and crafting. They also offer classes, workshops and club activities. You can even book your sewing machine in for a service via their website. Visit HabbyDays in their St Neots store Tuesdays to Saturdays or online anytime.

Gayle, self-described ‘boss lady’ of HabbyDays has been part of the creative community, her entire life:

As a creative, I am incredibly passionate about what I do. I love to share that with people. Whether it be with someone just starting out or a fellow seasoned pro, the genuine love of creating just spills over into conversations on a daily basis.

Gayle Hall, HabbyDays

On the run up to Frocktails, HabbyDays have some special Sewcial Saturday afternoons where you can work on your outfits, ask for advice or simply support one another. The Sewcial Saturdays are free to Frocktails ticket holders but bookable in advance. Just head over to their Facebook page to book your place!

Facebook: habbydaysuk
Instagram: @habbydaysuk
7 Steel Cl, Eaton Socon, Saint Neots PE19 8TT
Saturday: 1300–1700
Tuesday: 1000–1830
Wednesday to Friday: 1000–1730

French Poetry

The Lune dress by French Poetry

French Poetry aims to design contemporary wardrobe staples with a French touch, that you will want to make again and again in different fabrics. Add some fun challenge to your sewing projects with bows, tucks, gathers, long skirts, and make easy-to-wear outfits that will make you feel effortlessly elegant!

The French Poetry collections includes beautiful patterns like the Lune and Pleiades which would make gorgeous and romantic dresses for Frocktails.

French Poetry sewing patterns are available in A4 and A0 PDF. 

Not only is French Poetry a Frocktails sponsor, they have also donated a collection of patterns for our raffle prizes and have a great discount for our Cambs Frocktails guests.

Instagram: @french_poetry_


Craftyangel’s Ange was so excited to support Cambs Frocktails and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board as one of our headline sponsors.

Craftyangel, fabric and yarn shop and divine sewing studio in rural Hertfordshire just a 5 minutes drive from Buntingford High Street.

The Crafty Angel studio looks like a creative heaven!

Craftyangel stocks 100% cotton, rayon and canvas fabrics from Cotton and Steel, FreeSpirit, Kaffe Fasset, Makower and Andover and luxury linens from Merchant and Mills. Premium pima cottons, voiles and contemporary jersey knits come from Art Gallery Fabrics, cottons and lawns from Dashwood Studios and funky brights from Blend. Not forgetting denim and chambray from Robert Kaufman too – these are all tried and tested and never ever fail to deliver.

Also available are a great range of dressmaking patterns for knit or woven fabrics from trusted brands like Tilly and The Buttons, Grainline Studio, Cashmerette and Colette and quilt patterns from Alison Glass and Villa Rosa. Sewing kits from Flo Jo Fabrics, Evie La Luve, and Corinne Lapierre bring something a little different to the shop too and make great gifts.

At Craftyangel you will also find a wide range of zips, interfacings and waddings from Vilene and Pellon in addition to Hemline haberdashery products and thread from Gutermann which are essential for a huge range of creative projects.

Craftyangel wants everyone to experience the joy of making something, whether it be the first time you’ve dared to sit at a sewing machine or are building on your knowledge and experience as a seasoned sewer or knitter.

Whether you are sewing at home or spending time with Craftyangel in one of the creative classes, workshops or social sewing sessions – it’s about sharing and enjoying the shared creative passion.

We can’t wait to see what the Craftyangels create for Cambs Frocktails!

Instagram: @craftyange1


The #Cambssews Frocktails team are incredibly pleased to have Pfaff as one of our headline sponsors. Pfaff’s premium sewing machines are loved by the sewing community. We couldn’t be happier to have Pfaff supporting Frocktails, not least because we can dream of building our sewing machine collections with beautiful Pfaff machines! Their range of sewing machines has something for every sewist; take your sewing adventure to the next level and fuel your creativity!

Fancy getting your hands on your very own Pfaff sewing machine? Read on …

The amazing team at Pfaff have donated a Passport 3.0 sewing machine for the winner of #Cambssews Frocktails ‘Outfit of the Night‘ competition! This compact and portable machine is perfect for bringing along to #Cambssews dressmaking socials and we’re going to be super jealous of the winner! Competition details coming soon…

The Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine presents a world of sewing opportunities.

This machine uses Pfaff’s original integrated Duel Feed system, which feeds layers of fabric evenly, and features 1000 stitches, making it the perfect machine for beginners and more adventurous stitchers alike. Six different presser feet are supplied with the machine and Pfaff’s original presser foot system includes many further options to expand your sewing experience.

This prize is getting us very excited to see all the memade outfits on the red carpet and dreaming up all the amazing outfits we could make with Passport 3.0!

Has seeing the Passport 3.0 got you thinking of upgrading or expanding your sewing machine collection? The experts at Pfaff also recommend the Quilt Ambition 630 as the perfect tool for dressmakers.

Not just for quilters, this machine will help you up your dressmaking game!

Featuring a colour touch screen and the same integrated duel feed system as the Passport 3.0, the large sewing space on the Quilt Ambition 630 takes care of all your larger sewing projects. Try all the 201 stitches and enjoy complete control of your sewing with the speed slider.

PFAFF quilt ambition 630 F&B Images
PFAFF quilt ambition 630 F&B Images

Thank you Pfaff for supporting Cambs Frocktails!

Instagram: @pfaffsewing

Sew Me Sunshine

Sew Me Sunshine is an independent online fabric and haberdashery shop shipping worldwide. Harriet has carefully curated a selection of dressmaking fabrics from well known brands such as Atelier Brunette, Lady McElroy and many more, alongside some ex-designer (deadstock) fabrics. There are also a large selection of paper dressmaking patterns from independent companies from the likes of Tilly & the Buttons, Sew Over It, I AM patterns, Deer & Doe and many more. And a wide range of fun sewing gifts & those essential haberdashery items including a large selection from Merchant & Mills. Sew Me Sunshine aims to provide you with fabrics and haberdashery items that will make you smile.

Check out their beautiful sandwashed satins which are perfect for dresses and jumpsuits. Or why not add a bit of sparkle to your outfit – there’s a specific section on the website that lists all of the fabrics that contain lurex and sequins. Or if you fancy a modern bold print then they have a large selection of beautiful viscose fabrics from mind the MAKER. They also stock a large range of tencel fabrics, and are always getting new deliveries of deadstock fabrics (ex designer).

Sew Me Sunshine’s Harriet at work

Sew Me Sunshine also hosts regular open studio days at their studio in West London – keep your eyes peeled for the next date!

Sew Me Sunshine is kindly offering our Frocktails guests 10% off all fabrics and patterns and a £30 e-voucher for our raffle. (Discount details will be emailed to guests and shared in our gift bags.)

Thank you Harriet for supporting our first Cambs Frocktails!

Sew Me Sunshine