Could you go a year with out buying any new clothes?

Early January I went into a charity shop where they were holding a half price sale on clothes. The shop had been gifted so many items they didn’t have anywhere to store them.

I have been aware for a long time that the “fast fashion” industry is spiraling out of control, the charity shop sale just proves that.

It got me thinking about one of our lovely customers is Kayleigh, she was one of the 1st people through the door on opening day and has been on several classes. Kayleigh is a shopaholic, if shopping were an Olympic sport she would win every time!

With this in mind I have challenged Kayleigh. For a whole year she isn’t allowed to buy any new clothes in return she can come and sew at Dolly’s anytime, attend any classes for free and get a discount on fabric & notions from the shop.

We needed spies on the streets, so the Warrington Guardian got involved. If the whole of Warrington knew about the challenge Kayleigh could be seen cheating.

#challengekayleigh

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Already Kayleigh is off to a flying start and has made a beautiful fully lined dress. It fits like a dream too.

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Our 15 minuets of fame continued when a student from Warrington Collegiate came in to interview us for his radio show. Its on this evening 10-11pm. You can listen to us here

In other news, things are really busy at Dolly’s, all our garment making classes are full, We now have 4 children’s sewing classes and sewing camp is booking up for February half term.

Remember Christmas ( yeah it does seem like a distant memory) Well I built a website. Why don’t you have a quick peep here.

Well that’s all for now, I am currently working on some class dates for March and April.

I’ll let you have them when they’re done.

TTFN Linsey

New Year New Skill

Originally posted 31/12/2015

For the past 11 years I have done everything I could to avoid Christmas, I have travelled to many non Christian countries to escape anything remotely “Christmassy” (a strawberry tart in a busy Marrakech cafe and fish curry on an Indian beach. Both on 25th Dec were highlights)

More recently I have had to stay closer to home, you see my hottie comes with a plus 1, and let’s face it every parent wants to see their child on Christmas Day. So a box set of Luther and a take away were on the agenda.

New year is another matter, I love it, party frocks, Champagne, everyone in the party mood and New Years resolutions (OK, I have never got around to the getting fit and healthy resolution), but i love them. Fresh start. New plans.

In 2014 I challenged myself not to buy any new clothes for 12 months. Easy, I could make my own you see, and it continues. I buy the odd pair of leggings, and bits and bobs from the charity shop, but nothing like the full blown shopping addiction I used to have.

Why not challenge yourself in the new year, make a resolution to learn a new skill, or just to keep stuff out of the landfill.

Make More Spend Less.

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Whatever your plans this new year. Have a happy and safe one.

Here’s to 2016 and our new look shop.

TTFN Love linsey @dollys

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Originally Posted 6/12/1215

Decisions decisions
06/12/2015Edit
Picture this… ( said in the voice of the old lady from the golden girls)

6th December 2014, 10 days before my 40th birthday. Driving in Dolly (the original) to one of my favorite hairdressing clients ( her daughter actually painted our sign). I decided that at Easter 2015 I was opening a haberdashery and sewing school.

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Dolly – The original. I miss that car.

I had had a particularly rubbish week, all the usual stuff that came with being a hairdresser really, but this week it had really bothered me. Maybe in was the imminent “big birthday”, my hairdressing had ran its course, or I was just ready for my next challenge.

Fast forward 2 months and 1 day. 7th February Dolly’s Haberdashery and Sewing School opened its doors. Named after that beautiful beetle that funded the project.

Regrets, a few, no wages for 10 months had been a struggle, a greedy landlord who nearly made me jack it all in, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

From the cool individuals that come into the shop, the talented Saturday sewers who make me want to write a book about the stuff they say. The dinners my Mum sends around so she knows we are at least eating healthy, and my darling Billy who works so hard to pay our bills and looks after the house and teenager whilst I’m at the shop looooonnng hours. It is worth it.

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That’s him. What a hotty

So here’s to the crazy’s, the risk takers, the people who want to make a difference and not sit on the sofa moaning about stuff they can change.

TTFN love Linsey @Dolly’s

Originally posted 1/12/2015
So, we all have that organised friend who has all there gifts bought and rapped by 1st December?? Yeah, thats me.

Now in my defence, I blame it on being an ex hairdresser. December didn’t mean the festive season for me. It meant work, work, and more work. Even my 40th Birthday trip to Paris last December was 4 years in the planning.

With that in mind, I am organised and have just done the dates for January and February classes.

We are also going to be running the recycled bibs and tug toy classes for Mums and Babies again. These have been a great success and it feels great repurposing something.

Well thats all for now

TTFN Linsey @Dolly’sPlease dont hate me.

Christmas at Dolly’s

Originally posted 24/11/2015

I’m really sorry I have neglected you, its been crazy busy at Dolly HQ.

With opening our eBay shop, talks at the WI and Live Laugh Love Ladies Club as well as the day to day business and classes at the shop its self, I don’t seem to have 5 minuets.

I also have a teenager in the house! I will just take this opportunity to say I am sorry to my Mum aka Crazy. She had 5 teenagers and we all managed to reach adulthood. REMARKABLE.

We are ready for Christmas here and have even got bit of spare time to do a make up service if you want something special for the party season. Why not drop us a line to discuss your requirements, we offer some very competitive rates and had a few orders already.

We also have lots to do to get you in the Festive Spirt, plus Sewing Camp to keep your Children busy whilst you do your last minuet shopping!!

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As I mentioned before we have got involved with the Live Laugh Love Ladies Club. This is a club for friendship and activities for Ladies. This is something Dolly’s has always been about so it seemed natural to get involved.

Dolly’s will be hosting there 2nd event. On 2nd December we will be making Festive Rag Wreaths, with a light finger buffet, tea and cake provided. This looks like a great night of creativity and friendship.

It will run from 7-10pm and is £20 per ticket. Pre booking is essential as we have strictly limited availability.

Don’t forget if you would like a tailor made Party or Team building activity we can arrange a unique and fun event. From Tie making to Knicker making we have it covered.

Well thats all for now.

TTFN Linsey @ Dolly’s

Haloween

originally Posted 4/11/2015

Belated Happy Halloween.

My Family make a big deal out of Halloween, My sister @itchycrochet spends a whole year planning her outfit. Her Husband is just the same ( I think it was a condition of marriage tbh)

The Brother in law, Sister and Brother.

I just don’t get it……

The deal for the last 9 years has been I will have her Children so @itchycrochet can party. The deal was sealed before Niece #1 was even born.

The job has got much easier over the years even with the addition of Niece #2, but they still get up at 6am though!!!!

This year we had “proper plans”. As soon as I finished work we hot footed it over to @itchycrochet HQ where 2 of the prettiest witches I have over seen waited. The Adults were halfway to ready too and couldn’t push there children out of the door quick enough. I’m sure I heard FREEEEEDDDDOOOOOOMMMM as we walked up the road.

First stop was St Elphins Park aka Spooky Park. What a wonderful community event, and all for free!

A spooky disco, zombies, hotdogs, game stalls. and the park was full. Just brilliant.

We then headed over to Warrington Museum with moans of “do we have to”. We were greeted by a spooky Butler, one of the many people in character. “Violet” gave us the plague, there were 5 spooky doll actors, a torture demonstration,a silent disco and a scary film in the taxidermy room. It was absolutely awesome. We have made a pact to visit all the museums regularly.

With enough time to see Steven Heaton’s work in situ, we headed off for cups of tea and hot baths.

I may not be the biggest Halloween fan, but it certainly is growing on me.

Have a good week.

TTFN Linsey @Dolly’s

Winter at dolly’s

Originally Posted28/10/2015

WINTER AT DOLLY’S

Where is the time going?

It’s that time of year again, and we are working hard on our “Hand Made Christmas” Decorations, Gifts, Heirloom Advent Calendars and even your Party frock can be made at Dolly’s.

This week we have 2 new Garment Making classes starting.

5th November 6-9pm & 6th November 10-1pm

This is our most popular class that concentrates on making clothes to measure your body. It lasts for 6 weeks ( taking us nicely up to Christmas).

The new classes are up on the website, including all our Festive dates ( which of course include mince pies and mulled wine)

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We also have 3 Groupon deals running.

Scarf and Mitten sets.

Christmas Stockings

and Beginners Crochet.

Book direct and get it even cheaper

Sew Saturday 2

Originally posted 21/10/2015

On Friday I really did feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. We had prepared for weeks, got the event in the Warrington Guardian (not an easy task) even Graffitied the streets of Warrington ( ok it was coloured hairspray and has now now washed off)
Saturday we were in the party mood down at Dolly’s, We have skills and are ready to share them. We had free sewing, live demos, goodie bags, 10% off everything, an awsome raffle, plus tea and cake.

Thanks to everyone who supported this event. If you were unable to make it you can still support us By purchasing one of the Raffle tickets that will be drawn on Saturday 24th October 5pm

1st Prize. This Stunning hamper, including the beautiful handmade paper bouquet by Boutique Bex.

2nd Prize. A christmas stocking class of your choice.

3rd Prize. A months Free Access to you and a friend for Thursday Social ( Previously cake and craft)

Sew Saturday

Originally posted 2/10//2015

We are really proud to be part of Sew Saturday. It is a national day running across the country in various sewing establishments. The whole day is to promote sewing ( how could we not be involved) and encourage people to get involved in sewing. I don’t need to preach to the converted, its brilliant!

At Dolly’s we have pulled out all the stops, we have free sewing classes between 9-2.30, Crafting Demonstrations with Vee, Free Tea and Cake, A Raffle for a MASSIVE Sewing goodie box, 10% off all classes and in the shop, Previews of pre order fabric, Goodie bags for the 1st 10 customers, plus loads more.

Come and join us, we would love to see you.

TTFN Linsey #teamdolly

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Our Quirky Haberdashery

Originally posted 7/10/2015

So first things first, I’m sure you all remember our super sewer Laura!

Well, Sunday saw Laura’s 10th Birthday ( after a mini heart attack from me and her mum, we won’t dwell though) and of course she needed a sewing party.

Laura party was our first sewing party, she brought 5 of her crazy friends with her and had THE MOST amazing cake.

The girls made bags, then had a fashion show to show them off.

Happy 10th Birthday Laura.

It has been said that I don’t mention our weird and wonderful Haberdashery enough. Heres why………

Haberdashery is a vast amount of things, you can have every pink ribbon bar one and thats the one someone will want. We have never had the budget to stock “all the things” Fingers crossed we may do one day.

We do have everything we need for classes ( and a bit more) and specialise in one off, vintage and quirky bits like barkcloth, vintage buttons, leather pieces pus everything you didn’t know you needed.

Our clientele like that “something different” because really was one of the reasons you wanted to make your own clothes to be different?

Mine was…..

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Please do come in for a mooch about, even if its just to see our “creative” storage situation.

The website has also been updated, take a peep. Lots of new classes, some festive, some creative and some will just keep you warm.

TTFN love Linsey #teamdolly