I love Glasgow! It has everything, well I say it has everything soon it will. Our very own sewing cafe. Such a fabulous idea for those of us who live in small flats and are sick of not having a large space to cut out material. I also find I get strange looks when I go into coffee shops on my own, order a hot chocolate and instead of taking out a book bring out my knitting or sewing. I think Athena the goddess of household arts & crafts must have been thinking about me.
I popped in to meet Ashley and find out how her preparations for the launch were going. I was met with a hive of activity with cupboards being built, tailors dummies tantalising in their boxes in a corner and the start of a lovely area to try on newly made clothes.
As Ashley was busy we just had a cup of tea, I took some pictures and sent her a few questions about her venture. So here’s a sneaky peek at the latest reason why Glasgow is so fabulous.
- What is the concept behind Make It Glasgow?
Make It Glasgow is a sewing cafe located in a railway arch in the Merchant City. It contains all the ‘hardware’ you need to make a dress, cushion covers or quilt, such as a cutting table, dress form (or dummy) and user-friendly sewing machines. Just bring along some fabric, thread, bobbin and a pattern, and we’ll get you started. It’s a great way of finding out if you enjoy sewing without splashing out lots of money on expensive equipment. There’s plenty of space to relax with a coffee and cake too.
- How did you come up with such a fab idea? Who do you hope to attract to MIG?
I read an article in the Guardian (*) back in April about a similar cafe in Paris and thought Glasgow needed one too! I’ve dabbled in dressmaking since childhood but found the lack of space at home was very restrictive. My current flat’s so small I don’t have room for a table to accommodate my sewing machine and I figured if I have this problem chances are lots of other people do as well.
- So, we can make cut out our pattern and make our perfect LBD or just come for a coffee?
- MIG is for everyone! Whether you used to do dressmaking and want to take it up again or are totally new to using a sewing machine we have something for you! In addition to dropping in to hire the machines we’ll be offering structured classes in dressmaking for beginners in the near future and other craft sessions too. And if craft isn’t your thing you can simply relax with a coffee and cake!
- Where in Glasgow is MIG?
- And easiest way to get there?MIG is located at 3 Osborne Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 5RB. It’s in a railway arch just off the Saltmarket, next door to the Old Empire Bar and opposite the Modern Institute. There’s on street parking outside and the Kings Court car park is round the corner. If you’re travelling by public transport we’re 5 minutes walk from Argyle Street and High Street stations, 10 minutes from Central and Queen Street and 2 minutes from Trongate, where buses 40, 61, 62 and many others stop.
- Talking of coffee I see you’ve got a lovely coffee-making machine; any nice cakes to go with it?
- It was a very exciting day when the espresso machine was installed! We’ve nicknamed it Enrico. The cakes are handmade locally by the fabulous Carrie Shearer. Flavours will change regularly but we’re planning large cake slices, brownies and other traybakes and cupcakes. I’m drooling already!
How can we book a machine and how much will it cost us?
You can book a machine in person, by calling me on 0771 891 5498 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sewing machine hire costs £7.50 for two hours or £10.00 for three hours and includes use of all the other equipment.
- When do you open for us to use MIG?
- MIG is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday September 17th from 11am so come hell or high water we’ll be open then!
- Any juicy secrets you can divulge?
- Juicy secrets? None repeatable in print…
I have a feeling this is going to become my favourite coffee shop in Glasgow. Will try out its facilities once it’s open and report back to you.
(*) Here’s the link to the original article in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/apr/18/sewing-cafe-paris