The Dressmakers Ball 2019

Posted by Sarah Wadey
on March 27, 2019

Oh what a night! We all had an amazing time at The Dressmakers Ball!

Last Friday we hosted The Dressmakers Ball at the fabulous City Rooms, Leicester.

Sarah and Freya - The Dressmakers Ball Hosts

Your hosts Freya and Sarah 

Over 140 Dressmakers attended from across the U.K.  All the outfits were absolutely stunning and it was wonderful to see everyone in their fabulous finery! Take a look at the dresses and their makers over on Instagram by following #thedressmakersball

Welcome to the Ball!

The evening began with a drinks reception and we welcomed guests to the drawing room to have photos taken in the photo booth with the amazingly talented Tara Lydon. 

You can find all the photos HERE. Please feel free to share and credit @tklphotographyuk on Facebook and @tara_tklphotography on Instagram for her amazing work! 

After catching up with sewing friends and making new ones, the dressmakers made their way up to the grand ballroom!

Dinner is served!

Our compere Lily welcomed everyone and introduced our charity of the year Coppafeel, a breast cancer charity close to our hearts. You can find out more about the charity HERE and more about our other fundraising event last year HERE.

The ball room

Everyone remarked how beautiful the venue was as we sat down to a delicious meal of Cock au Vin, mushroom stroganoff, lasagne and sides followed by the most amazing chocolate torte and a mountain of cheese and crackers! 

After Dinner, we were entertained by the University of Leicester Big Band playing a variety of modern and classic tunes in their unique big-band style! It wasn't long before everyone was up shaking their thing! 

The Catwalk!

After a boogie, we welcomed our Dressmakers up to strut their stuff on the catwalk!

Catwalk at the dressmakers ball

The awards panel who had the impossible task of choosing the winners of the Best Dressed Male, Best Accessory, Best New Dressmaker and Best Experienced Dressmaker. Our winners were delighted to have been selected.  

Our Best New Dressmaker Samantha was Pretty in Pink (hand dyed tulle)

Charlotte claimed the Best Accessory prize for her beautiful bag
and matching pillbox hat

Pete was our Best Dressed Male in his fabulous handmade shirt, bow tie, waistcoat AND trousers!

Joelle took the prize for Best Experienced Dressmaker in her stunning velvet sequined jumpsuit and matching coat

The Prize Draw!

We rounded up the night with the grand prize draw, with prizes provided by our generous sponsors! We raised over £500 for Coppa feel and our winners were over the moon with their prizes! 


Our sponsors made the event happen!

We were delighted to have printed stationary provided by Net Printer used throughout the venue. 

Sewing subscription box service Sew Hayley Jane sponsored the delicious menus. 

Dressmakers ball menus

The attendees received a fabulous goodie bag containing lovely gifts and special offer vouchers from all our sponsors including 15% off purchases from our Crafty Sew&So online store!

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We’d love to see your photos and videos of the evening!
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We hope you had an amazing time if you joined us at the ball! We were so touched by all the wonderful messages we received, thank you all so much for your kind words and for coming to party with us! 

'Till the next time... Happy Sewing! 

Freya and Sarah x