The Penarth sewing shop Sew Lovely has won the title of “ Best Independent Haberdashery in Wales ” in the annual awards made by the sewing enthusiasts magazine “Sew”.
The busy shop in Glebe Street not only provides amateur sewing enthusiasts and professional dressmakers alike with everything they need but also holds evening classes and workshops for anyone who wants to improve their sewing and garment-making skills .
The co-proprietors of Sew Lovely – which opened just two years ago – are Penarthians Carol and Conrad Bartlett. They say they are “ever sew [sic] pleased to have received the award of “Best Independent Haberdashery in WALES”
Carol and Conrad say they would like to thank all our customers who voted for us. “It’s amazing, our shop is so small; we were pleased to be nominated and ecstatic to win. We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last 2 years to build the business and turn an empty shop into one that’s crammed with loveliness. It’s moments like this that lets us know that our customers appreciate our efforts as much as us them and for that they have our heartfelt thanks. Thank you, thank you, thank you. “
Conrad specialises in making bespoke lampshades whilst Carol will concentrate sewing and giving sewing tuition to individuals and to groups on the premises.
Carol, a qualified textile designer, found there was a growing retail demand for her craftwork and sewing products and she and Conrad developed the concept into a full-time business venture – which – to judge by votes cast for this latest award is being enthusiastically supported by sewing enthusiasts across Penarth .
In addition to a huge range of haberdashery, Sew Lovely also sells Singer sewing machines – thus maintaining a tradition of Singer dealership in Glebe Street dating back to before the First World War.
In the national competition Sew Lovely took the “Best Haberdashery in Wales” category with Calico Kate of Lampeter coming second and the All Sewn Up of Swansea coming third.