S arah teaches dressmaking and sewing in a delightfully readapted shearing shed on the historic property Forty Bends.

The space is a haven of inspirations that has a filmset pop to each corner and cupboard. The backdrop is paddocks of commercial peonies that are blooming through November, destined for the Sydney florists.

In the workshop, skills are taught in soft furnishing, vintage patterns, casual knits,
and classic tailoring. From beginners to the advanced sewer, all levels are catered for.
The emphasis is on wearability, sustainability and enjoying the process.

As a bit of a side highlight each year for the Lithgow Arts Trail …


Peonies will be blooming at Forty Bends over the next few weeks or so. Our peonies are the first commercial crop to bloom in Australia and New Zealand every year We sell to the public and florists but you must ring/text Sarah at 0434 838 932 or email; sarah@sewingemporiurn.corn …we are 5 minutes out of Lithgow.

Covid has stopped our Artist’s Trail and our popular weekend peony afternoon tea fundraiser that usually runs through November. 

Instead, garden clubs and our regular peony enthusiast groups can talk to me about organising peony paddock rambles. 

As usual, our garden walks are free. We have no ability to ensure people’s complete safety during COVID so please only come if you have taken note of all the restrictions and are fit and healthy. Groups come for small wanderings in the fresh air and enjoy the garden if not the usual afternoon tea. The house will not be accessible. I am happy to give instructive talks and answer questions.

The historic garden and farm looks superb with the great season, 

Updates will be available every few days once flowering is underway with pictures of different peony varieties blooming. 

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Contact Sarah


04 3483 8932
02 6352 3577

Studio Address

700 Forty Bends Road
South Bowenfels 2790