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Anything But Pants! Win A Hen Party Knicker Making Master Class With Top Drawer Diva!

December 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Don’t get your knickers in a twist over the all-important hen party – the Divas’ have it covered for you and it is anything but pants!

To celebrate the start of the festive season and exclusively to Brides Up North, our Featured Supplier Top Drawer Diva are giving away the ultimate in hen party entertainment for one lucky bride and nine of her closest hens.

How does a knicker-making master class sound? it’s a fun filled and fabulous way to spend an afternoon and Top Drawer Diva are giving one lucky Brides Up North reader and her hens the chance to win a bespoke party, completely free of charge!

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As well as your own frilly things, as group you create two bespoke garters for the bride to be – a black one for the hen night and a more traditional one for the wedding day.

The prize includes all materials, the pants to design and create, a glass of pink fizz, a retro sweet fix to nibble as you sew, knickers themed party games with prizes, a best pants award judged by the bride and a photo shoot to showcase everyone’s designs… plus a few extra diva surprises along the way.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of wining is leave a comment on this post describing the bride‘s personality as a pair of knickers – i.e flirty, cheeky, frilly etc. – the more original the better! 

And no, “dirty” isn’t a winner!

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The winner will be chosen by the girls at Top Drawer Diva, and their decision is final.

The competition will close on 7th January 2014. 

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Terms & Conditions:

1. The party venue must be in a location that Top Drawer Diva cover (see our map) which includes all major Northern cities (York / Sheffield / Manchester / Lincoln / Nottingham / Leeds )

2. Bride to supply venue either own home or be responsible for hiring suitable venue.

3. Date of party to be taken : Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Friday 31st January or 1st February 2014,

4. Judge’s decision is final, no cash alternative.

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Passion For Pants! Supplier Showcase: Top Drawer Diva PLUS 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

May 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Big, big thanks to all our amazing exhibitors, beautiful brides, gorgeous grooms and our stunning host for a lovely first Brides Up North event at brand new venue Thorp Perrow yesterday. Some images from the day are coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to say how very privileged I feel to work alongside such inspirational people and to meet so many new friends yesterday too.  Thank you for your support.

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Top Drawer DivaThis morning, we meet one of the fabulous Brides Up North Featured Suppliers whose sponsorship makes the wedding blog and indeed events like yesterday’s lovely exhibition possible – the dynamic duo behind knicker making maestro Top Drawer Diva.  These girls have a passion for pants, and want to make your hen party an occasion to remember.  Get ready to be frilled! 

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How and when did Top Drawer Diva begin?

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In July 2010, we realized there was a gap in the market for hen party activities for the more crafty hens who wanted something different so we created a unique business celebrating the trend for all things crafty and combined this with our in depth knowledge of lingerie and textiles.  Hey presto: our knicker-making master class was born!

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Who makes up the team and what is your background?

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Clare and Vicky are the ladies behind Top Drawer Diva.  Clare Booth is a fabric technologist for a large UK lingerie brand with a degree in BSc (Hons) in Textiles from Heriot-Watt University and Vicki Williams is a lingerie designer for several UK high street retailers and brands with a BA (Hons) in Contour Fashion from De Montfort University.

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Tell us about your Folksy shop and commission services?

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We create beautiful bespoke garters and sell these mainly at wedding fairs but also have a selection on Folksy for brides to be to browse. All the garters are individually designed and made using European laces and embroideries sourced from contacts we made during our time in the lingerie industry. We prefer to receive commission work and love creating a product to the person’s individual’s style.

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We have just finished making a peg bag as a wedding gift at someone’s request; this combined a mix of vintage fabrics, embroideries plus a cheeky reference to pants with his and her underwear appliquéd on the reverse. Personalised embroidery of names, dates and times completes the ensemble.

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If you have an idea for a gift or garter please get in touch as we are happy to work with any project.

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Tell us about your knicker making parties?  How do they usually work?

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We like to break the ice with a round of knicker bingo before cracking open the pink fizz and retro sweets to get everyone in the party mood. We then reveal the diva kit that contains every variety of coloured ribbon, laces, trims and sequins you can imagine ensuring every hen can craft an item to suit their style and personality. Examples of mood boards and inspiration knickers are shown to ward off any creative concerns.

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Parties usually last about three hours with a photo shoot showcasing everyone’s creations and the bride gets to choose her favourite pair and award the much coveted prize of ‘Prettiest Pants’. The hens then present the bride to be with two garters they have sneakily made during the party – one for the hen night and a more traditional cream one that can be worn on the big day. With hen parties in particular there is always a brilliant atmosphere and the great thing is that anybody from 19-90 can come along and enjoy them.

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Tell us about your workshops and the different types that you offer?

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We do offer beginner workshops and a few of them are specifically related to lingerie with our frilly knicker and waspie workshops being very popular.  These are not the run on mill type of workshops and we believe give us that quirky edge.  The knicker-making master classes for hen parties are keeping us so busy that we are only taking private bookings for other workshops.  Please get in touch for details.  

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What sets your business apart from your competitors?

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It’s our passion for pants that puts us on top!

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Who would be your dream client and why?

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Jessica Ennis because first and foremost she is a Northerner, a national gem and hugely inspirational. We believe that behind the cute girl next door image lies a diva that could create a pair of knickers that is worthy of a gold medal.

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Are there any really memorable parties that you have worked on and why?

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All are very memorable in their own way as we see fantastic designs, but generally the parties where the bride to be has no idea what to expect are hilarious. We like to get them guessing the activity ahead and one bride to be thought she was in for some housewife training as the diva kit includes an iron and ironing board, sewing machine and so on… a fantastic alternative side-line for the business but we don’t think the Mr Diva’s would agree!

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Have you got any parties or events coming up that you are really excited about?

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We do love showing at wedding fairs and explaining our concept to the brides (mainly to great amusement of the groom).  We have also just been booked for a Women’s Institute presentation in Lincoln to do a ‘frilly knicker’ demonstration as part of their of 2014 upcoming events.

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What else is going on at Top Drawer Diva? Tell us about Stitch Club?

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For mini designers aged 9-12 we run afterschool and holiday stitch clubs. We hope to inspire the next generation with our knowledge and love of craft to learn traditional and modern skills of creating things from scratch. We find that the children are really enthusiastic and love learning and creating. We help them to make things like bunting and Ipod covers so they are fusing old techniques with new trends.  Stitch Club also offer party packages for budding designers and their friends.

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How far in advance should Brides Up North get in touch with you to book a party or workshop?

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The more advance the enquiry the better to ensure availability of dates, sometimes we can even accommodate two parties in one day (location dependant).

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Usually prices are around £28-£30 per person and this includes all materials and equipment plus glass off pink fizz and a retro sweet fix, knicker themed party games, two garters are made for the bride to be by the hens on the day as an extra keepsake, photo shoot to showcase everyone’s creations and Prettiest Pants award judged by the main Diva (bride to be). 

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We prefer at least 10 people or a minimum party fee of £200, and can cater for large group bookings of 20+

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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If you quote Brides Up North in your initial enquiry we will offer a 10% discount.

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Where are you located, what areas do you cover and can you travel?

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We are based on the Lincolnshire coast and cover a huge area of the North of and Midlands – it’s best to see our map by clicking here. Locations outside our boundaries are considered so please get in touch if you require a price.

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How can Brides Up North find out more?

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You can visit our website, Facebook or Twitter pages, and contact us by clicking here or on 07739 960568. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Top Drawer Diva

Top Drawer Diva is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

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Wedding Blog WINNER! Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It must be getting close to Christmas.  It’s giveaways galore here on the wedding blog!

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Top Drawer Diva were offering one Brides Up North reader the chance to win a Hen Party activity with a twist:  a FREE Knicker Making Masterclass for you and nine friends in any of the locations that they cover.

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And the winner is…

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Jo

November 14, 2011 | I’d love to spend my hen do making pants, we’d put ‘em on and do the knicker dance!

Hope whoever wins has a fab time – it sounds great!

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Congratulations Jo!  Your hen party certainly won’t be pants! Smile

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Contact me to claim your prize. 

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For more information on Top Drawer Diva’s Knicker Making Masterclasses email topdrawerdiva@hotmail.co.uk or call Vicki on 07739 960 568. 

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*Winner drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize must be taken in one of the locations covered by Top Drawer Diva – Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between. 

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That’s Not Pants! Win Your Hen Party Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva! (CLOSED)

October 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you a stressed out chief bridesmaid?  STOP.  You need to read my top tips for organising a hen doClick here.

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Now then.  We all know that Fridays are about that feel good factor – finishing work, slicking on some lippy and hitting the town with your gal pals.  That’s why today’s wedding blog competition is all about Hen Parties, and having some silly fun with the girls. 

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For just £25 per person, today’s featured supplier, Top Drawer Diva – who have twenty years of experience in the lingerie industry – will visit your home, Hen Party venue or hotel and host a Knicker Making Masterclass for you and up to 15 of your friends.  They bring the raw materials and kit, a cupcake for each hen, organza goody bags and prizes.  Nothing pants about that, I say.   

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Get the drinks flowing and after a round of Knicker Bingo, Top Drawer Diva will guide your party through the customising process, and away you go.  Try not to get your knickers in a twist as there’ll be a prize for the best pair of pants!  Afterwards you’ll be divided into teams and tasked with making two garters for the Bride – one for her wedding day and one for the hen night – oh la la!  Of course, you’ll all be sporting your own creations too!  Remember to strike a pose, as the session involves a photo shoot to showcase your work. 

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Top Drawer Diva is available in Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between and also as part of a Hen and Stag World package. 

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Top Drawer Diva are offering one Brides Up North reader the chance to win a Hen Party activity with a twist:  a FREE Knicker Making Masterclass for you and nine friends in any of the locations that they cover. 

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To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win*

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The competition will close on 28 November 2011.

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For more information email topdrawerdiva@hotmail.co.uk or call Vicki on 07739 960 568. 

Follow Top Drawer Diva on Facebook and on Twitter.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize must be taken in one of the locations covered by Top Drawer Diva – Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between. 

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