i'm cathy

My story?

Well as you ask...

One day, Darn it & Stitch
- my beautiful, riverside haberdashery - came into being in the heart of Southampton...

turning a pipe dream into Reality

Darn It & Stitch was always a bit of a pipe dream really - to open a riverside haberdashery next door to my handsome husband and his bicycle repair shop...well, here we are!! 

I launched Darn it & Stitch in 2018 once all of my four crazy children had begun school, with the dream of inspiring, educating and equipping both new and experienced sewers.  

It hasn’t been the easiest journey, coming from ten years at home with four gorgeous children; there have been days when I’ve questioned mine and Darn it & Stitch’s relationship - but I really love it.


I’m sure most of us can say we’ve whiled away evenings on Pinterest, only to find that we’re no closer to those beautiful creations than when we started. My favourite part of the day is guiding a customer closer to those beautiful creations, providing advice, technical support and above all, ‘fabric selection expertise’ - yes, that is a real thing!


Why not pop into the shop and we’ll put the kettle on!

Our fabrics, haberdashery, bespoke gifts and workshops will provide everything needed to inspire, equip and educate you.

We offer:

• Repairs & Alterations
Workshops (children and adults) 
• Children’s Parties
• 1 to 1 Sewing Machine Basics Sessions
• 1 to 1 Confidence Building Sewing Sessions
• Advanced Sewing Sessions (e.g. shirt making and Zafu workshops)


Has something sparked your interest? Why not come and visit us to find out more or book a workshop here.

Workshop ideas and 1 to 1 sewing session requests are also welcome!

ideas for

workshop & 1 to 1 sewing sessions are welcome!


what can you find in store..?