Sewing Classes, Workshops & Tuition

Learn to Sew, whether you are a complete beginner or have never touched a sewing machine since school or want to improve your sewing skills to give your dress making a more professional finish.

Even make your own patterns and unleash the designer in you!

To reserve a workshop place, please contact me via email or phone

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Beginners Sewing Basic

Never touched a sewing machine before or not since school?
Or just want to refresh yourself with some basic sewing skills.

  • Learn to thread your machine
  • Sew a straight line, turn corners, and back stitch
  • Change feet (the ones on your machine) discover their uses
  • Make something simple but beautiful
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Individual Sewing Tuition

Sewing classes for individuals or two people working on similar projects with similar abilities

  • In the comfort of your own home, or my own
  • Have you started something that you can’t quite get to grips with?
  • Help with understanding that commercial dressmaking pattern
  • Dressmaking tips
  • Fitting
  • Construction

Individual tuition is £20 per hour per person or £55 for a 3hr block session per person. There is a 20% reduction per person if booked for 2 people.

N.B There is an additional charge of 45p per mile for home visits. 

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Pattern Cutting

Easier than it sounds

  • Construct simple patterns to your own shape and size
  • Pattern manipulation
  • Adapting patterns to fit
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Group Classes

Small classes of between 5-8 people depending on project.

Emphasis on learning as much as you can but in a relaxed and friendly environment. Helped along with tea and cake of course!

Why not buy a workshop as a gift 

To book a workshop email me through my contact page or call 07983628624

 

 

Clone Your Clothes (blouse or top)

Venue – TBC

Saturday 10/02/2018  

Time – 10am-2pm

Limited to 4 places

Learn how to copy those favourite items of clothing that you have in your wardrobe. Don’t worry if that blouse is little small for you now. You will be able to grade the size up if needed. For this class you will need a basic understanding of how clothes are constructed having done a bit of dressmaking before. You will go home with a paper pattern which you can then use to reproduce your favourite garment as many times as you like. You could even choose to make some design alterations should you feel creative.

You will need to bring

An item of clothing to copy. This should be a top not trousers. It should also have ideally been freshly laundered ( clothes have a habit of stretching and twisting after having been worn).

Refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring a sandwich as we are running over lunchtime.

All other materials will be provided

Suitable for those with some dressmaking experience or those who just want to have a go.

Cost  £45

 

Complete Beginners 3 wk Course    

Venue – TBC  

Wednesday    14/02,  21/02,  28/02  2018

Time  6.30pm-9.30pm

In this course we will start right at the beginning ( we could even unpack the box that your sewing machine came in! – machines provided if you don’t have one).

Week 1 we will become familiar with the sewing machine. You will also make a lovely tote bag you will learn as you go and making something will reinforce what you learn whilst giving you immense satisfaction.

All materials provided

Week 2 will be a zipped purse/make-up bag. You will also have a go at 2 zip insertions, concealed and lapped.

All materials provided

Week 3 you will make a pair of pyjama shorties or trousers these can be for yourself or a child.

You will provide materials ( to be discussed in wk one and two)

Cost £85

 

dressmaking skills tuition sewingDrafting a Basic Skirt Block

Venue – TBC                                                                                                                           

Sunday 25/02/2018 10am-3pm                                 

Limited to 4 places

In this class you will learn how to draft a skirt pattern using your own measurements. You will then cut out in calico and make a toile to perfect the fit. We will then look at how to make changes to the shape and design. This personal block should be all you ever need to make your own skirts without the expense of buying future patterns and the knowledge that it should always be the perfect fit.

You will need to bring: 

Your sewing machine

All materials will be provided

Suitable for those with some dressmaking experience 

cost £60

 

 

IMG_0267Sew Your Own 

Morning Dates – Wednesday  01/11, 15/11 

Time –  9.30am-12pm

Venue – Bluecoat School, Thatcham

Morning dates 2018

Wednesday 31/01/2018, 14/02/2018, 28/02/2018, 14/03/2018, 28/03/2018

Venue  – Bluecoat School, Thatcham

For those who have some dressmaking experience, working on your own project. Just bring your own pattern and fabric and have the benefit of some expert guidance. You will be able to work at your own pace from the beginning of a project or be able to work on specific areas or techniques that you need help with.

You will need to bring:

Your own project to work on

A sewing machine if you have one (I have some available on request)

Suitable for those with some sewing experience.

Cost £18 

 

 

Beautiful Boxers

Date –  Saturday 18/11/2017

Time – 10am-3pm

Cost – £55

Venue – TBC (Newbury/Thatcham)

Why not make these as unique gift for someone. Choose a lovely soft cotton or if you are little more experienced maybe silk. Boxers shown are in a Liberty cotton lawn from Stone Fabrics in Totnes stonefabrics.co.uk

You will need to bring:

Sewing machine (can provide one if needed)

50 cm of fabric (145cm wide fabric) small, medium

60 cm of fabric (” ” ” “) large

100 cm of fabric(114cm wide fabric)

Matching cotton

Elastic will be provided

I am also involved with teaching various courses at

The Old Chapel Textile centre  www.nationalneedleworkarchive.org.uk/needlework-workshopsandcourses

 

Details of these courses and how to book are on the website above. 

To reserve a workshop place, please contact me via email or phone

Workshops Coming Soon ….

WORKSHOP DATE TIME COST
Complete Beginners

Tote Bag Workshop

Clone Your Clothes 10/02/2018  9.30am-    1.30pm    £45
    
Complete Beginners

               3 wk course

 

14/02/2018

21/02/2018

28/02/2018

 

 

6.30-9.30pm    £85
 Sew Your Own  01/11/2017

15/11/2017

9.30am-12pm  £18 per session
Sew Your Own

31/01/2018

14/02/2018

28/02/2018

14/03/2018

28/03/2018

 9.30am-12pm  £18 per session
Draft your own Skirt Pattern
Draft your own Skirt Pattern  25/02/2018     10am-3pm     £60
Beautiful Boxers  18/11/2017 10am-3pm     £55
Draft your own  Bodice Block  17/02/2018  10am-3pm    £60
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