10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.
If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too.
You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first.
I’ll coach you along the way in the following:
How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability,
Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish
A small class size (Maximum 4 students) ensures I’m able to give you lots of individual attention on your own choice of project.
Must be booked in advance at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-7/
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0773 939 7369
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.
I learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book. So fast-track your sewing journey as you benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started to sew.
This course duration is 8 hours so it runs as either a 4-week class (2 hours per week)
Who is this aimed at?
-Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine)
-Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more)
-Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).
What will I learn?
How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently
How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine
Understand the mysteries of correct thread tension
How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners
Learn three different seam types and when to use them
How to take up a hem
Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip
Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.
Choose to make either
a lined reversible tote bag,
or a zipped make-up bag,
Enquiries: email@example.com or 0773 939 7369
to book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/beginners-sewing-course-5/
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This 8-week evening class in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also some foundation dressmaking skills.
Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing and would like a refresher, then this class is suitable for you too or try my Refresher Sewing Class.
What will I learn?
how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.
A simple pencil or A-line skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A pencil skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:
how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
how to sew darts
how to neaten raw edges
how to sew a zip
using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
how to attach a waistband
how to take up a hem
Fabrics are provided for the first 3 weeks. After that you’ll need to bring your own fabric for your tote bag, and your pattern, fabric and any other items required to make the skirt. I’ll provide a list of things you need once you’ve booked.
For enquiries, contact jen@ artisanstitch.co.uk, or 0773 939 7369. To book, go to:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
In this course students will draw from the live model over the course of five days to produce a finished drawing in charcoal. Demonstrations and one to one critiques will be technical in nature, referencing the elements of structure, likeness and technique. The aim is to give students an introduction to the fundamentals of drawing the portrait with accuracy and a structural understanding. It is an ideal preparation for painting the portrait.
St Margaret’s House, 6th floor, Studio 6.10
151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
Reserve your place. Apply Online:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This workshop is available for those who have done a course and want to develop there own project under expert supervision.
You can book packs of 5 sessions (five Tuesdays). It doesn’t need to be correlative but you have to use in maximum 5 months from the first session.
There is also a limit to the size of panel which can be undertaken due to storage space.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
PILATES 4 ALL by Clare Shillinglaw
I run fun and friendly Pilates classes held in the Drawing Room, 3rd Floor on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm.
Pilates is amazing for improving posture, balance, flexibility and easing any muscle and joint niggles. Regular practice can help you build long and lean muscle, strengthen the core from within and relax the mind. It is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners to professional sportspeople, and including pregnant women and seniors so please come along!
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beginners Sewing – 15th & 22nd Jan – 6.30 – 9pm
This practical sewing course will help you become familiar with the basics of machine sewing and help you build your confidence using a domestic sewing machine before moving on to a simple sewing project after which you can graduate onto another intermediate course offered by Edinburgh Sewcial Club.
Threading Sewing Machine and winding & inserting bobbin in machine.
Confident driving skills
Learning about fabric qualities and various machine stitches
Summary of previous week
Utilising the skills learned on week 1 for a small project – envelope cushion or tote bag.
Once you have completed the 2 week beginners class you will be able to confidently move on to a dressmaking class to progress further your new found skills.
Reserve your place here: