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: email@example.com or 0773 939 7369
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 - 4:00 pm
This Applique cushion class will let you try out three different methods of applique. The methods are traditional raw edge (or zig-zag), free-motion embroidery, then reverse applique, sometimes known as ‘Cut through’.
Then choose your favourite method to create a unique picture panel, and make it into a lovely new cushion. Use your own design or one of mine, it’s up to you.
An applique cushion is an ideal upcycling project as you can use up pieces of old clothes. It’s also one way of using treasured family heirlooms.
Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who can already use a sewing machine and would like to explore its use for creative projects. Applique is a traditional textile art and is easy and fun to do to decorate clothes, bags, cushions, children’s bedding etc.
What will I learn?
how to plan a design for applique
how to prepare your fabric pieces
using bondaweb to secure your design before stitching
using zig-zag (satin stitch), free-motion embroidery and cut-through methods
making a cushion: envelope style or how to sew in a zip. You can make your applique design into a tote bag if you prefer.
Fabric scraps for the applique pieces are available in the studio but you will need to bring enough fabric for the cushion panels (about 0.6cm of midweight cotton-type fabric 150cm wide is ideal for a 40cm cushion*) If you’d like to add a zip, then we can do that too. Bring one that’s around 6-8 cm shorter than the measurement of your cushion. (*Please ask for help with fabric quantities if you’re unsure). If you have a specific design and colours in mind, then you may wish to bring all your own fabric as I can’t guarantee I’ll specific quantities and colours of fabric in the studio.
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0773 939 7369.
To book, go to: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/applique-cushion/
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
This Kids Sewing Course level 1 will teach your child foundation sewing skills. And they will make some easy sewing projects.
At age 8-12, children have the mental capacity to learn the basic concepts and sufficient manual dexterity to operate a sewing machine. It’s actually the perfect age at which to learn. Sewing is an ideal creative activity for children. It develops their manual dexterity, hand/eye co-ordination, and encourages focus and concentration. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self-confidence. And it’s really great fun! Plus it gives them a huge sense of achievement and self-worth.
Because they’re having such a great time, they don’t actually realise how many valuable sewing skills they are learning which will stay with them for life.
Taught by a lifelong sewist (since age 7) and degree-trained textile designer.
Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/kids-sewing-course-level-1-3/
Enquiries: email@example.com or 0773 939 7369
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6 weeks – Every Wednesday Evening 6.30pm – 9pm
An ideal class for folks looking to expand their sewing skills – must have a little sewing experience i.e. can thread a machine and sew in a straight line – or have attended one of our beginner’s classes.
Spend 6 evenings in the studio and create a beautiful made-to-measure jacket, dress, skirt, trousers, waistcoat – whatever you like!
Learn how to fit zips, make button holes, fabric properties and more!