Events - 24 Nov 19

Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Thursday 31 October - Thursday 19 December
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 8-week course in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also some foundation dressmaking skills.

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

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
  • sewing seams
  • 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

Must be pre-booked at : https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/beginners-sewing-dressmaking/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or 0773 939 7369

Dressmaking Course - Morning

Wednesday 13 November - Wednesday 18 December
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.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you 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

Taught by a lifelong sewist with over 40 years experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridalwear. Artisan Stitch has been awarded a certificate of excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-13/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Dressmaking Course - Evening

Wednesday 13 November - Wednesday 18 December
7:00 pm - 9:00 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.

What will I learn? I’ll coach you 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

Taught by a lifelong sewist with over 40 years experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridalwear. Artisan Stitch has been awarded a certificate of excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.

Must be pre-booked at: https://www.artisanstitch.co.uk/event/dressmaking-course-14/

Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk or call 0773 939 7369

Unseen Trails: Traces of Journeys Made Visible

Saturday 23 November - Saturday 30 November
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The artist, Alan Macintyre and Jean Cathro (founder of Crossing Countries) worked together on White Stick Trails as part of Alan’s developing practise as an artist with progressive sight loss.

Alan wanted to capture impressions of his emotional and sensory experience as he navigates his environment and to incorporate these into his art practise. He is reliant on the signals from his white stick and by taping a marker pen to it he was able to trace his path around objects on a paper path. To further explore inclusivity, variety and diversity, he made smaller ‘trail’ drawings that use special “swell paper”. This produces a raised line that can be felt. His work also includes a video made using accessible technology with his own musical composition expressing his journey.

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