SKILL LEVEL: CAPABLE
Suitable for those who have grasped the basics & now wish to develop their skills. You should be able to thread up a machine, sew in straight lines, curves & turn at corners using straight & zig-zag stitching. Typically you will have worked through 2 to 3 of my starter projects or their equivalent.
The simplest of dressmaking projects which is great for starting to get to know the language of dress-making. You will learn how to take your measurements then mark, pin & cut out your fabric before moving on to sew the skirt together with french seams, insert a centred zip, add a waistband with buttonhole & finish with a hem.
MATERIALS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING:
A-line version – you will need 1.5 metres of medium-weight cotton, poly-cotton or similar dress fabric (nothing stretchy or shiny) plus a coordinating zip at least 24cm long (I have a supply of cream zips if needed).
Half circle version – you will need 2 metres of wide (140-150cm) medium-weight cotton, poly-cotton or similar dress fabric (nothing stretchy or shiny) plus a coordinating zip at least 24cm long (I have a supply of cream zips if needed).
I always recommend buying less expensive fabrics (under £7 per metre) whenever you are making up a pattern for the first time.
TIMING & COST:
- Individual lesson – 4 hrs – £68 (15% off hourly rate of £20)
- Sew with a friend lesson (2 people) – 6 hrs – £72 per person (20% off hourly rate of £15pp)
- Sewing Get Together (3-4 people) – 6 hrs – £54 per person (25% off hourly rate of £12pp)
Bookings are available throughout the week, including evenings & weekends.
GENERAL NOTES FOR ALL SEWING LESSONS
There are sewing machines & all the tools you will need at the studio. You are also very welcome to bring your own machine if you wish.
Other than the requirements mentioned above, all materials will be provided. I have a wide choice of fabric scraps & will supply haberdashery items including cream & black zips, interfacing, piping cord & wadding as required for your chosen project, at no extra cost.
My Sewing Lessons for 1 or 2 people are designed for you to learn the relevant sewing techniques at a pace that is comfortable for you. This does mean that in some cases we may not complete the project in my suggested time frame & you may wish to book an additional lesson or complete the project at home. If you book a series of lessons then we will just carry over projects as & when we need to.
I regard the Sewing Get-Together of 3 to 4 friends as more of a one-off social event, so my focus is on you completing the project within the time that you have booked. This means that I will guide you through each step but will not provide the same one-to-one instruction as with a sewing lesson. I also allow extra time for most projects as they do generally take longer with more people in the room.
Once you’ve picked your project please book your lesson here.