• LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for August and September 2020!

      Are you able to use a sewing machine with confidence and sew in a straight line? Would you like to be able to alter and upcycle your clothes to breathe some new life into them and learn how to reshape them so they fit well? Then this course is for you! Come and join this full day class and learn invaluable alterations and upcycling techniques to build up the basic skills you need to alter your clothes, revamp your wardrobe and save a tonne of money! The course will consist of practical demonstrations followed by time for you to practice the techniques and alter some of your clothes in the remaining time. What you will learn
    • How to mark, unpick and pin alterations into place
    • How to insert elastic and stop it from twisting
    • How to take in or let out garments including adjusting waistbands
    • How to take up and let down hems
    • How to fix gaping necklines and reduce big shoulders
    • How to sew on buttons and other types of fastenings
    • How to hem jeans
    • How to create different types of hems both by hand and on the sewing machine
    • How to transform and reshape garments using different upcycling techniques and much more!
    What to bring Please bring a selection of clothes you would like to alter, especially items needing taking up or letting down, taking in or letting out, jeans etc... as well as a notebook and pen. PLEASE NOTE- This course is suitable for those able to use a sewing machine and a perfect follow up to some of our Beginners classes. If you have no previous sewing machine experience, you may join either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course, Easy Pyjamas,  or a combination of the former and  Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories), or   Boxy Tote Bag courses prior to attending this class. Dates
    • Saturday 22th August 2020, 10.30am-5:00pm
    • Saturday 23rd August 2020, 10.30am-5:00pm
    • Tuesday 22nd & 29th September 2020, 6:30pm-9.30pm
    • Saturday 19th September 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    • Sunday 4th October 2020, 10:30am-5:00pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch. We will provide drinks and biscuits. Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • Circle skirt dressmaking intro Advanced beginners dressmaking course shift dress

    LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for August and September 2020!

      Are you tired of making cushions, bags and garments with elasticated waistbands and would like to move up to the next level? Have you tried your hand at making up a simple garment using a "very easy" commercial pattern but it didn't turn out as well as you hoped it would? Would you like to start making yourself beautiful and unique clothes that fit like a glove but are too scared to go it alone? We don't blame you! Understanding commercial patterns, how to alter them in order to make garments that fit well and how to put into practice what's written and illustrated in their instructions can be very daunting if you're new to dressmaking, so let us help you with that! This two day course is the perfect place  for advanced beginners to get started on the real dressmaking journey and the perfect follow up to our  Complete Beginners Sewing Course . In order to attend, you'd  need to be very confident on the sewing machine, have completed a few basic sewing projects and at least one basic dressmaking project, or taken either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course or equivalent elsewhere, or a combination of two of our shorter beginners courses such our Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories) course followed by the Easy Pyjamas Intro to Sewing one. *Please note that depending on how you do on the Complete Beginners Sewing Course or other beginner courses, you might still not be ready to move up to this course and might need more practice at a beginners level. In order to attend this course you are expected to be able to set up and use  a sewing machine without assistance. You must also have a sewing machine at home or access to one, as you will have a few things to finish at home. This course will take you from making a super flattering circle skirt to completing a stylish shift dress in your preferred length (or you can make a top or tunic instead if you prefer!) providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to get started on similar or more advanced projects at home. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
    • How to accurately take your measurements
    • How to alter the pattern to fit you, including those much dreaded bust alterations!
    • How to construct and attach a lapped waistband
    • How to insert a centered zip
    • How to sew darts
    • How to attach a neckline facing
    • How to finish armholes with bias binding
    • How to create and finish a hem and much more!
    WHAT TO BRING We have a lovely selection of suitable fabrics available to purchase during the course at very affordable prices. If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the quantities and types below. We also sell all the haberdashery needed for both projects including interfacing, zips and threads. Circle Skirt
    • All sizes 2m of 140 to 150cm wide woven (non stretchy) fabric, or 3m of 112 to 114cm wide woven fabric. (*Please let us know if your waist measurement is above 90cm/35 1/2″ as you may need extra fabric depending on how long you would like your skirt)
    • 25cm of light fusible interfacing
    • Matching thread
    *PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL ONLY BE MAKING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING GARMENTS BELOW NOT ALL THREE OF THEM. Please bring enough fabric for the one you decide to make. Dress
    • 1.5m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 2.75m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Tunic
    • 1m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 2m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Top
    • 75cm of 140/150cm wide fabric or
    • 1.5m of 114cm wide fabric
    • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
    • Matching thread
    • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing
    Recommended fabrics: Woven (non-stretchy) fabrics such as medium weight cotton, cotton chambray, cotton lawn, poplin, linen, challis, lightweight denim, crepe, lightweight wool. *Please remember that very thin, shiny and slippery fabrics are difficult to handle and therefore not suitable for your level. *Important note: If you're bringing your own fabric, please make sure to pre-wash it according to manufacturers instructions prior to attending the class in order to pre-shrink it. This does not apply to dry clean only fabrics. Check with the shop about fabric care when purchasing your material. If you're buying fabric from us on the day, you will be able to steam shrink it at the beginning of the class instead. All classes include patterns and step by step illustrated instructions, so no excuse not to practice your newly acquired skills at home and make these garments again and again! Dates
    • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020, 10:30am-5:30pm
    • Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November 2020, 10:30am-5:30pm
    Got a question for us? Please check our  FAQs  before contacting us! Having trouble completing the booking?  HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!
  • turquoise ponte roma jersey learn to sew with jersey fabrics

    LATEST UPDATE!!!

    New course dates now available for August and September 2020!

      Are you confident on the sewing machine? Have you made a few garments out of woven (non-stretchy) fabric,  but are too scared to tackle a knit fabric project by yourself? Are you under the impression they cannot be sewn without an overlocker? Well, we've got news for you! Knits can indeed be beautifully sewn on a regular sewing machine with a few simple tricks! Wanna learn how? Come and join this fun class and learn to make our brand new Delia top pattern (available for sale as a PDF download) and take home the pattern for free and make more of this classic raglan sleeve jersey top! The pattern comes in three different versions, with or without peplum and with long or short sleeves. Choose to make your preferred version in class and make a different one at home if you fancy. Oh... and you can finish it with a cute bow too if you like! What you will learn
    • Types of needles and stitches to sew jersey fabrics on a regular sewing machine
    • How to handle jersey fabric correctly
    • How to attach raglan sleeves
    • How to achieve a professional look on necklines and hems using a twin needle
    • How to make simple pattern alterations for a great fit
    What do I need to bring? We have small selection of suitable Ponte Roma jerseys available to buy on the day for £9 to £10 a metre as well as matching threads. Please see the pictures in the products gallery to view the available selection. *If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the types and quantities specified below.
    • A length of 150cm wide stable knit fabric such as ponte roma or double knit. *Please avoid thin jerseys as they are not ideal to start with
    • Two reels of matching polyester thread (no cotton please!)
    How much fabric do I need?
    • Peplum version with long sleeves - 1.5m
    • Peplum version with short sleeves - 1.2m
    • Plain (without peplum) with long sleeves - 1.5m
    • Plain  (without peplum) with short sleeves - 1m
    *Please make sure to pre-wash your fabric prior to attending the class if you are bringing your own. The class includes pattern and step by step illustrated instructions so you can make the top again and again at home! Dates
    • Thursday 20th & 27th August 2020, 6:30pm-9.30pm
    * Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. We will provide drinks and biscuits! Got some questions about this class? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us! HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BOOKING? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP. PLEASE CLICK ON THE DATES TO FIND OUT ABOUT AVAILABILITY!