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Discounts for my students at Brighton Sewing Centre

The lovely owners of Brighton Sewing Centre, Nicole and Melinda, have very generously agreed to let my students have a 10% discount in their shop, hooray!

Brighton Sewing Centre is across the road from Just Sew where I teach my classes and they have a great selection of fabrics, equipment and haberdashery.  The discount also applies to sewing machines; of which they have a good range and friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to help you try out machines.

So, if you book a block of four of my Drop-in Sewing and Dressmaking classes you will be able to claim your 10% discount throughout the six weeks that you have to attend your classes.

Enjoy!

More Sundays, more skirts

…and lovely summery ones at that, ready in time to go home in.  How satisfying.

Workshops for April & May

The ever-popular skirt-making workshop will be happening again on Sunday 17th April.  Bring some fabric and a zip, go home in a new skirt made by your own fair hands.

I’ll be doing my new customising workshop again on Sunday 22nd May, this time it will be at the lovely Purl knitting shop in 7 dials.  Start collecting those old damaged, marked clothes and charity shop finds that are awaiting a bit of TLC.

Full details including times, prices and how to book are in the Classes section, here.

Cushions, skirts & customising

Here’s some of the work produced by students at my recent classes………

Christina with a cushion cover, complete with zip and piping that she made herself…….

Misa ready for summer with her skirt from the skirt-making workshop…………

And Nicky with some favourite old clothes that she gave a new lease of life at the customising workshop.

I’m sure lots more creative projects await them all now that they’ve started!

See the classes section of my website for details of all classes and workshops and how to book.

March workshops (one of them is new!!)

Sunday 20th – Skirt-making Workshop

A focused day of learning to sew (or brushing up neglected skills) awaits you.   At this one day intensive workshop you will learn the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine whilst making an a-line skirt.  Pattern provided, just bring some fabric and a zip.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable before the day.

Sunday 27th – Customising Workshop

Had a spring clean?  Found lots of old clothes that could do with a bit of a revamp?  Bring them along to this workshop where I’ll show you some quick and easy ways to re-invent your old clothes and/or charity shop finds.  Also bring some fabrics to use as the decoration, buttons, wool, ribbons, lace, anything you can lay your hands on!  Some additional materials will be provided.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable before the day.
  • Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

New class!!!!

My Drop-in Sewing and Dressmaking classes are proving popular.  I don’t like to turn people away or collect names on waiting lists so I’m starting another class time on Thursday mornings from 10-12, beginning on Thursday 17th March.  I’m glad there are so many people out there who want to be creative and want to make beautiful handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing for themselves, family, friends and kids.

Making your own has got to make you feel better than shopping on the high street.  I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but shopping rarely gives me that buzz anymore.  Also, I want to know where my clothes come from, under what conditions they’re made and like to think that I’m not going to bump into dozens of different versions of me all wearing the same thing!

I’ve currently got people in these classes at all different levels from absolute beginner sewing machine-phobes to more experienced people and they’re making all sorts of stuff from cushion covers to lined coats.  They’re learning all kinds of techniques from making their own piping to making patterns from existing garments and I’m determined to make them all see the benefits of a good bit of tacking!

I think there are lots of happily busy sewing machines now in Brighton.  If yours is still abandoned and lonely in its box in a cupboard, shame on you.  You need to come and join us at a class soon.

To book a class or course email me at post[at]wendyward.co.uk or ring me on 01273 775951.  Single classes are £15, a block of 4 with 6 weeks in which to use them is £50.

Have a read of the Made By section for more information and student reviews of previous classes.

 

Your friend the sewing machine

Another productive day of sewing skirts with a lovely bunch of people.  It was a birthday present for one of the participants – what a great idea.  The day was full of achievements including getting a long neglected sewing machine up and running.  Sewing machines should be sewing up skirts, not abandoned and lonely in cupboards.  Sewing machines need love too you know.

My favourite quote from today was this:

What did you enjoy most about the day?  “Realising my sewing machine is my friend and saying goodbye to Wonderweb.”

Even the word Wonderweb makes my ears bleed.  Throw it in the bin and get your sewing machine out!!!!

No rest for the wicked

Yesterday’s pattern cutting workshop was a great success again – 3 skirts and 1 pair of trousers later! Well done to 4 hardworking students.

The latest pattern cutting course also came to an end last week – a very busy and creative 6 weeks resulting in; a perfectly fitting skirt, a lovely tunic which I can’t wait to see finished, a festival dress and another dress and possible jacket.

No rest for the wicked though, I’m hoping to confirm more workshops for March this week and (due to being almost at maximum capacity and eager potential students forming an orderly waiting list) another Drop-in Sewing & Dressmaking class.

New classes and workshops

Blimey, the year has started at a gallop, but I’m trying to get ahead of myself.  Details of new classes and workshops starting in February below.  I’m getting March dates booked and have Easter in mind……..

As always, if you need more info or would like to discuss in more detail, email me at thiswasmadeby[at]gmail.com or give me a ring on 01273 775951.  Look forward to hearing from you.

REGULAR CLASSES & COURSES:

PATTERN-CUTTING – TROUSERS
A 6 week course for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt patterns.  On this course students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and design and make your own trouser pattern.  Beginners will draft a skirt block and design and make your own skirt pattern.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • Starting on Thursday 10th March and finishing on 14th April.
  • 10am to midday.
  • £95 payable before the course starts (can be paid in installments, but must be paid in full by the start of the course).

DROP-IN SEWING – NEW FRIDAY MORNING CLASS!!!
If you’ve bought a sewing machine that’s now gathering dust in a cupboard, or are a more experienced sewer in  need of a bit of help with a new project, a few classes can help set you off in the right direction and boost your confidence.  Come along and make clothes, cushions, curtains, toys, do your own alterations, or whatever takes your fancy!
These classes can either be booked in blocks of 4, or paid per class, giving you the freedom to come to as many or as few as you feel you need.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • Every Friday 10am-12pm.
  • Option 1 – £50 for 4 classes payable before the course starts (can be paid in installments, but must be paid in full by the start of the course).   You don’t have to come on 4 consecutive weeks, however, your 4 sessions must be used within 6 weeks of your first class.
  • Option 2 – pay per class at £15 each (must be booked and paid for in advance).

WORKSHOPS:

SUNDAY 20TH FEBRUARY – PATTERN-CUTTING WORKSHOP

If you missed the last one, it’s on again – this one-day workshop will teach you how to draft a basic skirt to your own measurements using flat pattern cutting techniques.  Previous students and those who have already drafted a skirt block are also welcome and will work on trousers.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable before the day.

SUNDAY 27TH FEBRUARY – SKIRT-MAKING WORKSHOP

If you want a focused day of learning to sew, with a lovely end result to show for it, this is the workshop for you.  At this one day intensive workshop you will learn the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine whilst making an a-line skirt.  Pattern provided, just bring some fabric and a zip.  See the impressive results of last month’s workshop at Purl in this post.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4.30pm.
  • £40 payable before the day.

Sunday skirt making

What a productive day I had yesterday – a skirt making workshop at Purl with 7 very motivated and hard-working students.

Here they all are beavering away…………………………………………………………

And here’s the fruits of their labours.  Pretty impressive don’t you think?!

3 of them even went home in their new skirts.  Everyone seemed to have come dressed to co-ordinate nicely with their new skirts, so maybe that was the plan!

Thanks to Debbie at Purl for being such a good host.