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2012 Sunday Workshop Dates

Finally (!), I have timetabled my Sunday workshops for the first half of 2012, it includes two brand new workshops, here they all are:

Sunday 5th February – How to use your Sewing Machine
Another date for this popular workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

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Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 3pm.
  • £35 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 26th February – Skirt Making Workshop
Want to learn to sew?  Fancy a new skirt?  Want to make a present for a friend?
Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt.  This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 11th March – Sewing with Knits
A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of winter and summer patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.
This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 25th March – **NEW WORKSHOP** Cool Cushions
Cushions don’t have to be boring!  Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques.  At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising with easy appliqué (I’ll provide you with some stencils to use) and pompoms.  Great for presents or to add a splash of Spring colour to your own place.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 15th April – **NEW WORKSHOP** Wedding & Party Bunting
I have to confess, I’m hesitant about bunting!!  It can look awful, it can look twee, but I plan to show you how to make sure yours is neither!  I want you to make cool bunting so, it’s all in the choice of fabrics, mix of colours, scale & shape of your bunting and how you finish it off and decorate it.  We’ll go through some bunting basics and then look at ways to customise it by adding lettering, embroidery, using ribbon/tape and recycled fabrics.  It doesn’t have to be for a wedding or party though, you might just want it covering your house….!
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 29th April – Sewing Workshop
Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?
Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.
Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 10th June – Pattern Cutting Workshop
Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt or trouser patterns.
At this workshop beginners will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample).  Students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and make a trouser toile.  Students who have previously drafted a trouser block with me will draft a one-piece dress block.

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Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 24th June – 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.
Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

All workshops take place at MIY Workshop, 33 North Road, BN1 1YB, in the North Laine area of central Brighton.

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 or 689108.  Look forward to hearing from you.

Creations from recent Drop-in Sewing and Dressmaking classes

I keep meaning to upload more photographs of my students’ work as the variety and quality of what they produce always impresses me.  So, here’s a few to impress you.

Brenda in a silk frock that she made by taking a pattern from an old favourite dress.

Ela in a sunny skirt made from a bought pattern.

Kate in her winter skirt made from a bought pattern.

Jen’s creative use for her old band t-shirts!  Better than keeping them in a bag under the bed.

Good aren’t they?!

Workshops – what would you like?

I’m starting to plan Sunday workshops until Christmas.  Already booked for September are “How to use your Sewing Machine” on the 11th and “Skirt Making Workshop” on the 25th.

What would you like to see for October, November and December?

Here’s a list of my existing workshops:

Pattern Cutting – Skirts – make your own skirt pattern
Pattern Cutting – Trousers – make your own trouser pattern
Sewing with Knits – learn how to sew stretch jersey fabrics & make a garment
Customising – revamp and repair old clothes & charity shop finds
Sewing Workshop – a day of sewing what you want
How to use your Sewing Machine – get to grips with your sewing machine
Skirt Making – make an A-line skirt

Or would you like to see something new?

I wait with open ears…

Yesterday’s Pattern Cutting Workshop

Although yesterday was a scorcher here in Brighton my Pattern Cutting Workshop was full and I had a lovely day showing 4 eager students how to draft the perfectly fitting skirt pattern.

Lots of concentration, a bit of maths and plenty of mutual encouragement resulted in 4 perfect skirt toiles.

Ladies, I expect to see you around Brighton parading a whole collection of pencil and a-line skirts!

Here’s some of their feedback on the day:

“Supportive, positive, step-by-step instructions and guidance throughout the session.”

“It’s been awesome!”

“A great way to spend a Sunday.  Highly recommendable.”

More Sunday workshop dates

I’ve planned all my Sunday workshops now until September.  Where does the time go?!

There are 5 of them and among some popular ones that you’ll have seen before there is a new one hiding – Sewing with Knits: how to sew stretch fabrics.  Covers all you need to know to sew stretch (jersey) fabrics on a domestic sewing machine and the price includes a pack of jersey needles for your machine and a choice of pattern to make yourself something on the day.

Here’s a full list of dates:

26th June – Pattern Cutting Workshop
17th July – Sewing Workshop
14th August – Sewing with Knits
11th September – How to use your Sewing Machine
25th September – Skirt Making Workshop

Full details of all the workshops can be found here.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to book a place please contact me via email at thiswasmadeby[at]gmail.com or give me a ring on 01273 775951.

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.

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!!!!

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.