The Corset – Date Change

Due to other work committments the Corset class I am running has changed dates to be on 28th Saturday (day1) and 11th Saturday (day2) from 11am-5pm.

There is still a space if anyone is interested in coming along, there are more details on my classes page and don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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Class times

Hello all, I’ve just added a couple of class times on the page for the next few months.

By popular demand I’m running a machine embroidery class on 2nd September so if you fancy learning the technic go on give it a go.  As Kirsty Allsopp once said it’s “the crack cocaine of craft”

Those of you looking for more of a challenge why not try making a corset. Run over 2 sessions & with time in between to do your homework, in this class you will work with a Victorian corset pattern c1890. We will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk. From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished garment.

Happy Sewing

 

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Dressmaking from Scratch

The next blocks of sewing classes start onWednesday. If you want to join one email me to check availability.

Dressmaking from Scratch
July 26th (Wednesday) or 31st (Monday)  7-9pm  (4 week block) : £70                                    If you are a beginner or just want improve your dressmaking skills then this is a good class for you. I will take you through general dressmaking & sewing techniques helping you work out any of those tricky bits in your pattern.  Zips, collars, setting in sleeves, I will tailor the course to each person’s individual needs & aim to give a good finish to your garment.

Sewing for Beginners
12th Aug (Saturday) – Sewing for Beginners 10.30-12.30pm   Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

Free Machine Embroidery
12th Aug (Saturday) 1.30-5pm  Fee: £50
Ever wanted to try free machine embroidery?
This afternoon class explains how to drop the feed dogs on your machine and then work within a frame to create your own designs. We will also look at working with an embroidery foot.
Free machine embroidery can be used to embellish the garments and accessories that you make and is great fun to do.
Material Costs: Threads & fabric provided but feel free to bring materials of your own if you wish.
Recommended Abilities:  Suitable for sewers of all abilities

Happy Sewing

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Upcoming classes

Its been way to long since I have blogged!

Where has this year gone, I’ve been so busy with commissions & bridal that there just hasn’t been a spare minute to think about or run any classes at the studio! Though with my community Ed classes finishing soon for the summer I have now got some dates on my class times page so take a look there for additional dates. Here’s some of the info.

Dressmaking from Scratch
June 26th (Monday) or 28th (Wednesday)  7-9pm  (4 week block) : £70                                    If you are a beginner or just want improve your dressmaking skills then this is a good class for you. I will take you through general dressmaking & sewing techniques helping you work out any of those tricky bits in your pattern.  Zips, collars, setting in sleeves, I will tailor the course to each person’s individual needs & aim to give a good finish to your garment.

Sewing for Beginners
July 8th or 12th Aug (Saturday) – Sewing for Beginners 10.30-12.30pm Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

The Corset
2 Days :  July 16th Sunday – (day1) & 29th Saturday – (day2) – 11-5pm
Course Fee: £150.00
The corset is a wonderful garment to wear giving you a fabulous hour-glass shape and can take inches off your waist!  Originally designed and worn by the Victorians as underwear, this garment has come right up to date and is now worn as outerwear.
On this two-day workshop you will work with a Victorian corset pattern c1890,
We will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk.
From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished corset.
NB. You will have the opportunity to cover your corset in a fabric of your choice if you so wish. Silk dupion type fabrics are ideal. You may bring your own fabric or purchase from me on the day.
Material Costs: Approx £30.00, plus top fabrics and interfacing.
Recommended Abilities: Must have confident sewing skills, able to work reasonably quickly and accurately

So if your intrested in any of these classes do get in touch & I can send you a booking form.

Happy Sewing

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Upcoming Classes

Re upcoming classes/workshops I am sorry but I haven’t planned anything. I am absolutely full on working on commissions until mid-June.

Happy Sewing

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Blue Silk Polonaise

“The robe à la polonaise or polonaise is a woman’s garment of the later 1770s and 1780s or a similar revival style of the 1870s inspired by Polish national costume, consisting of a gown with a cutaway, draped and swagged overskirt, worn over an underskirt or petticoat.”

A recent project was making a gown for dancing in.

My client’s interest in historic dance had finally got to the stage where she needed the full costume to perform in. She had previously made a shift & stays but needed the rest of the gown & felt it was a bit outside her comfort zone to make it herself.

I jumped at the chance & we started looking at fabrics. The aim was to make panniers & underskirt in lovely striped linen from Scottish Linen

So off she went to Fife to buy the fabric.

Once we had those started we matched it with Delph Blue silk from James Hare for the gown.

Using one of my Janet Arnold books for the pattern reference & mocking up the top section we finally cut it in the silk. As it all came together we tweaked the fit & I manager to get it together enough so she can wear it this week for a performance.

As is my way I’m hoping to get it back for a bit of refining the fit once she’s back.

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Beginners Class and Drop In

Coming up this Saturday, 1st April, I have a beginner sewing class and drop in session planned.

Sewing for Beginners: 10:30am-12:30pm
Course Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

Sewing Drop In: 1:30-3pm
Aimed at any of my students from previous sessions this gives you the chance to bring any bits you’re stuck with in & we can sort them out. If the info is useful then pop some money into the tin of abundance.

Get in touch if you would like to come along.

Happy Sewing

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