Sewing Classes in June

I’ve got some new class times up in June for dressmaking and beginners sewing. You can see them here on my Class Times page.

Sewing for Beginners is a class 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. I will be running a class on Saturday 16th of June from 10:30-12:30pm

Dressmaking from Scratch is good for you if you are a beginner or just want improve your dressmaking skills. 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. I will be running a class in two parts, on Saturday 2nd of June from 1-4.30pm and the second class on Saturday the 16th of June from 1-4.30pm.

I will also be doing the above class in a 4 week block of evening classes starting on Monday 18th of June from 7-9pm and each Monday the next 3 weeks at the same time.

Pass on to anyone you think might be interested or get in touch if you would like to come yourself. Prices are here on my Classes page.

Happy Sewing

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Beginners Sewing April

I am running a beginners sewing class this Saturday (14th April) from 10.30am-12.30pm and have a few spaces left.
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.
The class costs £25 and spaces are limited so if you or anyone you know is interested do get in touch.
Happy sewing!

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Corset class

I always enjoy teaching corsetry & if you fancy having a go at one yourself I’ve a class coming up. Over 2 sessions, as you will need time for homework, it’s scheduled for Saturday 17th March & Sunday 1st April

Based on a Victorian corset pattern c1890 & using your own measurements we will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk.
From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished corset. A full description is on my Classes page.

If you want more information or have any questions do get in touch. My classes are small so don’t dilly dally if you want a place.

Pass on to anyone you think might be interested.

Happy Sewing

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New Year

Happy New Year to all & gosh didn’t the festive season fly by!

New Year & new things afoot but till I can blog about that I have put a few class dates & times on my Class Times page. Beginners sewing & dressmaking classes for those of you wanting to get started. If you’re looking for more of a challenge there’s Stays or Corsets to keep you busy. Of course if you want to do something else do let me know.

Have a look & get in touch if you want to sign up for something.

Happy Sewing for 2018

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Etsy Page

It’s that time of year when all independent makers go into overdrive making stock like busy little bees to send out to shops & galleries. I posted of a wee parcel of things to the lovely Fringe in Muswell Hill the other day.

Aside from that did you know my lovely apprentice Hannah has been setting up an Etsy shop for me. Most of the things I do are by commission so never actually attached a shop to my website, I felt it was something I’d do eventually, like so many things!!!

At the moment it’s just wee pieces like my purses, birdies brooches & needle cases, all great Christmas pressies. We will be gradually adding new things to the page. Do let me know what you think & pass on to anyone who might be interested.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MairiBstitching

Happy Sewing

 

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Up coming corset class

Next Saturday is day 1 of corset making & there is space for one more person.

If you fancy making your own based on 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. A full description is on my Classes page.

Day 1 is on 28th October & day 2 on 11th Nov, this gives you time to do any homework!

Pass on to anyone you think might be interested or get in touch if you would like to come yourself.

Happy Sewing

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Pad Production Day!

Whats Pad Production Day I hear you ask??

I was recently contacted by Alison Wood, a Edinburgh Uni student who is calling for a Day of Action. As part of her dissertation research she was in Rachuonyo, a rural part of Kenya & discovered the hard truth for many young women there.

Life in rural Kenya is especially tough for young women. Faced with very low family incomes and with the ambition to stay in school, some girls are forced into having sex with older men in exchange for sanitary products. This is a sad and sobering fact of life, so when Alison arrived back in the UK she looked for potential solutions to this problem and found that reusable sanitary pads can be easily handmade.

Pad Production Day is all about developing a sustainable and affordable solution for these young women. They will be making reusable sanitary pads out of everyday products and then sending them to The Mango Tree, a non-profit organisation in rural Kenya. The event will be held in 2.06 Appleton Tower, Edinburgh University on 7th October between 10am – 4pm. On the day all the necessary materials will be provided, however it will be very helpful if you can bring your own pair of scissors. Absolutely no craft or sewing experience is needed, and all the help is greatly appreciated. Feel free to bring friends along.

If you have any questions you can email Alison at padproduction@hotmail.com , join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/events/1545925035428673/ and look at the attached poster.21740380_10214344583797504_8332560094889024787_n

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