New Workshops for Spring/Summer

Blog / 11 May 2016

Along with our recent website revamp (which you can read about more here) we have also had a workshop calendar revamp ready for spring/summer!

While I take a break from teaching during Baby G’s early days, we decided that it would be best to shake things up, get a clearer structure of the different levels of workshops we offer and also add new exciting workshops!

On the website you can now select a level or topic area from the drop down menu at the top.

Or just click on ‘workshops’ to scroll though the whole list.

If you are completely new, or haven’t sewn for years and need a refresher in the basics we now have 3 different projects to choose from. During these sessions you’ll cover the basics of using a pattern/template, cutting out, setting the machine up, sewing simple seams and finishing off neatly.

Choose between a classic simple cushion with topstitching detail, party bunting, or a simple shopper with a buttonhole tab.

There's nothing like the satisfaction and sense of achievement in making and finishing something for the first time!

If you are looking to try dressmaking for the first time them we also have 3 different projects to choose from that will teach you the basics of garment construction and get you used to sewing in 3D.

Choose from a Simple Top with side vents and a facing, a Classic A-line skirt with side zip insertion or an adorable baby dress and bloomers!

You'll get the help and support you need with like-minded people around and leave with the confidence to continue your handmade wardrobe at home!

If you already have a few garments under your belt (pardon the pun) then we have added some new dressmaking workshops to help develop your skills further.

Our new monthly Techniques Master class and Open Studio is great for those of you who need the space to work on your own project with the help of a tutor on hand.

Each session also includes a tutorial in key dressmaking skills, which will vary each month. All topics can be found on the workshop listing but range from advanced zip and buttonhole techniques to dart manipulation for garment construction and fit.

Sessions are limited to 8 students so there will be plently of chance for one to one tutor time as needed and you will have access to all the tools, machines, equipment, machine feet etc that we have in the studio – all you need to bring is your project!

The Classic Lined pencil skirt workshop will show you how to work from and interpret a commercial sewing pattern, insert an invisible zip, attach a waistband, insert a kick pleat and add in a lining.

The Summer PJ set workshop is a really lovely make with its delicate spaghetti strapped top that has a crossover at the back and sporty style shorts with bias-bound hem and side seams. It’s a great way to learn how to work with trickier or delicate fabrics and you’ll be a bias binding whizz by the end!

The Grainline Linden Sweatshirt has proved to be such a popular pattern that we decided to offer it as a workshop too for those who are new to working with stretchy sweatshirt fabrics. It’s such a wardrobe staple and who doesn’t need a super comfy cosy jumper – no matter what time of year it is! You will learn how to use the same fabric to make your neck and cuff bands along with using a double needle to create a professional finish.

Kids clothing made from stretchy jersey fabric is a great skill to conquer - easy to fit, comfortable to wear and easy to wash. During this workshop you can choose to make leggings or a sweater and learn how to cut and then sew everything together on a regular sewing machine. You’ll also have your own multi-sized pattern to take home and use again and again. Once you realise how easy it can be you’ll be on a roll!

Our most popular workshops are still available too and you can see them all in the workshops section.

Is there anything you would like to see more of? Or perhaps a topic or type of workshop that we have missed?

Do you have a preference over the timing of the workshops?

Weekends and evenings usually seem to be more popular but would weekday ones work as well for you guys?