At The Sewing Room I run classes for all sewing abilities. Choose a class to suit, from complete beginner through to specialist guidance for the more experienced.

Sewing for the Terrified

needle and thread at The Sewing Room MalvernA thorough grounding in all the essential sewing know-how, gradually building your confidence in a variety of useful techniques which can be applied to any project. We start with how to use all the functions of your sewing machine. Moving on to different types of seam, corners and curves, gathering, darts, tucks and more. You’ll come away with samples and notes.

Level 1: Beginners        Cost: £120       Next start date: Sat 23 Sept-14 Oct        Time: 9.30-12.00

Duration: 4 consecutive Sat mornings

Ready to Sew?

Needle and thread on bronze background at The Sewing Room MalvernAll the things you need to know before you sew. This workshop covers all the things no-one tells you, to ensure a happy outcome to your sewing project!

We cover everything to get you started: tips on how to choose the right pattern for your shape, what to look for in a fabric, decoding the instruction sheet and pattern pieces – what all the symbols and terminology means, through to laying up the pattern pieces on your fabric. The class is a mixture of theory, demonstrations and discussions.

Level 1: Beginners/Starters         Cost: £40        Next start date: tbc        Time: 9.30-1.00pm

Duration: Half day

Zip Intensive

scissors on teal at The Sewing Room MalvernAn in-depth class focussing on the tricky business of putting in zips.  We have a look at the different types, which to use where and taking the fear out of how to insert them.

Easy to follow instructions and demonstrations given stage-by-stage on how to insert three different types of zip: centred, lapped and concealed (invisible) zip.  Each student will come away with their own samples and full instructions to refer back to.

Level 2: Beginners/Intermediate        Cost: £40        Next start date: tbc       Time:9.30-1.00pm

Duration: Half day

Fabulous Fitting Part 1

Grey mannequin on teal background at The Sewing Room MalvernLearn to take super accurate measurements and transfer these to a ready-made pattern to ensure a perfect fit before cutting out your fabric.

Each student will be taught how to measure properly, taking over 20 personal body measurements which will be used to check against a garment pattern.  Demonstrations and in-depth guidance will be given on how to translate these measurements to the pattern and how to change the pattern pieces to ensure a better fit before starting your garment.

Level 2: Intermediate/Experienced        Cost: £60        Next start date: tbc       Time: 9.30 – 1.00pm

Duration: Half day

Fabulous Fitting Part 2

Grey mannequin on teal background at The Sewing Room MalvernCreate new styles from the patterns you already have.

This workshop shows you how, by manipulating pattern pieces, you can create a myriad different designs from a basic bodice and skirt pattern.

Demonstrations with handouts and practical ‘playing’ time on quarter size pattern pieces ensures that students have samples and notes they can refer back to at a later date.

Level 2: Intermediate/Experienced        Cost: £60        Next start date: tbc        Time: 10-3.00pm

Duration: One day

Fabulous Fitting Part 3

Grey mannequin on teal background at The Sewing Room MalvernCreate your own personal bodice block.

Make a pattern that’s guaranteed to fit your unique shape!

Rather than measuring and drafting flat we start with a standard calico bodice block for your size.  I will then individually fit each student and teach how to transfer the fitting alterations to a pattern which is uniquely theirs.

At the end of the workshop each student will leave with a perfectly fitted personal, bodice pattern in a non-degradeable material to use over and over again which can then be used to create a myriad different styles.

Because of the individual attention to each student, the class size will be limited to just 3 students per class and be held in my studio at Bransford.

Level 2-3: Experienced        Cost: £120        Next start date:tbc        Time:10-3.00pm

Duration: One day

Personal Fitting Service

vintage scissors graphic at The Sewing RoomExpert help with fitting the garment you’re already making and then transferring the adjustments to your pattern.

Level 2-3: Experienced, for ongoing projects      Cost: £60      Date: Various



Flexible Dates

All classes and workshops can be ‘run to order’ with a minimum of three people or if you just need one hour of guidance through a tricky bit, book a one-to-one lesson.  Get in touch and let me know what you’d like to learn. Contact Catherine