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.

Listed below are the classes I run regularly (not in date order).  If, however, there isn’t a date that suits you please contact me and we can discuss dates to fit in with your timetable.

Please note: I keep the class sizes very small, a maximum of four people usually only three, to ensure each student gets the most out of their experience.

How to Book a place:

  • please click on the ‘Book Here’ link next to the workshop title
  • this takes you to the relevant Eventbrite page
  • choose which date you’d like from the menu on the right
  • choose the number of places and payment method
  • Done!

Intro to Sewing Stretch     BOOK HERE 

NEXT DATE:   Fri 10 July   9.30 – 1.00pm                

Sewing with an overlocker (or serger) is very different to a conventional sewing machine. In this new workshop we’ll take a look at the different knitted fabrics available, how to handle them and the techniques needed to create stretch garments.

We’ll get you familiar with your overlocker and what it can do, ready to tackle making a T-shirt in a future class.

Course Fee:  £50

Coming Dates:   Wed 2 Sept, Sat 17 Oct, Mon 14 Dec

 

Basic Alterations - Hems   BOOK HERE

NEXT DATE:   Mon 20 July   10.00-12.30pm               

This new workshop is designed to give you the skills to undertake some everyday alterations.

grey scissors at The Sewing Room

We'll cover four different types of hem:

  • skirt/dress hems one straight and one curved
  • trouser hems - ladies and gents
  • hems on stretch fabrics

This is a practical, hands on workshop.  You'll be guided through each stage with demonstrations and handouts to take home and refer back to.

Course Fee:  £40

Coming Dates:   Sat 26 Sept, Thurs 26 Nov

 

T-Shirt in a Day     BOOK HERE     

10.00 - 3.30pm         

Using your overlocker, this one-day workshop will give you the skills to create a basic T-shirt.

We'll take a look at the different types of stretch and how to handle them and then using a basic T-shirt pattern we'll go from measuring, cutting, making and finishing. Giving you the skills to have a go at many more!

Course Fee: £65

Coming dates:  tbc

 

Sewing for the Terrified – Beginners course      

Next Date:    Mon 13 & Tues 14 July   10.00 - 3.30pm     BOOK HERE        

bronze sewing needle and thread at The Sewing Room Malvern

In this intensive two-day workshop I’ll begin with taking you through the basic functions of a sewing machine, getting you comfortable with all its workings and making it your new best friend!

The structured lessons are designed to give a thorough grounding in sewing know-how and instil you with confidence to get started.  I’ll teach techniques which can be used again and again in your future sewing projects.

The class is suitable for absolute beginners, those who’ve stumbled along without any formal training and the very rusty!

Course Fee: £120

Coming dates:   Sat 5 & 12 Sept   SOLD OUT

Sat 31 Oct & 7 Nov

 

Girls Summer Dress

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2-Day Intensive    10.00 - 3.30pm         

This two-day workshop will hold your hand from opening the pattern envelope, through cutting, laying out and making up to hand-finishing the dress. There'll be lots of useful tips and hints along the way giving you confidence for your next project.

Suggested patterns are: Simplicity 2241 and Butterick 6004 or B3762

Course Fee: £120

Next dates:  tbc

 

Understanding Patterns   BOOK HERE

NEXT DATE:   Fri 17 July    9.30 – 1.00pm    

Teal scissor graphic at The Sewing Room Malvern

This morning workshop covers all the things no-one tells you. Demystifying the envelope jargon, pattern instruction sheet and symbols.

The class is a mixture of theory, demonstrations, discussions and discovery - everything to get you started!

Course fee: £50

Future dates:    Sat 19 Sept, Mon 26 Oct, Wed 18 Nov

 

Beginners Dressmaking – A Skirt from Scratch

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NEXT DATE:  tbc

This three day workshop is a great way to start your sewing adventure – full of practical techniques and tips you’ll use again and again.  You’ll come away with, not just a skirt, but confidence and skills for your next project!

In guided steps we will cover the following, backed up with handouts and demonstrations as we go along:

  • Measuring and preparing your pattern for a better fit
  • Laying out, cutting and preparing the pattern pieces
  • …through to sewing up and hand finishing

The recommended choice of skirt pattern for this series of workshops is either Burda 6836, Butterick 5466, McCalls 7631 or Simplicity 8421 (please buy your pattern size based on your hip measurement NOT your size – guidance on this and suitable fabric will be given before the classes start). 

Fee: £160

 

NB: workshop dates can be arranged 'to order' with a minimum of two people - give me a call...

 

Zip Intensive    BOOK HERE

NEXT DATE:  Wed 26 Aug     9.30 – 1.00pm            

zips black blue at The Sewing Room Malvern

Just zips and how to insert them … the different types, which to use where and taking the fear out of how to put them in.

Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and guidance will be given 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.

All materials included: 3 x zips and calico

Course fee:  £50

Future Dates:   Fri 9 Oct

 

Sewing Machine Basics    BOOK HERE

NEXT DATE:    Wed 22 July       10.00 – 12.30pm         

SR-sewingmachine-putty

Is your sewing machine still in the box? Not entirely sure what all the dials are for?

This morning class is designed to get you comfortable with its workings, taking the fear out of getting started. You’ll come away with a new found confidence backed up with notes to refer to.

The class is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course fee:  £35

Coming dates:  Tues 15 Sept, Fri 13 Nov

 

Fabulous Fitting Part I – Measuring Up      BOOK HERE

NEXT DATE:    Sat 29 Aug   9.30 – 1.00pm           

grey mannequin graphic at The Sewing Room Malvern

How to get a better fit on a bodice pattern…

In this workshop we’ll be taking all the body measurements needed to ensure a better fit for dresses and skirts BEFORE you cut out your fabric.

Each student will be taught how to measure properly and take over 20 personal body measurements. These will then be used to check against a bodice and/or skirt 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 appropriately. Ensuring you end up with a garment that fits and a happy outcome to your sewing project.

Course fee:  £60

Future Dates:   Wed 7 Oct, Fri 4 Dec

 

 

Fabulous Fitting Part II – Creating New Styles 

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NEXT DATE:   Wed 14 Oct   9.30 – 1.00pm           

mannequin in teal at The Sewing Room MalvernCreating new styles from the patterns you already have.

This morning 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.

Course Fee:  £60

Future Dates:    Fri 11 Dec

 

Flexible Teaching 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

Personal Fitting Service

bronze mannequin at The Sewing Room MalvernExpert 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: £30 per hour

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