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
Workshop coming up in January….
Sewing Machine Basics
Sewing for the Terrified
Intro to Sewing Stretch
4 mornings Sat 19 & 26 Jan, 2 & 9 February 9.30-12.00pm BOOK HERE
2-Day Intensive 27 April & 4 May 10.00-3.30pm BOOK HERE
I’ll start by 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 teaching 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: Mon 15 & Tues 16 July (2 full day)
Understanding the Pattern – Getting Started BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Sat 12 January 9.30 – 1.00pm
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!
Course fee: £50
Coming dates: Mon 11 March, Wed 15 May
Beginners Dressmaking Part I – Make a Skirt from Scratch (3 days)
NEXT DATE: tbc 10.00 – 3.30pm
These classes are 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 or Butterick 5466 (please buy your pattern size based on your hip measurement – guidance on this and suitable fabric will be given before the classes start).
Course Fee: £120
Zip Intensive BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Mon 4 February 9.30 – 1.00pm
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
Coming Dates: Thurs 11 April, Mon 10 June
Sewing Machine Basics BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Wed 16 January 10.00 – 12.30pm
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: Sat 16 March, Tues 21 May
Fabulous Fitting Part I – Measuring Up BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Wed 6 February 9.30 – 1.00pm
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
Coming Dates: Wed 3 April, Thurs 6 June
Fabulous Fitting Part II – Creating New Styles BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Sat 23 February 9.30 – 1.00pm
Creating 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
Coming Dates: Friday 12 April, Wed 12 June
Intro to Sewing Stretch BOOK HERE
NEXT DATE: Thurs 31 January 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: Sat 9 March
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
Expert 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