Zip Intensive

October 23, 2017, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Just zips! – 3 different types and how to insert them…

This morning workshop is just about zips – all 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.  All materials provided.


Dressmaking Part 1 – Make a Skirt from Scratch

October 27, 2017, 9:30 am - October 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

…from cutting to finishing in two days!

A great way to start your sewing adventure – designed to show you 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!

Taking you step-by-step through measuring, cutting, fitting and making up of a basic ‘A’-line skirt.

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

  • preparing your pattern for a better fit
  • layout out, cutting and preparing the fabric
  • …through to sewing up and hand-finishing

Suitable for those who’ve attended ‘Ready to Sew?’ and ‘Sewing for the Terrified’.


Fab Fitting Part 1 – Measuring Up

November 6, 2017, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

In this workshop we’ll be taking all the body measurements needed to ensure your perfect garment fit – BEFORE you cut out your fabric.

Each student will be taught how to measure properly and take over 20 personal body measurements.  Demonstrations and in-depth guidance will be given on how to translate these measurements to the garment pattern and how to change the pattern to ensure a better fit. 


Fab Fitting Part II – Creating New Designs

November 11, 2017, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

How to get more out of the patterns you already have. 

In this workshop we show 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.


Ready to Sew? … Getting Started

December 2, 2017, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

All 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

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 please contact me for the next available dates. 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.

Regular Classes Coming Up:

Fabulous Fitting Part 1 – Measuring Up

Fabulous Fitting Part II – Creating New Styles

Fabulous Fitting Part III – Making a personal bodice block

Zip Intensive – Just zips and how to insert them

Ready to Sew? – Getting started

Sewing for the Terrified – Beginners course

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

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: £25 per hour