Sewing courses

A stitch in time saves nine. We might not be able to teach you to make a stitch in time, but if you want to know how to sew real-life garments and items for the home you have come to the right place. Sewing is one of the oldest textiles arts; apparently the Stone Age people used to stitch using cat guts or veins. Nowadays you can simply go to your local haberdashery (or supermarket) to find a rainbow of coloured cotton (or the cheaper polyester) thread. Great enjoyment can be had by being able to adjust and create your own tailored look. Learning to sew is not limited to period-era-loving maidens and Grannies, as sewing is massively on-trend! Fashion students often need to polish up on their basic tailoring skills and anyone desiring a unique or simply made to measure wardrobe should start scouring these courses now!

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Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This course has been featured in 'The Guardian'. Next available course is on March 14th & 15th 2015... Come and join us, we still have places available on this course! A popular two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct...
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Learn the thrifty technique of creating fabric cuffs which can be as pretty or flamboyant as you wish them to be. The world is your oyster within the Aladdin's cave of The Making boutique as students will have access to beads, buttons bows and fabrics in order to create the stunning design of your choice. Students will be taught how to foam and strengthen the thrifty cuff base and once the top has been applied,...
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Just bought yourself a sewing machine or dusted off the old one in the attic? Want to know how to operate it and make something simple? Claire teaches on a one to one basis as well as to groups. We have a full range of classes suitable for all levels which you can view on our website. Anything from bunting and cushions to more advance things like Roman Blinds and quilts. Classes run during the...
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Beautiful Things offers various classes and course in dressmaking. From our intensive 1 day shift dress class, a gathered skirt in an afternoon or a tea dress across 2 full saturdays or 6 weeks of evenings. Enjoy tuition suitable for complete beginners on a 121 or small group (no more than 4) class basis. Advice on choosing patterns and material, taking proper measurements and creating a garment that fits beautifully that you can be truly...
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NEW! A rare opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a bespoke moulded leather bag or rucksack. This three day intermediate level and exploratory course is equally suitable for men or women and teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather. During the course you will make two hand-made moulded products; the first...
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One Day Workshops Maximum of 5 students on each workshop. Shoe making workshops - £275 to include tuition and the shoes you make. What Can I Make? This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and gives all the support, tuition and materials you need to make your very own pair of simple shoes or sandals from our range. Sole For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole (either Traditional...
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This creative 3 hour Fascinator workshop will introduce students to the basic skills involved in creating their very own floral head-dress. We will begin the session by learning how to make a basic fascinator base and then students will be shown various fabric flower and trimming techniques after which they will have the opportunity to embellish their very own design. All materials are provided although please do bring along with you any fabrics that you...
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This leatherwork weekend taster workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. Perfect for beginners, the leatherwork ‘ Weekend Taster’ gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools while developing skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – you will then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by making one, or two hand-stitched leather items to take...
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A brilliant lesson for anyone wishing to learn how to sew, starting with everything you need to know about your sewing machine. Tensions, stitches, changing a needle, loading a bobbin, changing feet, button holes, using zipper foot, and trouble shooting. Then move on to making a zipped cushion cover This is a complete beginners workshop Held on Wednesdays or Saturdays 10am till 1pm Based in Weedon, Northamptonshire. Contact me via the form above to book....
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This is a full day workshop, 10 am to 4pm suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Do you long to make your own clothes? Tempted by watching the Great British Sewing Bee, then this is the workshop for you. Using a commercial pattern Butterick 6057 Top/Tunic this flattering loose fitting top can be made sleeveless, open top sleeves or short sleeves, with detailed button back or tied front, a flattering hemline...