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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

New Sewing Courses

Lately, I've been in a bit of a sewing slump.

There has been some sewing going on - but it has been what I'd consider to be utility sewing - such as play costumes for my children and fixing things (most recently, a couple of items our newest family member has chewed). Satisfying as it is to be able to engage my skills for others (when they are grateful - the dog couldn't care less) or to save money (on buying another new bed for said dog), this is not the kind of sewing that makes my heart sing. Nothing has grabbed my attention and inspired me to want to spend the evening sewing for myself, and so I have just got on with Other Things.

This is all fine. The great thing about sewing for a hobby is it can be on your terms. I know it won't be long before my mojo returns - probably in the form of an enticing new pattern or some must have fabric that just has to be made into whatever garment it causes me to imagine it as. I've been taking my time to ponder over what I want to make, and, teach, in the term ahead, and I think I am finally there. 

The courses for next term are all brand new - even the popular Complete Beginners' Sewing Course has got some new projects in it now, so I am hoping there will be something for everyone. 

If you are brand new to sewing, or time short and want to treat yourself to a couple of hours of sewing escapism with all materials laid on so you can just turn up, the Complete Beginners' Course is for you. It will include three simple and fun projects. We will start with this reusable shopping bag...

...before moving on to make this cute little purse. 

I said three projects, didn't I? That's because you can make a second version of bag or the purse (materials also included for this). Perfect as a gift for someone, maybe? And, to keep you motivated to keep sewing beyond the course, I'll send you away with a bonus kit to make a fourth project. All the fabrics used will be either strong Cath Kidston canvas (bags) or super lush Liberty tana lawn (purses). 

Classes are small (maximum of six), so that I can give people all the help they need to make something they feel really proud of. You can bring your own sewing machine or use one of mine. 

Each course runs for 4 weeks, and there will be plenty of tea and yummy homemade cake to fuel your sewing adventures.

The other two courses build on skills taught on the Complete Beginners' Course and are aimed at more experienced sewists. There's one with a shirt dress, and another with a tailored jacket. The dates for all these are below, and there will be updates on the blog with the samples I am making for the courses. I. Can't Wait.

Complete Beginners' Course - Mondays, starting 11th September - £90 (materials included)
Butterick B6333 Shirt Dress Course - Mondays, starting 9th October - £70 (excluding 23rd October for half term)
Alice Tailored Jacket Course - Mondays, starting 13th November - £70

Booking is now open!


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