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Learn to sew

“No Fears, No Failures” Beginners’ Sewing

This is an adult class for beginners aged 16+. More experienced sewers should book my Further Skills Workshops.

now booking

Autumn Term starts 15th September

 

6 x Saturdays and/or Sundays
(click booking link to access calendar)
10am – 4pm (light lunch and refreshments included)
Small groups (max. 4 people)

Course fee €195

“… I learned more about sewing in two days than I did the whole year I spent in college. Thank you so much, it has given me the confidence to sew again. “  (BK, Ennis)

Butterick B5926 - new for 2018, an easy-to-sew jacket, made in a moderate stretch fabric.

Click image for full pattern details

Click on course calendar below to reserve your dates online or  contact me direct. You need only pay €50 deposit to secure your preferred dates. The balance can be paid in instalments, as and when convenient. Further dates may be added, subject to demand.

This course is aimed at complete beginners who want to learn to make their own clothes. The focus of the course will be confident use of a sewing machine and dressmaking using a commercial pattern. You will first practice using the machine by making a useful tote bag from pre-prepared fabric sections, then progress to making your own garment from a choice of carefully-selected quick and easy commercial patterns, using your own choice of fabric.

Essential sewing skills

The course will cover

•    Threading a sewing machine, bobbin-winding, correct tension, stitch selection, basic maintenance
•    Body measurements, basic pattern alteration
•    Pattern layout and notation
•    Essential sewing techniques and garment construction
•    Finishing and fastenings (as required)

Equipment

Sewing machines are available in-house. However, you are welcome (encouraged, even) to bring your own, if you have one.

B6186 dress pattern

Click image to see full pattern details

For the first 2 classes, you don’t need to bring anything with you at all. For the dressmaking project (3rd session), you will need:

  • Dressmakers’ shears (for cutting out)
  • Sewing or embroidery scissors (small sharp scissors for snipping threads and detailed work, buttonholes, etc.)
  • Pins and (recommended) pin cushion
  • Tape measure (60″, non-stretch, printed both sides)
  • Seam ripper (sometimes called a ‘quick-unpick’)
  • Needles
  • Tailors’ chalk

If you have all of these things at home, all well and good. Otherwise, everything you could possibly need is available on our sister site, www.sew-irish.ie, for collection in class. Registered participants benefit from a 15% discount on sewing supplies.

Butterick dress pattern B4443

Click image to see full pattern details

The fabric and other materials required for the tote bag are included in the course fee. This is a ‘no fears’ project, the principal aim of which is to produce an attractive sewing or craft bag under the pretext of learning to use a sewing machine.  In order to progress as quickly and as confidently as possible, the pattern pieces will have been pre-prepared and every step will be thoroughly demonstrated.

The course fee includes the pattern for your first dressmaking project.  You will need to buy your own fabric, along with any linings. However, interlinings, zips, and other ‘notions’ (haberdashery items) as listed on the pattern envelope are available from this store.

Butterick shirt pattern B5538

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Graduates from this course can also look forward to continued support for their own sewing projects and, where there are less than three people booked for the day, may book a day’s sewing during future beginners’courses. While this won’t be a tutored class, as such, I will be available to help you with any aspects of your pattern that you are having difficulty with. Or you could just come along for the company.

Sewing is an intensive business. As with all my courses, lunch forms an integral part of the day, and is included in the fee. Typically, we will have a home-made vegetarian soup and home-baked bread, and some sort of cake with coffee or tea. Please let me know of any specific dietary requirements, or feel free to bring your own food, if you prefer.

Book now!

Click on course calendar below to reserve your dates online or  contact me direct. Individual class sizes are limited to 4 people and fill quickly. Book early to accommodate any existing diary commitments. You need only pay €50 deposit to secure your preferred dates.

 

Course dates (Click on date to check availability and reserve your place online, or email me with your preferred dates.) 

Autumn Term 2018

Saturday, 15th September “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 22nd September Love your overlocker! Sunday, 23rd September “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 29th September “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 6th October “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking Sunday, 7th October Further Dressmaking Skills #1
Saturday, 13th October NO CLASS Sunday, 14th October “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 20th October NO CLASS Sunday, 21st October “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 27th October Further Dressmaking Skills #2
Saturday, 3rd November “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking Sunday, 4th November “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 10th November “No Fears”, Beginners’ Dressmaking
Saturday, 17th November Further Dressmakiing Skills #3