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13 May 2018

* MORNING CLASS * Beginners Sewing (zips, buttonholes & bindings)

Date: 13 May 2018 11:00 to 13:30
This Beginners Sewing class is designed to help participants make more of a sewing machine, enhance basic sewing machine skills and is a natural a follow on class to our 'Provisional Driving' - introduction to using a sewing or for those who already have some basic sewing machine skills but would like to progress further. 

Through this class you will develop the confidence in inserting zips, making buttonholes and adding bias binding whilst creating your own stylish 'Utility Roll' (great keep tidy case for your sewing notions, brushes, make up etc) designed by your teacher Barley Massey.

The skills covered in this morning session will then be put into practise in the afternoon's class to create a simple garment fitted to your body -  'Make a simple & stylish skirt or shorts'


On completion of this class participants will confidently be able to:

- Understand how to use different accessories that accompany domestic sewing machines, such as zipper, buttonhole feet.

- Stitch different sizes and styles of buttonholes.

- Attach zips in 2 ways (visible & covered method)

- Apply a bias binding to embelish and finish a raw edge.

- Create your own stylish 'Utility Roll' (suitable for your sewing notions, make up, pencils/brushes etc)


TIME: 11 - 1.30pm

PRICE: £35 Includes materials and refreshments.

OR if you book for the FULL DAY £60 (Morning: 'Making the most of your sewing machine. Lunch Break put everything you've learnt in the morning into practise in the afternoon class: 'Make a simple & stylish gathered skirt or shorts)




Suggested follow on workshop:

- 'Make your own stylish skirt or shorts'

- 'Refresh your Wardrobe'

- Beginners garment making



* AFTERNOON CLASS * Make your own simple & stylish skirt or shorts

Date: 13 May 2018 14:30 to 17:30
If you have attended the morning class 'Beginneres Sewing2 (zips, buttonholes & bindings) this session will put everything that you've learnt into practise and you will also leave with a unique made to measure skirt or pair of shorts. There is an upcycled option of creating a skirt from a man's shirt or you can bring your own fabric. Barley Massey will be guiding you through the process and has devised a few different designs to inspire your creative skirt making.

If you just want to attend the afternoon class only and inorder to realisticaly complete the garment in the allocated time frame, you will need to have basic sewing machine skills and have an understanding of how to sew seams, put a zip in, create a button hole and add a bias binding. Barley will of course support you through the making process from measuring your body, using a pattern, cutting out pattern pieces, assembling and finishing.

On completion of the class, participants will confidently be able to:

- Take measurements of your body to adapt the pattern and ensure the garment will fit you properly
- Understand best way to use fabric or shirts economically and understand direction of the fabric grain
- Use 'gathering stitch' to create shaping
- Assemble flat fabric panels on the sewing machine to create a 3d form
- Insert a zip
- Create a waistband with button hole and neatly attach onto the skirt / shorts
- Attach a bias binding to finish the bottom edge of the skirt (or a double-overed hem if you prefer a simpler look)
- Use hand sewing for finishing (such as putting on a button)
- Get into the art of 'Upcycling'

2.30 - 5.30pm

includes use of machines, threads, zips, buttons, pattern paper. We also have shirts you can use for the upcycled option but you are welcome to bring along your own for the personal touch!

if you attend the FULL DAY

2 x classic man's shirt (XL) OR 1 - 2m fabric of your choice depending on length you want. We now sell a selection of suitable fabrics for the class at Fabrications shop


Suggested follow on class:

- Introduction to garment repairs & alterations / Refresh your Wardrobe

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Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
Contemporary quilt maker and teacher. Katherine has worked with Liberty, The V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum and Fabrications!

Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
Inspiring and encouraging a new generation of stitchers to make their own clothes through her book 'DIY Couture', workshops and events.

Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
Time out recently described learning machine embroidery from laura is like learning piano from Chopin!


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