Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 1

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Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 1

Friday 27 April 2018

Session: 1


Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - PART 1

Maximum Class Size: 6

If you are an experienced dressmaker or enjoy the art and mindfulness of making things by hand then this is the class for you! In these three hour sessions you will have the opportunity to develop your technical skills even further. You will accomplish several hand sewn techniques that will allow you to finish garments to a couture standard. The hours will pass calmly while your teacher will guide you through each seam and stitch, by the end of the class you will have your own test samples to take away and refer back to.

Level: This is a Beginner Plus class, you must have sewn by hand before.

In this class you will learn the following techniques:

Two different sessions are available to book onto separately and in any order. Please take note of which session you are booking onto.

Part 1:

  • Mitering a Corner for hemming

  • Abutted seam (hand & machine)

  • Braced Seam (hand & machine)

  • Bias Bound Seam

  • Fancy Gathering

  • Part 2:

  • Bound Button Hole

  • Blind Catch Stitch

  • Blind Hem

  • Pin Hem

  • Slip Stitch

  • Catch Stitch

  • Mastering these skills will change the way you make clothes and give you a better understanding of garment construction. You will have the confidence to produce professional looking formal evening wear and maybe even discover a slower pace to your projects for a mindful experience!

    All tools, materials and refreshments are provided.  


    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.