Sewing Classes at the Sewing School

It's almost the end of the half term, which means that it's almost 6-week Sewing School time again! In case you're not aware of these schools, we run three types of courses from beginner to advanced dressmakers. Recently we started running an advanced single course and an advanced 6-week course  because you're all learning so quickly! Starting up again next week we have Sewing School A: Introduction to Machine Sewing and Sewing School B: Introduction to Dressmaking, amongst our single sessions.

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SSA is an intensive, 6-week course for complete beginners. You will cover a wide range of valuable sewing skills over the duration of the course, including the basic machine stitches with a head start on more technical skills such as zips. Alongside your example technical samples, you'll make a snazzy tote bag with pocket, a zipped lined make up bag or pencil case and finally, a weekend holdall with all the trimmings. We run single courses for the tote bag or cushion, as well as Next Steps, which is a skills-based 3-hour workshop that you cover in SSA. We use our own heavily tried and tested patterns for this course, and of course you can take your own copy home to carry on making.

Our next SSA courses will commence: Wednesday Mornings 10:30-1pm 3rd June and Thursday Evenings 7-10pm 4th June.

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SSB is designed for those who are competent sewers and would like to progress to making their own clothes. Over 6 consecutive weekly sessions you will learn all of the techniques required to make clothes using a commercial pattern. You will make 3 full garments in class: a flattering, sleeveless top in your choice of style, a zipped skirt with waistband, and a shift dress with short sleeves and a full-length back zip - again in your choice of style. Alongside this course, we do run project sessions such as for Merchant and Mills', Named Clothing and Colette patterns and, in fact, the advanced SSB includes Colette trousers and a coat from either Merchant and Mills or Deer and Doe. We use both independent and more commercial patterns in our courses so that you may get a wider overview of different style of instruction, but by having our experienced teachers on hand for this learning part, you'll come to learn in a less stressful environment (we believe) than at home on your own!

Our next SSB courses will commence: Tuesday Evenings 7-10pm 2nd June, Wednesday Evenings 7-10pm 3rd June and Friday Mornings 10:30-1pm 5th June.

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The thing that we find most encouraging when you work in a small group (maximum of 6 in our courses), is that you are able to bounce ideas and techniques off those around you. You're all in the same situation learning something new - as in normal school - and it becomes something to look forward to each week. In fact, our groups end up sticking together for other courses!

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If you would like to try out something smaller or specific, then head on over to our classes page to see what else is on offer. In the next couple of weeks alongside the above 6-week courses, we have an Advanced Steps session, Introduction to Machine Sewing: Tote Bag, Next Steps (maybe do both of those in one short day?), Freestyle: bring your own project, Camber or Dress Shirt project day, or for something extravagant, how about learning how to cut your own fitted trouser block...?

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