Sew & Fit Ultimate Trousers Class

We all know how daunting sewing trousers can be, but fear not, we have the perfect class for you!

On our Sew & Fit Ultimate Trousers Class, you will learn how to adjust a trouser pattern to fit you and your shape.

You’ll start by trying on our pre-made toiles in the studio to check the basic fit, you’ll then flat measure your pattern and learn how to make adjustments, from this you’ll then sew up your version. After checking the fit and making any necessary adjustments which can then be transferred back to your pattern pieces, you’ll leave with your finished trousers, feeling like a sewing ninja!

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Measuring yourself and choosing the correct pattern size
  • Understanding a sewing pattern
  • Cutting out your pattern & fabric accurately
  • Adjusting a pattern to fit
  • Sewing and finishing seams, with the option to use an overlocker for a professional finish

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The class includes expert instruction, use of the Janome machines, tools, threads etc, toiles to try on, a copy of the trouser pattern so you can make them again at home plus tea, coffee and cake! The class is capped at six to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • You’ll need 2m of fabric; we would recommend triple crepe, stretch cotton, lightweight stretch denim, stretch corduroy or other medium weight woven fabric with some stretch (If you aren’t sure, please contact us)
  • 9” Concealed Zip
  • Matching thread – we provide a wide choice of coloured threads to use during the class but if there is a specific colour match or top-stitching colour you would like, we recommend bringing your own

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate (4)

TEACHER

Gillian Payne, Layla Totah

This pattern is sized for a UK 8 – 20 if you are a UK 8, 18 or 20 please contact us prior to booking so we can arrange to grade the pattern for you.

Please note, depending on your sewing ability and speed, you may not leave the class with a completely finished pair of trousers, but we will ensure your pattern has been updated with relevant changes and you’ll know exactly how to put the finishing touches to your trousers at home.

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs, these also cover our Class Cancellation Policy.

 

 

Nina Lee Camden Pinafore and Skirt

Fun, versatile and fully-lined, Camden is a joy to sew and wear! Choose between the full pinafore or the skirt option (with two lengths); both are lined and feature stylish patch pockets! The pinafore has a deep V-neckline and princess seams that pleasingly flow into the lines of the skirt. The close-fitting bodice and waistband make the Camden pinafore perfect for layering over finer tops, or wearing on its own in the summer! The simple skirt on the other hand is there for you all year round, ready to be paired with chunky knits and woolly tights through to camis and espadrilles!

Skill level: confident beginner

Suitable fabric:

Camden is suitable for medium-weight fabrics with body, e.g. denim, lightweight wool, corduroy, velvet

Plus: lining fabric

Notions: 

For the pinafore: 1 x 56cm /22-inch invisible zip
For the skirt: 1 x 23cm / 9-inch invisible zip
1 x hook and eye, optional
1 strip of interfacing for the waistband, optional

 

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#GBSBsewalong: Challenge Six

For week six of the Sewing Bee, the contestants took on British and Irish fabrics including some amazing outerwear pieces and so for this weeks sew along challenge, we’re all about outerwear too.

The Challenge

For week six of the challenge it’s time to get seasonal, with a me made outerwear piece to get protect you from the elements.

From coats, to jackets, blazers and capes the possibilities are endless and a great way to tackle some tailoring. And with a whole host of great patterns and sewing inspiration out there we can’t wait to see what you all make!

The Prizes

We’ve  said it every week and we’ll say it again, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with how talented you lovely lot are and so to celebrate, we’re giving one more lucky winner a chance this week – that’s right, we have FOUR PRIZES for challenge six! So read on to see what you could be in with a chance of winning.

Cocowa Crafts Pattern bundle – RRP £33.50 

Instagram: @Cocowacrafts

We’re pretty excited for this little bundle – a gorgeous set of patterns from the lovely Ana over at Cocowa crafts, which includes 2x PDF patterns of your choice PLUS, a paper version of ‘that’ pattern that you’ve seen all over Instagram, the newly launched Maple Dress – swoon!

£100 Minerva Crafts voucher 

Instagram: @Minervacrafts

Minerva Crafts is an online fabric and haberdashery that also boasts a whole range of knitting, crochet and other crafty tools. This week they have kindly gifted one of our winners with a whopping £100 voucher – perfect for stocking up on supplies for your next project!

Dovetailed fabric bundle 

Instagram: @Dovetailedlondon

Lovely Juliet from The Sewing Bee has well and truly put African Wax print fabrics on the top of our sewing wish-lists. This week we have a beautiful bundle from independent fabric store Dovetailed London – we truly hope the winner makes their own version of ‘that’ jumpsuit!

Cashmerette pattern bundle – RRP $64

Instagram: @Cashmerette

One of the things we love so dearly about the sewing community is the inclusivity and Cashmerette create beautiful, on trend patterns for women sized 12 – 28. The lucky winner of this fantastic bundle will be able to take their pick from any 4 PDF patterns of their choice – new wardrobe anyone?

Inspiration

This week it’s time to get going on some outerwear and we have you covered with plenty of inspiration:

Tilly and The Buttons – Eden Jacket

Say hello to the hottest new jacket pattern on the block, The Eden Jacket. From the team at Tilly and the Buttons, it boasts the simple instructions and varied views that we love from their patterns. If you’re a beginner to outerwear, this is a great starting place for you.

Best sewn in: Medium- to heavy-weight woven fabrics such as wool coating, cotton drill, waxed canvas, Gore-Tex, ripstop, PUL and cotton laminate. For the lining, try viscose, acetate, polyester or cotton lawn, or even low stretch jersey for a casual anorak lining.

Cloud 9 Organic Laminate – Cosmos Garden

The perfect companion to the Eden Jacket, this organic laminate is made from the softest cotton with a laminate finish which are both super stylish and ready to protect you from all the elements.

Sew Over It – Chloe Coat

The Chloe Coat gives us all sorts of retro feelings with its 60’s inspired shape and a tailoring details. With lots of variations from a zip to a press stud finish, this is a coat that you can really make your own.

Best sewn in: medium to heavyweight wool fabric, such as tweed, boucle, boiled wool or melton. For a lighter coat, you could also try a jacquard, linen or viscose linen blend.

Blue check ex-designer wool blend

This luxury wool blend in navy and coral check is the perfect investment if you’re thinking of making a coat to add to your me made collection. Super soft to the touch and a huge print for the upcoming season, this is one that everyone should have in their closet.

Closet Case Patterns – Jasika Blazer

We love this new pattern from Closet Case patterns, it’s been flooding our Instagram feed and we can’t wait to tackle this piece for a touch of work wear chic. Plus, who doesn’t want to rock an elbow patch!?

Best sewn in: medium to heavyweight suitings or lightweight coatings with surface texture such as wool melton, wool flannel, crepe and tweed. Velvet, medium-heavy weight cotton, seersucker and linen may also be used.

Goldshot Herringbone wool – Charcol

And what better fabric to compliment the Jasika blazer? Our very own Goldshot Herringbone Wool is the perfect choice for this pattern – a classic herringbone in monochrome colour ways that will go with every outfit? Yes please!

Sew Different – Cocoon Jacket

Slouchy and comfy are two words we love when it comes to outerwear and this Sew Different Cocoon jacket ticks all of those boxes. Perfect for throwing on over jeans, a tshirt and converses this is a look that we’re really loving. Oh and best of all? IT HAS POCKETS!

Best sewn in: medium to heavyweight wool fabric, such as tweed, boucle, boiled wool or melton. For a lighter coat, you could also try a jacquard, linen or viscose linen blend.

Old Gold Mustard Denim

And last but not least, why not get ready for the summer with a wardrobe staple, the denim jacket. We’re still so in love with this Old Gold Mustard Denim and we can see it being the perfect accompaniment to a summer dress or skirt.

So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week five? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.

Learn to Sew a Dungaree Dress

Our Learn to Sew a Dugaree/Pinafore Dress class for dressmaking beginners is the perfect class for people who want to start sewing their own clothes but don’t know where to start. The Cleo dress is an on-trend dungaree/pinafore dress with either buckles or buttons on the straps and two length options and is a great first project to get you started on your handmade wardrobe.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. You’ll get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at five to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

You will learn

  • Measuring yourself and choosing the correct pattern size
  • Understanding a sewing pattern
  • Cutting out your pattern & fabric accurately
  • Sewing and finishing seams
  • Perfecting top stitching for a professional finish
  • Adding patch pockets
  • Button holes or attaching buckles and jeans buttons depending on whether you’d like a pinafore or dungaree style dress
  • How to hem your dress

What you need to bring

  • 1.3m – 1.9m of medium to heavy weight fabric. We suggest 10oz denim, corduroy, canvas or even furnishing weight fabric – you want something that will hold its shape. (Please check size chart in photo gallery for info on how much fabric to bring and fabric recommendations. If you aren’t sure, please contact us)
  • 0.5m fusible interfacing (you can purchase this on the day or online here)
  • Matching thread – we provide a wide choice of coloured threads to use during the class but if there is a specific colour match or top-stitching colour you would like, we recommend bringing your own
  • Dungaree buckles & jean buttons (you can purchase these on the day) OR 2 buttons of your choice.

What’s Included

The class includes expert instruction, use of the Janome machines, tools, threads etc, your own copy of the Cleo pattern so you can make again at home plus tea, coffee and biscuits!

Pattern Sizing

  • The Cleo pattern is UK 6 – 20, you can see the body measurements in the photo gallery. If you fall outside of these measurements please contact us prior to booking as we may be able to grade the pattern for you.

Experience Level

Newcomer (2)

Who’s teaching?

Various

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs, these also cover our Class Cancellation Policy.

 

 

 

Young Stitchers – Intro to Dressmaking

This course is aimed at those with an interest in sewing and dressmaking aged 11 – 16. Throughout the 6 week course we’ll take students through the key elements of learning to sew and hopefully fire up their passion for fashion and textiles!

As well as helping with their creativity, learning to sew helps develop coordination and concentration skills, encourages expression through fashion and fabric and complements in-school activities such as textiles classes or Duke of Edinburgh skills activities.

Each course is 6 weeks long and will cover getting comfortable with the sewing machine, understanding how to follow a sewing pattern and sewing a pair of PJ trousers and then they’ll get to create a basic gathered skirt pattern to fit their measurements and sew it up.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. Students get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at six to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

Students need to bring

Students will need 2.5m of light to medium cotton fabric for their pyjama bottoms. We recommend cotton poplin, cotton lawn and brushed cottons.

Students will also need 2.5m light to medium fabric for their skirt. Cottons, denims, chambray and needlecord would all be suitable. If you need any help with choosing fabric, please Contact Us.

Everything else, including elastic, interfacing, zips and thread are all provided and students will keep both patterns they have used so they can make them again outside of the class.

Experience Level

Beginner (1)

This course is aimed at those with an interest in sewing and dressmaking aged 11 – 16. Throughout the 6 week course we’ll take student through the key elements of learning to sew and hopefully fire up their passion for fashion and textiles.

Who’s teaching?

Sheona McMahon

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs – these also include our Class Cancellation Policy.

 

Learn to Sew – Dress in a Day – Bettine

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Our Learn to Sew Bettine class for beginners is the perfect class for people who want to start sewing their own clothes but need some extra guidance. The Bettine dress is a loose fitting dress with an elasticated waist, sleeve cuffs and flattering tulip skirt, with pocket options. It’s perfect for summer or can be worn with tights for a year-round wardrobe addition.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. You’ll get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at five to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

You will learn

  • Measuring yourself and choosing the correct pattern size
  • Understanding a sewing pattern
  • Lengthening/shortening your pattern, making simple fit alterations and choosing style options
  • Cutting out your pattern & fabric accurately
  • Sewing and finishing seams
  • Adding a facing
  • Sewing pockets
  • Adding sleeve tabs
  • Creating an elastic waist casing
  • How to hem your dress

What’s included

The class includes expert instruction, use of the Janome machines, tools, threads etc, a copy of the Bettine dress pattern so you can make it again at home, an exclusive Sewisfaction class pack, top tips pack,  plus tea, coffee and cake!

What you need to bring

  • 2m (2 ¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 3m (3 ¼ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide light weight, drapey fabric. We suggest viscose, rayon, light weight soft denim, double gauze, soft cotton poplin or cotton lawn (If you aren’t sure, please contact us)
  • 0.3m fusible interfacing (you can purchase this on the day or online here)
  • Matching thread – we provide a wide choice of coloured threads to use during the class but if there is a specific colour match or top-stitching colour you would like, we recommend bringing your own
  • 2 buttons for the optional sleeve tabs

Pattern Sizing

The Bettine pattern is UK 6 – 20, you can see the body measurements in the photo gallery. If you fall outside of these measurements please contact us prior to booking as we may be able to grade the pattern for you.

Experience Level

Improver (3)

Who’s teaching?

Various

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs – these also include our Class Cancellation Policy.

 

 

 

Learn to Sew Your Own Jeans Weekender

People can often be put off from sewing jeans as the techniques involved can feel daunting. Don’t be scared any longer, our Sew Your Own Jeans intensive weekend class with Great British Sewing Bee winner Charlotte Newland will have you feeling like a Sewing Superhero!

Spread over 3 days, this class will teach you everything you need to know about making your first pair of jeans, from fitting to top-stitching, constructing a fly front, adding all the hardware to make your jeans look seriously professional and of course the all important fitting advice and adjustments. Our in-depth class is taught by non-other than Charlotte Newland, winner of the Great British Sewing  Bee 2016, expert teacher and lover of all things sewing and craft. She’s taught countless people to fit and sew their own jeans and will help you perfect your pair.

The class includes a choice of 3  popular jeans patterns; Closet Case Ginger Jeans (a slim or skinny fit leg), or the Cashmerette Ames Jeans (Curvy Fit). We’ll also include a full hardware kit in your class (interfacing, jeans buttons, rivets & zips), and will have plenty of thread on hand so you don’t have to worry about sourcing anything except your fabric – and we also have lots of lovely denims in stock too!

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. This class is capped at six to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The class includes expert instruction, use of the Janome machines, tools, threads etc, a copy of your chosen jeans pattern, jeans hardware kit plus tea, coffee and cake! Every attendee will also receive an exclusive Sewisfaction Student Gift Pack with a notepad, pen, Seamstress sticker, sew-in label and a discount for your next class.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

  • Matching thread – we provide a wide choice of coloured threads to use during the class but if there is a specific colour match or top-stitching colour you would like, we recommend bringing your own.
  • If you want anything other than blue or black zips or your own specific hardware, please bring these with you. We’ll provide blue or black zips and silver or bronze hardware in your kit.
  • For Ginger & Ames Jeans you will need 2 – 3m of medium to heavy-weight Stretch Denim, with at least 2% Lycra/Elastane/Spandex. For the Morgan Jeans you’ll need 2 – 3m light-heavy weight non-stretch denim. Note 2-3m is more than the pattern calls for in case you need to make adjustments. For all versions you’ll also need 0.5m light-medium weight cotton such as Poplin or Lawn for the facings.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate (4)

TEACHER

Charlotte Newland

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs, these also cover our Class Cancellation Policy.

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Tips & Tricks: Sewing with jersey

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This week, we’re talking all about the wonderful world of jersey and knit fabrics. They can sometimes seem scary, but here at Sewisfaction HQ, we’re big believers in simple sewing and trust us, with the right hints and tips, jersey and knits fall into that category.

Why jersey? 

Most practical clothing we would by from the store is likely to be made in jersey or knit fabrics, from t-shirts to dresses, there are so many things to choose from. Sewing with jersey means you can make clothing you’re more likely to wear again because it’ll not only fit you well thanks to the forgiving stretch contouring to the body, but it’s more practical to some of our more technical sews.

What is jersey? 

Jersey is a a fabric that is knitted in such a way that it gives a stretch, it has a different make up to woven fabrics such as denim and cotton and we need to treat it in a slightly different way for sewing success.

Cutting

Think about how you’re going to cut your fabric. Stretch fabric can be slippy and move a little more than woven fabrics and so to avoid fabric waste, we recommend a cutting mat paired with pattern weights and a rotary cutter.

Needles and thread

We should always be changing our needles when it comes to using new materials but even more so for stretch. Switch to a jersey or ‘stretch’ needle depending on the fabric and machine you are using.

A good thread is also key to getting the right finish. Using a better quality, cotton thread such as a Gutterman really makes a world of difference – trust us!

Stitching

One of the key factors in sewing stretch fabrics is the stitch you select. A straight stitch doesn’t allow the fabric to do what it needs to once the garment is finished so look for a triple stitch symbol or if your machine doesn’t have this, a zig zag stitch will also work just as well. Try different stitches on some scrap fabric for practise.

Walking foot

A standard food doesn’t feature feed docs and so sometimes this can leave you with wonky stitches thanks to uneven pressure. A walking foot or an even feed foot, is a device that helps to evenly distribute your jersey fabric through the feed dogs on your machine.

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DO NOT stretch

It can be so tempting – especially when you’re trying to make a speedy sew, to drag the fabric through the machine. Stretching the fabric in this way can distort your final garment and so resit temptation when it comes to working with this fabric – a walking foot can help with this too.

No finishing – wahoo!

The beautiful thing about jersey fabric is that it doesn’t fray making this the fabric of dreams – no need to finish the insides as it’ll wash just fine and let’s be honest, no on is going to see (we won’t tell don’t worry).

So there you have it, jersey really doesn’t have to be scary and we really do believe that it’s a far more practical, fun way to make your own me-made garment – no overlocker required! And for more inspiration, check out our vlog on Sheona’s top jersey sewing patterns here.

 

Learn to Sew a Child’s Dress

Want to sew cute children’s clothes? This class will teach you to sew an adorable little dress, even if you’ve never sewn any clothes before.

Using the Two Stitches Freda pattern, you’ll make an A-line dress with a pleated bodice, which gives a lovely swing style. The dress has a lined bodice which could be used to make the dress reversible if you wish. You can make a dress for ages 6 months to 9 years during the class.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. You’ll get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at six to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

What you’ll learn

  • Reading a dressmaking pattern
  • Pinning & cutting your fabric
  • Sewing & finishing seams
  • Sewing pleats
  • Adding a facing or lining

What’s included

The class includes expert instruction, use of our Janome machines, tools, threads etc, your own copy of the Freda pattern so you can make again at home plus tea, coffee and lots of biscuits!

What you need to bring

Ages 6m – 6 years; 1m light to medium weight cotton, needlecord, light denim, and linen blends, plus an additional 1m for your facing/lining.

Ages 7 – 9 years; 1.6m light to medium weight cotton, needlecord, light denim, and linen blends, plus an additional 1m for your facing/lining.

Experience Level

2 – Newcomer

Who’s teaching?

Various

More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs, these also cover our Class Cancellation Policy.