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 2 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.  Note you will also need the same amount of fabric for your toile version. Please check the pattern sizing for exact fabric amounts, or contact us if you’re unsure.
  • 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.

 

 

 

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#GBSBsewalong Challenge Three

We’re already on week three of #GBSBSewalong and we’ve gone from tiny clothes to big, bold volume because for this week’s challenge it’s… 70’s week.

We love a retro silhouette, so we’re excited to see how both the community and the contestants tackle this one.

The Challenge

Week three of the challenge has so much potential, with plenty of flare to be had from any garment. It’s all about being bold, bright and daring in this retro sew along.

What we’re looking for this week is your take on vintage style and there are plenty of patterns out there just asking to be made into a retro memade entry for this week. Whether you’re inspired by an old picture or you’re looking to recreate an old much-loved item, we have you covered with lots of seventies inspiration (scroll for more).

The Prizes

This week, we have some amazing prizes once again, from the likes of Creative Industry a lovely sewist bundle from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine. PLUS, we have an extra special prize from the ultimate provider of sewing scissors, Ernest Wright.

Ernest Wright Scissor Bundle – RRP £145

Instagram: @ernestwrightltd

As we mentioned above, we are VERY excited about this prize. For those of you who don’t know, Ernest and Wright are a scissor brand, based in Sheffield with a rich, history in the industry. Beloved by the sewing community, the brand made a comeback last year after some uncertain times and are now continuing to thrive thanks to their master craftsmanship. We couldn’t be more excited to be giving this weeks lucky winner not only a set of coveted 10″ tailors shears, but also they’ll receive a set of Antique Stork embroidery scissors too worth £145!

Trust us, these are THE scissors to have and we couldn’t be more jealous of the winner.

Sewist bundle featuring goodies from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine – RRP £75

Instagram: @Sewhayleyjane & @Suzymagazine

One of our favourite things about the sewing community is how many amazing brands and products are born out of the inspiring space and this prize is the most perfect example. Sew Hayley Jane creates the most beautiful subscription boxes for sewing lovers absolutely packed with fabrics, trimmings and of course – plenty of inspiration! Part of this prize package includes a box full of all these exciting things so you can get planning your next project!

Suzy Magazine was launched by fellow sewers Dominique and Rosa and it’s a beautifully curated magazine featuring people they hand-pick from the community. Now on it’s 5th issue, part of this prize package includes issues 2-5 so you can get caught up before the next issue comes out.

Creative Industry Swedish Pattern Paper and workbook bundle – RRP £55

Born out of business owner, Claire’s obsession with finding Swedish Tracing paper in the UK after seeing it featured in season one of the Sewing Bee, Creative Industry sells beautiful sewing supplies for the modern sewist. This bundle contains a whopping 2 rolls of 10metre paper and this beautiful workbook, perfect for planning your makes.

Inspiration

Probably the most exciting inspiration to pull together so far, 70’s week is bright, bold and beautiful and we’re totally here for it:

True Bias – Lander Pants

If you’ve seen the preview of this weeks show, then you’ll know that flares are on the agenda. We love that True Bias Lander pant as it’s a wearable version of this classic style. Lengthen the legs and why not make them a bit wider in the ultimate ode to seventies week.

Best sewn in: Medium to heavy bottom weight fabrics with little to no stretch, such as twill, linen, corduroy and denim

Megan Nielsson – Sudley Dress

When it comes to the seventies, there are two very clear hem lengths – mini or maxi. This Megan Nielsson Sudley dress ticks all of the boxes, sew as is in a floaty fabric or for braver sewists, lengthen the hem line all the way to the floor to channel your inner flower child.

Best sewn in: Light to medium weight fabrics such as crepe de chine, cotton voile and crepe de chine

Closet Case Patterns – Jenny

Overalls are huge this season and so now is the time to get your me made fix of this mega trend. The Jenny pattern is flattering for all shapes with the high rise wait and of course, the wide leg perfect for 70’s week.

Best sewn in:  Bottom-weight woven fabrics: denim, twill, canvas, gabardine, medium weight linen, jacquard and brocade.

True Bias – Nikko Top

A roll neck is a key shape for this moment in time, check out our Pinterest board for some key styles and shapes perfect for nailing this trend. This top is a gloriously simple sew and the dress view is a great staple for your wardrobe when it comes to future projects.

Best sewn in: Medium weight knit fabric with an approximate 75% stretch such as rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.

So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week three? 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.

Oliver + S – Singles Shirt Pattern

Description

A wardrobe staple, for boys and girls, this shirt is both versatile and polished. The pattern features many professional details like separate button-down collar and collar band, tower sleeve placket, and collar and cuff facings to help you sew great looking shirts with a comfortable, relaxed fit. View A includes a continuous (cut-on) placket and classic chest pocket. View B features a separate (set-in) placket and workshirt-style pockets with concealed button flaps.

Sizes

3 – 12 years

Skills Used

Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven’t ever done one of these things before? Don’t worry. We’ll walk you through it, step by step.

After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, curved seam, collar, flat-set sleeves, patch pockets, and placket.

Suggested Fabrics

Suitable for a variety of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, denim, linen, and flannel.

Notions

Coordinating thread, featherweight interfacing (fusible or sew-in), 3/8″ buttons (View A: 10 for sizes 3T–8, 11 for sizes 10–12; View B: 12 for sizes 3T–8, 13 for sizes 10–12).

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#GBSBsewalong Challenge Two

Week two of the Great British Sewing Bee see’s the contestants scale down their sewing for some super cute kids clothes. We also saw a first glimpse of the overlocker and some stretch fabric, so we know we are well on our way now!

So, in case you haven’t guesses, this week’s challenge is… Childrenswear.

And what better time to set this challenge than in half term – it’s like the producers of the show planned it right?

The challenge

Week two of the challenge might have smaller clothes, but that doesn’t make crafting these garments any easier – I mean, have you ever tried getting a little one to stand still for long enough to measure them!?

What we’re looking for this week is your take in childrenswear, it’s well and truly time for you to treat your little ones to a memade outfit and if you don’t have children yourself, why not make a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one?

Oh and of course, there will be extra points for cuteness!

The prizes

This week, we’re all about treating mum (and dad) with our prizes and we think you’ll be delighted to see what we have up for grabs. From our lovely friends over at Hobbycraft, The Handmade Festival and Nominette, kids week brings from seriously swoon-worthy prizes, read on for more.

 

Nominette label bundle – RRP £70

Instagram: @nominette_labels

When it comes to all the time and effort we all put into our me made garments, it’s only right that you add a finishing touch. Nominette create the most beautiful custom labels perfect for any sewist, using their simple and easy website, simply upload your logo, customise the look and before you know it, they’ll be dropping through your door. This week, the lovely team over at Nominette are not only giving the lucky winner a bundle of custom logo labels PLUS size labels too for that professional memade finish.

£50 Hobbycraft voucher

Instagram: @Hobbycrafthq

We all know Hobbycraft, it’s the amazing place where you go to buy supplies for one project and end up starting around 100 more! It’s the go to place for craft supplies for all makers and this week we have a whopping £50 voucher to give away to one lucky winner. Stock up on sewing supplies or learn a new craft – the choice is yours, no matter what you decide to do just make sure you splurge it ALL on yourself!

 

2x Tickets to the The Handmade Festival – RRP £32

Instagram: @Thehandmadefestival

After launching in 2009, The Handmade Festival is the go to date in the crafting calendar. Launching a new look for 2019, the festival continues to champion makers and teach new skills to the public all in its amazing Hampton Court Palace setting – oh and there’s ALWAYS prosecco! Excitingly, we have 2x entry tickets to give away and this is a huge deal as they aren’t even on sale to the general public yet. If you’re planning your summer crafting calendar already, make sure to sign up to the mailing list for all the latest news first.

I AM Patterns – 5 PDF Pattern Bundle

Instagram – @iam_patterns

One of our favourite pattern brands with an amazing chic, minimalist range covering everything from super wearable sweaters to stylish dresses, outerwear and everything in between. The team are kindly giving one lucky winner the chance to win 5 PDF patterns of their choice – the hardest part will be choosing from their incredible collection.

Inspiration

We’ve started a Pinterest board for the sew along which we plan on packing with inspiration, but for now, scroll for the makes on our list for this weeks challenge:

Megan Neilsen – Mini Tania culottes

If you’ve followed us for a while then you’ll know we LOVE a culotte so you can image our reaction to these mini ones from Megan Neilson (lot’s of squeaking and squealing). These are great for kids that are constantly on the go as they have all the glamour of a skirt with the practicality of trousers.

Best sewn in:  Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as cottons, crepes and linen 

Made by Rae – Geranium Dress

A picture speaks a thousand words and this one is screaming ‘ADORABLE’. This pattern contains everything you need to create this versatile pattern that contains two views – a top and this beautiful dress.

Best sewn in: Woven fabrics

Oliver + S – Parachute Polo & Sweat Pants

Sticking with formal wear, this one is for the boys. Create this little cuties style with this button-down shirt pattern from Oliver + S. A test for those sewists who want to practise their plackets and collars, finesse your skill on a mini scale before moving onto the full sized thing – matching dad and son shirts are a must.

Best sewn in: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, denim, linen, and flannel.

So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week two? 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.