Pictures by Old Lands and Heather Birnie.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DRESSMAKING WITH KNITS

(WITH YOUR EXISTING SEWING MACHINE)

Prep day: 20th Oct 2019   10-5pm       Sewing weekend: 16th, 17th Nov 2019 10-5pm

Location: The barn, SA44 5HE

Fill your wardrobe with cosy knits using your sewing machine. 

Stretch fabric can seem intimidating at first sight but don't let it put you off. This three day course is designed to give you all the tools and the confidence to source, cut and sew stretchy fabric into clothes you will love to make and wear.

Whether you are a complete stretch virgin or would like to push your practice with guidance you will walk away from this course with two garments and newfound confidence to sew all things knit.

Left to right: the Neenah dress from Seamwork, the Sointu Tee from Named, the Tacara dress from Seamwork, the Piedra dress from Seamwork, the Coco dress/top from Tilly and The Buttons, the Concord tee from Cashemerette, the Nora top from Tilly and The Buttons.

​Choose your pattern

Knit garments are relatively quick to sew when you know how best to handle them.  I want to give you the chance to have lots of practice so we are aiming to make two garments.

 

First garment:

If you are a complete beginner, you will need to select from my  beginner's knit pattern selection. A sample of possibilities is above. The full list will be available on booking.

If you are a returner to sewing knits and would like a different challenge request my improver selection.

 

Second garment:

Make a pair of  leggings copied from your favourite pair. This will take you to the next level with sewing an elasticated waistband and using stretchier knits. If leggings are not your thing, feel free to pick another pattern from the list.
 

 

What you will learn:

  • how to find the right stretch fabrics for your projects and where to buy them.

  • how read a pattern and select the perfect size.

  • pattern cutting techniques for design and fit adjustments.

  • how to create a legging pattern from an existing pair.

  • how to handle stretch fabric and cut your garment.

  • choosing and installing speciality needles, pins and using a walking foot.

  • how to use a range of suitable stitches and best application.

  • how to stabilise knits.

  • how to construct a garment with sleeves and neckline details.

  • hemming knits using a twin needle.

  • how to create an elasticated waistband (leggings).

Before the course, you will receive the full pattern selection. You will need to order your pattern(s) ready for our first day. There is no need to purchase fabric before the course start.

 

On the first day  the morning is dedicated to understanding what stretch fabric is and where to source good quality. You will become familiar with the different types of stretch fabric and their best application.

In the afternoon you will prepare your patterns; from choosing the best pattern size to making simple design or fit adjustments and tracing your pattern. At the end of this day, you know exactly what to look for fabric wise and you have two patterns that works for you. We hug goodbye and see you next month for the sewing weekend.

On the second day you will learn how to handle your stretch material and cut your garments. In the afternoon you will learn how to use a walking foot, adjust your tools for sewing with knits and hone the different stitch types available on your machine.

 

The third day is spent sewing two gorgeous stretch garments and absorbing all the sewing techniques that will make you a stretch wizzard.

All the while there is tea flowing and we take the time to share a delicious lunch.

Each class is held in a small group of 7 (max) so there is plenty of time for personal fitting and support.

 

Price

The three days course is £300. Payment plans are offered. Follow here.

 

What's included

Two home cooked lunches (on sewing weekend dates).

Teas and coffee on tap, fruits and snacks.

 

What's not included

Your patterns. Purchase a PDF to print at home or a paper pattern from the course list.

Sourcing your own material  is part of the learning and  the fun. I'll leave that to you.

Speciality knits needles, pins and machine feet. You will receive a material after booking.

An overnight stay. You can book it seperatly for an added £35 (includes dinner and breakfast)

Lunch on day one. Bring a pack lunch.

 

Cancellations and refunds

Please note that due to the small amount of spaces on each course, bookings are definitive and non refundable. 

In the unlikely  event I have to cancel the class, your course will will be fully refunded.

Have you got more questions? No problem, tell me how can I help.

This sounds like a good fit?  Great let's save you a space!

Dressmaking with knits
Started Oct 20
£300

Payment plans

Would you prefer to spread the course cost? No problem, you can spread the cost over two or three months. Go cardless is a third party website I use to manage payment plans. Simply register your details when prompted after clicking below.

 

 

Spreading the course cost further is possible. Get in touch to arrange.

Registering will automatically enroll you on the course and so the same cancellation policy applies.

Missed classes cannot be reimbursed or deducted from the course price.

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