Basic Sewing & Your Sewing Machine


£120 (6 weeks course)

Wednesdays 6.15-8.30pm

May 3rd,10th,17th,24th / June 7,14th 2017

Gain confidence in sewing tasks. Whether you need to gain knowledge and confidence in your own machine or would like to borrow a machine to try your hand at learning some beneficial sewing techniques.

Basic sewing and gaining confidence in your Sewing machine. Come along and either learn how to use your sewing machine or if you need to gain confidence to make progress with your sewing this is the class for you! Learn some basic sewing skills, putting in zips, repairs to garments and various hemline techniques.

Your Choice in Sewing

( Novice to experienced stitchers)

£140 with lunch included plus £10 materials

Weekend course 11am-5pm

Sat Sept 16th & Sun 17th 2017

Problem solving, fitting a pattern to your size, adapting the design of a pattern or support in the making process. Its up to you. I will support and advise you through each step as required.

Wardrobe favourites – Make a dress

( Novice to experienced stitchers)

6 week course

£120 plus £10 materials;

Wednesday eves: Nov 1st,8th,15th,22nd 29th – 6th Dec

Create a classic, fully lined shift dress or a simple cocktail dress for the festive season! You can bring your own pattern and fabric with matching thread. The pattern can be adapted to suit your requirements and size. I can advise you in advance of what fabric to purchase and guide you to exciting fabric retailers.

(Some experience required)

Re-create your Favourite Garment

( Novice to experienced stitchers)

6 weeks

£120 plus £10 materials

Wed Evening: January 10th,17th,24th,31st / Feb 7th, 21st 2018

Learn to take a pattern from your favourite item and make it in your choice of fabric , alternatively bring a pattern along with your choice of fabric.

The pattern can be adapted to suit your requirements and size. I can advise you in advance of what fabric to purchase and guide you to exciting fabric retailers. (Some experience required)

Corsets: Beginners and Advanced

7/8th October 2017 11am-5pm

£135 plus £45 materials.

Venue: Hangstones Pavillon,  Bristol .  

(Basic sewing skills required)  

Advanced: you need to have attended the Basics course or having sewing experience.

Come along and to  make a fully fitted, boned, lined, and back-laced corset in a material of your choice.  The Corset provides excellent support and  bodyshaping, in my informative weekend Workshops. These corsets are created to be worn as outer or under garments and can reduce your waistline by upto 5 inches. I encourage all sizes from XXS to XXXL plus. Nobody is too large or too small.

Over the two day workshop you can opt to create an overbust corset or underbust style ‘waspie’ corset sometimes used as a cincer and can be used as a waist-training corset.

Only Basic sewing skills are required for these Workshops. I will provide the  Paper pattern and structuring materials provided,these are  based on original Victorian patterns and I am happy to adapt sizing to suit your shape and measurements. These corsets are beautifully constructed using 3 layers, a top layer,an interlining and traditional cotton Coutil. They contain a steel busk to fasten the front, have 4 steel supports to slot into  the back and also contain 14-18 steel flexible spirals bones for long life and comfort.

Not only will you leave the workshop with your own corset after the weekend* but also a pleasing and more advanced  sewing skills. This is an admired craft and easy to manage for the beginner and indeed inspiring for those of you who are more confidant stitchers.

Advanced Corsetry:

If you have attended  such a workshop or class before, you may like to advance your skills by changing your pattern or making an advanced version. Experiment with leather, lace and different methods of trim. If you are an admirer of corsets, you may wish to create a ‘waist trainer’ a corset for lingerie use or as a leather accessory to wear as a belt style waist cincer. Please get in touch to discuss the options.

I will bring along several corsets to the workshop for  you to handle, experiment with and to try on.