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Pattern Cutting Skirt Block and Skirt Design

one blue and one peach skirt

Having an idea for a design can be very exciting but its important to know how to take that idea and transfer into something wearable. All garment designs initially are worked from Blocks. In this course you will learn how to create your own personal skirt block on paper, make up a toile and check for fit adapting as necessary, then using your block learn some basic skills to add design and detail turning your own design into a skirt.

Skill level- Beginner @ pattern cutting, Intermediate in Sewing

The topics we aim to cover

  • Flat Pattern Cutting
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Drawing up your own Skirt Block
  • Adding seam allowances
  • Making a skirt block toile
  • Method of skirt Construction
  • Determining pattern alterations for a good fit
  • Design and fabric grain and drape
  • Using your Skirt Block in design and how to adapt for your own creations
  • Estimating fabric amounts
  • Making up a toile in your own design.

What to bring to the class

We will provide Pattern cutting Paper

Notebook

Pencils

Ruler

Sharpener

Erasers

Extra Large Set square if you have one

1 Metre Calico to make up your initial toile

Fabric for your final skirt

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

maximum in class 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Beginners 3 day Get into Sewing Course

A photo of some fabric and threadThis complete beginners sewing course will set you of on new crafting adventures

Day 1- We will complete the How to Use a sewing machine class and make a tote bag to keep our sewing projects in along with a cute pin cushion.

Day 2 – We will create some useful samples that can be referred to in the future, these will include seams hems and hand and machine sewing techniques.

Day 3 – We will start the day finding out about pattern terms and then cut out and make up a pair of pj bottoms

Skill level- Complete beginner

AIMS OF THE COURSE

To teach you the skills you need to become confident with using a sewing machine and following simple patterns and make some simple projects

What to Bring to the class-

You may wish to bring your own Sewing Machine if you have one

All materials are provided for this course

Classes start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
21/08/2021 - 23/08/2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Beginners Get into Sewing Course
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£185.00 4

How to Use your Overlocker

The ever scary overlocker, if you own one and feel its missing its potential, bring it along to this class and we will spend some time discussing and practicing the different stitches and techniques available on your machine and then we will put them into practice and make a simple T shirt.

Class level – Intermediate, you will have sewn other easy to make garments and have good basic sewing knowledge. Have access to and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class along with the manual for the machine.

The topics we aim to cover are:

We aim to cover the points on the list below. Depending on how many questions you have, we may not get a chance to cover everything – please let us know if there is something specific you really want help with before you leave if we don’t cover it in the class.

We aim to teach you the skills you will need to improve your overlocker use. You will make an easy to wear Tshirt using your overlocker and samples that can be referred to in the future  All fabrics are included for the class

Specifically you will learn;

  • Overlocker techniques
  • Stitches and how to change them
  • Using stitch and tear interfacing
  • Attaching a continuous neck band
  • Working with different fabrics
  • The Overlocker rolled hem

What you need to bring to the class:

  • An Overlocker and any accessories you have
  • Your overlocker manual (important)

Maximum class size 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Soft Tailoring Jacket Making

CHECK JACKET ON MANEQUINMake yourself something to be proud of and a timeless classic. I love soft tailoring its my favourite pastime. You are welcome to make a jacket of your choice from a commercial pattern or the jacket jacket pictured for which I will draft a pattern for you. I have made this design repeatedly over the past 6 years for many people in many fabrics from wool to linens. If you would like to move on in your skill set then this is your class

Skill level-Intermediate +/ Advanced.

The topics we aim to cover

  • To teach you all the skills you need to become confident with soft tailoring
  • Learn what measurements you need to take
  • Cut out a commercial pattern and make adjustments if necessary
  • Read an advanced pattern
  • Understand terms used
  • Cut your fabric correctly
  • Methods of putting your garment together
  • Tips on which seams to use and where
  • Correct pressing techniques
  • Professional finishing hints and tips

What to bring to the class

Should you wish to make one of My Jackets (as pictured and displayed in our workshop) please email us at the time of booking so that we can prepare a pattern for you otherwise  you are welcome to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabric amounts for my jacket will be advised when I receive your measurements but they are approximately 2m of main fabric 150cm wide and 1.5 m of lining

Thread

Interfacing which I can provide at £6 metre if requested

For your own pattern please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size, please bring everything listed on the pattern envelope.

We have sewing machines for you to use but if you would like to bring your own that’s fine

Maximum number on class – 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Free Motion Machine Embroidery Lampshade

Table lamp on side table with tea and plant
Create a conversation piece for your home. Say goodbye to sewing rules and try your hand at rule-free doodling and sketching – in thread! You will spend the first part of the morning practicing Free Motion Machine Embroidery before working on your design and in the afternoon make up your final piece into a 30cm drum lampshade that can be used as either a pendant lampshade or added to a lamp base.

Skill level -We do recommend that you have done some previous Free Motion Machine Embroidery at beginners level before undertaking this class.

The topics we aim to cover in this lesson are:

Setting up your machine for FME
Tools required for FME
Thread sketching
FME & Applique
Stabilizing / hooping
Fabric choice and preparing your fabric
Thread choice
Needle choice
Transferring designs
Where to find inspiration
Applications for FME
Great practice ideas
Resolving issues
Learning good FME habits

Making a lampshade from a laminate kit

All materials to practice and make up the lampshade will be provided by us for this class including a 30cm drum lampshade kit, please bring along any pictures for inspiration if you wish.

We have sewing machines you can use but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

 

2 day Dressmaking

A photo of a dress on a taylor's dummyTwo days of dressmaking suitable for anyone that can use a sewing machine and wants to add to their wardrobe. Many commercial patterns have tricky to follow instructions and the best way to improve is to keep adding to and practising your sewing techniques. The class is small and allows your tutor plenty of time to give advice and show techniques that will help you gain a successful result. Choose a pattern according to your previous abilities, bare in mind this is a short course of only 12 hours so simple dresses, tops and bottoms would be best  .

Skill level- If you know how to use a sewing machine and have completed small craft projects and simple dressmaking you will be at a skill level to partake in this course. Please bare in mind your ability when choosing your pattern. As with all projects some take longer than others so you may wish to finish off at home.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Read a pattern

Learn how alter a commercial pattern to your requirements

Understand terms used

Methods of putting your garment together

Tips on which seams to use and where

Correct pressing techniques

Professional finishing hints and tips

What to Bring to the class

You will need to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than dress sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabrics – Please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size

All notions requested on your pattern

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
26/06/2021 - 27/06/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Day Dressmaking
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£0.00 0
17/07/2021 - 18/07/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Day Dressmaking
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£150.00 1

 

 

Little Girls Sundress

little girls sundressSummer and pretty cotton fabrics go together like strawberries and cream. Make your little girls summer by creating gorgeous traditional sundresses. We have chosen a dress that has a shirred elastic bodice top – this will teach you a couple of extra skills rather than just creating a simple dress (a little more challenging) and allows for growing room!

The topics we aim to cover are:

  • Learn how to cut accurately
  • How to finish edges
  • Using shirring elastic
  • Attaching straps
  • Different hems

Materials needed:

Ideally you should bring along a cotton/cotton blend fabric.

  • Assuming fabric widths of 115cm
  • Age 2 – 50cm fabric
  • Age 4 – 90cm fabric
  • Age 6 -130cm fabric
  • Age 8 – 140cm fabric
  • 1 x 10m reel if shirring/sewing elastic
  • 1 reel of thread to match or contrast your fabric

Tutor -Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
22/07/2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Little Girls Sundress
Stable 2, The Vine, Stockbridge Hampshire
£60.00 3

Festive Free Motion Embroidery

Free motion sewing a gingerbread man in fabricCome along and have fun throwing out the sewing rules, create beautifully quirky and unique gifts and decorations this Yuletide. Learn to Free motion Embroider or build on your skills learnt in earlier classes,  Make decorations or Christmas cards use a favourite images or thoughts and transfer them to fabric
Class level – Beginners and Improvers

The Topics we aim to cover are:

Thread sketching
FME &Applique
Stabilizing / hooping
Fabric choice and preparing your fabric
Thread choice
Needle choice
Transferring designs
Where to find inspiration
Creating backgrounds
Resolving issues

Create a card insert or Decorations or both time permitting

What will I need to Bring

Materials and tools are provided for this class

You will need to bring along some favourite images

Any trims and fabrics you may wish to incorporate into your projects

Tutor

Meg Harris

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Handbag – The Fiesta Tote

ISpotty handbagdeal for newcomers and also those that have dabbled in bag making! The Fiesta Tote is a lovely bag designed by Mrs H.

Learn basic handbag construction methods and leave with a well finished, lined handbag and skills that you can apply to many different sewing projects. There are options for zip pockets and various handle choices.

Included in the cost of the class is a copy of the Mrs H, Fiesta Tote Bag pattern

Level -Basic knowledge of using a sewing machine is needed for this class.

The topics we aim to cover are:

  • Basic bag making techniques
  • The importance of interfacing/ stabilising in bag making
  • Creating a shaped bag base
  • Adding hardware to the bag
  • Ideas for making further bags using the pattern
  • Adding a magnetic popper closure to a handbag
  • Making zip pockets (optional)

Materials needed:

You will need to bring along

  • 50cm main outer fabric
  • 75cm lining fabric
  • Matching thread
  • 3m 40mm wide webbing for the full bag  or 2m 40mm wide webbing for the simpler option.                                                                                             Additionally for the full bag you will need bag hardware
  • 2  x 9 inch zips
  • 2 x swivel hooks
  • 2 x 40mm D rings
  • 1 x 40mm slider
  • 1 x magnetic snap

Included in the class cost is a copy of the Tote Pattern for you to keep, foam stabiliser and interfacing.

Class cost without hardware, webbing and zips £65.00

We also have bag making packs available which includes webbing, zips and all the hardware needed to make the full bag at an additional cost of £15.00 available in Black or Navy which can be purchased on the day of the class.

Tutor – Sue Bridger

Sorry, we don't have any classes planned currently. To register your interest please email us at hello@bobbinsewingschool.com.

Bobbin Mini Sew and Stitch

kids applique cushion dinosaur kids bag cat designMaking is popular amongst all ages and children are as keen to have a go at as many crafts as us adults. Bobbin Mini Sew and Stitch with Mum ( or Dad or Granny or whoever you wish) is aimed at ages 7 – 12, boys and girls alike. You will have a go at using a sewing machine together and come away with new skills that you can use to make other projects.

What will you need to bring?

All materials will be supplied by Bobbin. We will offer drinks and biscuits but if you have a food allergy please bring along your own snack

Please advise us in advance of your child’s initial and whether a boy or girl.

Tutor – Aly Warner

Spaces are limited to 3 adults and 3 children

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
24/07/2021
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Bobbin Mini Sew and Stitch with Mum £30.00 3

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