Come and learn some of the must-know techniques that will make your dressmaking projects go so much more smoothly.
In session one you'll learn to understand paper patterns and 'read' the envelope and pattern tissues. You'll make some samples to keep for reference of stay stitching, ease stitching, reinforce stitching, and understitching. You'll make a blind hem by machine, and master the buttonhole. Learn to mark and stitch the perfect single and double ended dart.
In session 2 you will try out some extra techniques, such as zip insertion - try 3 methods, lapped, exposed and concealed. Learn to add piping, cut bias strips, join ends and work around curves, and learn how to sew a curved hemline with ease. Again you'll make samples to keep of each technique, to help you confidently tackle them again at home.
For session 1 you will need 1 fat quarter, and 40cm of plain or self patterned fabric to cut into 20cm squares for samples. Threads, and fusible interfacing.
For session 2 you will need 2 fat quarters, and 40cm of plain or self-patterned fabric to cut into 20cm squares for samples. You'll need 2 regular 20cm zips, and a 20cm concealed zip. Threads, fusible interfacing.
This class runs from 6pm - 8.30pm on Thursday 15th September, and Thursday 29th September
About your tutor:
Wendy has successfully worked as a freelance writer, teacher and author in the sewing industry all her working life, during which time she has held the role of editor of several leading sewing magazines as well as having written 21 books, including The Great British Sewing Bee from Stitch to Style. She also runs regular residential Creative Sewing Weekends and writes projects and technique articles for various magazines and her own resource website www.wendygardiner.co.uk which is packed with tips, techniques and projects. Wendy has also been a presenter on shopping channels Ideal World, Create & Craft TV and Sewing Street TV. Plus she works with the leading pattern and haberdashery companies in the UK and organisers of the Knitting and Stitching and Festival of Quilt shows to deliver extensive workshop programmes.
All this has led to Wendy having a strong reputation and indeed fan base because of her enthusiastic and friendly approach to sharing her passion for all things to do with sewing. She is well known by keen sewists as well as the leading companies in the industry for her extensive skill base and knowledge of the sewing market.
“I passionately believe in passing on sewing skills and knowledge so that more people can make their own fashion and furnishings and realise it’s a pastime that can be fast, fun, fashionable and affordable. With today’s modern equipment and sewing machines it really can be easy to sew and I love to share that fact.”