Learn to sew a top – the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top

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Learn to sew a top –

 the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top

Learn some new dressmaking skills and make a fitted woven top!  Spend a whole day fitting and making a top that is perfect for the Spring/Summer seasons.

This is a day course aimed at those who are familiar with a sewing machine and have made a few projects, preferably including one garment . You must be able to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew basic stitches. 

 

 

Using the Closet Core Patterns Cielo pattern you will choose and make a short sleeve top. This is a classic pattern and is extremely versatile when combined with different fabric choices. It would work equally well as a casual top or work wear. It  has slightly dropped shoulders, angled shoulder yoke and a roomy fit.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Stay stitch
  • Sew and press bust darts
  • Alter the bust area of a pattern using a Full Bust Adjustment or Small Bust Adjustment (if necessary)
  • Attach neck facings to a garment
  • Sew under stitching
  • Fit sleeves into a garment
  • Finish off seams neatly
  • Give garments a clean and professional looking finish

What is included:

  • Sewing pattern – Closet Core Pattern Cielo top/dress pattern worth £19.00
  • Tea/coffee/soft drinks
  • Use of Janome sewing machines
  • All sewing tools provided for you to use in order to complete the project

What you need to supply:

  • Lunch – please bring your own or feel free to pop into Knowle to get some lunch from the local shop/cafe.
  • Materials for top project to include fabric, matching thread and interfacing. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose prior to the course.
  • Suggested fabrics: For a more structured shape, use light to medium weight wovens such as linen, chambray, or cotton shirtings. For a drapier effect, use rayon challis, tencel, cotton voile or silk (I would only recommend these if you are more experienced).

Size range:

Full bust – 31″-46″

Waist 24″ – 39″

Hips 33″ – 48″

**The pattern does come in an extended size range (up to Full Bust 60″, waist 53″ and hips 63″). This range is only available as a PDF pattern. If you fall into this size range just let me know and we can discuss getting the PDF printed.**

The pattern will be sent to you in advance of the class and there will be a small amount of pattern preparation prior to the class to enable more time on the day itself.

Maximum of 6 spaces.

Lorna says:

“I absolutely love my 2 Cielo tops, I could make a whole wardrobe of them! This project is an excellent way of progressing skills you already have, build on your confidence and learn some new ones. These skills are key components of dressmaking and you will be able to transfer your learning into so many projects. It offers great value for money and a fantastic opportunity to learn, develop and progress their skills in a friendly, sociable setting.  Learning together is so much fun and people really benefit from the support of others and sharing ideas.”

Cost: £120

 

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Tuesday 21st February 9.30am-5pm

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Learn to sew a top –

 the Closet Core Patterns Cielo top

Learn some new dressmaking skills and make a fitted woven top!  Spend a whole day fitting and making a top that is perfect for the Spring/Summer seasons.

This is a day course aimed at those who are familiar with a sewing machine and have made a few projects, preferably including one garment . You must be able to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew basic stitches. 

 

 

Using the Closet Core Patterns Cielo pattern you will choose and make a short sleeve top. This is a classic pattern and is extremely versatile when combined with different fabric choices. It would work equally well as a casual top or work wear. It  has slightly dropped shoulders, angled shoulder yoke and a roomy fit.

 

You will learn how to:

  • Stay stitch
  • Sew and press bust darts
  • Alter the bust area of a pattern using a Full Bust Adjustment or Small Bust Adjustment (if necessary)
  • Attach neck facings to a garment
  • Sew under stitching
  • Fit sleeves into a garment
  • Finish off seams neatly
  • Give garments a clean and professional looking finish

What is included:

  • Sewing pattern – Closet Core Pattern Cielo top/dress pattern worth £19.00
  • Tea/coffee/soft drinks
  • Use of Janome sewing machines
  • All sewing tools provided for you to use in order to complete the project

What you need to supply:

  • Lunch - please bring your own or feel free to pop into Knowle to get some lunch from the local shop/cafe.
  • Materials for top project to include fabric, matching thread and interfacing. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose prior to the course.
  • Suggested fabrics: For a more structured shape, use light to medium weight wovens such as linen, chambray, or cotton shirtings. For a drapier effect, use rayon challis, tencel, cotton voile or silk (I would only recommend these if you are more experienced).

Size range:

Full bust – 31″-46″

Waist 24″ – 39″

Hips 33″ – 48″

**The pattern does come in an extended size range (up to Full Bust 60″, waist 53″ and hips 63″). This range is only available as a PDF pattern. If you fall into this size range just let me know and we can discuss getting the PDF printed.**

The pattern will be sent to you in advance of the class and there will be a small amount of pattern preparation prior to the class to enable more time on the day itself.

Maximum of 6 spaces.

Lorna says:

“I absolutely love my 2 Cielo tops, I could make a whole wardrobe of them! This project is an excellent way of progressing skills you already have, build on your confidence and learn some new ones. These skills are key components of dressmaking and you will be able to transfer your learning into so many projects. It offers great value for money and a fantastic opportunity to learn, develop and progress their skills in a friendly, sociable setting.  Learning together is so much fun and people really benefit from the support of others and sharing ideas.”

Cost: £120

 

My versions:

 

Beginners Sewing Class

Get to grips with sewing machine basics in this 3 hour beginners sewing class. Learn how to thread the machine, wind the bobbin, sew basic machine stitches (straight stitch, back stitch, zig zag), sew French seams and simple trouble shooting tips. Put these skills into practice by making a simple tote bag. This class is suitable for complete beginners or those that are in need of a refresher. This simple tote bag is perfect for light shopping, folders or newspapers and for folding up into your handbag for those spontaneous trips to the shops. You could also choose to make a smaller bag for a little person in your life – just the right size for carrying their favourite toy or random bits and bobs that they tend to collect! They would make gorgeous gifts too! Customise for male/female/young/old by just choosing the right fabric. This class will hopefully give you the confidence that you need to go on and make some further more challenging projects – or if not, hundreds of tote bags!!!! What is included?
  • Janome sewing machines and basic sewing tools provided to use
  • A selection of fabrics and threads will be available for you to choose from for the project. If you would prefer to bring your own fabric then please see details below
  • Handout with instructions to repeat the project at home will be emailed after the class
  • Tea/coffee
Optional bring your own:
  • Fabric
Woven non stretchy fabric e.g. 100% cotton, polycotton (please get in touch if not sure about fabric) You will need 1m of fabric
  • Matching thread
Cost £40 Lorna says: “A tote bag is the perfect project for either a complete beginner sewist or someone looking to refresh their skills. Learn the basic stitches,  straight lines and turning corners – core skills for progressing onto more challenging projects. Gain confidence using a sewing machine – that’s what it’s all about. These are perfect for keeping folded up in your handbag or in the boot of your car for saving the pennies when you shop. They also make a gorgeous gift for birthdays or even just for yourself!!”

  

Bookings

£40.00

Beginners Sewing Class

Get to grips with sewing machine basics in this 3 hour beginners sewing class. Learn how to thread the machine, wind the bobbin, sew basic machine stitches (straight stitch, back stitch, zig zag) and simple trouble shooting tips. Put these skills into practice by making an envelope cushion cover. This class is suitable for complete beginners or those that are in need of a refresher. This class will hopefully give you the confidence that you need to go on and make some further more challenging projects – or if not, hundreds of cushion covers!!!! What is included?
  • Janome sewing machines and basic sewing tools provided to use
  • A selection of fabrics and threads will be available for you to choose from for the project. If you would prefer to bring your own fabric then please see details below
  • Handout with instructions to repeat the project at home will be emailed after the class
  • Tea/coffee
Optional bring your own:
  • Fabric
Woven non stretchy fabric e.g. 100% cotton, upholstery weight fabric (please get in touch if not sure about fabric) Remnant baskets of fabric shops/department stores are great places for picking up fabrics for cushion covers at reduced price. You could use an old curtain or bed sheet to practice on. If fabric is 115cm/45″ wide you will need 1m of fabric If fabric is 150cm/60″ wide you will need 1/2m of fabric
  • Matching thread
Cost £40 Lorna says: “A cushion cover is the perfect project for either a complete beginner sewist or someone looking to refresh their skills. Learn the basic stitches  straight lines and turning corners – core skills for progressing onto more challenging projects. Gain confidence using a sewing machine – that’s what it’s all about. You can also really change the look and feel of a room quite quickly by refreshing cushion covers so come along and learn the skills and then get making!!”

Bookings

£40.00

Learn to sew a sweatshirt – Tilly and the Buttons Billie sweater/sweater dress

“Cool, casual and modern, Billie is an ultra-comfy sweatshirt or sweater dress.” “It has a relaxed shape, crew neckline and classic trim details. Keep it effortless with cuffed, straight sleeves, or add some drama with on-trend balloon sleeves and deep cuffs. Choose between top length which sits on the high hip, or mini dress which finishes 10cm (4in) above the knee with gorgeous cutaway pockets.”  (taken from the Tilly and the Buttons website)

This workshop is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin and have sewn several projects before. If you need a beginners class or a refresher then have a look at beginners classes available. Please get in touch if you are not sure whether this is a suitable level for you.

You will learn how to:

  • Take essential body measurements and select your pattern size
  • Identify pattern pieces required
  • Lengthen/shorten pattern pieces if required
  • Accurately cut out pattern pieces
  • Identify the grainline of the fabric and lay out pattern pieces correctly
  • Follow a commercial sewing pattern
  • Cut stretch fabric accurately
  • Top tips on how to sew with stretch fabric on a regular sewing machine
  • Stabilise necklines and hems on stretch garments
  • Top stitch using a twin needle (optional)

If this is your first garment or first time using stretchy fabrics, I would suggest you choose to sew the sweatshirt version. If you are more confident then you could choose the dress or balloon sleeved version.

What is included:

  • Paper pattern and step by step instruction booklet worth £17.50 .
  • Full tuition in order to make your garment

Pattern sizing

The Billie sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 6-34.

You will need to measure yourself in order to know how much fabric to get. You cannot compare to high street sizes. Please get in touch if you are uncertain.

You will need to measure your bust, waist and hips. Please refer to my blog post on measuring yourself accurately.

You will need to get:

  • Fabric - approximately 1.5m-4m (depends on your size and which version). Upon booking you will be given guidance on how much fabric you will need based on your measurements.
  • Optional :
  • Ribbing - You can use separate ribbing for the cuffs, hem band, neckline or use the same fabric as the main garment.

I would recommend using ribbing for cuffs etc, if main fabric has less than 20% stretch. For a regular sleeve you will need 0.6m of ribbing and for the balloon sleeve you will need 0.7m of ribbing.

If your fabric is particularly stretchy you can stabilise the shoulder seams using 30cm (12″) of 6-9mm (1/4″) wide satin ribbon.

Fabric suggestions: 

Sweatshirt fleece, French terry, Ponte Roma, double knit, interlock or sweater knit with at least 10% stretch. 

Please give me a call if you are in any doubt about fabric choices or suggestions of where to buy from.

It is recommended to pre wash your fabric before the workshop as it is likely to shrink a little in the first wash. Do not hang your fabric to dry as it will stretch out of shape – dry flat.

Cost £110

Lorna says:

“This has been such a popular Tilly and the Buttons’ pattern and you can see why. I absolutely love this pattern (as you can see from my 3 versions!!). So comfy to wear and with the 3 options in the one pattern, it offers great value for money. Perfect working from home attire! It is a great pattern for those new to sewing with stretch or for those a bit more confident that would like to improve their skills further.

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Learn to sew a reversible shoulder bag

Learn how to make a gorgeous reversible shoulder bag in this 3 hour class.

This sewing class is a Level 3 class - You need to have sewn a few simple projects before.

The bag has nice long straps, gorgeous topstitching details and a separate oval base piece.

You will learn:

  • Tips on accurate and neat topstitching
  • How to ease in patterns pieces to sew 2 curves together
  • Sewing round curves accurately
  • Optional - learn to insert a magnetic clasp fastening (if you're not worried about the bag being reversible)

Equipment and Materials:

What is included:

  • Full use of Janome sewing machines and Prym tools
  • Magnetic clasp fastening and interfacing if inserting a clasp.

What you need to bring:

  • Fabric - You will need 75cm of 2 different fabrics. Medium weight cottons/ denims/ upholstery weight fabrics would work well
  • Machine thread - you can use a contrasting thread to make the top stitching stand out.

Cost £40

Lorna says:

“This is a brand new class and I absolutely love this bag. It goes over your shoulder comfortably, I have already been using one of mine as a project bag - perfect to grab and go! I love that it is reversible too.

Project from www.sewdiy.com with permission

Bookings

£40

Beginners dressmaking course –

Learn to sew a skirt

Have you always wanted to learn to make your own clothes? Did you make your own clothes in the past and would love to get back into it and refresh your skills? This 4 week beginners dressmaking course will teach you essential dressmaking skills to take you right from measuring yourself accurately and reading a sewing pattern through to making a skirt, with lots of fun along the way!! You will need to be able to use your sewing machine confidently in the basic stitches – straight stitch, reverse stitch and zig zag stitch and have made a few projects before (not necessarily any garments). Please get in touch if you are uncertain about whether or not it is for you. If you need a beginners class or a refresher then have a look at beginners classes available or a 1 to 1 session. This is a 4 week course aimed at:
  • those who are beginning their dressmaking journey
  • those who would like to refresh their skills
  • those who would like to make a project over a longer amount of time to really get to grips with core techniques
  • anyone who would like to learn to make an a-line skirt in a social setting (online in a small group)
The 4 week course aims to build your confidence in using a sewing machine and develop and progress your skills. With 4 consecutive weeks, 12 hours of time in the group and lots of opportunity to practice techniques, it is an ideal opportunity to consolidate skills and really get to grips with dressmaking over a short period. The pattern you will be using will be the Sew Over It Ava skirt. It has the choice of 2 different hem lengths – below the knee and above the knee. The skirt features darts at the front and back for shaping, a regular centre back zip, narrow waistband and in-seam pockets! It’s a really versatile skirt and looks good made up in a lighter weight fabric for Spring/Summer or corduroy/needlecord/lightweight denim for Autumn/Winter.

**Please note the size range of the pattern is:

Waist –  ranging from smallest size approx 24″(61cm)  to largest size approx 50″(127cm) maximum. Hips –  ranging from smallest size approx 34″(86cm)  to largest size approx 60″(152cm) maximum. Please refer to the following blog post in order to measure your waist accurately. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether or not this pattern is suitable for you.

Course outline

Week 1: Dressmaking basics and practising of skills Learn how:
  • To measure yourself accurately
  • To translate your body measurements and use the pattern tables to determine which size pattern to cut and how much fabric and notions to buy
  • Sew darts
  • Change feet on the sewing machine and use of the zipper foot
  • Insert a standard (centred) zip
Week 2: Further development of dressmaking skills and preparation of pattern/fabric Continue building on skills learnt in week one. Learn how:
  • To lengthen/shorten pattern pieces if required
  • To select which pattern pieces to use
  • Recognise common symbols and abbreviations used on sewing patterns
  • To identify the selvedge and grainline of fabric and layout your pattern pieces correctly on the fabric
  • To transfer pattern markings onto the fabric.
  • To cut out of fabric accurately
  • To apply interfacing to give structure to projects
Weeks 1 and 2 will prepare for the skirt project in weeks 3 and 4. Weeks 3 and 4: Make a skirt Bring together all of the skills you have learnt in weeks 1 and 2 and add some more in order to make your skirt!!   This is a classic skirt pattern and a perfect project for beginner dressmakers. Additional skills you will learn:
  • How to attach a waistband
  • How to neatly sew on hooks and eyes
  • How to machine or hand sew a hem
  • Optional skill if confident and time allows – sewing an automatic buttonhole
What is included:
  • Practise fabric and 2 x practise zips for week 1
  • Skirt pattern (Sew Over It Ava skirt) for final skirt project worth £17.00.
What you need to supply:
  • Materials for skirt project to include fabric, matching thread, zip and hook/eye. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose prior to the course. Suitable fabrics will be cotton, needlecord, corduroy, lightweight denim/chambray.

Cost: £150

Additional information Maximum of 6 spaces. Lorna says: “I absolutely love teaching this course. I have allowed plenty of time for people to practise skills and get to grips with core skills ready to make the skirt. People will really have lots of opportunity to learn, develop and progress their skills all within a sociable and friendly setting. Learning together is so much fun and people really benefit from the support of others and sharing ideas.  A skirt was the very first skirt I made for myself so I know it was a great start for me !!
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