Sewing Classes

Whether you are a complete beginner or want to hone your skills, we have a sewing class to suit you. My classes are fun and stress-free and include materials and refreshments. For all-day classes, an optional €10 ‘meal deal’ is available for a light fixed-menu lunch from the excellent Old Bakehouse Restaurant, directly opposite our new shop in Miltown Malbay.

I started sewing when I was nine years old and have been dressmaking ever since – that’s more than 40 years’ experience, including 3 years with a top London designer! I was fortunate to have such good teachers when I was young and have made it my mission to encourage as many people as possible to make, alter, and repair their own clothes.

 “… I learned more about sewing in two days than I did the whole year I spent in college. Thank you so much, it has given me the confidence to sew again. “ (BK, Ennis).

Beginners’ Sewing Classes

Beginners’ Sewing Class: “No Fears, No Failures”

This class is aimed at the complete beginner with no (or very little) previous experience, who wants to learn to make their own clothes. You’ll learn to use a sewing machine by making a colourful tote bag, before starting your first dressmaking project making a garment from a commercial pattern.

Find out more about: Beginners’ Sewing Course “No Fears, No Failures”

Intensive Dressmaking Classes

Kickstart Dressmaking

The perfect course if you have a little experience using a sewing machine but want to start making (or altering) clothes. You will learn useful dressmaking techniques from pattern layout to finished garment, that you can apply to any project. You will make a sample pair of trousers in calico fabric. An original sewing pattern is included in the fee, so you can make them again, at home, if you want to!

Find out more about: Intensive Sewing Course “Kickstart Dressmaking”

Advanced Sewing Classes

These workshops are suitable for those who have already completed a beginners’ dressmaking course or those who may be self-taught and have equivalent experience.

The courses are fast-paced, and participants will need accurate machine-sewing skills. To get most out of the day, you should bring your own sewing machine or overlocker.

Love your overlocker

Thread your machine with confidence and learn how to adjust the settings to create professional finishes. Then practice your skills using an overlocker to make simple t-shirt.

Find out more about: Advanced Sewing Courses: “Love your overlocker”

 

Sew Professional

Practice advanced dressmaking skills that will give your future dressmaking projects a bit of professional polish. There are three classes to choose from. In Dressmaking Techniques #1 and #2 you’ll practice different types zip applications, seam finishes and pockets. In Dressmaking Techniques #3, you’ll make up a small sample jacket pattern that includes testing features, such as custom pockets, and tailored lapels and collars.

Find out more about: Advanced Sewing Courses “Sew Professional”

Try sewing

In the words of this year’s winner of the Great British Sewing Bee, “Anyone can sew … Just get out there and give it a go.” I so agree, and I’m making it my mission in life to introduce more people to this practical, creative – and therapeutic – pastime. If you would like to give sewing a go, why not come to one of these monthly drop-in sessions:

Sewing machine demos

If you’ve been thinking of buying a sewing machine, why not come to one of my monthly demo sessions and try my range of Husqvarna machines. The demo sessions run the first Friday of each month, from 10am to 4pm, during which time all the sewing machines will be set up and ready to sew, with no obligation to buy.

Repair café

Don’t relegate that favourite outfit to the back of the cupboard for want of a button or a hem! Why not learn a to fix it yourself? Bring your small repairs and alterations to one of my ‘Repair Cafés’, from 10am to 1pm on the last Friday of each month, and learn simple techniques in a convivial atmosphere. I can’t promise to turn you into an ace seamstress in half an hour, but you might be surprised at what you can achieve with a bit of help.

 

Sewing Class Timetable – Autumn 2019

Contact me using the contact form or call 087 669 3331 to book.

w/c 9th September
Thursday, 12th September “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Saturday, 14th September “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 16th September
Thursday, 19th September “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Saturday, 21st September “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
Sunday, 22nd September “Love your Overlocker” (10am – 5pm)
w/c 23rd September
Thursday, 26th September “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Friday, 27th September “Repair Café” (10.30am – 1pm)
Saturday, 28th September “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 30th September
Thursday, 3rd October “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Friday, 4th October Sewing Machine Demo Day (10.30am – 4pm)
Saturday, 5th October “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 7th October
Thursday, 10th October “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7
– 9pm)
Saturday, 12th October “Sew Professional” advanced skills (10am – 5pm)
Sunday, 13th October “Sew Professional” advanced skills (10am – 5pm)
w/c 15th October
Saturday, 19th October “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 21st October
Friday, 25th October “Repair Café” (10.30am – 1pm)
Saturday, 26th October “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 28th October
Thursday, 31st October “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7- 9pm)
Friday, 1st November Sewing Machine Demo Day (10.30am – 4pm)
Saturday, 2nd November “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
Sunday, 3rd November “Sew Professional” advanced skills (10am – 5pm)
w/c 4th November
Thursday, 7th November “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Saturday,9th November NO CLASSES
Sunday, 10th November NO CLASSES
w/c 11th November
Thursday, 14th November “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Saturday, 16th November “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 18th November
Thursday, 21st November “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Saturday, 23rd November “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10am – 4pm)
w/c 25th November
Thursday, 28th November “Kick-Start”, Intensive dressmaking (7 – 9pm)
Friday, 29th November “Repair Café” (10.30am – 1pm)
Saturday, 30th November “Love your Overlocker” (10am – 5pm)