“No Fears” dressmaking class, Miltown Malbay

This beginners’ dressmaking class is aimed at those who want to learn to make their own clothes.

tote bag first sewing project
Your first sewing project – a colourful tote bag similar to this one.

The focus of the course is to build your confidence using a sewing machine, and dressmaking using a commercial pattern. You will first practice using the machine by making a useful tote bag from pre-prepared fabric sections, then progress to making your own garment from a choice of carefully-selected commercial patterns (shown below), using your own choice of fabric.

“… 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)

This is a sewing class for complete beginners. However, if you already have a little experience with a sewing machine and don’t want to start from scratch, you might be interested in our “Kick-start Dressmaking” course which teaches key dressmaking skills and techniques that you can apply to any project. More experienced sewists may be interested in my “Sew Professional!” workshops learning dressmaking skills that will give your future dressmaking projects a bit of professional polish.

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Course details

  • 6 x Saturdays and/or Sundays (flexible dates, see full timetable below for options)
  • 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Small groups (max. 4 people)
  • Course fee €195

Fee includes materials for first project and Butterick sewing pattern. Optional €10 ‘meal deal’ available for a light fixed-menu lunch in the excellent Old Bakehouse Restaurant, directly opposite our shop.

Booking

To book, contact me direct using the form or call me on 087 669 3331. You need only pay €50 deposit to secure your preferred dates. The balance can be paid in installments, as and when convenient.

What you will learn

B6675 Misses'/Women's Dress
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The beginners’ sewing class will cover

  • Threading a sewing machine, bobbin-winding, correct tension, stitch selection, basic maintenance
  • Body measurements, basic pattern alteration
  • Pattern layout and notation
  • Interpretation of pattern instructions and illustrations
  • Essential sewing techniques and garment construction
  • Finishing and fastenings (as required)

What you need

Sewing machines are available in-house. However, you are welcome (encouraged, even) to bring your own, if you have one.

For the first 2 classes, you don’t need to bring anything with you at all. The fabric and other materials required for the tote bag are included in the course fee. This is a ‘no fears’ project, the principal aim of which is to produce an attractive sewing or craft bag under the pretext of learning to use a sewing machine.  In order to progress as quickly and as confidently as possible, the pattern pieces will have been pre-prepared and every step will be thoroughly demonstrated. For the dressmaking project, learners will be expected to work a little more independently, learning to follow the instructions and illustrations provided with their chosen pattern.

For the dressmaking project (3rd session), you will need:

B6186 dress pattern
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If you have all of these things at home, all well and good. Otherwise, everything you could possibly need is available online and in-store. Buy now, and pick up in class.

The course fee includes the pattern for your first dressmaking project.  You are welcome to source your own fabric and haberdashery.  However, I now stock a wide range of fabrics and have everything you need available in-house.

 

Discount

Butterick B5926 - new for 2018, an easy-to-sew jacket, made in a moderate stretch fabric.
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Currently-registered participants also benefit from a 10% discount on sewing supplies from www.sew-irish.ie, and continued support for your own sewing projects. Graduates from this course are able to book a day’s sewing during future beginners’ courses, where there are less than three people booked for the day. While this won’t be a tutored class, as such, I will be available to help you with any aspects of your pattern that you are having difficulty with.

 

Book your place

For all enquiries,  contact me direct using the form or call 087 669 3331. Individual class sizes are limited to 4 people and fill quickly. Book early to accommodate any existing diary commitments. You need only pay €50 deposit to secure your preferred dates.

 

 

 

Sewing Class Timetable – Spring 2020

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

w/c 27th January
Saturday, 1st February “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm) – FULL
w/c 3rd February
Thursday, 6th February “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 8th February “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm) – FULL
w/c 10th February
Thursday, 13th February “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 15th February “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm) – FULL
w/c 17th February
Thursday, 20th February “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 22nd February “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm) – FULL
w/c 24th February
Thursday, 27th February “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 29th February “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30m) – FULL
Sunday, 1st March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30m)
w/c 2nd March
Thursday, 5th March “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 7th March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30m) – FULL
Sunday, 8th March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30m)
w/c 9th March
Thursday, 12th March “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 14th March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30m)
w/c 16th March
Thursday, 19th March “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 21st March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm)
w/c 23rd March
Thursday, 26th March “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 28th March “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm)
w/c 30th March
Thursday, 2nd April “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Saturday,4th April “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm)
w/c 6th April
Thursday, 9th April “Fresh Start” Dressmaking (7pm – 9pm)
Friday, 10th April Good Friday
Saturday, 11th April “No Fears”, Beginners’ dressmaking (10.30am – 4.30pm)
Sunday, 12th April Easter Day
w/c 13th April
Monday, 13th April Bank Holiday
Saturday, 18th April “Love your overlocker” (10.30am – 5.30pm)
w/c 20th April
w/c 27th April
Saturday, 2nd May “Quilt Workshop” (TBA)
w/c 4th May
w/c 11th May
w/c 18th May
Saturday, 23rd May “Sew Professional” (10.30am – 5.30pm)
Sunday, 24th May “Sew Professional” (10.30am – 5.30pm)
w/c 25th May
w/c 1st June
Saturday, 6th June “Sew Professional” (10.30am – 5.30pm)