Sewing & Dressmaking

 

Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting

Whether you're a beginner who just wants to get some use out of a neglected sewing machine, or an experienced dressmaker wanting to make your own patterns we have classes for you.  We run both structured, taught courses and social sewing evenings where you can bring along your own project. 

One-Off Workshops

We also have a changing series of one-off workshops where you can learn some dressmaking skills and go home with a custom piece for you or someone else in your life.  

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Sew Your Own - a 6-week sewing 'sewcial.

The aim of this course is to give you 2 hours a week of dedicated sewing time, to bring along any garments you might be working on that you might need help with or guidance on while sewing, or simply to sew and chat with other like-minded people.

We'll bring along an overlocker for you to use should you wish to, and we'll be on hand to answer as many of your questions as we can, as well as help you through your sewing projects. It is also possible to come for single evenings, just contact thebristolstitchery@gmail.com

Monday evenings 7.30 - 9.15

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Make your own Pinafore in a Day

Learn how to decode and master commercial patterns and make a unique pinafore in this full day class.

 We will provide the pattern, clip fastenings and expert tuition and you will need to bring your sewing machine, 1.5 – 2 metres of fabric, matching thread and your sewing kit.

This project is suitable for those new to dressmaking but some experience of using a sewing machine is required. £85

Taught by couture master Jessica Charleston

Saturday 9th October 9.30am - 5pm

Batik Workshop - Make a Silk Scarf

Create patterned silk fabrics using hot wax and liquid paints.

Batik is the traditional technique of applying melted wax to a fabric base and adding colour, repeating the process to build up an intricate pattern, before removing the wax to reveal the finished design.

Using delicate silk as a base, you will learn to:

  • Apply silk paint evenly

  • Print abstract patterns using wax

  • Layer colours and patterns to create a unique design

  • Remove the wax safely

You will make a practice piece, plus a silk scarf that you can wear or use in a sewing project. Adult options and also With your Teenager option!

To book or for more information, please email Sarah

Saturday 16th October 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 13th November 2.30 - 5pm With Your Teen

Saturday 4th December 10am - 12.30pm

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Beginners Machine Sewing

Get to know and understand your sewing machine and learn some basic sewing techniques through a series of small projects that you can take home in this 3 week class. £85

You will learn:

  • How to thread and set up your machine

  • How to use the different stitches on your machine

  • How to insert a zip

  • How to join pieces from a simple pattern

Tuesday evenings from 2nd November 7.30 - 9.45

Sew your own Baby/Toddler Romper

Come and learn how to make your own baby or toddler harem romper in this workshop. We’ll provide you with all of the materials to make your romper, including some of our beautifully soft organic cotton jersey fabrics. You don’t need any previous sewing experience to attend as we’ll teach you the basics of sewing with jersey following a simple pattern. £50

  • How to interpret and read a simple pattern 

  • How to sew with jersey

  • How to insert poppers

  • How to attach a cuff

Thursday 21st October 7.00 - 9.45

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THE COURSES BELOW ARE ALSO TYPICAL OF WHAT WE DO. NEW DATES COMING SOON!

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Introduction to Dressmaking

This course is an ideal follow on from the Beginners Machine Sewing class. Over the 4 weeks you will learn how to read and understand commercial patterns and the techniques used for making your own clothes, whilst making a cosy pair of long leg pyjama bottoms. The course is open to everyone.

You will learn:

  • How to read a commercial pattern

  • How to sew waistbands

  • How to hem trouser legs

  • How to sew with jersey

  • How to make a buttonhole

 
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