Upcoming classes

Its been way to long since I have blogged!

Where has this year gone, I’ve been so busy with commissions & bridal that there just hasn’t been a spare minute to think about or run any classes at the studio! Though with my community Ed classes finishing soon for the summer I have now got some dates on my class times page so take a look there for additional dates. Here’s some of the info.

Dressmaking from Scratch
June 26th (Monday) or 28th (Wednesday)  7-9pm  (4 week block) : £70                                    If you are a beginner or just want improve your dressmaking skills then this is a good class for you. I will take you through general dressmaking & sewing techniques helping you work out any of those tricky bits in your pattern.  Zips, collars, setting in sleeves, I will tailor the course to each person’s individual needs & aim to give a good finish to your garment.

Sewing for Beginners
July 8th or 12th Aug (Saturday) – Sewing for Beginners 10.30-12.30pm Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

The Corset
2 Days :  July 16th Sunday – (day1) & 29th Saturday – (day2) – 11-5pm
Course Fee: £150.00
The corset is a wonderful garment to wear giving you a fabulous hour-glass shape and can take inches off your waist!  Originally designed and worn by the Victorians as underwear, this garment has come right up to date and is now worn as outerwear.
On this two-day workshop you will work with a Victorian corset pattern c1890,
We will look at construction, boning techniques & inserting a busk.
From a toile altered to fit, through to your finished corset.
NB. You will have the opportunity to cover your corset in a fabric of your choice if you so wish. Silk dupion type fabrics are ideal. You may bring your own fabric or purchase from me on the day.
Material Costs: Approx £30.00, plus top fabrics and interfacing.
Recommended Abilities: Must have confident sewing skills, able to work reasonably quickly and accurately

So if your intrested in any of these classes do get in touch & I can send you a booking form.

Happy Sewing

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Upcoming Classes

Re upcoming classes/workshops I am sorry but I haven’t planned anything. I am absolutely full on working on commissions until mid-June.

Happy Sewing

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Blue Silk Polonaise

“The robe à la polonaise or polonaise is a woman’s garment of the later 1770s and 1780s or a similar revival style of the 1870s inspired by Polish national costume, consisting of a gown with a cutaway, draped and swagged overskirt, worn over an underskirt or petticoat.”

A recent project was making a gown for dancing in.

My client’s interest in historic dance had finally got to the stage where she needed the full costume to perform in. She had previously made a shift & stays but needed the rest of the gown & felt it was a bit outside her comfort zone to make it herself.

I jumped at the chance & we started looking at fabrics. The aim was to make panniers & underskirt in lovely striped linen from Scottish Linen

So off she went to Fife to buy the fabric.

Once we had those started we matched it with Delph Blue silk from James Hare for the gown.

Using one of my Janet Arnold books for the pattern reference & mocking up the top section we finally cut it in the silk. As it all came together we tweaked the fit & I manager to get it together enough so she can wear it this week for a performance.

As is my way I’m hoping to get it back for a bit of refining the fit once she’s back.

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Beginners Class and Drop In

Coming up this Saturday, 1st April, I have a beginner sewing class and drop in session planned.

Sewing for Beginners: 10:30am-12:30pm
Course Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

Sewing Drop In: 1:30-3pm
Aimed at any of my students from previous sessions this gives you the chance to bring any bits you’re stuck with in & we can sort them out. If the info is useful then pop some money into the tin of abundance.

Get in touch if you would like to come along.

Happy Sewing

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Etsy!

I’ve finally got myself sorted out with an Etsy Shop , if you follow through the link. There are lots of lovely bits and pieces on it including needle cases, brooches and purses that I usually take to shows, which gives you a chance to buy them if you haven’t been to any shows I’ve had my work at.

More things are going to be added soon and if you add the shop to your favourites you can keep up to date with my new listings.

Happy Sewing

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Beginners Sewing

This Sunday, the 29th January, there’s a space become available in the beginners sewing class.  If you’ve just got your first machine & want to get started on the right foot then this is the class for you.

Sewing for Beginners
Course Fee:  £25
This class is for absolute beginners to dressmaking and sewing. You will discover how to use the sewing machine, make seams and understand pattern instructions.
If you have a machine of your own please feel free to bring it with you to learn on.
Recommended Abilities:  Absolute beginners

Get in touch if you would like to come along.

Happy Sewing

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New Years Class Times

Apologies for my lack of blog posts & tardiness in updating my class times page! A few weeks before Christmas I had a last-minute bride to dress for her New Years Eve wedding & my time just disappeared. When it was all done & I closed the studio doors I just need a few weeks of down time to recharge.

Anyway I will be back in the studio official on Monday the 9th January & ready to tackle new projects & explore ideas for 2017.

I will tell you all about the last-minute dress once I get pics back from my bride but it was a lovely one.

I have managed to plan some classes for the first few months & the dates & times are on https://mairib.wordpress.com/class-times/

Drop me an email if you would like to attend one of them.

Happy Sewing

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