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The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat -1st-3rd May 2019 Zoom

The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat -1st-3rd May 2019

1st, 2nd & 3rd May 2019

Jury's Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat will start with a One-Day Masterclass in different fabric constructions, covering classic knit and woven constructions as well as leathers and modern technical fabrics.

You will have swatches to work on and will choose a Maker’s Atelier pattern to make, and there will be one-to-one discussions with Frances Tobin and Claire Tyler, sewing expert and teacher, to help you decide on fabric choice.

The following day will start with a fabric shopping trip, then you will sew your pattern, learning techniques and tricks for working with fabrics to achieve professional finishes. Our aim is to give you the skills and confidence to make informed fabric choices, enabling you to produce more beautiful garments in your future sewing projects.

Retreat Timetable

Day 1 - 1st May

9.30am - Welcome

10.00am - Fabric Masterclass - Frances

11.00am - Sewing with different fabrics - Claire

Fabric files handed out and time to inspect the sample rail

1.00pm - Lunch

1.45-5.30pm - Working with the different fabrics.

One-to-one on what to sew

5.30pm - Guest speaker

7.00pm - Dinner (optional)

Day 2 - 2nd May

9.00-11.00 am - Fabric Shopping with Claire at Ditto. Shopping for Leather with Frances

11.30-1pm - Sewing

1pm - Lunch

1.45-5pm - Sewing

7pm - Dinner (Optional)

Day 3 - 3rd May

10.00am - Pressing Masterclass - Claire

11-1pm - Sewing

1pm - Lunch

1.45-4pm - Sewing

4.00pm - Tea and goody bags

What's included?

3 days expert tuition and guidance from Frances and Claire

Refreshments and a buffet lunch each day with afternoon tea on Friday before you head home.

The Maker's Atelier sewing pattern of your choice for your sewing project

The Maker's Atelier Fabric File complete with samples to work with

Inspirational talk by a guest speaker

The Maker's Atelier goody bag

What's not included?

Your accommodation , You can choose to stay at Jury's Inn Hotel and enjoy breakfast and use of the Spa (there will be a discount on room rates booked before 4th April) 

Your travel expenses (there will be discounted parking available at the hotel)

The cost of dinner, eating at the Hotel or offsite is flexible.

Sewing machines - if traveling from abroad please email, sewing machines will be available to hire

The materials for your sewing project. 

Bring along your own Sewing Box with tools etc.


Overlockers, irons and ironing boards will be available to use,  there will also be interfacings and haberdashery available to purchase.

Timings are approximate with lots of fun things planned. More information will be provided on booking


The Cost of The Maker's Atelier Retreat is £475, if you would like to reserve your place with a £100 deposit please let us know at  The balance will be due on 1st March 2019.


Level: All

Maximum Number of Students: 18

Venue: Jury's Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Dates: 1st, 2nd & 3rd May 2019

Start/End time: 9am-5pm

Duration: 3 days

Tutors: Frances Tobin & Claire Tyler