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Dressmaking Workshops for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills.  Choose a specific garment, techniques to build a sample portfolio, an evening class, half day or sewing school.

If there is something you would like to learn but it is not shown or you can't make the date please do call and I will try to work around you.

Workshops at the Midhurst Sewing Room aim to inspire and improve skills while working in a relaxed atmosphere with likeminded students.

The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.,

Come and join us 

The Midhurst Sewing Room

5 The Administration Building, The Wharf

Midhurst GU29 9PX

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  1. Christmas Sewing School

    Christmas Weekend Sewing School - 12th & 13th December 2020

    Whether you need an outfit to wear for the Christmas Season or have some last minute gifts to make come along to out Christmas Weekend Sewing School for a festive couple of days. You can make a garment of your choice, a skirt, shirt, dress or even a jacket or a pair of jeans. Bring along your pattern and fabric and learn all the skills you need.  

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed : Pattern, Fabric and Notions for your project

    Bring along your own materials or purchase from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics which is next to the Sewing Room. If you are buying fabrics on the day please arrive at least half an hour before the class starts to allow time to choose. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

    Level : suitable for all levels

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Dates: 12th & 13th December 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am-4.pm

    Workshop Duration: 2 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £130.00

  2. The West Country Retreat - 18th, 19th & 20th November 2020

    The West Country Retreat - 18th, 19th & 20th November 2020

    Three days of sewing, relaxing and socialising at the beautiful Dartington Hall Hotel in Totnes, Devon

    I will be creating a lovely sewing space in the Gate House at the Hotel which is light and airy with plenty of room for you to make a project of your choice.

    I will be on hand to help with lots of tips and techniques; there will also be demonstrations and talks from myself and guest speaker Jamie Kemp of Male Devon Sewing.

    Jamie will talk to us about his Sewing Story and experience on The Great British Sewing Bee in 2016 as well as giving us a demonstration of hand stitched buttonholes

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

    You can choose to stay at the Hotel and enjoy breakfast (there will be a discount on room rates)

    What You Need To Bring : Sewing project including pattern, fabric & notions, machine with leads and accessories, extra light (optional).  Sewing Box.- Sewing Machines are available to hire from us at £10 per day

    What I Will Provide :  Gift Box, Overlockers, Irons & ironing Boards, pressing tools, haberdashery shop

    How Each Day Will Go (ish) 

    Day 1

    10.00 - Welcome, Refreshments & Introductions - Discussion - The Vital Statistics

    10.30 - Start Sewing Projects

    13.00 - Buffet Lunch

    13.45 - Work on Projects

    15.00 - Refreshments

    16.30 - End of Sewing Day

    18.30 - Welcome Drink

    20.00 - Dinner tbc (optional)

    Day 2

    09.00 - Sewing Projects

    11.00 - Guest Speaker - tbc

    12.00 - Sewing

    13.00 - Lunch

    13.45 - Work on Projects

    15.00 - Refreshments

    17.00 - End of Sewing Day

    17.30 - Visit Stone Fabrics in Totnes

    19.30 - Dinner venue tbc (optional)

    Day 3 

    09.00 - Sewing Projects

    11.30 - Refreshments

    13.00 - Buffet Lunch

    13.45 - Sewing Projects

    16.00 - Farewell Afternoon Tea

    Timings are approximate with lots of fun things planned.  The cost of dinner is not included so eating at the hotel or offsite is flexible.  More information will be provided on booking

    Maximum Number of Students: 18

    Level: All

    Venue: Dartington Hall Hotel, Totnes, Devon

    Dates: 18th, 19th & 20th November 2020

    Start/End time: 9.00am-5pm

    Duration: 3 days

    Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

    Early Bird Booking

    Book before 1st February 2020 to get the early bird booking rate.

    Reserve your place with a £100 deposite by clicking here - balance is due 1st August 2020 

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    £345.00

  3. Half Term Sewing School

    Half Term Sewing School - 28th October 2020

    You can make a garment of your choice, a skirt, shirt, dress or even a jacket or a pair of jeans. Bring along your pattern and fabric and learn all the skills you need.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed : Pattern, Fabric and Notions for your project

    Bring along your own materials or purchase from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics which is next to the Sewing Room. If you are buying fabrics on the day please contact Victoria at Bloomsbury Square to make an appointment. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

    Level: All

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Dates: 28th, 29th & 30th October 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am-4pm

    Workshop Duration: 3 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £195.00

  4. The Winter Coat - Starts 22nd October 2020

    The Winter Coat - Starts 22nd October 2020

    Making yourself a Winter Coat is really rewarding - choose beautiful fabrics, underlings, linings, trims and buttons and make a coat that will last and last.

    Over 4 days you will have the time to complete a coat of your choice learning construction techniques to help your coat last longer, create details like pockets and buttonholes and add the finishing touches to your Winter Coat.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed :  Choose a pattern for your coat and bring along the fabrics & notions required plus calico to make a toille, interfacings & underlings can be purchased on the workshop - if you would like any advice on patterns or fabrics do get in touch

    Bring along your own materials or purchase from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics which is next to the Sewing Room. If you are buying fabrics on the day please contact Victoria to make an appointment. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

     Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Dates: Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am-5pm

    Workshop Duration: 4 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £295.00

  5. Evening Class

    Evening Workshops - Monday Nights - Starts 19th October 2020

    You can make a garment of your choice – a skirt, shirt, dress or even a jacket or a pair of jeans. Bring along your pattern and fabric and learn all the skills you need.

    Four evenings for you to come along and work on your projects with time inbetween to work independantly.  Please note the dates below.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed : Pattern, Fabric & Notions for your project

    Bring along your own materials or purchase from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics which is next to the Sewing Room. If you are buying fabrics on the day please contact Victoria at Bloomsbury Square to make an appointment. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

     Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Dates: 19th, 26th October, 2nd & 9th November

    Workshop Start/End time: 6pm-8.30pm

    Workshop Duration: 4 weeks

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £116.00

  6. The Dressmaker's Portfolio Level 1 & 2 - 5th October 2020

    The Dressmaker's Portfolio Level 1 & 2 - 5th October 2020

    The Dressmaker’s Portfolio is a six month foundation where students will learn all the skills needed to create a handmade wardrobe. 

    This course is a chance to build a portfolio of samples and garments which can be used to start your handmade wardrobe, take forward into higher education or a fashion related career.

    Level 1 – Beginners

    For beginners at the start of their sewing journey.  You will learn about measurements, fitting, commercial patterns and how to alter them, using a sewing machine and construction.

    Level 2 – Intermediate

    For those wishing to improve their skills.  Go over some of the basics, become confident using tricky fabrics, and learn advanced and couture techniques to achieve beautiful finishing and perfect fit

     

    Elegance means a thing is as beautiful on the wrong side as the right

    Coco Chanel

     

     THE DRESSMAKER’S PORTFOLIO PROJECTS

     Two projects will be set during the six months – these are to be done independently, outside of workshops.

     Level 1 – First Project – make a skirt or dress from a commercial pattern which has a fastening and neat seam and hem finishes.

                    Second Project – make a simple pair of trousers or jacket from a commercial pattern that is well fitting and finished

    Level 2 - First Project – make at least two coordinating garments from commercial patterns (dress, skirt or top)  with alternative seam & hem finishes (other than                                                       overlocked).  One garment should have a toile to show fitting and the addition of a detail not on the pattern or an accessory to compliment the                                             garment.

                  Second Project - make at least two coordinating garments from commercial patterns (dress, jacket or trousers) with alternative seam & hem finishes (other than                                            overlocked).  One garment should have a toile to show fitting and either the addition of a detail not on the pattern or an accessory to compliment                                          the garment.

     

    INCLUDED IN THE DRESSMAKER’S PORTFOLIO Level 1 & 2

    -      24 Workshops days during the 6 months

                (not including patterns & Fabrics)

    -      2 x 21/2 hour tutorials/masterclass per month

    -      2 trips to fashion related exhibitions (not including transport)

    -      Sewing Kit & Stationary

    -      10% off extra workshops during the six months

    -      10% off selected fabrics at Bloomsbury Square Fabrics during the six months

    -      A key for the Sewing Room – DM Portfolio students are able to use the Sewing Room when there are no workshops taking place

    -      Storage Cupboard in the Sewing Room

    -      Show Tickets – Tickets to Knitting & Stitching Shows

    -      Final Exhibition/fashion show

    TUTORIALS/MASTERCLASS 

    Tutorials will be on a Monday morning, 10–12.30, twice a month.

    During the tutorial we will discuss students projects, talk about construction techniques making samples if required.

    We will also look at using social media for inspiration, I will give ideas of who to follow as well as introducing you to anything new and inspiring that I come across – whether it’s patterns, fabrics, designers or tools.

    This is also a time for you to ask for help with your projects

    DATES

    5th OCTOBER – PROJECT HAND IN 14th DECEMBER 2020

    11th  JANUARY 2020 – PROJECT HAND IN 22nd  MARCH 2020

    EXHIBITION/FASHION SHOW MID JULY 2020

     

    TUTORIALS

    Dates to be Confirmed

     

     

    From Me: My aim is to inspire and help you to create a handmade wardrobe of clothes to be proud of.

    From You: Commit to attend tutorials and workshops, complete your projects by the deadline and not be afraid J it’s an adventure

     

     

    COST:     Level One or Two - £2100

                            Non Refundable Deposit £500 when booking CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT

                            Balance Due 1st September 2020

    Payment Option

                                    First Payment – 1st September £820

                                    Second Payment – 1st December £820

     

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    £2,100.00

  7. The Couture Jacket - Starts 30th September 2020

    The Couture Jacket - Starts 30th September 2020

    Couture sewing takes time and patience.  Much of the construction is done by hand often because the fabrics are tricky and there could be complicated design details. Since spending time with Claire Shaeffer, who is an internationally respected author, lecuturer and columnist and has a collection of over 2000 couture garments many of which are Chanel,  I have been inspired to do more couture sewing and share some of these skills.

    On this workshop you will learn some of the secrets of couture many of which are used in the classic cardigan jacket.  From cutting out, tacking and hand stitching.  Choosing which fabrics to use for linings, buttonholes as well well as what needles and threads to use.  We will also look at how to make trims similar to those used on couture jackets.

    Choose your pattern and make a toille to bring along to the first workshop with your chosen fabric.  If you would like any advice on the pattern or fabric do contact me in advance.

    As a lot of Couture Sewing is done by hand there will be lots of work to be done at home inbetween the workshop days.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project. You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Wednesdays 30th September, 21st October, 4th & 11th November 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: 4 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £370.00

  8. Weekend Sewing School

    Weekend Sewing School - 26th & 27th September 2020

    You can make a garment of your choice, a skirt, shirt, dress or even a jacket or a pair of jeans. Bring along your pattern and fabric and learn all the skills you need.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed : Pattern, Fabric and Notions for your project

    Bring along your own materials or purchase from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics which is next to the Sewing Room. If you are buying fabrics on the day please arrive at least half an hour before the class starts to allow time to choose. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

    Level : suitable for all levels

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Dates: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am-4.pm

    Workshop Duration: 2 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £130.00

  9. Overlocker part 1

    Overlocker Part 1 - 18th September 2020

    Take your overlocker out of the box and bring it along to our Overlocking day!  Learn how to thread your machine and how to set it up for finishing seams, and hems, constructing garments, simple decorative stitches and the perfect rolled hem. You will leave with samples and notes to give you confidence to use your overlocker for any project and get a professional finish.  All thread and fabric is included in the cost of the workshop. 

    Please when booking let us know what make your overlocker is.  If you don't yet have an overlocker but would like to try one let me know and you can use one of mine.

    What You Need To Bring : Your Overlocker, lead, accessories & instruction book

    Materials Needed : All materials are included in the cost of the workshop

    Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Friday 18th September 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 3pm

    Workshop Duration: 1 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £65.00

  10. Know your Fabrics

    Sample Portfolio - Know Your Fabrics - 7th September 2020

    The Sample Portfolio workshops allow you to build up a file of techniques to refer to when ever you need them. When you attend the first workshop you will receive a file to start building your porfolio then add to it on each workshop. Workshops In this series include, Zips, Seams and Hems, Pockets, Collars and Cuffs, Dressmaking Techniques, Advanced Dressmaking Techniques, Tailoring Techniques, Pressing Techniques, Machine Feet

    Choosing the right fabric for your project is really important and there are so many out there!  On this workshop we will look at lots of different fabrics and discuss what they would be used for, take home samples and notes to add to your portfolio.

    What You Need To Bring : The Sewing Room is fully equipped with Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers as well as all the tools you need to complete your project.  You are very welcome to bring your own machine and sewing box if you wish.

    Materials Needed : All Materials are provided for this workshop

    Level: All

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 7th September 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 2pm-5pm

    Workshop Duration: half day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £50.00

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