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Workshops

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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Introduction to Couture Sewing - 31st July 2020

    Introduction to Couture Sewing - 31st July 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.

    All of these techniques will be practiced while making a sample sleeve - a great workshop to do before taking on a bigger Couture project.

    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 covered in the workship preice

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Friday 31st July 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: 1 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £100.00

  4. Summer Trousers - 30th July 2020

    Summer Trousers - 30th July 2020

    A pair of light weight trousers are perfect for the Summer.  Using the Tessuti Chloe Pants pattern you can create your perfect trousers for the season.

    After altering the pattern you will cut out and construct the trousers with a side conealed zip and facing at the waist.

    The cost of the Tessuti pattern is included int he workshop price.

    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 :  To make the Summer Trousers you will need 1.8m of 150cm wide woven fabric, 20cm of woven fusible interfacing, a 20cm invisible zip and matching thread.

    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: Intermediate/Advanced

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Thursday 30th July 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: 1 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £85.00

  5. One to One

    Mini Fit & Finish - 27th July 2020

    If you are stuck with a pattern or instruction, would like help with a specific technique or help with fitting then booking a Mini Fitting & Finishing workshop might be the answer.

    With a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 people you will receive lots of personal help with your project. 

    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 : Bring along the project you need help with

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 27th July 2020

    Wokshop Start/End time: from 10am-12pm

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £55.00

  6. Sample Portfolio - Pattern Alteration for Design or Fit  - 27th July 2020

    Sample Portfolio - Pattern Alteration for Design or Fit - 27th July 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, The Importance of Pressing, Machine Feet.

    Learn some of the most common Pattern Alterations to get a perfect fit and some basic design ideas for changing a simple pattern into something different.

    Using ½ scale pattern pieces you will practice the techniques and take home lots of samples to help you do the same thing on full scale patterns. 

    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: Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 27th July 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 2pm-5pm

    Workshop Duration: half day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £50.00

  7. Overlocker part 2

    Overlocker Part 2 - 23rd July 2020

    On this 2nd part of our Overlocking Workshops you will learn to use your Overlocker to create decorative stitches. Using different threads and even fishing line and wire, you will create samples as well as making a box bag with a zip - all with your overlocker. 


    Please when booking let us know what make your overlocker is. 

    What You Need To Bring : Your Overlocker, If you don't yet have an overlocker but would like to try one let me know and you can use one of mine

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

    Level: Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 3pm

    Workshop Duration: 1 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £70.00

  8. Sleeves

    Sample Portfolio - All About Sleeves - 20th July 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, The Importance of Pressing, Machine Feet.

    If you dread that part of your project when you have to put in sleeves, if you make sleevless garments to avoid setting them in then this is the workshop for you.  

    Learn about 1, 2  & 3 piece sleeves, how to put them in to t shirts dresses & jackets as well as hemming & finishing ideas.  Lots of tips and samples to make and take home.

    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: Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 20th July 2020

    Workshop Start/End time: 2pm-5pm

    Workshop Duration: half day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £60.00

  9. Weekend Sewing School

    Weekend Sewing School - 18th & 19th July 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: Satirday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2020

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

    Workshop Duration: 2 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £130.00

  10. The New York Sewing Tour & Cruise - July 2020

    The New York Sewing Tour & Cruise - July 2020

    Join us for 10 days of sewing related fun!

    We plan to fly to New York where we will spend 3 days sightseeing, visiting museums and of course lots of fabric shopping.

    We will be staying in the wonderful Renaissance Hotel on Time Square and will be joined by the fabulous Couture Dress Designer Kenneth D King for an inspriational talk one evening.

    We will then embark on the Queen Mary 2 where sewing machines will meet us for a 7 day cruise back to Southampton whilst we enjoy 5 days of uninterrurpted sewing in luxurious surroundings.

    Claire will be on hand with plenty of advice and tuition as well as daily masterclasses.

    Prices start from £3200 including all accommodation, flight to New York and Cruise, based on 2 people sharing.  The only thing not included is food in New York and spending Money.

    There are also limited spaces for those who might like to join us just for the New York Tour and wish to fly back instead of joining us on the Cruise

    If you are interested and would like to know more about it please email amy@claire-tyler.com

    Level: All

    Maximum Number of Students: 12

    Venue: New York, Queen Mary 2

    Dates: July 2020

    Start/End time: 9.30am-5pm

    Duration: 10 days

    Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £3,200.00

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