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. advanced dressmaking

    Sample Portfolio - Advanced Dressmaking Techniques - 20th May 2019

    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, Sames and Hems, Pockets, Collars and Cuffs, Dressmaking Techniques, Advanced Dressmaking Techniques, Tailoring Techniques.

    Achieving a perfect finish for your garments often comes from the extra details used in construction.  On this workshop you will learn how to choose the correct fabric to interline for a couture finish, hand stitches and fastenings as well as how to make continuous bias binding from a small piece of fabric then finish seams and hems with a Hong Kong binding.  Lots of techniques to learn, with samples and notes to 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/Advanced

    Venue: Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 20th May 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 2pm - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: half day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £55.00

  2. Skirts Made Simple - 24th May 2019

    Skirts Made Simple - 24th May 2019

    Create your perfect summer skirt; choose to make it straight or A line, short or long. You will learn everything you need to know to make it fit perfectly, including inserting a concealed zip and facing. At the end of the workshop you will take home a perfect fitting skirt and the pattern to make many more.  

    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 : 1m medium weight fabric, 1m Lining (optional), .25m Woven Fusible Interfacing, 23cm concealed zip, 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 to make an appointment. Alternatively order fabric in advance,  have it sent to you or collect on the day of the class.

    Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Friday 24th May 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: one day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £70.00

  3. The Tunic Bible - 25th & 26th May 2019 FULLY BOOKED

    The Tunic Bible - 25th & 26th May 2019 FULLY BOOKED

    The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn (Goodbye Valentino) & Julie Starr is a fantastic concept - the basic bodice pattern is the same for all styles so once you have the fit right for this you can choose from different style of neck placket, coller or sleeve variations.  You can make it as a tunic or a longer dress, from woven or stretch fabrics

    The hardest part of this workshop is chosing which options to make.

    The cost of the Tunic Bible book is included in the 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 :  A materials list will be sent nearer the time

    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: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: 2 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £155.00

  4. Half Term Sewing School

    Half Term Sewing School - Starts 29th May 2019 FULLY BOOKED

    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: Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th & Friday 31st May 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am-4pm

    Workshop Duration: 3 days

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

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    £180.00

  5. Vintage Sewing - 9th & 16th June 2019

    Vintage Sewing - 9th & 16th June 2019

    For this workshop we will be using the lovely Vintage Style patterns from Til The Sun Goes Down - choose from 

    The Ritz Pleat DressThe Ritz Pleat Dress - the perfect dress for almost any occasion, depending on the fabric you choose. The key feature is the flattering pleats that drape from shoulder to centre front and the bias skirt that falls easily over the waist and hips. The pattern has 3 sleeve versions - Long straight, elbow length with/without gathers and a short fluted one. The dress comes to just below the knee with the option of making it full length.

    The Lana Tea DressA perfect teadress that is so versatile you'll make it again and again. It has a look that's a little 1930's but also something of the 1940's. There are 3 versions included in the pattern. Version A has a gathered sleeve head and a pleat into it's cuff. Version B has a gathered sleeve head with a fluted hem. Version C has a long straight sleeve. Version D has a long skirt. The skirt is cut on the bias and gently skims the waist and hips making it very easy to wear.

    The Molly DressA  simple but oh so lovely little number with great versatility. A bias cut skirt creates a draped , fluid skirt with lots of swing. The slightly above natural waistline seam, gives the look of longer legs and a smaller waist. Gentle gathers from a piped shoulder yoke give shaping, all finished off with a bound neckline. There's a short, straight sleeve and a long sleeve with gathers on the sleeve head.

    The Hepburn ShirtwaisterThis is a classic dress with echoes of the late 1940's/ early 1950?s but updated for today. There are 2 collar versions, 1 angular and one curved. There are 3 sleeve choices ? A short capped one, a straight bracelet length or one with a feature cuff. Small pleats add fullness to the skirt both front and back. And last but not least there are skirt side pockets.

    Over two Sunday's make a beutiful dress for the Summer or a Vinage event like The Goodwood Revival, the perfect fabric for any of the dresses would be a silk or silk/viscose

    The cost of the pattern is included in the 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 :  A materials list will be sent nearer the time

    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: Sunday 9th & 16th June 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: 2 day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £145.00

  6. Classic Shirt or Shirt Dress - 13th & 14th June 2019

    Classic Shirt or Shirt Dress - 13th & 14th June 2019

    Choose to make this wardrobe essential in ladies or mens version.  Lots of techniques to practice - collars & cuffs, buttons & buttonholes as well as seam and hem finishes.

    Or you could choose to make the classic shirt dress - always a classic for your wardrobe

    The cost of the pattern is included in the 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 : A materials list will be sent nearer the time

    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: Intermediate

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th June 2019 

    Workshop Start/End time: 10am - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: two day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £145.00

  7. The Carlisle Sewing Retreat - Non Residential - 17th June 2019

    The Carlisle Sewing Retreat - Non Residential - 17th June 2019

    The Carlisle Sewing  Retreat

    17th - 21st June 2019

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    This Retreat is all about Couture. 

     

    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. 

     

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    On this Retreat we will practice Couture techniques in the beautiful peaceful atmosphere of Dalston Hall Hotel.

    I will be creating a lovely sewing space at the Hotel and teaching Sewing Techniques perfect for creating a Chanel Style Cardigan Jacket, Couture Skirt or Dress

    Over the three days we will

    - discuss projects, make a toille and plan your couture garment

    - pay a visit to Linton Tweeds the home of fabric produced and suppled to Couture houses such as Chanel, Yves St Laurent and Dior.  We are excitied that Mrs Walker from Linton Tweeds will be giving us a talk about the company's facinating history.

    - practice the couture techniques which you may wish to use in your garment so that you can return home confident in how to complete your project.

    Techniques will include :

    Sample French Cardigan Jacket Front including quilted lining, seams, hems and how to apply chain

    Pattern Matching

    Pockets, Zips, Buttons & Buttonholes

    Trims - Fringe, Piping, Applied & Inserted

    What You Need To Bring : The pattern for your garment and fabric to make a toille, thread and your sewing Box.

    What I Will Provide : Sewing machines, Irons & ironing Boards, pressing tools, haberdashery shop.  

    I will also provide a Sample Book with all the materials needed to make your samples.

     

    Lunch & Refreshments will be provided - if you would like to join us for the 3 course evening meal do let us know.

     

    Maximum Number of Students: 12

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Venue: Dalston Hall Hotel in the heart of the Northern Lake District

    Dates: 17th-21st June 2019

    Start/End time: 9.30am-5pm

    Duration: 3 days

    Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

     If you would like to reserve a place with a £100 (non refundable) deposit do please email amy@claire-tyler.com

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    £325.00

  8. The Carlisle Sewing Retreat - 17th June 2019

    The Carlisle Sewing Retreat - 17th June 2019

    The Carlisle Sewing  Retreat

    17th - 21st June 2019

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    This Retreat is all about Couture. 

    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. 

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    On this Retreat we will practice Couture techniques in the beautiful peaceful atmosphere of Dalston Hall Hotel.

    I will be creating a lovely sewing space at the Hotel and teaching Sewing Techniques perfect for creating a Chanel Style Cardigan Jacket, Couture Skirt or Dress

    The price will include 4 nights accommodation in this 4 star Hotel, breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner each day.

    Over the three days we will

    - discuss projects, make a toille and plan your couture garment

    - pay a visit to Linton Tweeds the home of fabric produced and suppled to Couture houses such as Chanel, Yves St Laurent and Dior. We are excitied that Mrs Walker from Linton Tweeds will be giving us a talk about the company's fascinating history.

    - practice the couture techniques which you may wish to use in your garment so that you can return home confident in how to complete your project.

    Techniques will include :

    Sample French Cardigan Jacket Front including quilted lining, seams, hems and how to apply chain

    Pattern Matching

    Pockets, Zips, Buttons & Buttonholes

    Trims - Fringe, Piping, Applied & Inserted

    What You Need To Bring : The pattern for your garment and fabric to make a toille, thread and your sewing Box.

    What I Will Provide : Sewing machines, Irons & ironing Boards, pressing tools, haberdashery shop.  

    I will also provide a Sample Book with all the materials needed to make your samples.

     

    Maximum Number of Attendees: 12

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Venue: Dalston Hall Hotel in the heart of the Northern Lake District

    Dates: 17th-21st June 2019

    Start/End time: 9.30am-5pm

    Duration: 3 days, 4 nights

    Tutor: Claire Tyler

     

    If you would like to reserve a place with a £100 (non refundable) deposit do please email amy@claire-tyler.com

    For details of the Non-Residential Option Click here 

     

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    £895.00

  9. Seams & Hems

    Sample Portfolio - Seam Finishes - 24th June 2019

    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, Know Your Fabrics.

    We often use the same seam finish in garment construction but there are lots of alternatives, learn the techniques for finishing different types of fabrics and make samples to 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: Beginner

    Venue: The Midhurst Sewing Room

    Date: Monday 24th June 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 2pm - 5pm

    Workshop Duration: half day

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £40.00

  10. Evening Class

    Evening Workshops - Monday Nights - Starts 24th June 2019

    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: 24th June, 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th 

       NOTE: There will not be a workshop on 8th July 2019

    Workshop Start/End time: 6pm-8.30pm

    Workshop Duration: 5 weeks

    Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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    £125.00

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