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The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat -29th April - 1st May 2020 Zoom

The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat -29th April - 1st May 2020

29th & 30th April, 1st May 2020

Jury's Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat will start with a One-Day Masterclass in different fabric constructions Seasonal trends and which fabrics to choose, 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.

At the end of the day there will be a chance to go on a fabric shopping trip, then over the next two days 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.


Reviews From Last Years Sewing Retreat

'A hugely enjoyable and inspirational three days spent immersed in fabrics and stitching!'  

'The Retreat has re-energised my love of sewing, of fabrics and of producing garments that are a pleasure both to make ands wear.' 

'Thank you so much, I have learnt so many valuable skills and techniques' 

'Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you for such a fabulous and inspiration event!'


Retreat Timetable

Day 1 - 29th April

9.30am - Welcome

10.00am - Seasonal trends and which fabrics to choose - Frances

11.00am - Fabric files handed out, time to inspect the sample rail and choose your pattern.

1.00pm - Lunch

1.45-3.30pm - Practical Workshop, choosing the correct machine feet for your fabric - Claire

4.00pm - Fabric Shopping with Claire at Ditto. Shopping for Leather with Frances

7.00pm - Dinner (optional)

Day 2 - 30th April

9.00-1pm - Begin Sewing Projects

1pm - Lunch

1.45-5pm - Sewing

5.30pm - Guest Speaker

7pm - Dinner (Optional)

Day 3 - 1st May

9.00am - Masterclass - Claire

10-1pm - 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 £545, There is an Early Bird Booking price of £495 if booked before 1st October 2019.

If you would like to reserve your place with a £100 deposit please click here or let us know at  The balance will be due on 1st March 2020.

Level: All

Maximum Number of Students: 18

Venue: Jury's Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Dates: 29th & 30th April, 1st May 2020

Start/End time: 9am-5pm

Duration: 3 days

Tutors: Frances Tobin & Claire Tyler