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Dress Making Workshop: Sunday 16 May

This initial workshop will work towards developing an individual design brief for your ‘dress’ based on our unique pattern block; we will cover  developing a personal look, an introduction to fabrics, texture and colour palettes and sizing.  If you can bring along a sketch or notebook and five favourite objects – these can be garments, images, objects, technology or media – old or new – whatever you love! and magazines you don’t mind ripping up (we will also provide magazines/imagery) …

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Dress Making Workshop 2: 7th March

Week 2:  This week we will start with reviewing your mood boards – if possible photograph and post onto the blog  (using the comments response box) your 5 items from week one or bring images or the key items which form the starting point for your individual dress design.

We aim to cover pattern making and the sewing introduction this week.  If you have your own machine which you want to familiarise yourself with – please bring it along – and we’ll work out a way to manage the space!  The sewing introduction will include : threading your machine and filling a bobbin, sewing fabric  and seaming –  if you wish to practice on a particular fabric, please bring with you.  Demo’s may  include : overlocking, hemming, pockets, zips, setting in a sleeve, lining, buttons and button holing and hand finishing .

Our aim is to try and tailor our approach to your individual requirements – but remember there are only 5 weeks and we want beautiful finished dresses – so if you can bring your toile or final fabric this week the faster we can progress to pattern cutting! If in any doubt about how much fabric to buy post the width on the blog and we’ll let you know.

Summary of what to bring: Week 2

  • Mood Boards
  • Imagery of/or Key Items from Week 1 (5 Loved Objects)
  • Sewing Machine (if you wish to use your own machine)
  • Fabric Scissors if you have them (we will also provide scissors for your use)
  • Toile/Final Fabric and matching thread (N.B. if you are planning to overlock you will need x4 reels of thread)

Dress Making Workshop 1: 28th February

Inspiration Board from previous Workshop

Inspiration Board from previous Workshop

This initial workshop will work towards developing an individual design brief for your ‘dress’ based on our unique pattern block; we will cover  developing a personal look, an introduction to fabrics, texture and colour palettes and sizing.  If you can bring along a sketch or notebook and five favourite objects – these can be garments, images, objects, technology or media – old or new – whatever you love! and magazines you don’t mind ripping up (we will also provide magazines/imagery) …

Dress Making Workshop #5: Agenda

Week 5:  Sadly, this is our last week! so we will be pushing ahead to finish your dresses!

Those of you who brought sewing machines last week – if you could bring them again – this should keep everybody sewing!

Summary of what to bring: Week 5

  • Sewing Machine (if you wish to use your own machine)
  • Fabric Scissors if you have them (we will also provide scissors for your use)
  • Final Dress and Matching Thread (N.B. if you are planning to overlock you will need x4 reels of matching thread)
  • Any ancillary materials e.g. for embroidery/applique etc.
  • Paper pattern, measurements and toile from previous week

Also, I would really like to document the process to post on the blog as you have all created fabulous work; if you could bring your 5 loved objects and mood boards with you as well that would be fantastic – there wil be a photographer at the workshop, so we don’t lose any precious time finishing the dresses!

Any questions or clarification, don’t hesitate to ask!

Dress Making Workshop #4: Agenda

Week 4:  This week we will complete your toiles and any final adjustments prior to starting on final dresses!

Those of you who brought sewing machines last week – if you could bring them again – this should keep everybody sewing!

Summary of what to bring: Week 4

  • Sewing Machine (if you wish to use your own machine)
  • Fabric Scissors if you have them (we will also provide scissors for your use)
  • Final Fabric and Matching Thread(N.B. if you are planning to overlock you will need x4 reels of matching thread)
  • Any ancillary materials e.g. for embroidery/applique etc.
  • Paper pattern, measurements and toile from previous week

Any questions or clarification, don’t hesitate to ask!

Dress Making Workshop #3: Agenda

Week 3:  This week we aim to complete your paper pattern and toiles.

We will be swapping the groups. Group A who did the sewing introduction last week will focus on paper pattern cutting and making your toile.

Group B will be sewing and finishing toiles and if required an introduction to sewing techniques.

Those of you who brought sewing machines last week – if you could bring them again – this should keep everybody sewing!

Summary of what to bring: Week 3

  • Sewing Machine (if you wish to use your own machine)
  • Fabric Scissors if you have them (we will also provide scissors for your use)
  • Toile Fabric and matching thread (N.B. if you are planning to overlock you will need x4 bobbins)
  • Paper pattern and measurements from previous week if applicable
  • Final fabric if you have it already (you will need your final fabric for the beginning of week #4)

Dress Making Workshop #2: Agenda

Week 2:  This week we will start with reviewing your mood boards – if possible photograph and post onto the blog  (using the comments response box) your 5 items from week one or bring images or the key items which form the starting point for your individual dress design. If you can also think of five words to describe your look or style and come prepared to chat about your mood board and inspiration.

We will then be doing an introduction to sewing: if you have your own machine which you want to familiarise yourself with – please bring it along – and we’ll work out a way to manage the space! The sewing introduction will include : threading your machine and filling a bobbin, sewing onto fabric samples of various weights and seaming – we will provide a pack, however if you wish to practice on a particular fabric, please bring with you.  Demo’s may  include : overlocking, hemming, pockets, zips, setting in a sleeve, lining, buttons and button holing and hand finishing.

Our aim is to try and tailor our approach to your individual requirements – but remember there are only 5 weeks and we want beautiful finished dresses – so if you can bring your toile fabric this week the faster we can progress to pattern cutting!

Summary of what to bring: Week 2

  • Mood Boards
  • Imagery of/or Key Items from Week 1 – 5 Loved Objects
  • Sewing Machine (if you wish to use your own machine)
  • Fabric Scissors if you have them (we will also provide scissors for your use)
  • Toile Fabric and matching thread (N.B. if you are planning to overlock you will need x4 bobbins)