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  1. We love Instagram! Check out our image feed below. We'd love to see some pics of things you've made with us so we can add them and show off your cleverness! Send them to [email protected] with the subject 'for instagram'. You could win a £15 voucher if you also answer the questions about your made items on our Sewing Star page here

     

  2.  Sewing Star  


    Congratulations to Karly Blackford for making these lovely garments at our Stitch Evenings and becoming our latest Sewing Star! Karly decided to make her own denim shirt dress after not being able to find what she wanted in the shops, and the end result looks superb. She used the pattern pack by 'Lisette Misses' & Miss Petite Sportswear 2246'.


    Karly also just finished making this gorgeous pencil skirt, which she is looking forward to wearing to work. She used the pattern pack 'New Look Misses Skirts 6843', and fabric purchased from Ikea.


    Karly's taken away with her some lovely new clothes and lots of new sewing skills, including how to make clothes from patterns and how to use an overlocker. She's also learned that she doesn't like fiddling with buttonholes! Karly said that Debra was a great teacher and the Stitch Classes were fun and friendly, and she's even recommended our Learn to Use a Sewing Machine Course to a friend!

    To be our next Sewing Star and win a £15 gift voucher to use towards any of our classes, then click here for more info!

  3. overlocker 9300DX_lowres overlocker pic 1

    ABOUT OVERLOCKERS

    Overlockers, originally used in industrial sewing venues, are a valuable asset to home sewers.  

    Not long ago, overlockers were only available for commercial use. The machines were huge, heavy and impractical for home sewers. Fortunately, the market has changed and there are wonderful assortments of industrial-quality overlockers, at a variety of price points, designed specifically for home sewers.

    Different from a conventional sewing machine that forms a stitch with a bobbin and top thread, an overlocker works with loopers and needle threads that form an overlocking stitch.

    When selecting an overlocker, keep in mind that as the number of threads and loopers increase, so does the price of the machine. So, choose the configuration that best fits your needs.

    What does an Overlocker do? To continue reading this in depth article on overlockers  click here

    Interested in learning to use an Overlocker? Read details in the box below

     

    Learn to use an overlocker (use ours or bring yours)....

    ...or get help with ANY sewing project you have in mind in our Stitch Classes on Thursday Evenings in Brighton & Hove. Deborah is our Overlocker expert and teaches these classes -  click here for details. Or you can have a 121 class with her - click here for details

    If you  are a Beginner and want to learn to sew with an ordinary machine first(recommended) click here 

     

     

  4. I thought I would put up details of the pattern adjusting book I have occasionally mentioned that is BRILLIANT for methods of adjusting dressmaking patterns like we do on the Making Clothes from Patterns Course to fit big boobs, rounded backs, thin or chunky arms, thin or big thighs etc etc....basically for anyone who's making clothes from patterns (bought patterns or drafted yourself as we do on the Fashion Design course) for a body that is not 'uniform' size and shape all over (who's is??)!

    Click here to see/buy it on Amazon for less than a fiver or click the image below

    perfect fit book

     

  5. Sewing a curved shape e.g. on a purse or bag is easy with this technique from Kat. 

    If you'd like to learn how to sew a purse, we teach you in week 3 of our Learn To Use A Sewing Machine course - info here

    Or for more advanced sewing - clothes, curtains, knickers and more - check out our Improver level sewing classes here

    For making your own patterns for your own fashion designs you'll need our Drafting Your own Patterns courses - info here

     

     

  6. Phillipa tells us about the dress she created for her daughter Martha that made her this months Sewing Star, and won her a FREE Stitch Class. To find out how you could become our March Sewing Star please click here.

    Phillipa was inspired to make this dress because she has a 6 month old baby, Martha, and wanted to learn to make childrens clothes.

    phillipas dress for martha march 2013 mcfp course        simplicity 5489 image 

    She came on the Making Clothes from Patterns Course at Sew In Brighton armed with Simplicity's 5489 pattern and 2 lengths of corduroy, which she'd bought on the pre-course shopping trip at Fabric Land, which is run as part of the course.

    Phillipa says of the course:
    "The best things I learnt were how to do applique and automatic buttonholes - and I also learnt loads from watching the others on the course learning various techniques for their garments, such as the zip in Sallys top, gathering on Fran's 50's style dress, I plan to try both techniques myself in next projects!
    " The classes were really good, informal, which I prefer. There was always a good atmosphere and liked the balance between Kat's teaching and allowing me to get on with it myself and ask for help when needed."
     
    Phillipa made the dress as a practise run, as it's a 3 year old size, and she plans to now make lots more from the same pattern in smaller sizes that Martha can wear now - next the next one will have an applique apple instead of an owl!
     
    If you'd like to make clothes from patterns, you can do so on these courses and classes:
     
    Making Clothes from Patterns  5 week evening courses
    We take you pattern /fabric shopping, then teach you how to make clothes from commercial dressmaking patterns, fit them to your size and sew up to an expert finish! 
    Click here for more info or to book
     
    Stitch Evenings Thursdays 7-9.30pm every week
    Make whatever you want! Flexible sewing and dressmaking classes: choose your own dates and sewing projects.....Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc. 
    Click here for more info or to book

     
    Stitch Mornings  
    Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 10am-12.30pm every week
    Make whatever you want! Flexible sewing and dressmaking classes: choose your own days, dates and sewing projects.....Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc. 
    Click here for more info or to book

    Stitch Weekends  
    Sun afternoons 2.30 - 5.30pm every week
    Make whatever you want! Choose your days and what to sew. Improve your sewing skills & get expert tuition making clothes from commercial sewing patterns or mending and altering clothes, furnishings etc.
    Click here for more info or to book

    One to one - private sewing & pattern cutting lessons
    Flexible: choose your own dates and projects
    Get our undivided attention to help you with any sewing or pattern cutting project from learning to use a sewing machine, to soft furnishings to altering/creating dressmaking patterns to fit 'non standard' body shapes, or anything else!  Click here for more info or to book
     
  7. Claire tells us about the dress she created that made her this months Sewing Star, and won her a FREE Stitch Class. To find out how you could become our March Sewing Star please click here.

    claire 1

    I'd just finished reading Chanel's biography, which was littered with plenty of drawings of her classic designs, tweed jackets and plenty of structure. I suppose this was the inspiration behind choosing my heavy pink and cream fabric. It made the most beautiful box-pleats, with lots of oomph to the skirt! I wanted to keep the dress feminine though, almost doll-like, so nipped the bodice in of the 50s-style pattern, added a lace Peter Pan collar and shortened the hem-line. I love the end result! 

    I made it in Stitch Evenings on Thursday nights. I’d go straight from work, and if I was lucky, I’d have just enough time to grab a mocha before class!

    collar

    The evening classes are a great opportunity to do something productive on a weeknight, rather than veg out in front of iPlayer. One-to-one help is never far away, as well as a good chat with everyone there. I also appreciate the HUGE selection of herbal teas (and chocolate chip cookies) on offer to help me get through the evening. Cinnamon and Liquorice tea is a revelation! 

    I've already worn my dress for client drinks followed by a Yoga party (no actual yoga at this, but plenty of raw food and vodka!). It's lovely and warm, due to the thick fabric and cotton lining, so I'm storing it away for future winter parties.