My Sunday workshops for 2014 got off to a flying start last Sunday with a Dress Pattern Cutting workshop for the London Dressmaking Club. This is a group of very enthusiastic sewers who regularly meet up to sew, help each other out with sewing problems, visit exhibitions, go fabric shopping and organise sew-alongs. I was really impressed with their commitment to the craft (they travelled to this workshop by coach from London due to engineering works on the train line!) and their infectious enthusiasm for anything sewing related.
Here they are, heads down working hard….!
Sewing clubs like this are such good news. Traditionally sewing work has often been done in groups and as I often find in my classes, the act of keeping your hands busy means that people have a tendency to chat much more and in much greater depth! As this group said themselves they get to meet like-minded people with similar interests who they probably never would have met in their everyday lives. The supportive and encouraging atmosphere they seem to have created in their group adds that extra level of motivation when trying to make time for sewing after all the other chores of the day (such as work!) are out of the way. Sewing on your own at home without any feedback from anyone but family can be difficult; how do you really know if you’re doing things the best way or if that dress you’ve just finished really does fit well and look great on you?! I don’t think it’s going too far to say that this group seem to be like a big extended happy sewing family!
Anyway, enough from me, here’s what they thought of the day:
“Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed the Dress Pattern Cutting day. I came away with a usable full length dress block that I can use straight or easily adapt. Wonderful value for money and very supportive, encouraging tuition. Thank you Wendy, I am already looking forward to my next course here.” Giselle
“Brilliant class thank you very much! We covered a huge amount in just a day and it’s great to go home confident that I can make properly fitted dresses and develop my own ideas. Hopefully see you again!” Imogen
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself during this class and I learned a lot. My finished toile is the best fitting fitted dress I have ever had. I loved it so much I have signed up for the trouser pattern cutting workshop!” Dibs
Dibs also writes a great blog about her sewing adventures which I’m sure you will enjoy reading here.
If you would like to organise a workshop for your sewing club, I have a limited number of days available each 6 months (I can take bookings now for July to December 2014), get in touch on 01273 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com