Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dressmaking Tuesdays with Sandesh, Bedlam + Bird

The new season starts and I am super excited about our new dressmaking classes. Sandesh, the talent behind the sewing blog Bedlam and Bird, will be teaching how to sew these fabulous garments, from beginners to advanced, to suit a wide range of skills and abilities.

If you would like to learn how to read and follow a commercial pattern, how to choose the right fabrics - type and prints, how to sew a garment so it flatters your figure and how to add your own touches to make it your own, these are the classes for you.

I met Sandesh almost a year ago, being a local mum she came to the craft club and we talked about teaching and working together at The Old School Club. Time flies and we have now managed to set up the dates!

Her style is modern, with simple but stylish lines. Her passion is to sew for herself, she is able to add a personal & fun touch to common patterns, with a great eye for fabric and prints. If you would like to see her projects, please pop over to her blog. I bet you will be booking a class with her soon. I am!

We have set Tuesdays for our Dressmaking classes, fun and relaxed, although Sandesh will make sure your learn all the technical tips too. The pattern is included, so you can take it home and make other versions, use other fabrics or just frame it for future reference .. saying, oh, I made this one!!

These are the classes currently scheduled (more to come soon). You will get a 10% when you book a second dressmaking class, 15% when you book a third dressmaking class, and a 20% when you book your fourth dressmaking class with us. 

Let's have a close look ..


Making an skirt is ideal class for those new to dressmaking but with some experience of using a sewing machine and ready to get started making their own clothes. You'll finish the class with a new set of skills and a unique skirt, made to your measurements.

In this class you'll learn:
  • to read, follow and alter a basic sewing pattern,
  • how to sew darts,
  • how to attach an invisible zip.


This chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. Making a simple dress is an ideal way to begin dress making and learn new skills and you'll come away with an elegant dress made to your measurements. Ideal for those with some sewing experience but new to pattern reading or dressmaking. 

In this class you'll learn:

- how to read, follow and alter a basic sewing pattern,
- how to sew darts and pleats,
- how to set in a sleeve. 


An effortless dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.
The pattern is Intermediates to Advanced, the class can be taken by someone who has made a few dresses before. 

For more information about these classes, dates and how to book online, please check our website. 

We hope to see you soon! 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Upcycling projects - Reupholstering a footstool

One of the most popular pieces of furniture to upcycle is the footstool, it is an easy project to take with great results.
If you have an old (or just unwanted!) chair or footstool in need of love or you just don't like the way it looks, join us for our Reupholstery, bring your chair or footstool one day class, where will cover everything you need to reupholster you chair or footstool. You will learn how to cut and apply different layers of foam, how to apply the calico and main fabric, how to add tacks and how to finish your piece with modern trimmings.

If you would like to know more about upcycling and all the projects you can do, join us at our Intro to upcycling workshop.

This is Amanda's footstool. It looks fantastic with a new coat of paint, distressed finish, and a beautiful new fabric.

Another great footstool .. Rebecca had to add webbing as it had lost the base. Still pending to add the final trimming, I can't wait to see it!

If you are not sure how to start or what to do, send us some photos .. we will be happy to give you some ideas. Or just pop in for a chat!

see you soon,

Monday, 22 December 2014

Makerhood Battersea

I thought it right & fitting to write one last post before the year ends.  I'll keep it brief though as I know you lovely lot are busy.

Although Makerhood Battersea has only been up & running since September, its been a busy few months, with Wandsworth Artists Open House and the Northcote Road Christmas Market.  Our membership has increased and we are looking forward to more exciting things to come in 2015.

We couldn't have done it without the support of the talented Makerhood Lambeth crew and everyone else we've met along the way.  So a big thank you to you all.

So, if you are a Maker living or working locally, or know someone who is, and you'd like to find out more, drop us a line, DM us, email or call us.  Send a carrier pigeon if you must.  We'd love to hear from you.

Wishing you all a very Merry & peaceful Christmas.

Inma & Rachel x