Monday, 24 March 2014

Dressmaking classes - from beginner to intermediate

Ready to get started with your first dressmaking project? Spring is a great time to update your wardrobe and we have prepared two great classes for your to learn and make your own clothes.

Aimed at absolute beginners, our Make a skirt class will get you started with knowledge of how to use the sewing machine, stitches and seams and then you will be taught how to layout, cut and follow a commercial pattern, as well as basic sewing techniques like darts, seam finishing, installing a zipper and how to hand stitch a quality finished item. The skirt is a simple garment and an ideal project to start sewing with. Choose from making A-line skirt or a pencil skirt.

If you would like to improve your dressmaking sewing skills, the Make a fab dress class is the right class for you as it includes all the required sewing skills to go from beginner to intermediate, with professional looking results. You will learn how to follow a commercial pattern, properly layout and cut fabrics, stitch darts, install a zipper and other garment creation tips.

The best thing about these classes: that you can take the patterns with you and build a whole new wardrobe!

What next??


FIRST - CHOOSE YOUR PATTERN 



Ginger a-line skirt by Colette


Charlotte skirt by Hand London


Laurel dress by Colette


Sureau dress by Deer & Doe

SECOND - CHOOSE YOUR FABRIC

The Ultimate Spring/Summer 2014 Print Trend Report Collection   3 x PDF Bundle trend forecasts
Prints: Dots, flowers, animal prints & lots of colour!
Image from Patternbank

Go pastel: mint, peach, rose and sky blue


Double denim everywhere!


Lace
(Image from Burberry)

THIRD - MAKE IT! 



For our next up to date classes, please check our calendar here. 

If you book both classes (make a skirt and a dress) you will get a 20% discount on the second class. Please contact us and quote: DRESSMAKERPRO to obtain the discount. 

The pattern provided for the class is all yours. Take it home and make some more. 

See you soon!! 
Inma. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

New classes for Spring

SPRING

Spring is here! I hope you are enjoying the good weather. Here at the club we have prepared lots of classes, ideas and inspiration to help you create a modern & handmade lifestyle for you, your family and your home.
We had to create a new Facebook page due to a promotion going very very wrong, so please like our new page! we will delete the old page soon. We are also posting lots of project photos of projects and ideas on Instagram. You can follow us here.
Also on this post,  photos from the projects made by our very talented students.
 

FOR YOU

COOPER BAG (AS A BACKPACK OR A BAG)

This is a beginners sewing class where we make this fantastic bag. We use the Cooper bag pattern by Colette and the class includes all the materials, including a fab waxed cotton and all the hardware bits! You can take the pattern home so you can make a new bag for every season. 

  

  
 
  
  
 
  
 

Next classes:
18th and 25th March, 9.30
24th April, 1st May, 18.30
£80 (materials not included)

We have now three different patterns for our dressmaking class. Make something flattering like the Burda wrap dress, or with a simple style like the Laurel dress by Colette or go for a fitted pattern like Sureau by Deer & Doe.
 
    
Next dates: 5th of April, 10.00 - 16.00
£75 (materials not included)

APPLIQUE

During this class you will learn the techniques and the different finishes, by hand and machine. Use applique to customise some clothes, cushions, bags or anything really!
Photos from the amazing workshop we had last week, thanks Rachel for organising!.

    

Next classes:
19th March, 9.30
2nd May, 9.30
£40


FOR YOUR FAMILY


  
During this class you will learn basic stitches and we will help you design a pattern for your project. 

Next class: 27th March, 9.30 - 12.30
£40

  

CHILDREN'S CLOTHES


Learn how to follow a commercial pattern and make a lovely little girl's dress. We use Oliver + S patterns, which you can take it with you to make many many more. 

 
 

Next class: 13th and 20th or May, 9.30 - 12.30
£70

FOR YOUR HOME

FURNITURE PAINTING WITH CHALK PAINT

As you know, we are stockists of Autentico Chalk Paint. We use Autentico Chalk Paint for its quality. It is easy to use and there is no need to strip or sand or use chemicals. You can also obtain amazing finishes in a very creative way.
If you have a piece of furniture in need of a new life, please come to the club to see our colour range and get some ideas. We will be happy to help with any questions!

  
  
We also provide a painting service, if you have a piece of furniture that needs a new life but you don't want the hassle, please come to see us too! 
Next classes: 
Intro to Autentico chalk paint: 22nd of April (£45)
Furniture painting small pieces: 23rd and 30th April (£120)

UPCYCLING SERIES

Upcycling is the process of converting useless products into new products of better quality. By adding, changing and transforming you can obtain something new & exciting.
During the Intro to Upcycling class, we will explore the main base materials (fabric, wood, glass and metal) and their upcycling possibilities. We will then move to individual classes:
- Upcycle a lampshade
- A mirror or frame, with paint, decoupage or fabric
- A small piece of furniture by using stencils or decoupage.
- A chair cover or soft furnishings
  
  

Next classes (evening classes, 18.30 - 21.30):
Intro to Upcycling: 19th March (£30)
Lampshade: 27th March: 2nd April (£40)
Mirror or Frame: 23rd April (£40)
Furniture: 7th May (£40)
Soft furnishing: 21st May (£40)

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL


Bring your mum along to this class and you will both make a beautiful summer clutch that you can wear at weddings, parties or anything!
Next class: 28th March, 16.30 - 19.30
£45 - 20% discount for both of you if you bring your mum!
Suitable for mums and daughters from 6 years old. 

Four the full calendar of classes and workshops please go to our website 

NEW IN THE SHOP 

Dressmaking patterns, Laurel by Colette & Sureau by Deer & Doe (available soon).
DMC Cotton Natura in Spring colours (perfect for Crochet or embroidery)
And a wonderful selection of Mr Wonderful designs (available to purchase in the club very soon!):


    
 

FOR CHILDREN

 
MONDAYS - 10:00LITTLE CRAFTERS (12m - 5y) - £8 if you book in advance, £10 on the day
7th and 14th APRILLITTLE CRAFTERS EASTER SPECIAL (12m - 5y) - £10
  
14th to 16th MARCH -
9.30 to 12.30
& 17th MARCH - 13.30 to 16.30
 
EASTER HOLIDAYS ARTS AND CRAFTS (5y to 13y) 
We are delighted & excited that our next holiday camp will be provided by Frances from Creative wiz Kids, award winning super creative classes!
£35, all materials and mid morning snack included. 
WEDS - 16.30SEWING SCHOOL
MONDAYS - 16.00SPANISH WITH OLE KIDS

Under 5's may also attend the Easter workshops (as long as they are accompanied by mums/dads, grandpas or carers) and they will be making similar projects, so this is your chance to have a fun morning making lots of Easter projects with your little ones!

SPRING DEALS


20% discount when you bring a friend! 
- Enter code BRINGAFRIEND in the promo field.
- Please note that the discount should only you when booking your class.
- It can only be used once per perso
n.
- Valid until the 31st of April.
- Please indicate the name of your friend when booking. 

We hope to see you soon! 
xx
Inma. 

A special gift for a special person - Mother's day

Mother's day is coming soon! To let her know you love her LOTS, we have prepared a list of our best gifts for mums, from project kits to classes. And if you are a mum reading this, maybe you want to forward this so your kids can see them too! 

PROJECT KITS 

Our project kits are all prepared at The Old School Club, carefully designed & prepared by hand, they all contain a beautiful surprise for your to make. Each box contains all the materials and a tutorial for you or your mum to make at home. 
If you live near the club and prefer picking it up, just let us know so we can save one for you. 

THE ART OF GIVING
Make a personalised gift set including a drawstring bag, a gift box and a sketchbook. With all the materials and a tutorial. 
£15 + PP

Image of The Worker Bee box (c) March 2013 - The art of giving
Buy it here

EMBROIDERY COWL
This crafty box contains everything you need to make an embroidered summer cowl with two patterns, a butterfly and various little insects. 
£15 + PP

Image of The Worker Bee box (c) May 2013 - Embroidery Cowl
Buy it here

HERRINGBONE WOOL CLUTCH
Make a soft, warm and bang on trend herringbone wool clutch. 
£15 + PP

Image of The Worker Bee box (c) September 2013 - Wool clutch

Buy it here

WRIST WARMERS
Make these wrist warmers with this gorgeous pattern and the softest yarn ever! 
£15 + PP

Image of The Worker Bee box (c) Oct 2013 - Wristwarmers
buy it here

SASHIKO PLACEMAT
Make a placemat embellished with sashiko embroidery. 
£15 + PP

Image of Worker Bee Box (c) Nov 13 - Sashiko Embroidered Placemat
Buy it here

SEWING PATTERNS

COOPER BAG BY COLETTE PATTERNS
Cooper gives you three different bags from one basic body: messenger bag, backpack, and satchel. These highly durable bags can be made in a range of sturdy fabrics such as duck canvas, waxed canvas, twill, and heavy ticking.
£13 + PP

Image of Cooper bag by Colette Patterns Image of Cooper bag by Colette Patterns
Buy it here


MATERIALS

DAISY JANIE ORGANIC COTTON BUNDLE
Premium quilters' cotton weight & weave.100% GOTS Certified organic cotton fabric.
Includes 5 FQ pieces (50cm x 55xm). If you buy 2 bundles you will receive 1/2m pieces, 4 bundles you will receive 1m pieces.
£12.50 + PP

Image of Daisy Janie - New Leaf by Jan DiCintio - 5FQ Bundle
Buy it here

CLASSES

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL - MAKE A SUMMER CLUTCH BAG

Bring your mum along to this special class and you will both make a summer clutch perfect for those weddings and parties coming up! 
£40 per person (20% discount when you bring your mum!)
Friday, 28th March, 16.30. 


DRESSMAKING - MAKE A DRESS

Make a beautiful dress for Spring! we have prepared three patterns with three different styles for you to choose from. 
£75 (20% discount when you bring your mum!)
Saturday, 5th of April, 10.00

Wrap dress by Burda

Laurel Shift dress by Colette Patterns

Sureau dress by Deer&Doe

For more information about our classes and workshops please visit our website

Happy Mother's day!! 
Inma.