Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tutorial: Simple sewing project with neons and pastels

It is the trend of the summer, neons are pastels !! So here is a very simple project that you can do in a blink.

First get a neon/pastel t-shirt, I actually found this one at Asda when I was looking for a cheap pair of jeans that I wanted to bleach and re-cycle into a bag. Success (the t-shirt, the bag is still in the to-do list!!)

For the pastels, I have used an old scrap with a 60's design (from My Fabric House) to make an applique. I don't have much of this fabric left now, but I use the bits and bobs for projects like this one.

You can use some iron-on interface (I used the double-sided) to fix the applique onto the t-shirt.

I have then used some more neon threads to add some machine detail to the applique. It doesn't show on the picture but I am doing a Zig zag stitch using different colours on each of the flowers.

Voile. I will be wearing this one to the beach!!

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??


Ginger a-line skirt by Colette

Charlotte skirt by Hand London

Laurel dress by Colette

Sureau dress by Deer & Doe


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!

(Image from Burberry)


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!! 

Friday, 21 March 2014

New classes for 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.



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)


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


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



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



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 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)


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 


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!):



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
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. 

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!


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
- Valid until the 31st of April.
- Please indicate the name of your friend when booking. 

We hope to see you soon!