Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Makerhood Battersea at Wandsworth Artists Open House (Part 2)

Following on from yesterdays post, meet Zoe & Beata, 2 more of the talented makers taking part in this weekends' Wandsworth Artists Open House.

Zoe Chan
By day, ZoĆ« is a graphic artist specialising in branding, but by night she is a self-confessed typography and lettering obsessive.  She fell in love with letterpress art many moons ago, especially for its uniqueness, heritage and tactility, and is now embarking on this new adventure herself – designing then hand-printing typographic art on her Adana press for graphic gifts, greetings cards and bespoke work including invitations.

Sopvia Handmade Jewellery
Beata started making her delicate & feminine jewellery designs shortly after her second daughter was born.  Previously a nursery nurse, she makes during her (limited) spare time from her home studio in Wandsworth.

We are No.99 on the Battersea Trail, on Lavender Hill, near Art Lacuna (another fantastic collective) and Eve & Ned Silver Jewellery.  Lavender Hill is a busy bus route, so you'll be well set up to come & see us.

We're hoping to have some delicious lunchtime snacks for you, as well as tea/coffee & cake.

Oh, and did I mention we have a creche? A welcoming intimate space where your little ones can read & draw while you take in the sights & delights of Makerhood Battersea.

Come & see us people!  We'll stick the kettle on.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Makerhood Battersea at Wandsworth Artists Open House

We're excited to announce that we are hosting Makerhood Battersea as part of the Wandsworth Artists Open House season in October.  

Spread over 2 weekends (4th/5th & 11th/12th), the event showcases 8 local makers including a biscuiteer, a jewellery designer, a milliner, & a letterpress designer.

Here is Part 1 of our maker roll call.  Part 2 to follow later in the week.

The Biscuit Tree
Three years after leaving teaching to raise her 'twinlets', Rhiannon was searching for something to fill her time away from domesticity. She found it on a biscuit icing course & after 3 months of research, planning, & late nights she launched The Biscuit Tree.  Bespoke biscuits that are works of art.

Amy Collett Millinery
Since graduating from The London School of Fashion, Amy has set up her own company to design & make handmade or bespoke hats & head pieces for all occasions.  She produces 4 ready to wear collections every year form her Battersea based studio.

Harumi Tanaka
Harumi makes one of a kind, unique, ball jointed dolls from scratch. She prepares her own designs and carefully makes, dresses and embellishes her dolls with plenty of care and love & subsequently can only produce one or two dolls per year!

MANTE of London
Comfort provides exclusive dressmaking for the lady who is looking to stand out in a crowd, wearing a well fitted, well made dress. Her dresses are all hand finished and fit all shapes. Her clients choose their own designs with her guidance & every garment that leaves Mante of London is a labour of love. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

New dressmaking classes and new teacher, Rachel from House of Pinheiro.

The new season starts and I am super excited about our new dressmaking classes. Rachel, the talented creative behind the blog, House of Pinheiro will be teaching how to sew to 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 started following Rachel (I mean in the social media world .. ) several months ago, feeling a bit jealous of all her beautiful.projects. And then we met, we talked and we discussed the possibility of running some classes here at The Old School Club.

I really like her style, I see it as modern, adventurous, challenging. 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!

Rachel has lots of teaching experience, providing top sewing classes in London. Over 3800 blog followers are the proof that she is doing something right! She also participates in sewing make along's, reviews patterns and gets mentioned in many of my favorite blogs. As Jane, from Handmade Jane, says:

Rachel is an excellent seamstress/teacher, super organiser of sewing blogger meet-ups and a wonderful friend to boot. She ALWAYS looks fab, whatever she's wearing and I've learnt a lot from her over the years. 

Back to the classes.

Our classes are fun and relaxed, although Rachel will make sure your learn all the technical tips too. They are usually over two sessions or a one day class, where we will include a light lunch. 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 two classes currently scheduled (more to come soon). You will get a 10% on the second class, if you book a third one, you will get a 15% discount and we could go on .. but we will stop at 20%.

Let's have a close look ..


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. 

Why Laurel? 

Uses almost any fabric: from stripes and plaid to huge florals and vintage novelty prints. Because it has so few seams and darts (particularly in front), your fabric is really allowed to sing.

Flattering: How to make a loose style work well on different body types?

Quick and easy: The most basic version of this dress has three pattern pieces. It’s fast!

Stash-buster: Because you can use so many fabrics, because it doesn't require a ton of yardage, and because it’s so easy to make, this is the ultimate stash busting dress (or blouse). 

Comfortable: the best sewing projects are the ones you actually wear. 


Semi-fitted sleeveless blouse with triangle cut-out neckline and buttoned lower back. The pattern includes a Peter Pan collar variation.

The pattern is Advanced, but the class can be taken by someone who has made a few dresses before. Not for total beginners, although for those Rachel will cover the Tallis collar. It's her most popular class!

Why Datura?

- Versatility: a perfect fit for shorts of jeans, or more formal if tucked in with a high waisted skirt. 

- Challenging! if you are have an intermediate level in dressmaking, this blouse has several features that will make the sewing quite interesting, like the buttoned back or the neckline variations.

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

We hope to see you soon!