4 Day Workshop Retreat
If you're in the middle of a complex project, want to learn some new skills, or just don't know where to begin with a tailored jacket, formal wear or a wedding dress, then this extended workshop is for you!
These workshops are designed for individual projects, in a nurturing class environment with a maximum of five fellow sewers, ensuring you receive all the help you need throughout each day.
Bring the project and fabric of your choice, as well as a muslin or learn how to create one at the studio, before we deep dive into your garment.
We ask that you are at a advanced beginner level and up.
Duration: 28 blissful hours of sewing!
What We'll Cover
Cutting out a commercial pattern to your size in a muslin and altering it after deciding on options for your garment
Placement and cutting of fashion fabric, factoring in grain lines, seam allowances and notches
Couture finishing on cut fabric to control seam allowances and finish edges to prevent fraying
- How to pin, sew and press correctly to make garment seams
- Shirt collars, pleats and how to use them to help shape a garment, pocket linings, waistbands, buttonholes, welt pockets, all purpose hand sewn zippers and underlinings/interfacing
- Hems, top stitching and other finishing techniques
Muslin, notions and pattern paper
Use of all studio sewing & serger machines, irons, pressing tools, scissors, and more
Complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day
What level should I be sewing at to take this class?
While every project will differ in the skill level and experience needed, we do ask that you are a confident sewer if there is something specific you wish to tackle. If you are not sure, please contact us to discuss in detail before booking.
How many students are there per class?
We will have a maximum of six students for these retreats.
We must have a minimum of 3 students registered to hold a class. If a class does need to be re-scheduled, you will be notified at least 72 hrs prior and a full refund will be issued.
How much 1-1 time will I get?
Each students will get as much time - both as a group and individually - as they need in order to construct their garment. The aim is for each student to complete their garment having fully understood each step, so they can build off their new skillset for future individual projects.
Can I bring my own sewing machine and/or notions?
Yes! If you have a sewing machine you love to use, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a machine that you do not use often and need help with, then please plan on using the studio machines.
Scissors, pins, threads, etc are all supplied but if you have your own favorites, then of course, bring those! We just ask that you label them and take full responsibility for your items while in class.
Will I finish my garment in class?
We try to make sure all projects can be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking.
Some of the ongoing classes and workshops may have the potential for some voluntary homework or the option for extra learning but it cannot be guaranteed that any garment, item, or project will be completed in its entirety during the physical time spent in the studio.
What refreshments and snacks will be available?
Local treats, king cakes, bagels for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day... and of course, you are welcome to BYOB if you feel like celebrating at the end of a fun class.
There is a small fridge, a Keurig, water cooler, microwave, and toaster in the studio and these can be used throughout the day.
As we are in the Quarter, there are lots of food options within walking distance, as well as for delivery. (Lunch is not included in the paid instruction time). You are also welcome to bring snacks and lunch to eat at the studio if you prefer.