Join us for a fun day making one of our most popular sewing patterns, The Blouse.
Every woman‘s wardrobe needs that go-to top that is stylish and easy to wear. Our sewing pattern, The Blouse, is such a versatile make you‘ll be wearing this all year round. Made using lightweight fabrics, The Blouse offers an alternative option to the traditional shirt.
With an elegant stand collar and three-quarter length sleeves, The Blouse is loosely fitted providing practical ease and comfort for your day-to-day activities while being chic enough to wear in the evening or at the weekend.
The Blouse is made without darts and includes a button placket, collar and elasticated cuffs making it ideal for confident beginners looking to sew their first blouse.
What you’ll learn
Believing strongly in the importance of preparation, Naomi will teach you sewing skills that can use in all your future sewing projects, such as:
Naomi will teach you how to fully cut and construct The Blouse showing you lots of tips and skills that you can easily use in all your sewing projects.
You’ll have the opportunity to try on our Blouse toiles to see the fit before you start cutting the sewing pattern. We’ll cut out the pattern, fabric and sew this beautiful garment together under the expert eye of your teacher, Naomi.
Pattern sizes - UK 6 - UK 22
Skill level - Students must be proficient at using a sewing machine and have some basic sewing skills.
What you need to bring:
Various sewing machines will be provided, however, we promote people bringing their own sewing machine. If you are bringing your own sewing machine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org after booking so that we can confirm your machine is suitable. If you bring your own machine, please bring an empty bobbin for the machine and all the parts that came with the machine. Don’t forget the foot pedal and cords.
Perfect in cottons and other lightweight fabrics that are soft. Viscose is fine if you are confident sewing with this fabric. We are happy to help you select fabric.
The class size for this workshop will be a maximum of 4. Each person will have their own space to work from and will be provided with a kit (paper & fabric scissors, pencil and measuring tape) to use in the workshop.
Sewing machines are available but we suggest that, if possible, you bring your own sewing machine to this workshop.
Please note that we need a minimum of 4 for this workshop to go ahead.
The day will begin at 10am and finish at 6pm to allow you plenty of time to make the garment and have a break for lunch.
Should you be travelling far and need suggestions for local hotels, please contact us for suggestions.
Naomi Skull is a self-taught seamstress who runs a small bridal dressmaking and alterations business from her home in Guildford. She has been a patron at many a sewing course over the years, so understands what students need and will benefit from. Most recently she studied Bridalwear at London College of Fashion. Naomi currently teaches students of all different levels from basic sewing skills to more advanced dressmaking techniques. She has a real passion for passing on the skills that she has learned over the years and seeing the joy that sewing and creating can bring to anyone, no matter what age or experience they have.
The Avid Seamstress Studio. 20 Island Centre Way, Enfield, EN3 6GS. For directions and venue information please click here.
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Every so often we all get stuck with our current sewing project. Regardless of how long you have been sewing or even if you can’t use a sewing machine at all, sometimes we all would appreciate that expert in the room to show us what to do.
Our 1-2-1 Workshops are designed to cater to what you need.
Your two-hour session will help you get to grips with what’s troubling you, support you in making amazing progress with your project, or the beginning of your journey in learning how to sew AND leave you with the confidence to continue on your own.
Once you have booked your session we will plan and tailor the time together to focus on the areas that you would like to develop.
Recent 1-2-1 workshops have included:
Day, evening and weekend times are available.
Adult and children’s lessons available.
Once your workshop is booked we will get in touch to confirm the date and time or this can be pre-agreed before booking.
Lessons take place at our gorgeous studio in Enfield, North London:
Satnav EN3 6GS
The nearest train station is Enfield Lock, 25 minutes from Liverpool Street.
Travel by bus from Enfield Lock station.
Taking the bus is an easy 8 minute journey, just 4 stops from Enfield Lock station.
On leaving the bus stop (labelled B) take the 121 towards Enfield Island Village. Disembark at the fourth stop; Canal Side Walk. Cross the bridge over the canal and come into the units – we are located in the courtyard at number 20.
Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa 07983 413 929
Every so often we all get stuck with our sewing project and would love to have someone to talk it through. However, with Covid restrictions, locations, or time zones it can be hard to get to an in-person lesson.
Our virtual private lessons are designed to cater to what you need. We'll connect via Zoom or Whatsapp Video to help you get to grips with your project.
Examples of what can be covered:
Day, evening and weekend times are available. Adult and children’s lessons available.
Each lesson is one hour.
If you are unsure of how long you need or whether we can help you, please email email@example.com and we can work together to find a solution.
Once your workshop is booked we will get in touch to confirm the date and time .
Join us to learn how to love your overlocker and use it with confidence.
This 3-hour course is aimed at those that have recently purchased an overlocker or those who have one that is still in its box!
You will learn:
You will leave with a number of samples on woven and stretch fabric and the knowledge with which to use your overlocker with confidence. You can then join our follow up workshop to make your first garment using your overlocker or do both courses in one day.
You'll need to bring:
You will need to bring with you your overlocker and power cable, a printed copy of your overlocker manual, and your overlocker accessories.
Overlocker sewing machines:
We suggest that you bring your overlocker machine so that you can learn how to use it. There is free parking and it's a short walk to the unit so don't worry about carrying it. We have one machine that can be used should you not have an overlocker machine and joining the workshop to try one out before you buy. This machine is on a first come first serve basis so it's important that you email us before booking to see if it is available - firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Avid Seamstress Studio. 20 Island Centre Way, Enfield, EN3 6GS. For directions and venue information please click here.
What will be next after attending this workshop?
Once you have joined this workshop you can attend our follow-up workshop making your first garment with your overlocker in our MAKE A TILLY & THE BUTTONS AGNES TOP workshop.
Fancy a fun day learning how to use your overlocker and making the top? We have both of these courses running on the same day on these dates. Should you wish to book both courses on either of these dates, email us and we'll provide you with a 15% discount for the day:
About your teacher:
Penny Follows has been teaching for a number of years at John Lewis, RayStitch and from her studio in Chesham. Penny was fortunate to be taught to sew at school by two enthusiastic teachers and also at home by her mother and two grandmothers. She started to make her own clothes at aged eight. Penny now makes bespoke clothing for her clients when she isn't teaching.