Adult Classes

Westfield Road _ 14Sewing, Patchwork and Quilting are not only a creative, fun ways to spend time, I have also found them brilliant activities that provide me with relaxation and an escape from the day to day strains. When sewing,  you are completely focused on your project – you don’t have time to think about other things.

The GillyMac Classes are always relaxed and informative. Support is available after the class, by phone or email, or even just drop back to get some help. Classes included endless teas, coffee, and juices and more often than not, freshly baked cakes. I have a range of the latest sewing machines, overlockers and a sit down long arm sewing machine for quilting. All of my machines are available for you to use if you don’t have your own or if you don’t want to bring your machine to the class. Just let me know at the time of booking.

For more information, to book classes or for extra dates contact Gill Towell on 07818 551232 or via email at mail@gillymacdesigns.com

Class Terms and Conditions can be found here. 

I teach at home in Maidenhead, at the Liberty Sewing School in London and at Juberry Fabrics in Beedon in West Berkshire.

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Weekly/Regular Group Lessons

Each week (during the school term) there are a number of regular adults classes running. They are on Thursday Morning (10am-1pm), Thursday Evening (7pm-10pm) and on some Friday Mornings (10am-1pm) and  Tuesday Afternoons (1pm-4pm). Tuesday afternoons are for dressmaking and limited to 4 people.

These classes have become wonderful Modern Sewing Bees. The classes decide if they would like to follow a GillyMac Project – for example making one of the quilts, bags or projects below – or if they would prefer to bring their own projects to work on.  In the past, the classes have worked on quilts, bags, tuffets, dresses, cushions, and wall hangings. Every class is accompanied by lots of tea, coffee, and homemade cakes. The cost of the class is £15 paid 1/2 termly in advance.

Currently, the status of spaces in these classes is

Thursday Morning – No spaces

Thursday Evening – Standby Space (at the beginning of each 1/2 term I will know which weeks I have spare slots, but there is no slot to come every week).

Friday Morning – Standby Space (at the beginning of each 1/2 term I will know which weeks I have spare slots, but there is no slot to come every week).

**NEW**  Tuesday Afternoon Dressmaking – Spaces Available 

If you are interested in being made aware of the standby slots or dates for dressmaking, then drop me an email on mail@gillymacdesigns.com

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Single Classes or Short Series Classes

Free Motion Applique – Evening Class

Taking simple designs and scraps of fabric this class will teach you how to create wonderful decorative pieces in a very free way. You will be provided with a selection of my own templates for you to follow,  and we will use marking tools that you may not have used before, however the essence of this class is to learn how to use your sewing machine in a more versatile manner to create bespoke small panels that could be made into bunting, bags, pouches, small quilts and many items of homeware.  You will have the use of all my oodles of scraps a well as wadding and other stabilisers for you to try out. Have a look at my web gallery for some of the other free motion picture we could sew on the night.

Tuesday 9th January   – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. all materials to create three applique bag fronts) – FULL 

Wednesday 10th January    – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. all materials to create three applique bag fronts) FULL 

Tuesday 20th March    – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. all materials to create three applique panels) full

Tuesday 12th June    – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. all materials to create three applique panels)


Sewing Machine Basics – Evening Class

Bring along your machine for a relaxed evening getting to know your own machine and learning some of the things you can do with it.  This packed evening will cover The Parts of Your Machine, Sewing Machine Needles – Getting Started, Threading Your Machine (top & bobbin threads), Your own machine stitches explained, Stitch Length and Width and why and when to change them ?, Sewing Basic Seams inc. blind hemming (we’ll even have a practice !), Essential Sewing Machine Feet, Why is ‘Needle Position’ as important as machine feet ? & Sewing Machine Care Essentials.. and we will finish off putting a zip into a small purse !! (Full notes are provided !)

….And if there is time we will talk about some useful Websites and Local Shops (for the best deals around)

Monday 15th January   – 7pm-10pm – Price £35 (inc. all materials) Full

Tuesday 27th March    – 7pm-10pm – Price £35 (inc. all materials)

Monday 16th July  – 7pm-10pm – Price £35 (inc. all materials)


Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey – Evening Class

This very popular Boxy Clear/Glitter Pouch Bag set was designed by Aneela Hoey and the pattern was launch in September 2017. Since which time, my Instagram feed has been full of them as well as many other lovely projects from her book, launched in May 2017, “Stitched Sewing Organisers”. I am lucky enough that Aneela has allowed me to teach how to make these pouches in a class at GillyMac Designs. You will need to bring along your fabric and zips, and included in the class price is one of Aneela’s patterns, along with glitter vinyl, stabiliser and interfacing to make both pouches. If you are new to sewing with vinyl this is an easy introduction to using this modern material to make sparkly lovely things!

Tuesday 5th December  – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. pattern worth £7, glitter vinyl and interfacing for two pouches) FULL 

Tuesday 6th December  – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. pattern worth £7, glitter vinyl and interfacing for two pouches) FULL 

Tuesday 16th January  – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. pattern worth £7, glitter vinyl and interfacing for two pouches)

Monday 7th May  – 7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. pattern worth £7, glitter vinyl and interfacing for two pouches)


Scrappy Swoon – Day Class

Come and use all those scraps to put together this fun quilt. You can scale it using 1.5”-2.5” blocks – changing the size of your piece. It is constructed by ironing the small pieces onto gridded vilene (fusible backing) and batch sewing them (much quicker). You will not have to cut all those small pieces, instead, you can cut then accurately and very quickly using my Accuquilt cutter when you arrive – so making the base use of even the smallest scraps. So keep those fabric pieces and I will help you term them into a masterpiece in 2018 !

17th January – 10am-3.30pm – Price £50 (One place remaining)

10th July – 10am -3.30pm – Price £50


Dressmaking  – Series of Four Evening Classes 

Join me for four weeks of dressmaking. Bring along a dressmaking pattern for yourself or someone else. If you have sewn before but just want to sew with company and someone to help with the tricky bits, then this is perfect for you. If you are a complete novice, we will cover how to read the pattern sleeve and pattern itself, as well as learning about material weave and how it impacts the garment construction and fit. During the sessions we will cover cutting out the pattern, pinning, cutting and transferring markings. As you make up the garment we will learn about seam allowance, machine operation, and useful feet. Depending on the patterns you bring we can also talk through inserting zips, setting in sleeves, sewing dart etc. Finally, we will finish the garments with hems, and fastenings. It will be a packed class, setting you up for many hours of dressmaking! You will receive my full teaching notes which will help you through many years of sewing.

New Year Dressmaking – Wednesday from 17th January to 7th February – 7pm-10pm £95  (full)

Summer Dressmaking – Wednesday from 6th June to 27th June – 7pm-10pm £95  (one place left)

**NOTE: Dressmaking classes are limited to 4 people per course**


Get To Know Your Overlocker – Evening Class (over two evenings), 

Overlockers look extremely tricky beasts, but this two evening class will demystify your overlocker and get you using it in your everyday sewing. The class will cover:-

  • The parts of the overlocker and what it’s function and stitch is
  • Threading and rethreading the overlocker
  • Working with stitch length
  • Understanding differential feed
  • Sewing corners and curved edges
  • Creating rolled hems
  • Making two projects completely with your overlocker

I have two overlockers and so if you don’t have an overlocker and would like to use mine to see if you like them, then that is possible – just let me know at the time of booking.

Mondays 22nd & 29th January – 7pm-10pm  £55 – This Class is full 

Wednesdays 21st & 28th February – 7pm-10pm  £55 – This Class is full 

** NEW DAY CLASS ADDED ** Monday 5th February – 10am-2.30pm  £45 (one place left)

Tuesdays 17th & 24th April – 7pm-10pm  £55 

Mondays 2nd & 9th July – 7pm-10pm  £55


Storm at Sea – Day Class, 

During the Summer of 2016, I started to plan this quilt.  There are so many options to how it can look, depending on the colour choices made and then there was the decision as to whether to foundation piece this quilt or use rulers. After some time and lots of fun,  I chose to use rulers (which are superb and make cutting out the pieces very quick and easy). As for my colour choices, there were too many that I liked, so I am continuing to make this quilt in smaller forms in different and more gorgeous colour mixes.

In this class,  we will make at least one block, if not more, during the day and we will discuss how the project can be completed and quilted. If you need to borrow a ruler after the class to complete your cutting out, then this will be no problem. There are full notes for every stage of this quilt (including quilting) which you will be given on the day

Wednesday 21st February – 10am-3.30pm £50


Perfect Fit Skirt, – Series of Four Evening Classes

Buying commercial patterns can be a frustrating business. The pictures look great, but the fit can often let you down. In this class, we will make our own pattern to create the PERFECT fit skirt for you, starting only with a tape measure, ruler and squared paper. The results from this class over the past four years have been incredible. We start with learning how to properly measure yourself and go on to translate these numbers into a sloper skirt -which is a model of your body, in skirt form. After this, I will go on to show you how to adapt your sloper into an A-Line, front pleated, back pleated, bias cut and pencil skirts. After week 2 you can decide to either make more patterns or make some skirts. If you choose to make skirts up, then you will still have full instructions on how to go on and complete the patterns at home.

2018 Perfect Fit Dates – Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March – 7pm-10pm – £95 (two places left)

 

 


Sheath Dress by the Avid Seamstress – Sets of 3 Evening Classes

The Sheath Dress is a gorgeously draped garment with a flattering round neckline, elasticated waist and an invisible zip at the back. Your options are endless; make this dress with short or mid-length sleeves, with inner pockets or without.

New to sewing? No worries! With minimal pieces to cut out and the option to create a looser fit without the elastic waist, this is a dress you’ll love to wear year-round

View A has inner pockets.
View B outer pockets.

Pattern includes sizes are from UK Size 8-18

Suggested Fabrics

Lightweight to medium weight fabrics are perfect for this pretty dress. Not suitable for stripes, diagonals or plaids. Always allow extra fabric to match one-way designs.

Winter Set – 30th January, 6th & 20th February 7pm -10pm £85 (inc. Sheath Dress Pattern worth £16, Swedish Tracing Paper and 9 hours tuition) (full)

Easter Set – 16th, 23rd & 30th April  7pm -10pm £85 (inc. Sheath Dress Pattern worth £16, Swedish Tracing Paper and 9 hours tuition)

**NOTE: Dressmaking classes are limited to 4 people per course**


Raglan Dress – by the Avid Seamstress – Sets of 2 Evening Classes

The Raglan is a highly fashionable girl’s dress with easy to set in raglan sleeves. The dress has an A-line shape with cute oversized pockets on the sides for the little girl in your life to stash her treasures.

View A has a button closure on the back neck. View A can be made short or long sleeved.

View B has an invisible zip close on the back neck. View B can be made short or long sleeved.

Pattern Sizes

Ages 3 – 8 years old

Suggested Fabrics

This pattern works well in most lightweight to medium weight fabrics. For a Spring/Summer dress use a thin cotton and for Autumn/Winter, a medium weight fabric is ideal.

Summer Set – 3rd & 10th July  7pm -10pm £66 (inc. Raglan Dress Pattern worth £16, Swedish Tracing Paper and 6 hours tuition)


A-Line Dress by the Avid Seamstress – Sets of 3 Evening Classes

This stunning A-line dress creates a classically flattering silhouette with zip at back. Featuring a fitted bodice, loose sleeves and sophisticated V-neckline, this garment will add timeless elegance to any wardrobe. Optional inner pockets and short/long skirt variations included. Cover image shows a long skirt.

Pattern includes sizes are from UK Size 8-22

Suggested Fabrics

Lightweight to medium weight fabrics are perfect for this pretty dress. Not suitable for stripes, diagonals or plaids. Always allow extra fabric to match one-way designs.

Late Spring Set  – 1st, 8th & 15th May 7pm -10pm £85 (inc. A-Line Dress Pattern worth £16, Swedish Tracing Paper and 9 hours tuition) (Two places left)

Summer  Set – 4th, 11th & 18th July  7pm -10pm £85 (inc.A-Line Dress Pattern worth £16, Swedish Tracing Paper and 9 hours tuition)

**NOTE: Dressmaking classes are limited to 4 people per course**


Simple Pattern Grading, A Set of 2 Evening Classes

I regularly see patterns I like, but which are not in my size. If it is something I really want to make, then I grade the patterns I buy to adjust them to fit me. In this class, you will learn two simple techniques to grade up and down patterns. We will start by grading up and down a multi-size pattern. We will focus on a bodice and a trouser example to meet all the challenges you can expect when doing this on your own. Then we will go on to grade up and down a single size pattern -this time using bodice and skirt example patterns and using the cut and spread method so that even without the guides of the multi-size patterns you will be able to adjust the pattern size.

This is a huge topic, but after these two evenings, you will leave with a solid understanding of how to use the patterns you have to meet your new size requirements.

Max 4 pupils per set

May Set  – 2nd & 9th May 7pm -10pm £60 (inc. Test Patterns and Swedish Tracing Paper)

September Set  – 11th & 18th September 7pm -10pm £60 (inc. Test Patterns and Swedish Tracing Paper)


Zip-Up Tray Pouch by Aneela Hoey, Evening Class

This another super popular pattern by designer by Aneela Hoey.  This is another project that Aneela has allowed me to teach at GillyMac Designs. This pouch fold out flat creating a container which is 11″ x 4″ x 7″, (folding back up to 11″ x 4″ x 4″). It is a really cool different pouch, not just for beloved sewing paraphernalia but also for pens, pencils, and just about anything you need to carry, use and then carry again.   You will need to bring along your fabric and zips, and included in the class price is one of Aneela’s patterns, along with the interfacing needed to make 2 pouches (one we will make on the night and enough interfacing to make another one later). If you are new to sewing you will be amazed you can make this cool thing in just one evening so don’t be shy!

Tuesday 27th February 2018  – 7pm-10pm – Price £35 (inc. pattern worth £7 &  interfacing for two pouches) (Full)

Tuesday 19th June 2018  – 7pm-10pm – Price £35 (inc. pattern worth £7  &  interfacing for two pouches)


Baby Essentials Class – Day Class  

This class is a smorgasbord of options for you to choose from to make on the day and you will be able to take a pack of patterns home to use later as well.  You will have the option to make bibs,  burp cloths, a nappy basket, car seat blanket (it fits in the car seat and we will create buttonholes to feed the car straps through), a hooded towel and sunhat. Once booked for the class you will be able to legitimately buy those beautiful baby fabrics you’ve had your eye on !!

Tuesday 20th  February – 10am – 3.30pm  £55

Tuesday 17th  July – 10am – 3.30pm  £55

 

 

 


Patchwork for Beginners – Series of Four Evening Classes

Lovely Liberty Runner

This is one of the classes I teach at Liberty, but we will go on and complete the project by not only making the table runner top (or mini/baby quilt if you would prefer), you will also go on and learn how to quilt and bind your work. During the four weeks, you will learn many of the fundamentals of patchwork

  • How to cut fabric successfully every time using a rotary cutter,
  • How to sew a consistent 1/4″ seam
  • How to create 1/2 square triangles
  • What stitch and flip sewing is
  • How to frame your piece (and what fabric value is)
  • How to set your machine up for quilting
  • The difference between walking foot and free motion quilting
  • How to create your own bias binding

.. all classes come with cakes and laughter … have a go .. once you have learnt the basics you won’t look back !!

 

Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March  – 7pm – 10pm  £95  (full)

Mondays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June  – 7pm – 10pm  £95


Modern 1 – Modern Curves – Day Class

More modern piecing and quilting has become a passion. I have enjoyed learning more and more about it over the past 4 years and this year will be teaching 3 classes around this genre – Modern Curves, Liberated Quilting, Log Cabin Challenge.

In modern curves you will create a large (20″) cushion cover during the day, using a simple freehand curved rotary cutting and piecing technique. We will look at how smaller piecing can be added to create focus and interest in your work and will go and quilt it in the afternoon. This is a useful technique to learn and one that will unlock the opportunities of curved piecing to you for traditional quilts as well as modern and art quilting.

Wednesday 31st January – 10am-3.30pm – £50

Wednesday 9th May – 10am-3.30pm £50

 


Modern 2 – Liberated Quilts – Day Class

GillyMac’s Liberated Quilt

 

More modern piecing and quilting has become a passion. I have enjoyed learning more and more about it over the past 4 years and this year will be teaching 3 classes around this genre – Modern Curves, Liberated Quilting, Log Cabin Challenge.

In this Liberated Quilts class, we will throw the rule book out of the window and thoroughly enjoy a day of sewing without rules, using colour value to create interest in the block we sew and ultimately join them into a small quilt. My liberated quilts have all been very colourful, but if all that colour isn’t your thing – consider choosing a group of plain colours to build your quilt with. If you are a traditionalist, then this will be an enjoyable challenge – if you like something more modern, you will love making this.

Wednesday 14th March – 10am-3.30pm – £50

Tuesday 5th June – 10am-3.30pm £50


Modern 3 – Modern Mini Challenge – Day Class

GillyMac Modern Mini

More modern piecing and quilting has become a passion. I have enjoyed learning more and more about it over the past 4 years and this year will be teaching 3 classes around this genre – Modern Curves, Liberated Quilting, Log Cabin Challenge.

In this class, we will make a Miniature Quilt based on a Log Cabin Design, but using only 5 colours (you can choose your our colours if you dont like my suggestions. I this class you will be encouraged interpret the traditional log cabin design into a more modern mini piece. As with the other two modern classes – this is very much ‘anything goes’. By the end of the day, you should have been able to piece and machine quilt your mini project or be well on the way to finishing, if like me, you decide to hand quilt it.

Wednesday 18th April – 10am-3.30pm – £50

Wednesday 4th July – 10am-3.30pm £50


Quilt-As-You-Go, Day Class

Quilt-As-You-Go is an ideal way to quilt smaller pieces of a quilt and then join them AFTER the quilting is done. Many modern machines have a small ‘throat’ and so manipulating larger projects through this space can be troublesome. In this class, we will make up a number of fun wonky log cabin blocks by preparing them with the wadding and backing already incorporated. In this way,  once we have pieced them, they are already quilted and ready to join together. I will then demonstrate three different methods of joining the pieces together and after lunch, you will go on to practise all or some of the methods by joining your own blocks.  We will finish by looking at techniques for reducing bulk and adding borders and binding.

Wednesday 28th February 10am-3.30pm – £50 (Two places left)

Wednesday 27th June 10am-3.30pm – £50


Night Sky Quilt by Jaybird Quilting

At long last, I have made this quilt and I love it. The quilt uses the Jaybird SideKick ruler which I have here waiting for you to use to build your own version of this quilt. The quilt can be constructed in Baby, Lap or Twin size (the King Size is huge). Cutting out is a breeze with the ruler, and I can honestly say that putting it together is not difficult if you follow a few simple rules and construct it using my tips! On the day we will make at least two blocks, and discuss how the final quilt is assembled. Drop in classes will be available for finishing off support if you need it. Rulers will be available to borrow after the class to complete the cutting out if needed.

Tuesday 13th March 10am-3.30pm – £60 (inc. Jaybird Pattern worth £10) – two places remaining

Wednesday 13th June 10am-3,30pm – £60 (inc. Jaybird Pattern worth £10)


Metro Rings Quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful

You can make this jelly-roll-friendly quilt as either a lap/baby quilt 33″x44″  or a single sized quilt 57″x76″. You will use either the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Rule or the Mini Quick Curve Ruler to create this smashing quilt. Cutting out is made very easy using the guide slot in the ruler to cut out the pieces. If you have never pieced curves – don’t be concerned, as this is easy and there is no need for excessive pinning, a few tips and you will have it nailed. I have no doubt you will love piecing this quilt – and for afterwards, I will also give you my own quilting plans for you to use should you wish to.

Drop in classes will be available for finishing off support if you need it. Rulers will be available to borrow after the class to complete the cutting out if needed.

Tuesday 24th April 10am-3.30pm – £58 (inc. Sew Kind of Wonderful Pattern worth £8)

Wednesday 20th June 10am-3,30pm – £58 (inc. Sew Kind of Wonderful Pattern worth £8)


Bag Making Weekend with Swoon Patterns

I love a weekend bag making! Places are limited to 5 only and we sew and laugh as we make bags. Choose one of these bags to create over the weekend. The Sandra is the easiest, then the Vivian and the Evelyn are about the same in complexity. During the weekend you will learn some fundamental bag making techniques, such as attaching hardware and inserting lining zips. The first day is taken up with cutting out your patterns and pieces and starting to create the inside or outside of your bag. The second day sees you finishing your project and attaching the handles.

14th & 15th April – 10am-4pm  – £95 (Inc. bag pattern) Two places left

Once you have booked for the class and chosen your bag, I will provide you with a requirements list and,  if you wish, I can supply them for you. 


Sophia Beach Tote Making Weekend

New for 2018 is the Sophia Beach Tote ! This bag is no harder than other ones we have made in previous years. SOme sewing experience is needed but basic experience, nothing fancy !The bag is big enough to slide a rolled up towel or two behind the adjustable long handles and head to the beach, but don’t limit this bag to summer! She’d also be a great shopping bag, fashionable sports bag or weekender. There are pockets both outside and inside to keep your valuables within easy reach.

26th  & 27th May – 10am-4pm  – £95 (Inc. bag pattern) Three places left

Once booked for the class, I will provide you with a requirements list and,  if you wish, I can supply them for you.

 

 

 


A Morning of FMQ – Part 1  (free motion quilting) – Morning Class

I have made the class 3 1/2 hours so we can have 30 minutes of faffing getting the foot on and the initial questions on using the machine in free motion over and then we get 3 whole hours to sew; In the 3 hours, we would cover.

– setting up your machine for free motion and then setting up yourself for free motion – how to sit, what to think

-practice at least 5 free motions designs that are easy to apply to your projects,

– show you how to break up a quilt or piece into sections ready to free motion

– teach you the importance of doodling

– discuss helpful books and sources of inspiration

This is a taster class to get your confidence level up. It is a jam-packed class and will be limited to 4 people

Friday 9th March – 10am-1.30pm – £30

Friday 15th June  – 10am-1.30pm – £30


Free Motion Quilting Part 2  – Morning Class 

Having been on part 1, or if you are a more confident Free Motion Quilter, the part 2 morning will push you on further. In this class, we will look at how to

  • Quilt with consistent stitch length without a regulator
  • Learn 4 more all over designs out of 10 that will be demonstrated (you will be given notes for all of them)
  • Look at how to create variety using a large and small trick
  • Add your own personality to your quilting
  • Mark and create simple feathers
  • Trouble shoot the questions you have now you have been quilting for a little while now
  • Plan a quilting schedule for a piece you have been waiting to quilt 🙂

As this is another jam-packed class, it will be limited to 4 people

Friday 13th April – 10am-1.30pm – £30

Wednesday 11th July – 10am-1.30pm – £30


Starburst Quilt –  Day Class 

Jill’s Stunning Starburst

This super popular class returns !! In this class, you will make a stunning quilt and as you make it you will learn the magic of 1/2 square triangles! Bring along your favourite fabrics and learn how to successfully cut fabric, create 1/2 square triangles and sew with a 1/4″ seam.  As always the classes are relaxed and fun. Fabric requirements will be sent to you at time of booking.

Wednesday 2nd May  – 10am-3.30pm £50

 

 

 


Zipped and Piped Cushions for Everyone – Evening Class

Cushions are sooooooooo expensive but are really easy to make. In this class you will come with fabric and walk out with a wonderful cushion – with a zip and piping – I promise! Creating your own piping (the yellow edging in the photo) makes for a really professional look and once you know how to make it, you will be able to make piping for any project and turn that item from having home-make look into having a professional finish.

This class is suitable for beginners.

Tuesday 6th March  – 7pm-10pm – £35 (inc. piping cord and 16″ zip in ivory or grey) Full

Tuesday 22nd May  – 7pm-10pm – £35 (inc. piping cord and 16″ zip in ivory or grey)


Boxed Cushions for Everyone – Evening Class

Come and make a Boxed Cushion – maybe for the blanket box you have been meaning to sort out for ages, or the garden seats or maybe the boot of the car for the dog! Whatever the case, a small boxed cushion can be made in an evening and one you understand my method you will be able to go on and create a set or scale it up for the garden bench !

Thursday 12th April – 7pm10pm – £35 (inc. piping cord and 20″ zip in ivory or grey) (full)

Wednesday 5th June – 7pm -10pm – £35 (inc. piping cord and 20″ zip in ivory or grey)

 


Sewing with Stretch Fabrics – Make a Grainline Pattern Tee or a Sweatshirt – Two-Evening Class

 

Dressmaking often starts with woven fabric because knit or stretch fabric seems very daunting.  In fact, when you know the basics of working with stretch fabrics you are likely to find them easier to work this as there are no tricky fastenings to deal with. This class is an introduction to stretch fabrics using one of three patterns from GrainLine Studios. Decide which pattern you like and let’s get started!

Pattern includes sizes are from UK Size 4-18

Option 1 – The Linden Sweatshirt – “This gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for fall layering. View A features long sleeves with cuffs and falls to the mid hip with a lower ribbing band while View B hits at the high hip and has short sleeves. You can also mix and match sleeve and body lengths to create multiple versions of this sweatshirt.”

Option 2 – The Penny Raglan – “This is an oversized tee perfect for summer fun. The breezy shape keeps the fabric from clinging so you can stay cool while looking great. We love ours paired with our Maritime Shorts or Moss Skirt – their slim silhouettes balance the volume of the Penny perfectly!”

Option 3 – Lark Tee – “With a modern, slim fit ideal for layering, the Lark Tee is your closet’s new best friend. It’s great on its own or under your favourite button up, sweater, or blazer. All four sleeves are interchangeable with each of the necklines resulting in 16 potential different tees in one pattern!”

Mondays 19th & 26th February  – 7pm-10pm £65 (inc. a Grainline Pattern worth £14 and Swedish Tracing Paper as needed) (full)

Wednesdays – 18th & 25th April  7pm -10pm £65 (inc. a Grainline Pattern worth £14 and Swedish Tracing Paper as needed) (2 places left)

Mondays 16th & 23rd May  – 7pm-10pm £65 (inc. a Grainline Pattern worth £14 and Swedish Tracing Paper as needed) (full)

**NOTE: Dressmaking classes are limited to 4 people per course**


For more information or extra dates contact Gill Towell on mail@gillymacdesigns.com or on 07818 551232

Terms and Conditions can be found here

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I will also be teaching at  Juberry Fabrics, Beedon, and at the Liberty Sewing School in 2017/8. Please check their websites or contact me for further information.