Structured Group Classes
These classes cover specific techniques, like the beginners course which deals with the basic sewing skills such as darts, seams and zips or a workshop to make a bralette, skirt or making a pattern from your favourite ready to wear. These classes are run in many different venues and as such will vary in the number of people taking part. They will be listed here with links to buy your spot from the independent venues I work with.
If you have a group that would like to get together to concentrate on a perticular technique or pattern, please get in touch to discuss what you’d like to cover.
Sewing From Scratch
The Willow Centre, Cringleford, Norwich
8 Weekly sessions starting on the 20th September 10-12.30pm £145
You may be a complete beginner, scared to take the machine out of the box or just a bit rusty around the edges. This course will take you through all of the basics to get you sewing.
We’ll talk fabrics and patterns, what to look out for and guide you through some of the basic techniques you’ll need to start to build your me-made wardrobe. There will be darts, seams, zips and sleeves to play with along with tips and tricks throughout.
By the end of the course you will have gathered together a range of samples to check back on when creating wonder at home.
To book or for any more info please click on the button.
Norfolk Creative Arts
Dressmaking for beginners
Monday 7-9.30pm TBC
This is a weekly structured dressmaking class for beginners. It will teach you the basics of getting started in dressmaking and lots of handy and professional tips too. I will take you through shopping for patterns and fabrics, darts and seams through to zips and sleeves. As you progress through the course, learning a range of dressmaking skills. You will make a set of samples to refer back to when you tackle future projects.
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Guided group sessions
You could join a group of like-minded sewists to develop your skills and be able to talk fabric and patterns without the worry of them glazing over. In guided sessions you will work with your own machine and project with me to take you through the tricky steps you’re unsure of. You may feel comfortable with the basics of sewing but like the confirmation of someone checking before you tackle a more complicated technique. I hold these sessions in many different places around Norfolk so get in touch to find out if there’s a space near you. If you have a group of friends that you’d like to get together with me on hand to guide you through the tricky bits of your project, then please do get in touch and we can put a day or afternoon together.
Norfolk Creative Arts
This is a weekly guided class held at a lovely centre in Grimston. Held on Monday mornings Starting on the 25th September 10-12.30pm
Join me to learn how to use your sewing machine or brush up on those sewing skills. I will be on hand to guide you through the pattern instructions and get you through the tricky bits to avoid the confusion and frustration. I’m there to explain what that strange looking machine foot is for and demonstrate techniques as and when you need them.
You will supply your own projects and sewing machine to use during the course. An iron and board is supplied, as is a cuppa.
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The Willow Centre, Cringleford, Norwich
This guided session takes place at the lovely light Willow centre. It’s a weekly 2 hours over 10 weeks for you to sew to your hearts desire. This group starts again on the 21st September Thursday 1-3pm.
This is a guided class where it’s normal to talk sewing patterns and the latest fabric find. It’s a group of mixed ability sewists who love nothing better than to share ideas and tips. This is a chance for you to spend an afternoon sewing using your own sewing machine and a project of your own choice. I’ll be on hand to help you through any sticky bits and translate pattern instructions. Zips , buttonholes and fitting issues are a common feature in classes
Tea, biscuits and occasional cake are provided.
The cost of this class is £ 150
Please get in touch if you’re interested in joining us.
Held at the Willow centre in Cringleford, Norwich.
20th September for 10 weeks with a break for half term.
Wednesday Afternoons 1.30-3.30pm.
Spend the afternoon sewing in likeminded company with Pippa on hand to point you in the right direction as and when you need it. This is a guided session to work on your own project at your own pace. Pippa will be there to guide you through the tricky spots of you r dressmaking journey. Ready to demonstrate techniques to clarify how something works and translate pattern instructions into plain language.
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Sew and So’s of Bungay
This is a fortnightly Tuesday afternoon 1.30-4pm or monthly Saturday 10-3.30pm guided session
By joining a group of like minded people at one of the my guided classes you’ll become part of a community of sewists who will develop not only your skills but become part of a wonderful supportive network. Sharing ideas, watching demonstrations and refining your techniques gives your entire sewing experience a boost. Sew and So’s of Bungay is set in a lovely town with the shop underneath the classroom. Very handy indeed if you runout of thread.
Click this Link to book through their website or give them a call.
These became popular during the pandemic and can still be helpful if you cannot travel to a class or you’d like a quick shoot question session.
If you would like a zoom consultation to help with any fitting or tricky techniques then a zoom meeting may be for you. You might not have time to get to a class or you may be miles away from me. With Zoom, distance is no object. Refining a technique or a fit issue can be worked through zoom with demonstration and guidance. A Fitting session can be made easier with two of you so if you’re able, why not buddy up and have a fitting with a friend so you can pin under guidance. Understanding where to pin to get the best results as well as how to adjust can make your sewing journey so much easier. Get in touch to set a date.
This is a chance for you to define what you want to focus on. Give yourself the time to concentrate on a particular topic or cut into that fabric you’ve been stroking for a while but haven’t dared break into. It may be you want to get the fit right on that elusive trouser or create your dream dress. I can guide you through the trickiest of fabrics or help you define the right fit, in the comfort of your own home or my studio in the middle of leafy Norfolk. Get in touch to see how it might work for you.
Beginners Dressmaking at Make Place – TBC
This is a weekly, 6 session course that will teach you the basics of getting started in Dressmaking and lots of handy, professional tips too. Make place keep the size of classes to a maximum of 6 students.
The course consists of six individual stand-alone classes. From understanding how to shop for patterns and fabric, darts and seams through to sleeves. As you progress through the course, learning important dressmaking skills as you go, you will make a set of samples to save in a handy folder and use as a reference. By the end of the course you should be able to make a simple garment using the skills you have learnt.
Make Place supply lovely Juki sewing machines and equipment within this course.