26 July 2012

IRL Sewing Courses


My friends, you know how much I love picking up sewing tips and tricks from the internet (ah! my precious internet...), but I feel a sudden urge to sit in a classroom and learn some new things surrounded by other students. Do you have any recommendations for good sewing schools or intermediate level courses in London? There are a few I'm interested in at London College of Fashion (where I took a couple of pattern cutting classes last year), including vintage couture techniques and professional sewing techniques, and I'm hunting for other options which aren't too basic and which I think would add sufficient value to what I can learn online.

Have you been on any good sewing courses? Do you have any recommendations?

PS. I've got rubbish internet connection this week so apologies if I don't reply immediately, but rest assured I will get there!


PPS. Inna from Thewallinna and other creatures has volunteered to coordinate the Asia/Oz Sewing Social Twitter Chat - please coordinate with Inna directly either through her blog or via the comments on my previous post. Thank you!

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15 comments:

  1. Have you tried any courses at Morley College? They have a massive range of sewing courses for different levels. I've done a couple of pattern-cutting ones based on the Pattern Magic book - and have booked in for their one on the latest stretch fabrics book. And you always bump into a blogger or two!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I did a class at Morley College a while ago but it didn't agree with me for various reasons. I wouldn't rule it out completely if the right course came along though...

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  2. I don't have any recommendations as I live in the states but I think being in a studio surrounded by others is great idea. Good luck at finding a course!

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  3. fashionantidote.com/ could be worth a look. They're based off of Brick Lane (at Unit F 23 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ).

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    1. Ooh yes, I was looking at them - thanks Claire. I imagine the classes would be very different to LCF.

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  4. I like Morley College as well. They've got a good range of classes at different levels, and some weekend ones as well.

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  5. Hi Tilly, did you take Customized Pattern Cutting and Fitting 1 & 2 at LCF? I did part 1 a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. If you did part 2, would you recommend it? Sorry for not providing any suggestions!
    Alix x

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    1. I did Womenswear 1 and 2 which are about drafting patterns from scratch. I'd recommend them if you are up for making your own patterns. Customised sounds great too, albeit very different I imagine.

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    2. I did the Customized Pattern Cutting and Fitting 1 & 2 at LCF in 2011. The "1" course lasts 9 weeks (3 hours per week - I took the 1-evening per week option), and you draft a bodice block, sleeve block, skirt block and trouser block for it. But instead of using standarized measurements to draft from (e.g. for a UK RTW size 12) you use your own personal measurement - so you learn to draft for a customized fit. In the no. "2" course you expand on basic blocks, and learn to draft a jacket, collar variations, learn about adding features like, pleats, dart manipulation into different style-lines, adding gathers etc. It was a lot of fun - and both of those courses are run by the author of this book: Pattern Cutting. He's a great tutor, I wish there was a Part 3 to his course so I could go & learn more :)!

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    3. That sounds like a great option for anyone looking to make or alter patterns for themselves. And that book is great.

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  6. I heard about l'atelier de sumrie which was in Holborn but moved to Nottingham hill I believe.

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    1. Oh I'd never heard of them, I'll check them out... ooh just looked, a bit out of my price range, unfortunately. Do you know what they're like?

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  7. Another vote for Morley College. I'm doing the professional techniques course next term which does a feature each lesson eg different types of pockets, zips etc. The teachers are lovely and because it is government subsidised it is reasonably priced. I did the beginners clothes making all last year and Iearnt so much.

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  8. I've also discovered RAYSTITCH in Islington but I have nver taken one of their courses. http://www.raystitch.co.uk/classes

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  9. I'm halfway through a two week course at Raystitch, and loving it! However, I imagine that their courses might not be at the standard you'd need, my class is a beginner's A-line skirt class, and you've probably already got that one down!

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