Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

GOING GREEN

I’m sewing on the road just now and totally enjoying the journey! First stop: FRANCE 

Parked up at Villeneuve-de-Marsan in France, I was delighted to discover a thrift store just around the corner.

With some GCSE French under my belt, I translated the window sign to read ‘50% off’ so I ventured in.  It was well merchandised and clean.

I love the thrill of the thrift!

Armed with my colour palette from House of Colour, I made sure anything I purchased was going to suit my colouring. The size or style I could easy alter myself.

I loved the green in this top and it was linen too – my favourite fabric.  I tried it on for size – way too big but hey – sewing is my superpower and I can reshape it. Wearing my #memade cotton shorts in the changing room – what a combination!

I loaded up with a cute woven hand bag and a pink pure wool German made jacket.  It had silver buttons (not my metal colour – I’m a gold gal for Spring), but I still bought it anyway knowing that I could purchase gold buttons along the way and change them.

Sewing is such fun that it should never be confined to a 4 walls studio – its always been my dream to SEW ON THE ROAD – so I am living my dream! I will dedicate a full blog post to this later, sharing like minded folk that sew and create on the open road and waters.

SEWING IT UP IN SPAIN

I used a vintage STYLE pattern – I like the loose style and the simplicity of the sew. It consists of a FRONT, BACK and F & B facings.  I used bias binding on the green top and facings on the silk top. The sleeve is ‘grown on’ which saves on a sleeve pattern.

Limited space means you have to be inventive with equipment: Tins of beans, tuna, coconut milk are used as pattern weights.  

Binding and thread was purchased at Julian Lopez, Alicante.  Perfect colour matches. See more on Spanish fabric shops in a previous blog. 

Sewing commenced in Alicante and was completed in 2 hours.  The heat was on to complete it as sewing is best done in the coolness of the early morning.

I brought my Singer 221 Featherweight machine on the road with me.  It’s small but mighty! With the bobbin wound and machine threaded, sewing commenced.  Sewing has to be done in the morning or evening as it just gets too hot.

Since the top was purchased en France, it was only fitting to sew it using French seams! I love French seams even though it involves a lot more steamy pressing.

The bias binding was used as a facing on the armholes and neckline and I kept the original overlock and double-turned hem saving a process.

I loved this style so much I made another one in a different fabric – repurposing a silk scarf – more on that another day.

SEWING ON THE GO – WHAT I USE

Sewing in a smaller space should never mean your sewing is limited – just prep up more before you go.  For some other styles I am sewing I cut the cloth out in my previous studio.  This top was small and meant I could cut on the extendable table.

Pressing – I use my  DURONIC Travel Steam Iron. Its small but it packs a pressing punch. My ironing board is foldable and sturdy.

If space is really tight  a foldable ironing mat does a great job – I recommend this one.

I forgot to pack my sleeve roll so I made a makeshift one using a rolled up towel and slipped a cotton sock over it! It worked a treat.  However if you do want the real thing – here’s the one I recommend.

Sewing – My sewing machine is a fabulous Singer Featherweight which my mum used. It is used by many sewers, especially quilters who travel.  I recommend this Brother AE1700 machine for travel : it is the perfect size and weight for a smaller space and fits in an overhead aircraft locker just remove the needle first!

Powering up – On the road I never ‘hook up’ to EHU electric, instead I use solar panels and a power bank. The wattage on a sewing machine is very low and I sew for an hour and the power bank will only go down by 2%.  The mini steam iron will use up the power more.  These are investments but reap the rewards pretty quick in saving on energy costs.

Colour and Cloth teach all levels of Sewing Courses and Workshops so no matter what level you are at, there is no better time to start than now. New course dates released 30th June.

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Mairead McCormack
Mairead McCormack
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I recently completed a 7 week course with Christine to develop sewing techniques for costume. Christine is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. It was a lovely small class so everyone had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and develop their own projects. Christine went above and beyond to make this a really enjoyable experience, the tea and biscuits were a hit with our group! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to increase their skill set in a relaxed, supportive environment. Thank you!
Sarah McDonald
Sarah McDonald
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Beginner Dressmaking Course: lovely class, lots of techniques covered, Christine is so knowledgeable and a great teacher. Small group size so everyone has a chance to ask questions and get support. Really enjoyable, highly recommend. Thank you so much!
kerry fisher
kerry fisher
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As a complete beginner in using a sewing machine and dressmaking, I learned so much in the 7 weeks I spent with Christine. Christine makes your understanding of the technical side of it all, somewhat simplistic. Christine was always on hand to help you develop your skills and was very thorough in guiding you through each step. I enjoyed the course that much, I have now enrolled in another 7 weeks course with Christine. thank you for sharing your life skills with me
Claire Allen
Claire Allen
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Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed going to Colour and Cloth’s sewing classes. Christine is an exceptional teacher: patient, friendly and encouraging, with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She explains everything very clearly, from the basics to the most advanced techniques. It was lovely to be part of a small group of students too. Well worth the money! Thank you Christine!
miranda murphy
miranda murphy
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Had 2 sewing machines and 1 overlocker serviced. Super service and unbelievably quick. Christine is an absolute pleasure to deal with and has a field of knowledge in the sewing world. Thanks so much to Christine & Brian. I couldn’t recommend Colour and Cloth enough. 5 Stars all day long.
fiona smyth
fiona smyth
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Fabulous afternoon with Christine. I spent three hours in a private lesson today to get help with a mother of the bride dress I am making. I got so much good advice and help for example working with such a difficult silky fabric. Advice on machines, irons, threads, fusing and so much more. Invaluable advice and in such a relaxed style. Loved it. Booked another session. Great for the soul. Thank you Christine for being an amazing teacher.
anya hanna
anya hanna
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Just had a one to one class with Christine. It was brilliant! As a complete sewing machine novice I now feel confident enough to do everything from a multitude of different stitch styles on different fabrics to sewing button holes and zips! She taught me all the basics including how to wind on a bobbin, thread up and strip down the machine and tackle most rogue issues!! Brian was brilliant too and had serviced my lovely singer machine that had been sitting in a box for 10 years… since it was bought! I would thoroughly recommend them both! Thankyou
Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson
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I ver much enjoyed my classes with Christine! She's very knowledgeable and able to adapt things when I had problems with my pattern. The small group in the class were a lovely, friendly group of people. I'd thoroughly recommend!
Olivia
Olivia
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I just finished the 7 week beginner's course after a 10 year hiatus from sewing. I absolutely loved it, the classes are intensive but every week from when I entered until when I left Christine's studio it was like entering a time warp! 3 hours felt like 20 minutes as I learnt so many practical sewing skills. Christine is such an inspirational person with her creative projects and she absolutely reignited my love for sewing with her excellent teaching skills, creativity, patience and encouragement. Thank you Christine!
Rosie
Rosie
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I recently completed the 7-week sewing course at Colour and Cloth, mend and repair, led by the talented instructor Christine. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience that expanded my knowledge and skills in the world of sewing.Christine's expertise in mending and repairing textiles was evident from the start. She shared valuable insights on how to breathe new life into worn-out garments. Her passion for sustainable fashion and the importance of reducing waste resonated throughout the course.Christine's teaching style was clear and concise, making it easy to follow along and understand the intricacies of each method. She provided hands-on demonstrations and offered individualized guidance, ensuring that every participant felt supported and confident in their abilities.The small class size allowed for a collaborative and supportive environment. Sharing ideas and learning from fellow participants added an extra layer of inspiration and motivation. Christine fostered a sense of camaraderie among us, creating a space where we felt comfortable asking questions and seeking feedback from one another.I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in mending and repairing textiles while embracing their creativity.
Audrey Palnoch
Audrey Palnoch
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I have attended the Intermediate sewing course with Christine and have learnt so much. I am a self taught sewer and had a lot of bad habits. Christine is such a brilliant teacher she brings the best out of each of us. She is patient and encourages each of us to stretch ourselves but more than that guiding us along the way with her wealth of experience. I thoroughly recommend completing a sewing course with Christine that’s why I’ve signed up for another one!
Kathryn McBride
Kathryn McBride
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Having found Colour & Cloth online, Christine directed me to Brian who kindly overhauled and serviced my lovely treasure of a find: (a beautiful hand crank sewing machine "Sylvia" made by Harrods) and traced the model number back to 1876. The quick turnaround on servicing and knowledge of machines is impressive in itself and Brian's joy on seeing such a machine was obvious.By way of a one to one lesson, Christine took me through the absolute basics of sewing from how to thread "Sylvia" to stitching in various forms. She has also guided me in the best threads and fabrics to use to get the best from this older machine.Christine's knowledge and genuine passion of fabrics and sewing is infectious and her patience with me as the beginner has set me up to find joy in using this lovely instrument.Thank you Brian and Christine.
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