Sewing classes are conducted in the Kismet Cottage, and sewers are welcome from all over the BC. You learn skills that apply to anything you sew, from your own clothing and mending to home décor. Each level introduces new techniques while reinforcing the ones you already know. You don’t have to own a machine to learn as everything you’ll need is available in the studio. You learn in a non-intimidating, comfy, friendly and fun environment. Individual attention is a given, as there are only 3 students per class.
LEVEL 1 - beginner basics
If you haven't sewn before or you did eons ago and need to start over, this class is for you. We’ll start by getting to know the machines and their capabilities then get comfortable using it by practicing stitching swatches. Supplies and fabric are included to make your first project, a pretty-cool butcher's apron (male, female, child sizes). Only one word of advice, DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER: Only three (3) stations are available in order to give you maximum attention and time to mingle and share in the fun. By the end of 12 hours of lessons, you will appreciate why digging deep into the basics is so very important when producing professional looking garments. This very informative class will make you fall in love with the art of sewing.
LEVEL 2 - top to bottom
In this 2 or 4 week class you will make a shirt and casual pants, finishing able to make your next outfit with ease. The pattern is provided with the fabric, selected from the studio stash. Upon completion of this class, you'll be confident that the sky is the limit and be ready for level 3, only one step away from sewing to perfection.
Register for level 2 alone, or a package of level 2 and 3 at a 10% discount.
A sleek, pencil skirt, or stylish dress pant are the projects in this class. You will insert lining, lap or invisible zipper and closed waistband to complete this advanced garment. Patterns and fabric are included from the studio stash, or you can bring the pattern and fabric of your choosing. You will also be introduced to alternative seam finishes, serged edges for example, and get a taste of fitting like a professional, as detailed in workshop Level 4. Again, only 3 registrants , so, don't hesitate!
LEVEL 4 - fitting
You set out to sew the perfect outfit with gorgeous material, sew each step with precision then find it doesn't fit right. With each adjustment you make, something else goes askew. During this class, we concentrate on getting that outfit, and everything you make from here on in, to fit just right, using the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method. You will be taught how to customize patterns so they are perfectly suited to your body type without making muslins or taking and recording miles of measurements. If you are generally 'hard to fit', you won't be after this 28 - 32 hour course and will take away a map of your personal body type to use time and time again. Palmer/Pletsch perfect fit patterns for a sheath dress and waist band pants are included. Only four sewers can participate in this chock-full, instructional and fun class so don't miss out... REGISTER NOW.
ATD - Attention to Detail
This class is the creme de la creme of fine sewing. Try your hand at Couture sewing and expand your skills on techniques you would like to perfect. Everything from new collars, pockets, cuffs, plackets to name but a few and finishing touches to special garments with sequins and embroidery. Special uses for your serger will be explored so bring yours along. This class is for experienced sewers and only 3 sewers will attend.
Workshops 1 day sessions
Over the years, I traveled through-out Canada and the US participating in workshops in pattern drafting, advanced sewing and fitting techniques taught by well known professionals. I believed there were others in the Okanagan like me who would like to have training available to them without having to travel at great expense. Thus the Sewing Studio was born. You now have the opportunity to learn a variety of sewing techniques right here, in person. I am proud to have advanced training available to you and, as a certified Palmer/Pletsch Sewing and Fitting Instructor, I am able to offer personalized training on a multitude of projects. Do you have a particular topic you would like to learn more about (making jeans, lingerie, knits, costumes and lots of etc's.), it can be arranged. Subscribe to this website and you will be of the first to receive information and dates on workshops as they are made available. Call 250-545-8372 or email to sign up for workshops at email@example.com.
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