DATE, TIME AND LOCATION
This is a four day masterclass but spread over four months, held on the first Saturday of each month.
Saturday 4th November 2023, Saturday 2nd December 2023, Saturday 6th January 2024 and Saturday 3rd February 2024
10am-5pm each day
32 Bocking Street, London, E8 3FP
The workshop will take place in our shop just around the corner from Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 10 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath overground stations.
We're so excited to be welcoming Elisalex back into the studio! The Bodice Fitting Masterclasses she used to run with us were some of our most popular classes ever and she's back with a masterclass that will cover bodice fitting AND trouser fitting.
If you've ever struggled to get a bodice or trousers to fit you just right and found the idea of pattern alteration more than a bit daunting, then this class is for you! Over four days, spread over four months, Elisalex of By Hand London sewing patterns will guide you through the fitting and alteration process for: a regular darted bodice, a princess seamed bodice, a bodice with grown on sleeves and trousers. By the end of the class you will not only have new bodice and trouser blocks that fit your body like a dream, but all the tools and confidence to tackle the fitting of other patterns as well!
WHAT WILL THIS COURSE COVER?
+ To accurately take their own and others' body measurements
+ Full bust adjustments for a darted bodice
+ Small bust adjustment for a darted bodice
+ Full bust adjustment for a princess seamed bodice
+ Small bust adjustment for a princess seamed bodice
+ Full bust adjustment for a bodice with grown on sleeves
+ Small bust adjustment for a bodice with grown on sleeves
+ Lengthening and shortening a bodice
+ How to raise and lower bust darts
+ How to fix a gapey back neckline
+ How to fix a tight back rounded shoulders
+ How to alter for a swayback
+ How to raise or lower a neckline
+ How to make adjustments to a trouser block to improve fit
+ How to diagnose fit issues that can't be spotted on measurements alone
+ How to make pattern alterations to the paper pattern
+ How to make pattern alterations to a toile
Please note that this class will end up being structured according to the individual needs of the students; not everyone will have to make the same alterations, and some other fit issues not mentioned above may come up, and will be addressed. The aim of the class is to arm each student with the tools and know-how in order to make bodices to fit their own body, plus a broader understanding of pattern alteration in general from seeing other alterations being performed.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This class is for confident beginners who have previous experience working from a sewing pattern, and have already made a few garments.
+ Use of our Pfaff Ambition 630 sewing machines in the classes. If you'd like to learn on your own machine then please do bring it along - please let us know the model in advance and bring your manual with you.
+ All tools and equipment needed, including calico, pattern paper etc.
+ The By Hand London patterns you will be using in the class. We will be in touch ahead of the class to ask which patterns you would like to use.
+ Drinks and sweet treats to keep you going throughout the class.
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:
We will have everything you need but it you may find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to take notes, and we find it useful to take pictures of the process.
The workshop will take place in our studio around the corner from Broadway Market. We have a dedicated workshop room at the back where you can sew in peace and still see the hustle and bustle of the shop. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. The studio is at ground floor level with no steps. It is fully accessible and has a fully accessible toilet.
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