Learn to Sew the Honeycomb Dress/Top with Ana from Cocowawa
DATE, TIME AND LOCATION
Saturday 3rd November, 11am - 5pm
Arch 359 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RN
The workshop will take place in our shop in between Broadway Market and Mare Street. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations.
Learn to sew the popular Honeycomb Dress or Shirt by CocoWawa Crafts with Ana Valls. In this one-day course you will make one of the two versions that will work for any season. Honeycomb is a beautiful and feminine design featuring a Mandarin or stand-up collar, front button placket, two different versions and lots of options to choose from. You can opt for the shirt that comes with a nice gathered peplum or the dress, with inseam pockets and a midi length that you can alter to your desire.
There are also several sleeve options: regular long sleeves and long sleeves with bows for the colder months; and then short sleeves and a sleeveless alternative, perfect for Spring and Summer. Apart from all this, the Honeycomb Shirt and Dress comes with side panels and straps that make the fitting part much easier. The design is naturally loose but with the side bows you can adjust it to get a closer fit.
With lots of detailed instructions, technical drawings and tips to get the best results, the Honeycomb Shirt and Dress will become a staple, with a twist, in your handmade wardrobe.
To make the most of the time in the class you'll need to cut your pattern pieces out before hand. We'll be sending a paper copy out to you before the class, please cut your pattern pieces and your fabric. That way we can get sewing straight away on the day! Let us know if you have any questions and don't forget to pre-wash your fabric!
STUDENTS WILL LEARN:
+ Using a paper pattern
+ Stitch a yoke with the ‘Burrito technique’
+ Sew a stand-up or Mandarin collar
+ Create a button front placket
+ Stitch a cuff opening with ties if choosing the long sleeve version with bows
+ Basic pattern adjustments
+ A printed version of the pattern
+ Use of all tools including our Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0 sewing machines. If you'd prefer to bring your own machine then that is absolutely fine!
+ Drinks and snacks throughout the day
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING:
For Autumn and Winter: medium weight fabrics like velvet, corduroy, needlecord or babycord, tweed, fine wool, denim...
For Spring and Summer: light to medium weight fabrics like cotton, also chambray, linen, light denim, viscose, rayon, double gauze, cotton lawn...
Version A Shirt – 115cm / 45’’ fabric width: 2.70m / 2.9 yards
Version A Shirt – 150cm / 60’’ fabric width: 2.20m / 2.4 yards
Version B Dress – 115cm / 45’’ fabric width: 3.50m / 3.8 yards
Version B Dress – 150cm / 60’’ fabric width: 2.80m / 3 yards
+ Matching thread
+ Interfacing: 0.70m
+ 4 x 1cm buttons and 1 x 0.5cm button for the collar
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
Ana Valls is the name behind CocoWawa Crafts, an independent sewing pattern company based in London. Ana first studied Journalism at University, in Spain, where she comes from and that’s what her job was for 12 years. First in Spain as a staff writer and then in London as a freelance journalist and reporter. But everything changed when she learned to sew. She was looking for something that made her happy outside of work, a hobby, as she was suffering a lot from anxiety and tried attending a sewing class. And it was love at first sight. After this she opened a small online fabric shop on Etsy and started combining this with her journalism career. Then she also studied Pattern Cutting for Womenswear and Professional Sewing Skills at the London College of Fashion, attended lots of other workshops, read tones of sewing and pattern cutting books and at the end of 2016 she decided, after a lot of testing, a gazillion of samples and hours and hours of hard work as she explains, to launch her first ever sewing pattern, the Marshmallow Dress and CocoWawa Crafts as it exists today was born. At that point she also decided to pursue her career within the sewing field full-time. Now, she combines designing new patterns with teaching sewing to kids and privately in her studio as well as hosting the #sewinghourchat on Instagram every week, filming videos on YouTube, co-hosting the London Stitchers MeetUp and yes, fabric shopping 😉 Isn’t that part of the job as well? 😊
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:
'Thank you for doing the workshop over the weekend, I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. You both are so helpful and kind and I would definitely recommend others to do your workshop.'
'Such a fun and rewarding day, I really loved every minute of it.'