Want to make all your gifts this year? Looking for creative gift giving inspiration? Checkout these workshops with projects ideal for giving to friends and loved ones.
As we run more an more online workshops and private lessons, we are finding that there a lot of pleasant advantages to this delivery mode and we wanted to share them with you.
You can learn in the comfort of your own home, we’ve had students snuggled up on the couch, professionally setup at their work from home desks, cleverly tucked away in their crafting corner or bolstered by pillows in their comfy beds!
Tardiness is avoided because you don’t have to plan your public transport trip, or juggle travel time and parking, then finding the venue. It’s never been easier to avoid being late to class.
While we’re all further apart, this delivery method means we’ve never been closer! By using multiple cameras you get to see what your teacher is doing in different ways. See your teacher like she’s at your kitchen table, or view what she’s doing as if you were peering right over their shoulder.
You can access new support, you still have your detailed handouts and we’re adding more video references on YouTube. During class we can share more references during discussions.
With our teacher and host model for workshops it’s focused and allows you to engage with teachers and the other participants. We have a host who liaises throughout the class via the chat, relaying questions without interrupting the teacher’s audio.
Yifen recently took part in one of the most popular short courses we offer – the two day course: How to Copy a Garment You Love.
Over a total of 12 hours; students learn how to assess their original garment to draft a pattern off it – without having to pull the original garment apart! The second component of the course is having students make a toile of their pattern so that we can test the pattern that has been created and make any adjustments or corrections to pattern. This short course is a great introduction to pattern drafting.
In the August 2019 course, Yifen copied a fun party dress that featured angled seams, ruffles and gathering (no easy feat for the copying process) and we are so proud of her results! Yifen only learnt to sew this year in our Sewing Basics for Beginners 3 Week Course. She has achieved an amazing result with her copied dress – we love it more than the original! Plus she now has a pattern for her favourite dress and can create many different versions. We hope they all bring her as much joy as the fabulous zig zag version.
Your fabric stash.
I heard about a sewing enthusiast recently who only buys fabric for a project. She makes that project and only then buys fabric when she has the next project planned and ready to start. I was seriously impressed – that is incredible will power! I am obviously not like that…
So, as soon as I saw this campaign I loved it. I am just as guilty as the next Fabricophile of having a huge fabric stash.
In its 2nd year the challenge is: to make garment(s) that we will love and wear, using fabric that has been in the stash for more than 6 months.
On 24 April 2013, 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history… Thats when Fashion Revolution started. The #whomademyclothes campaign in April every year works to highlight transparency in the fashion industry.
Make Mend Swap is a Melbournite trying to dress in style while not buying any new clothes for a year. The blog is an inspiration for the rest of us to do what we can and maybe give it a go ourselves.
I am scared of doing this for a whole year though. No new clothes for a whole year. I did make some concessions though. I can buy second hand, within reason, but mostly swap, sew, mend or modify what I already have.
Check out the challenge and how it is succeeding – click here.