SATURDAY Next Steps Intermediate Sewing Skills


SATURDAY Next Steps Intermediate Sewing Skills


Saturday January 12th until 2nd March

  • 1pm - 2.30pm

  • Colour and Cloth (map)


Class length: 8 x 2 1/2 hour sessions (20 hours teaching time)

Class size: Max 5 students so you reap the benefits of lots of tutor attention

Have you been stung by the Sewing Bee and want to up your game with new challenges and new techniques? This is the natural progression from Beginners level.   We aim to take it up a notch, focusing on improving your existing skills and learning lots of new ones. And always with lots of designer / maker tips thrown in for good measure!  

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  • 12th January until 2nd March

  • 1pm - 3.30pm

  • Colour and Cloth (map)



Class length: 8 x 2 1/2 hour sessions (20 hours teaching time)

Class size: Max 5 students so you reap the benefits of lots of tutor attention.  This provides a great learning environment in a welcoming sewing studio space.


ABOUT YOUR TUTOR ... Christine's mum taught her to sew when she was six, which means she has been sewing for over 38 years! She has over 25 years experience in fashion, film costume, and self employment in Northern Ireland. She teaches with patience, enthusiasm and encouragement at every step.  Christine tutored at Belfast Metropolitan College for 6 years before deciding to run her own brand of classes from home.  Our N.I Sewing Bee Angeline Murphy was once one of her dressmaking students. Since 2008 she has taught more than 2000 students. She has taught from age 5 to 95 years young! Click here to read testimonials from her past students.

What is covered in the class:

We cover skills for 4 weeks (10 hours)

  • Inserting an invisible zip.

  • Making a buttonhole

  • Making and using bias binding

  • Developing a knowledge of fabrics and their properties

  • The importance of pressing to achieve the best results

  • How to choose a suitable pattern and fabric.

  • Intro to adapting and adjusting a pattern to your own design.

  • Introduction to garment alterations

  • Troubleshooting your machine and machine maintenance.

Sewing your chosen garment for 4 weeks (10 hours)

  • Cutting your paper pattern

  • Marking up and cutting your fabric

  • Sewing up and fitting as you go along

  • Finishing up your chosen design.

By the end of the of 8 weeks you will have made your choice of garment in your choice of fabric.* If you finish 1 garment, you will be encouraged to make another.  Students can also work on their own projects if they wish. *Based on full attendance over the 8 weeks.

Equipment: All sewing machines and sewing equipment is provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you wish.  We have a mixture of modern and vintage sewing machines. Also an overlocker and a coverstitch machine, perfect for stitching jersey knits.

Materials required at first class: Please bring a project of your choice: new pattern and fabric (calico also if you wish to toile up first, which is recommended).  The project should be an advancement up from what you have sewn before.  Check out The Essential Sewing Kit for where to buy fabrics and lots of other resources.

Maximum in class: 5 students. Class sizes are limited to 5 people so that learning is focused and fun.  There must be a minimum of 3 bookings for the class to run.


The Venue: Classes are held in Christine's quirky up-cycled home studio which has been featured both on television (Great Interior Design Challenge) and in national interior magazines.  This gives Christine access to her wardrobe where she can show students every seam, zip and different design that they will be learning. 

FREE on street parking. Please be respectful to the neighbours parking spaces.

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