Category Archives: Sewing School

We are Excited to Announce our Spring/Summer Sewing Lessons!

Our Summer 2016 Sewing School brochure has just been launched!  We have an exciting range of courses on offer, each designed to teach you a particular set of skills as we complete a project in one evening here in Witney, West Oxfordshire!

We will have a new set of courses after a break in the summer so we can’t guarantee these ones will reappear for a while…

Sewing for Children

We have a number of courses on offer that will help you get to grips with using sewing patterns and sewing clothes for children this summer…

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A-line dress workshop – During this course we will tackle sewing with patterns, seams in an unlined dress, and making a placket (you will impress yourself with this one!).  This pattern is not complicated, but the seams are lined with bias binding and this can be tricky to get lined up.   For that reason we would recommend complete sewing novices start with our reversible dress workshop rather than this one.

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Reversible dress workshop – A great introduction to sewing clothes for kids, all the seams in this dress are hidden and it is totally reversible – two dresses in one!  You can finish the dress with poppers, ties, buttons or regular straps.  The workshop includes all the materials you need to make one dress (you can choose your fabrics from across our store) and you get a copy of the pattern to take away with you.

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Simple Summer Dress Workshop – A great lightweight dress, perfect for the summer holidays and in sizes up-to 8 years old, as well as all the basics you will get to sew with bias tape – more skills in the bank!

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Sun Hats Workshop – This pattern can be made in sizes from toddler all the way through to adult!  Come and make 1 reversible hat with us and it won’t be long before your whole family have matching hats for those group outings 😉  As well as using patterns, we will be using creative fusible interfacings and sewing with no visible seams.

Sewing for Adults

As we all our sun hat sewing class, directly above this one in this list, we have our A-line skirt workshop.

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A-line Skirt Workshop – At this workshop we will tackle working with patterns, seam finishes and sewing with zips, you get to pick your fabric from across the store and get a full copy of the pattern to take home too.

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Bust Adjustment Course Learn how to adjust your patterns to fit, moving the bust line up or down, increasing the space allowed for a full bust (FBA) or decreasing it with a small bust adjustment (SBA) we will cover all these techniques as we make the classic Colette vest top in one evening.

Sewing for your Home

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Beginner’s Cushion Covers – Perfect for sewing novices, make an envelope style cushion cover in one evening! In one evening we will make an envelope style cushion cover.  We will cover seam finishes, sewing straight lines and going round corners.

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Cushion Covers Level 2 Already nailed basic cushion covers?  Take your skills to the next level by adding piping and zips for a truly professional finish!

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Roman Blinds – Make a blind for your own home, made to measure (upto 1mtr long x 1mtr wide), with professional looking results.  Roman blinds are a stylish option for your windows, they let in lots of light and are economical, using the minimum amount of fabric to cover your window. During this workshop we will take you step by step through all the stages involved in making your first blind.

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Lined Curtains – Making your own blinds and curtains really will save you money, spend a day working on your first pair or curtains and we will even throw in lunch!

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Introduction to Quilting – Make a quilted cushion cover over 2 sessions and you will have learnt all the steps involved in making a full sized quilt, selecting a design, piecing together, sewing blocks, sashing, building your quilt, quilting the sides together and binding!  Click here to view our blog post all about this course.

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Owl Cushion – Sew one of our large owl cushions and tackle sewing curves of all descriptions whilst making this huggable fellow.

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Sewing with Zips – Always shyed away from anything with a zip in it?  Conquer your fear in a friendly and relaxed environment as we make a really useful lined zipper pouch – go big for a travel bag or small for a cosmetic’s purse or pencil case – the choice is yours!

Sewing for Fun

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Applique Masterclass – Spend an evening getting to grips with applique – we will bring a wide range of templates for you to play with, fabric scraps and 8-10″ squares of fabric to applique onto – perfect your technique without risking your latest project or denting your fabric stash, and go home with a set of skills, some finished applique squares for your next project and reusable applique templates.

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Owl Cushion Workshop – Sew one of our large owl cushions and tackle sewing curves of all descriptions whilst making this huggable fellow.

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Sewing with Zips – Always shyed away from anything with a zip in it?  Conquer your fear in a friendly and relaxed environment as we make a really useful lined zipper pouch – go big for a travel bag or small for a cosmetic’s purse or pencil case – the choice is yours!

Learning from Scratch

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Introduction to Sewing – Our comprehensive 5 week course is perfect for the beginner looking to cover the building blocks of sewing whilst making a range of fab projects.  We will cover sewing machine basics, fabric types, the world of interfacing, seam finishes, sewing straight lines and curves, zips, bias tape and binding, as we create 5 fun projects in 5 weeks.

If you can’t see a course covering the topic you are looking for then contact us!  We love to hear your ideas for future courses – email printstopolkadots@hotmail.co.uk or leave a comment below.

We Had A Hoot At Our Owl Cushion Sewing Class!

A few pictures from our latest sewing class for our fab owl cushion (you can download the pattern for free by clicking here).

We run this class throughout the year, Sophie, responsible for this great Owl, was only on her 2nd ever lesson!

During the lesson we tackle sewing all sorts of curves and invisible hand-sewing.

To find out more about our Witney-based Sewing School click here.

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Love the fabric?  Its Dashwood Studio’s Bloom collection – click here to view instore – but you need to be quick, this collection is now out of print!