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Absolute Beginners : Learn how to use a sewing machine : Day Time Course 10.30am-1.30pm : Thursday 5th July 2018

 

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Make a basic tote bag
  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew neat corners
  • Learn how to sew a basic hem
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine.  You will put all you new skills together to make a basic tote bag and you will have gained the knowledge  to start making your own projects.

(All materials included) Time:  10.30am-1.30pm

6 Places Maximum

Only 3 places remaining

 

 

“Thank you very much for the class last night. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot and some of it did come back to me! I have a Janome machine which I bought when I booked the class – not as high spec as yours but when I got home I was able to wind the bobbin and thread it really easily and practice the techniques.  I’ve booked 2 more classes.   The Sewing Stretch Fabric Top and Sewing Clothes for Children.  Can’t wait for the next class and in the meantime I’m going to try a simple pattern!”

” Loved the absolute beginners course. Had never used a sewing machine before and came out with a bag! Loved the course, great teacher and amazing studio!  Thank you Sheila and Nasseem. Will be booking again and recommending

 

 

 

 

Price: £55.00

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Absolute Beginners : Learn how to use a Sewing Machine : Evening Course 6.30pm – 9.30pm : Thursday 5th July 2018

 

 

 

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.  It is an introductory workshop into using a sewing machine.  In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Make a basic tote bag
  • Set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Recognise the different parts of the machine
  • Change a sewing machine needle
  • Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine
  • Learn how to change stitch length
  • Guide the fabric when sewing
  • Sew seams accurately
  • Learn how to sew neat corners
  • Learn how to sew a basic hem
You will leave the workshop with the confidence to use your sewing machine.  You will put all you new skills together to make a basic tote bag and you will have gained the knowledge  to start making your own projects.

(All materials included)

Maximum 6 places available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £55.00

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Bra Making and Lingerie Sewing Techniques : 3 Day Course : Mon/Tue/Wed, 6th/7th/8th August 2018

On this 3 day course you will learn the following all you need to know to make beautiful lingerie:

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this course you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

Have you ever thought about making your own knickers?  Come along to this course and you will learn how to make knickers.  You will learn how to apply lingerie elastics onto lingerie fabrics and laces and discover how quick and easy it is to make you own.  You will leave with the pair of knickers or thongs you have made and the knowledge to make lots more.

Suspender Belts are the finishing touch to your sexy lingerie set.  On this course your will use lingerie fabrics, laces, lingerie elastics and learn everything you need to know to make a suspender belt.

Camisole tops are a lovely addition to a matching set of lingerie and can be worn under sheer tops or as an extra layer in winter.  Camisole tops are now extremely fashionable worn as outer garments. You will learn how to work with fabrics cut on the bias.  How to stitch a variety of lace edgings and lace insertions in a variety of fabrics.  You will make a camisole top.

An intensive session where you will learn about fabrics suitable to make lingerie and learn how to make a variety of suitable seams and hems used for these different fabrics. You will discover how to apply lingerie laces and lace edgings, lace insertions, lace applique and discover how to make shoe string straps. You will make a wide variety of samples on the day to use for reference when making your own lingerie.  You will be able to use your new found skills to add lace to dresses, skirts and general dressmaking projects which is very fashionable right now.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam and for more experienced dressmakers wishing to learn how to make specialist lingerie.

All equipment, materials and fittings included

Time: 10am-4pm each day

Maximum 4 places

 

You can pay for this course in interest free  installments.  Please call or email for further information.

“I have done several courses with Sheila May who has taken me from being a complete beginner at making lingerie to being able to design and sew beautiful pieces.  It is such fun learning with Sheila, who has boundless patience and so loves to share her skills.
Highly recommended”     Naomi

“Just to say huge thank yous for the course this week, Laura and I really enjoyed it…& you’ve really got us both motivated!   Looking forward to seeing you for pattern cutting! ”     Sam

“Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant …..  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.”    Sheena.

 

Price: £320.00

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Bra Making and Lingerie Sewing Techniques : 3 Day Course : Wednesday/Friday 25th/26th/27th July 2018

On this 3 day course you will learn the following all you need to know to make beautiful lingerie:

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this course you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

Have you ever thought about making your own knickers?  Come along to this course and you will learn how to make knickers.  You will learn how to apply lingerie elastics onto lingerie fabrics and laces and discover how quick and easy it is to make you own.  You will leave with the pair of knickers or thongs you have made and the knowledge to make lots more.

Suspender Belts are the finishing touch to your sexy lingerie set.  On this course your will use lingerie fabrics, laces, lingerie elastics and learn everything you need to know to make a suspender belt.

Camisole tops are a lovely addition to a matching set of lingerie and can be worn under sheer tops or as an extra layer in winter.  Camisole tops are now extremely fashionable worn as outer garments. You will learn how to work with fabrics cut on the bias.  How to stitch a variety of lace edgings and lace insertions in a variety of fabrics.  You will make a camisole top.

An intensive session where you will learn about fabrics suitable to make lingerie and learn how to make a variety of suitable seams and hems used for these different fabrics. You will discover how to apply lingerie laces and lace edgings, lace insertions, lace applique and discover how to make shoe string straps. You will make  samples on the day to use for reference when making your own lingerie.  You will be able to use your new found skills to add lace to dresses, skirts and general dressmaking projects which is very fashionable right now.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam and for more experienced dressmakers wishing to learn how to make specialist lingerie.

All equipment, materials and fittings included

Time: 10am-4pm each day

Maximum 4 places

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

 

You can pay for this course in interest free  installments.  Please call or email for further information.

“I have done several courses with Sheila May who has taken me from being a complete beginner at making lingerie to being able to design and sew beautiful pieces.  It is such fun learning with Sheila, who has boundless patience and so loves to share her skills.
Highly recommended”     Naomi

“Just to say huge thank yous for the course this week, Laura and I really enjoyed it…& you’ve really got us both motivated!   Looking forward to seeing you for pattern cutting! ”     Sam

“Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant …..  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.”    Sheena.

 

Price: £320.00

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Bra Making Course : Learn How to Make an Underwired Bra : Monday 6th August 2018

 

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this one day workshop you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished underwired sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam.

(All materials included)

Maximum 6 people

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £120.00

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Bra Making Course : Learn How to Make an Underwired Bra : Wednesday 25th July 2018

 

Making a bra is not as difficult as you might imagine. If you can stitch neat accurate seams you are half way there. During this one day workshop you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how  to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished underwired sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

This course is suitable for beginners who can use a sewing machine and sew an accurate seam.

(All materials included)

Maximum 6 people

ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT ON THIS COURSE

 

 

 

 

 

Price: £120.00

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Bridal, Evening Wear and Prom Dress Sewing Course : 10am-4pm : Mon/Tues/Wed 9th/10th/11th July 2018

3 day bridal courses

 

On this award winning course you will learn all about making bridal gowns from Sheila-May,  who has been making bespoke bridal gowns for over 30 years and had her dresses featured in various articles, including on the cover of ‘You and Your Wedding’ magazine!  This is also an ideal course for those of you who want to make prom dresses and ball gowns.

You will learn:

  • the techniques required for making a boned bodice
  •  why particular interfacings and interlinings are used  in order produce a professional finish
  •  how to apply piping
  • how to make rouleaux loops which are used for threading through the back tie fastening to produce a corset type fastening
  • how to apply invisible zips
  •  how to produce a variety of hemlines for different fabrics and styles
  • fabric bows and flowers are currently very fashionable and you will make samples of a variety of fabric flowers suitable to add to bridal gowns,  corsages and shoe clips.
  • We will discuss fabrics, veils  and much more.

Time: 10am-4pm each day

You can pay for this course in interest free installments.  Please contact Sheila-May for information.

Maximum 6 places available

Only 4 places remaining

 Testimonials

 

3 Day Bridal Course
Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant and you have converted me to an invisible foot too.  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.

Kind regards Sheena.

 

3 Day Bridal Course
I would like to say that you so much for the course that I recently attended with you.  This is one of the few times that I realised that I was at the right place doing the right thing for me. First of all, I enjoyed myself so much.  It didn’t feel like learning yet I learned so much.  I enjoyed the environment as it was student friendly. You went over and above your call of duty to clarify to me some questions I had about my own projects. Thank you for the invaluable advice on business especially on pricing.One thing for certain, you will see me again this September for the Pattern Cutting course. I look forward to it. Sue

Price: £320.00

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Learn how to make Tee Shirts : Men’s, Women’s or Children’s : Monday 23rd July 2018 : 6.30-9.30pm

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Have you always wanted to be able to sew tee shirts, perhaps for yourself, for a child, men’s t shirts, women’s ee shirts?  You choose.  Come along on this 3 hour course and you will make a tee shirt.  You will learn how to hem, how to sew a professional neckline, how to insert the sleeves. In industry tee shirts are made using overlockers.  If you don’t have an overlocker, no need to worry, I will teach you all the techniques you need to make a tee shirt using a sewing machine.

Patterns will be supplied for men’s, women’s and children’s tee shirts.  You will leave with the Tee shirt you have made, as well as having learned all the techniques you need to make your own tee shirt projects at home.

All materials, equipment and fabrics included.

Price: £59.00

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More Advanced Lingerie Techniques : 10am-4pm : Thursday and Friday 9th and 10th August 2018

This 2 day course will take you to the next level up from the 3 day Lingerie course.  It is a great course for those of you who want to learn to design lingerie as well as to  make your own lingerie and for people who want to start their own lingerie business.  You will learn how to draft your own patterns for knickers, briefs and thongs, even support knickers!    You will learn about the different types of lace.  You will  also work with stretch lace and draft patterns and sew bralets using stretch lace, either in your own size, or a size of your choice.  Samples will be made in a variety of techniques including neck and hem finishes, lace applique, lace inserts, straps.  Lots of design ideas will be given.  If you have already attended the 3 day lingerie course and want to learn more then this course is especially for you.

You must have attended the 3 day Lingerie Course in order to attend this advanced one

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).
Please email for further information: sheilamay@birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk

 

All equipment and materials are provided.

Maximum 5 places available

 

What the students say

I loved it, such a valuable course, I wish there was an ‘advanced advanced course’!! It really inspired me to put the time and effort afterwards. I never thought I’d be able to create my own patterns 🙂   

“What a fantastic course, I never thought I’d be able to create my own lingerie at patterns. Sheila is so thorough and very patient! So many skills and techniques were packed into the course, it’s impossible not to be creative! Definitely the most valuable course I’ve been on and the most talented and inspirational teacher. Highly recommended”.

 

Price: £240.00

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Pattern Cutting/Pattern Drafting : 5 day intensive course for Beginners : Monday 16th – Friday 20th July 2018

5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (3)   5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (1)   Intensive 5 day pattern cutting course for beginnersStitch Clever Dress Pattern

This is a 5 day course suitable for people who want  to learn how to make your own patterns or for people in business who want to design and make for their clients.   This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to make patterns, using your own or standard  body measurements.  You will learn how to draft a basic skirt block, bodice block, dress block, sleeve block .  (Blocks are also known as slopers).  Make toiles (mock ups of each)  to check for accurate fit.   You will learn the basics of how to adapt these basic blocks into a variety of styles by moving darts into seams and style lines, make gathers, pleats, collars and more.  Even if you do not want to make each pattern from the scratch, attending this course will help you to understand how to adapt commercial patterns to your own styles and designs. You may wish to purchase  items  prior to attending this workshop, information will be given on booking.

(All materials included)

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).

Tea/coffee provided.  You may wish to bring a packed lunch

Maximum 4 places available on this course.

ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT ON THIS COURSE

 

 

 

 

A fabulous week! Just need to put everything I’ve learned into practice!

Perfect size of group with only 4 people

Thanks Sheila, it’s been a lot, but fun! Always great value and we have your number

………Feel like I’ve gained a lot more confidence………. thank you Sheila-May.

Price: £599.00

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Pattern Cutting/Pattern Drafting : 5 day intensive course for Beginners : Monday 26th – Friday 30th November 2018

5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (3)   5 day Pattern Cutting Course in Birmingham (1)   Intensive 5 day  pattern cutting course for beginnersStitch Clever Dress Pattern

This is a 5 day course suitable for people who want  to learn how to make your own patterns or for people in business who want to design and make for their clients.   This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to make patterns, using your own or standard  body measurements.  You will learn how to draft a basic skirt block, bodice block, dress block, sleeve block .  (Blocks are also known as slopers).  Make toiles (mock ups of each)  to check for accurate fit.   You will learn the basics of how to adapt these basic blocks into a variety of styles by moving darts into seams and style lines, make gathers, pleats, collars and more.  Even if you do not want to make each pattern from the scratch, attending this course will help you to understand how to adapt commercial patterns to your own styles and designs. You may wish to purchase  items  prior to attending this workshop, information will be given on booking.

(All materials included)

A deposit will secure your place on this course and you can pay the balance by instalments (interest free).

Tea/coffee provided.  You may wish to bring a packed lunch

Maximum 4 places available on this course.

 

 

 

 

 

A fabulous week! Just need to put everything I’ve learned into practice!

Perfect size of group with only 4 people

Thanks Sheila, it’s been a lot, but fun! Always great value and we have your number

………Feel like I’ve gained a lot more confidence………. thank you Sheila-May.

Price: £599.00

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