Situation: You show up at a party and there is someone wearing the same dress/shirt as you. How annoying. Unless you can afford super exclusive designers’ clothes, Why not design them yourself? Sewing is back! –And we will bring you the best options to start learning to sew in London.
College courses such as one evening a week are normally for independent learners. They show the theory and the students can start their designs which they will get help with. The programmes are not intensive although some people find they have lost interest in the long run as they lack on perseverance to practice on their own.
Now if you are a bad independent learner and need a push every now and then like me, I recommend a few intensive courses that I absolutely loved.
Saturday Sewing Sessions: Located in Chelsea SW10 0NS, these classes are designed to make you learn and practice at the same time. From making a cushion, to a pyjama pants or a bag, the beginner ones are easy enough and at the end of the day you take your garments home with you.
Sew Over It: A very complete session. They are friendly and they don’t mind going over things quite a few times for clumsy or slow learners. They have a fabric shop as well so there is no need to panic over getting the materials ready the day before the class –you can do it just before the lesson. There are two locations, one in North London (N12BD) and the other one in Clapham (SW99PH)
Tilly and the Buttons: How about a bag of goodies, a finished piece to take home with you and glass of wine at the end? Friendly staff and enthusiastic teachers in South East London (SE21).
Sew it with Love: Located in Central London this is a fabric shop as well and offers classes and one to one tutorials. Also, they have levels from beginners to intermediate only, however they offer a wide variety of classes and a flexible timetable.
The sewing community grows bigger by the day and most of these shops have their own blog and offer online videos to help. Most of these shops have their own blog and even online classes. The sewing community is growing bigger each day.
Prices vary from £35 (to show you how to use a showing machine) to £150 for a full intensive-day sewing. Now you won’t have an excuse not to try it! Be sure to check on each shop’s website to book in advance and get the course best suited to your level, especially if you are a beginner.