Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sew your First Garment Workshop

My next sewing class is coming up soon and I've still got a couple of spots left. We will be making a top from a commercial sewing pattern and this will happen over two workshops. 

1st workshop Sunday, 13 Oct (10-12) $20
We will cut out the pattern in class and look at things like sizing, reading pattern symbols, adjusting a pattern (lengthening/shortening to fit your body) and choosing fabrics for this project. 

This workshop is optional if you have worked with patterns before. 

2nd workshop Sunday, 20 Oct (9.30-12.30) $30
We will sew the top together in this class. We will look at how to make and finish your top, which shortcuts you can safely use, alternative ways to finish the neckline and how to adjust the top if necessary.

These workshops are aimed at new sewers (not complete beginners, but this is perfect if you've done a few simple things on your machine and would like to move onto clothes). 

You will need your won machine and pattern; email me if you'd like to book or want any more information. 

On inspiration

It's been so long since I've last posted, Blogger asked me to sign in to prove that I'm actually me... I'm in now, so let me share with you something that really tickled us here in the Webb house. This weekend I came across a wonderful little video about an inspiring artist called Blair Summerville. He lives near Invercargill in the South Island of New Zealand and makes his art from found objects.  You really have to see it to believe it. I particularly liked what he said about inspiration:

It seems such a redundant question when you're alive to be asked that (where he gets his inspiration from), because there's so much going on everywhere, so much to react to... Life's inspiring, you've got this chance to do stuff, be creative and experiment.

Here's the video:

Lost & Found from Joey Bania on Vimeo.

After we watched it, Joshua wanted to make something. I got him to draw and explain his idea, and later Craig helped him to build it, and here it is: a frame with crank-handle, just like something Blair might have made as a boy. I find this creative spark that bounces off people so exciting; even more so when it's realised and you have something to hold, something that was just an impulse an hour ago.