Style at Home’s Cassie takes on a sewing course
‘i had an amazing time on the course and can’t wait to put my newfound skills to the test’
Whether you’re a novice with a needle and thread or a pro with a sewing machine, sew pretty offers a range of courses for all levels. The wimbledonbased studio is the ideal place to develop your skills. Cassie from the Style at Home team, embarked on a four-week soft furnishings course. here’s how she got on.
Week 1 Learning the basics
After introducing ourselves, our lovely tutor, Rachel, didn’t waste any time getting started. We were taught how to wind the bobbin and thread the sewing machine, and spent about 30 minutes going over the dos and don’ts of machine work. After this, we were given time to get a feel for it all, then we practised different stitches, the basic technique for hemming, and stitching in both curved and straight lines.
Week 2 Zip cushion cover
On the second week, we put our skills to the test and made our own cushion covers using a fabric of our choice. Led by Sew Pretty’s founder, Katya, we were taken through the process, from measuring and cutting the material to fixing the zip into place, and given one-to-one help as we went. This is a great project to try if you’re still building up your confidence.
Week 3 pleated curtains
This week, we took on a bigger project and made a lined curtain sample. We were taught how to calculate drops and widths, apply headings and gather up the fabric for a professional finish. After each session, you’re emailed a set of instructions to keep.
Week 4 roman blinds
The group arrived to the final session a little apprehensive, but ready to tackle the most challenging project yet. Building on the skills we’d learnt, we were shown how to measure fabric for a Roman blind, and then used the sewing machine to stitch it all together and include channels for the rods. We then fixed the cords in place and were shown how to rig the blind professionally.
The homely garden studio provides a calm environment
Cassie tackles her first project