Following the success of my ‘Make your own Kimono’ workshops I’m running a special festival themed edition on Saturday 15th June at In Bristol Studio in Barton Hill. I’ve just made myself a festival themed kimono for Shindig festival this weekend using the border of an old folk skirt, a silk scarf from Thailand and some black velvet I’ve had in my fabric store for years! I can advise on how to put together a selection of different fabrics or upcycle some of your old clothes too. Or if you’d rather use a lovely new printed fabric you’ll just need 2-3 metres of fabric and if you’re feeling frisky why not bring some fringing or sparkly trimming to maximise the festival vibes. This workshop is suitable for beginners but you will need to bring a sewing machine with you. The class runs from 10am – 4pm and costs £50.
On 16th of June I’ll be running the reversible summer wrap dress course again at Creative Space on North Street in Bedminster. This versatile dress has a wrap front with side front tie, a high neck and short kimono style sleeves which can be folded back to reveal the contrasting fabric inside. You can also opt for a more open neckline or folding colour if you prefer. For this dress you’ll need 2 metres each of two contrasting fabrics, I’d recommend using a patterned fabric on one side and a plain or very small pattern on the other side. I’ve used two printed cottons from Fabricland. One has a lovely Japanese cranes design and the other has a very small check which reminds me of graph paper. If you’d like any advice on where to get the best fabrics then please get in touch. Some sewing experience if preferable for this course which runs from 10am to 5pm and costs £70. You’ll also need to bring your sewing machine for this one.
I’m also planning to run some workshops for parent and child at Creative Space in the summer, Super Hero capes and tutus and dressmaking for dolls! And there’ll be a free mending session too. Watch this space for updates.
All courses can be booked on the couture classes page.