Classes at the Dreamstress School of Vintage Sewing are held at Made Marion on Marion St, Wellington
You can see the upcoming class calendar here.
Classes focus on vintage, historical and modern sewing techniques, lots of textile history, and how to be an independent sewer who feels confident creating your own designs, drafting your own patterns, and altering commercial patterns.
Class sizes are very small: 6 students per most courses, so that I can really give every student lots of one on one attention.
Students are encouraged to bring their own machine for all classes (some classes don’t require machines). There are machines available for those without their own machine to use, please book one when you register for the class.
Want to learn something in particular? Suggest a course and I’ll see if I can make it happen!
Bookings are now open for Autumn 2016 Classes: March-May
Hello all you fabulous sewists!
Can you believe it’s officially the first day of autumn!
I’ve got a great line-up of autumn classes: lots of knits, some classic focused on transitional pieces that I haven’t run since early spring, and some exciting new stuff.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Working with Knits: the Basic T-Shirt has been so popular that I can hardly offer it often enough to keep up with demand, but amazingly, there is still a spot in the next session, running Tuesdays 8, 15 & 22 March, 6-8.30. This is the last session of T-shirts that will be offered until mid-June at the very earliest.
Intro to Knits: Make Your Own Knickers is a great intro to knits class, and a good way to learn knit binding techniques. Plus, you’ll learn the basic skills of taking a pattern from an existing garment. It runs Monday evenings 14 & 21 March
For those of you who are totally new to knits, another super-easy, super popular, super awesome option: The Miramar dress & top. Easy enough for sewers straight out of Absolute Beginners, and fun for all – plus the dress and top are so versatile. The class on it runs Tuesday evenings 23 & 2 March.
For much more advanced taking-a-pattern from-an-existing garment than March’s Make Your Own Knickers, Taking a Pattern from Your Favourite Trousers & Jeans will teach you how to replicate that pair of trousers that actually fits you perfectly, and the techniques you learn can be used on a whole variety of garments. Fridays 1, 8, 15, 22 April.
Because it will be getting cooler, it’s time to think about Cardigans. Cardigans aren’t hard to make, and this class will build on your basic knit skills while adding techniques like flat-set sleeves and buttonholes in knits. Working with Knits: Cardigans runs Mondays 4, 11, 18 April.
The perfect companion class to cardigans, and the perfect blouse to go under your cardigan is the Ngaio Blouse. The V-necklines echo each other perfectly, and the Ngaio Blouse class focuses on a completely different skill set: working with lighter, trickier fabrics, easing in set-in sleeves, and doing narrow hems. Wednesdays 13, 20, 27 April.
If you are wondering why there have been so many knit classes offered recently, other than the fact that there is huge demand for them, it’s because I’m prepping for my exciting new offering: Advanced Knits: Pattern Alterations & Adaption. In this class you’ll learn how to take your favourite T-shirt pattern, and turn it into a T-shirt dress, a basic wrap-dress or top, and a simple cardigan. You’ll also learn how to take a pattern with cut-on sleeves (like my Miramar dress) and turn it into one with set-in sleeves, so you can make it out of narrower fabric widths, or fabrics without as much stretch. Tuesdays 26 April, 3, 10 & 17 May.
And, as always, there are Open Craft Nights the first Wed of every month (6-8:30 pm) to catch up on any classes you missed, finish off UFOs, or just hang out and chat.
See you this Wed the 2nd of March, April 6th, or May 4. There will be no Open Craft Night in June.
Stay tuned for winter classes, because they are going to be amazing. There will be a winter coat class, and a new cardigan jacket (with a hood!), plus popular classes that I’m not able to offer very often, like fitted dresses.
Have a class that you’d really like me to teach, or offer again? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!
The Dreamstress, aka Leimomi Oakes, is a textile historian and historical seamstress with a strong background in teaching.
At her School of Vintage sewing you’ll learn vintage, historical and modern sewing techniques, lots of textile history, and how to be an independent sewist who feels confident creating your own designs, drafting your own patterns, and altering commercial patterns.
Wondering if a course is too advanced or easy for your sewing level? Check out my discussion on difficulty levels
Courses are rated on difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10 – The ratings are just a guideline to give you an idea of how hard the course will be: don’t pick something too far above your level, but be sure to challenge yourself!
1: is an absolute beginners course, for someone who has never been on a sewing machine before.
2: you’ve made cushions or something similar, and know how to set zips and make buttonholes.
3: you can follow a simple sewing pattern.
4: you’ve moved up to more complicated patterns with linings.
5: you’re ready to start making adaptions to your patterns to suit your taste and to fit you better.
6: you’ve begun to draft your own simple patterns and making up moderately difficult patterns
7: you’re beginning to play with draping, and trickier fabrics
8: you’re working your way up to difficult fabrics, evening wear, tailoring and tricky fitting issues
9: you’re making your own patterns, and working with couture techniques.
10: is for someone with experience in pattern making, couture sewing, and advanced fitting.