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Henley Sewing Bee

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Make a skirt to fit you

Learn a new skill from Joanna Nahum; an experienced pattern cutter and a seamstress of bespoke garments.

What to expect:

You will learn how to make one pattern piece that will be cut out 6 times and when sewn together will fit your body. All you have to decide is: Do I want a pencil skirt with a slit for movement, or maybe an A line or flared affair? You could add pleats if you are feeling like more of a challenge. I can help you to create something that will suit your figure and style.

Course Dates:

Mondays 10-12.30 June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

Fabric requirements:

You have a variety of options when it comes to choosing fabric for your skirt. It is always best if you like it and it suits your skin/hair tone. You will need 150cm of fabric for around knee length or 2 meters if you want it to be longer.

  • You could buy Calico and make a toile/prototype. This is easy to work with if you are new to sewing.
  • Or you could get a 100% cotton or linen, which is suitable for dyeing at a later date.
  • If you are used to working with different types of cloth- you could be a bit more adventurous. Please make sure it is woven and not knitted. No more than 5% stretch/ lycra/ elastane. I would steer clear of shiny, fine or delicate fabrics as these will be much harder to work with.

Please come in on a Monday to look at the huge selection that Lady sew and sew have. They can guide you towards a fabric that is suitable for this skirt project.

Trimming requirements:

Thread to match the main colour of your fabric. A little darker is always better than thread which is lighter than your cloth.40 cms of Velcro to close up your opening.No less than 2 cm width of tape or ribbon (it can be more aswell) which will become your waist finishing and a tie to close the top of the opening. The length needed depends on your waist measurement I’m a size 12 waist (78cm) and would need 150cm to make a good size bow.

Please bring your pattern cutting equipment with you: a sharp pencil, rubber, Prit stick type glue, plain or spot and cross paper.


10am - 12.30pm (Coffee and tea will be served from 9.30am onwards until the class commences.) Opportunity to look around the showroom and purchase fabric and supplies before and afterwards!

Venue and booking details:

Lady Sew and Sew Warehouse, Henley-on-Thames, Farm Rd. Henley-on-Thames. Oxon. RG9 1EJ. Tel: 01491 572528


Please note workshops do not include lunch. Please bring a packed lunch. If you do need to keep your lunch cool, then please bring your own cool bag to do so, as fridge space is not available. There will be free tea and coffee throughout the day.

Price £80

Workshops must be paid for in full at time of booking


Refunds will only be offered if 21 days’ notice is given prior to the event (Less £5.00 administrative cost for each workshop cancelled). We retain the right to cancel a class in which case your fee will be refunded.

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