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Learn to Sew: Casual Basics

5(33 reviews)
Learning to sew doesn’t have to be so formal! Start your journey by making a pair of trousers and a sweatshirt.
Crofton Park Community Library, Brockley
In-person
£200 pp
Beginner
What happens in this class?

Go from being a sewing novice to making your first outfit! In this course, we’ll learn the building blocks of clothes making while stitching up a sweatshirt and trouser set, suitable for all gender expressions.

We’ll begin by making a loose fitted pair of trousers or shorts using woven fabrics. You can choose to make comfy pyjamas for lounging around in, or a pair of smarter trousers to wear outside.

We’ll then move on to making the sweatshirt using stretch material. You can opt to make a raglan sleeve sweatshirt, a t-shirt or a hoodie.

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Things to remember

The first session will be cutting out your trousers / shorts so please have fabric for these. Below is a guide to the amount that you will need but please get in touch before the class to discuss fabric choices if you want to. The second garment is going to be…

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FAQs
Do you have all the equipment that I need?
Yes, we have everything that you will need but you rae welcome to bring your own machine and equipment.
How big are the class sizes?
We like to keep our classes small so that everyone has enough teacher time. We generally have a maximum of 8. If there are more people wanting to join the class then we will have 2 teachers to make sure everyone still has enough teacher time.
What happens if I need to miss a week?
To get the most out of the class we recommend that you attend every week however we understand that things crop up. We offer 1 catch up session during our Sewcial class which runs on a Tuesday morning or a Thursday evening fortnightly.
Is there parking ?
All the roads around the library are free to park on.
Latest Reviews
5(33 reviews)
Rebecca - 22 May 2024
I did the 6 week "Learn to Sew: Casual Basics" course and it was such a joy! The instructors, Varian and Amelia, were encouraging and friendly. The overall class environment was very relaxed and welcoming. I'm genuinely sad the course is over. I finished the course with a new hobby and a pair of trousers and a t-shirt that I'm very proud of. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking to pick up a new skill. I had 0 sewing experience previously and I now feel confident about starting projects on my own.
Anja - 21 May 2024
Casual Basics is a great course if you want to walk home with something you would actually like to wear! As a complete beginner who didn't even know how to use a sewing machine initially, I'd say it was quite challenging - but in a good way, I had so much fun and was looking forward to it every week! I stretched myself, learned a lot, and am very pleased with the result. Varian and Emilia are the most lovely and patient teachers you could wish for. I'm definitely coming back for more!
Jennifer - 21 May 2024
The whole Make mee team are so welcoming and supportive - making any sewing challenge a breeze :)
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Booking Options
2hrs course1 class
£200
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Age Requirement

16

Flexible cancellation policy

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Your Teacher

Make Mee Studio CIC is a sewing social enterprise based in Lewisham. At Make Mee Studio we aim to mend our relationship with clothing by empowering children & adults with sewing and craft skills. Saving the planet one stitch at a time.

These are the core values that run through everything we do at Make Mee Studio:

ACCESSIBILITY The barriers to receive the skills that Make Mee Studio shares should be minimal. INCLUSIVITY Make Mee Studio believe that sewing & crafts are for everyone & endeavour to cater for every individual's needs. EMPOWERMENT To be creative is to be powerful. Creativity opens…

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Class Location
Crofton Park Community Library
Crofton Park Community Library, Brockley
375 Brockley Road,
Brockley
SE4 2AG
London

Reviews

Rebecca - 22 May 2024
I did the 6 week "Learn to Sew: Casual Basics" course and it was such a joy! The instructors, Varian and Amelia, were encouraging and friendly. The overall class environment was very relaxed and welcoming. I'm genuinely sad the course is over. I finished the course with a new hobby and a pair of trousers and a t-shirt that I'm very proud of. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking to pick up a new skill. I had 0 sewing experience previously and I now feel confident about starting projects on my own.
Anja - 21 May 2024
Casual Basics is a great course if you want to walk home with something you would actually like to wear! As a complete beginner who didn't even know how to use a sewing machine initially, I'd say it was quite challenging - but in a good way, I had so much fun and was looking forward to it every week! I stretched myself, learned a lot, and am very pleased with the result. Varian and Emilia are the most lovely and patient teachers you could wish for. I'm definitely coming back for more!
Jennifer - 21 May 2024
The whole Make mee team are so welcoming and supportive - making any sewing challenge a breeze :)
Nisha - 18 April 2024
First class was fantastic! Really helpful, friendly teachers, great with instructions and patient answering questions from a complete beginner! Would definitely recommend, and I'm sure I'll be signing up for more.
Ali - 27 March 2024
I absolutely adored my time in the Learn to Sew: Casual Basics course! Jaime's guidance was exceptional, and within just 6 weeks, I was able to craft trousers and a sweatshirt. The small class size made learning a breeze – plenty of opportunities for assistance and questions. Highly recommend this course! Already looking forward to diving into another one with Make Mee to further hone my newfound skills.
TSZ LAM - 6 March 2024
Wonderful sewing class in South London. As a complete beginner, the class truly helped me gain the confidence I need to sew at home. I eagerly anticipate every Wednesday evening session and greatly appreciate the small class arrangement, which allows for sharing lovely moments with both the teacher and classmates.
Sarah-Joy Lewis - 22 February 2024
Absolutely fantastic course. The teachers were so great at explaining everything and I feel much more confident sewing now. Plus I have a new favourite sweatshirt!
Abigail Whittingham - 14 February 2024
This is a great course! I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time. The instructors are lovely, helpful and understanding of everyone’s abilities. They share lots of tips and the clothing you make has options so you can have different pockets and styles. Couldn’t recommend this enough. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more courses!
Gaia Bini - 14 February 2024
A lovely and supporting environment for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. I've already asked for a sewing machine for my birthday ;)
Elly Fenlon - 14 February 2024
I really enjoyed this course and learnt loads. Our teacher Amelia was amazing, and was accommodating of all our different needs (from complete beginners to more advanced beginners). I enjoyed learning how to personalise my trousers through choice of pockets, shortening them, taking them in at the sides, and using the overlocker, and I really appreciated all the help adjusting them. It's worth knowing that the studio has spare fabric to buy if you can't bring your own, and the team are really flexible about making time up if you can't attend every session. So I wouldn't let either of those put you off going.
Valeria Toscana - 11 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic! In a short span of time I managed to have a new pair of trousers, a sweatshirt, and a lot more confidence about sewing that I completely lacked. I'll definitely be coming back for either another course or the sewing social! Would definitely recommend to anyone
Monica Kulara - 7 September 2023
Had my first session last night and it was wonderful! Jaime was very attentive and kind, she made me feel super confident even tho I had no experience at all with sewing. ;)
Fionoualla Moriarty - 14 July 2023
The class was amazing and Janie was such an incredible and patient teacher!
Katy Jack - 27 May 2023
I feel so lucky to have this organistion in my beautiful local library! I really enjoyed the casual basics course where I made a jumper and a pair of trousers which I love!! Had very little skill beforehand but the tutors made it all feel really easy. A really friendly team create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend.
Jessica Maye - 25 May 2023
Loved every minute of the Casual Basics class and am as proud as punch of my hoodie and trousers! The 6 weeks flew in and every session was so fun and informative. Amelia was a fabulous, welcoming and patient teacher and guided us all through many minor mishaps along the way - all part of the joy of learning! I’d absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting to get a grasp on the basics of garment construction and using a sewing machine! The studio is so cute too!
Vladislava - 25 May 2023
I have done a couple of the beginner courses organised by Make Mee Studio and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You learn the basics of sewing at your own pace, but with the support and encouragement of experienced instructors who are available to guide you, and answer any questions. The best advantage is the fact that you end up with a completed project, which as a beginner does miracles for your sewing confidence. Looking forward to taking up more classes in the future!
Vicky - 23 May 2023
Fantastic course. As a total beginner I felt the course went at the right pace and be the end of week 4 I was confident enough to have a go at my own creations at home. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend it.
James Banks - 23 May 2023
I've loved this class - patient and helpful tutors who have made everything easy and fun to do, great for a complete beginner like me - am already looking to book my next class with them
Joseph Bonser - 7 March 2023
Even as a complete beginner I had such a great time at the class and Jamie was extremely helpful and patient, and made sure I was happy with the end product. My trousers have had multiple compliments already! Would definitely recommend
Rosie Offord - 16 February 2023
Loved this course! Jamie and Josh are great teachers - definitely going to be coming back for more classes. ☺️
Diana Hidalgo - 15 February 2023
Jamie and Josh are the most patient and friendly sewing instructors on earth. I have enjoyed every day at Make Mee Studio. The projects adapt to your personal taste which is great. I will definitely be back for another course :) thank you both
Marida Maiorino - 14 February 2023
The casual basic class is a great way to approach sewing. I found the entire process well structured and fun and can’t recommend it more! Thank you so much Jamie and Josh for your care, support and patience during the classes and thank you for accommodating my silly design ideas! I truly loved it and look forward to the next ones 🦋
Marlene Osei-Asante - 17 January 2023
Such fun and knowledgable tutors ! Really enjoyed the class and looking forward to the following sessions!
Lucy Menage - 20 October 2022
excellent course with really lovely instructors! I thoroughly enjoyed the 6 week course and it has inspired me to continue with clothes making! I hope to join a new class soon :)
Kate Moorby - 20 October 2022
A fantastic course, the teachers are really knowledgeable and patient and the general vibe in the class is relaxed and friendly. I have come away having made a pair of trousers and a long T-shirt dress with a funky hood! Thank you Make mee - you'll be seeing me again!
Amy Fox - 19 October 2022
Lovely, lovely class!! Teachers are wonderful and very patient! Would recommend to everyone! No prior experience necessary. Xx
Yulee Foster - 12 June 2022
Really enjoyed the course! Learnt a lot and can’t wait to go back for another course :)
Chi - 25 May 2022
The tutor is lovely and very helpful. I came a cross a few problems during my projects (entirely not her fault). She quickly came to my aid and helped me fix them
Jana Haragalova - 4 August 2021
thoroughly enjoyed the classes
Susie Harris - 31 July 2021
An absolutely thrilling experience! Proof that it really is never too late to learn new skills. I made two professional looking items one slinky blouse and a pair of loose fitting summery/ floral pants. Jaime was so kind warm and friendly and showed infinite patience and made the whole experience so positive. The group was small (4-5) and Covid friendly with mask & social distancing. Everyone was kind and helpful. A really terrific course very well resourced. I thoroughly enjoyed it & recommend this sewing programme especially if you are a complete beginner.
Rose Braithwaite - 4 March 2020
Tracey our teacher was really informative and I learnt a lot. It was fun too with like minded people keen to learn. The class sizes here are never more than 6 (4 in our class) which means that you get all the attention that you need. Which is great whether you’re a beginner, improver or experienced. She makes sure that the task meets your experience and challenges you a little! Highly recommended.
Keith Keith - 28 November 2019
I learned to make a pair of lounging-about trousers which I now wear all the time at home, and a Raglan-sleeved, stretch-fabric sweater which I've worn every day to work, since. I have shown it off to work-mates and they have been astounded and amazed at my "talent" although I have been at pains to point out that my teacher (Jaime) was the reason it worked at all: informative, friendly, supportive, ever-ready to step in to avert (my own self-made) disasters, all the good things. The venue was very cool too. I aim to return and do workshops. I cannot praise Jaime and Tracey highly enough. Do it. It's extremely rewarding, good fun, and you share your time with some seriously wonderful fellow-travellers!
Keith Keith - 28 November 2019
I learned to make a pair of lounging-about trousers which I now wear all the time at home, and a Raglan-sleeved, stretch-fabric sweater which I've worn every day to work, since. I have shown it off to work-mates and they have been astounded and amazed at my "talent" although I have been at pains to point out that my teacher (Jaime) was the reason it worked at all: informative, friendly, supportive, ever-ready to step in to avert (my own self-made) disasters, all the good things. The venue was very cool too. I aim to return and do workshops. I cannot praise Jaime and Tracey highly enough. Do it. It's extremely rewarding, good fun, and you share your time with some seriously wonderful fellow-travellers!