What you will do
Two session course
Make your own Coco, the perfect Breton top or knit dress with multiple variations. Simple to sew, Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine, your super-friendly teacher Suzie will guide you through each step of the process.
A year-round staple that's so easy to wear, Coco makes a great spring top, summer tunic, autumn long sleeve top or cosy winter dress. Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, the classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional patch pockets.
After the workshop you will take home your finished Coco top or dress, plus a gorgeous printed package containing full scale pattern sheets and a colour instruction booklet with jargon-busting instructions and photos.
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Suzie London
Hooray! Workshops will resume in June 2019!
Suzie London, founded by Dutch-Australian designer Suzie Kemner, creates 'Pieces of joy' – fabric, fashion & homeware channelling 50's, 60's & 70's style with a fresh, modern edge.
Suzie was born in a small village in South Holland. The family moved to to Perth, Australia when Suzie was nine. Growing up as a teenager in Australia, Suzie’s favourite past-time became trawling charity shops, searching for unique vintage finds. A gifted artist, Suzie studied Graphic Design and Multimedia at The West Australian School of Art & Design and graduated in 1999.
In 2000 Suzie moved to London 'for a year' and fell in love with the city. She studied an introductory course in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and later Professional Sewing Techniques at the London College of Fashion, all the while working as a freelance graphic designer.
A million short courses in pattern cutting, textile design and shoe making followed, including screen printing, block printing, digital printing and draping on the stand, and slowly the idea for Suzie London began to emerge. Suzie began creating designs and patterns inspired by 50s, 60s and 70s designs, digitally printing onto natural fabrics including silk, cotton and linen, to create beautiful pieces of joy.
Having lived more than 15 years in London, Suzie considers herself a true Londoner, and champions local British manufacturing. Suzie sources natural fabrics such as 100% Organic Cotton Panama for printing her designs onto, using eco friendly water-based inks.
Nothing makes Suzie happier than designing and making things, and she makes all the zip pouches, espadrilles, cushions and lampshades herself, in her North London studio.
Suzie London has just opened it's first ever shop, in the amazing Blue House Yard in Wood Green, North London, and runs sewing workshops in the main Blue House.
Students should have some basic sewing experience before taking this workshop. Why not try out one of our 'Learn to sew' classes – you can choose between a cushion, tote bag or espadrilles, to learn the basics of sewing. Please bring your own fabric for this workshop. We recommend medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch. Look out for interlock knit, double knit, ponte di roma, or feel the fabric to check it’s not too fine or stretchy. You will need 1.5m x 150cm wide fabric OR 2.2m x 115cm wide fabric for the top, or 2m x 150cm wide fabric OR 2.7m x 115cm wide fabric for the dress version. Thread, stay tape, sewing machines and all tools will be provided.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.