Dressmake from a Duvet
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by Wendy Gardiner
1M ago
My Dress from a Duvet Cover We’ve a new feature at the Stitch Festival next year (23rd – 26th March at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London) – Dressmake from a Duvet. So putting my own spin on this, I have of course made a dress from a duvet. The idea for the feature at the show is to encourage visitors to come wearing their own makes from a duvet cover (it could be a dress, jumpsuit, duster coat, full skirt or whatever) and come on the Friday wearing their creation. ‘Spotters’ will be out on the day to invite those wearing their fab makes to a Flash Mob Style catwalk show – just co ..read more
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Bespoke Metal Frame Bag Sew-Along Zoom Class
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join me for my Bespoke Metal Frame Bag Sew-Along Zoom class on Wednesday 26th May from 10am – 1pm. I will take you through from drawing your own template for your frame, to sewing the bag with piped side gussets and inner pocket too, then attaching it to the frame!   Fun with Frolics – 8th May 5.30  – £15. Also join Jennie Rayment and I for another Fun and Frolics Evening on 8th May at 5.30pm – 7.30pm. We’ll share a glass or two, have some silly fun, a sew-along and two demos followed by a quick quiz. For details and to book, price £15 per person, go to www.jennierayment.com Bes ..read more
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Beyond the Basics – Sewing Machine Feet Sewalong
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join me on Friday 16th April for a couple of 90 minute Beyond the Basics – Sewing Machine Feet Sewalong sessions. Using the correct feet for the job – and then expanding their use for other techniques is a passion of mine that I love to share. It makes sewing easier and more fun! The first session covers three basic feet and then we move on to the second session for some creative stitching. You can join one or both – totally up to you. And don’t worry if you can’t make the time, they are recorded, so you can watch back in your own time and at your own  pace. Fun with Feet 1 – Beyond the B ..read more
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Make a Kimono Jacket and Sewing with Silky Fabrics; Make a Camisole
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
I’ve two new sew-along classes open to everyone who wants to try some dressmaking. Make a Kimono Jacket and Sewing with Silky Fabrics; Make a Camisole. 19th March – 2pm – 5pm – price £20 Make a lovely, comfortable and stylish kimono style top. You will learn to add bands, gathering techniques and French seams to create a floaty top that is great for a beach cover up, or to wear with T-shirt and jeans/leggings for added style! You will need Simplicity 1108 (sizes xxs – xxl – bust 29.5 – 48”) available from www.sewdirect.com. Suitable for all abilities. 27th March 2pm – 5pm – price £20 Get to gr ..read more
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Fun with Fabric and Friends – an evening with Jennie and Wendy 26th February
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join our Fun with Fabric and Friends – an evening with Jennie and Wendy on Friday 26th February at 5.30pm – 7.30pm. It will be another early evening of enjoyable fun, fabric frolics and much more!   As before, we’ll start off with a cocktail/mocktail demo (you’ll be sent ingredient list so you can join along) and then we’ll settle down for a quick talk by raconteur Jennie who shares some of her many and varied experiences! Next comes a demo by Wendy on how to make a quick drawstring backpack with self-lined patch pocket – we all love a pocket! It’s a great project for yourself ..read more
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New Year Sew-Along classes Available Now
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join the WenJen team for  a whole schedule of new year sew-along classes available now. We record these Zoom classes too so if you are unable to attend on the day, simply sign up, and then watch, pause and rewind at your leisure! We’ve got a great mix of classes, learning new skills from craft makes to dressmaking and Jennie’s own methods of  patchwork/quilting techniques. Book any/all on Jennie Rayment’s website (links below) and we’ll send out the Supply List and any preparation notes well in advance.  PLUS we are holding a Fun and Frolics early evening get-together on 15th Ja ..read more
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Make a Crazy Patchwork Cushion Cover with Piping
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
My next live Sew-along to Make a Crazy Patchwork Cushion Cover with Piping is on 16th December at 1.30 – 4.30 pm.  It’s a fun session so get out your sewing machine and sew along with me! You will learn to create a crazy patch front panel – brilliant for using up remnants, and then add piping, going around the corners and joining ends neatly before finishing the cushion backs with beautiful buttonholes. It’s such a fabulous technique, doesn’t require fiddly minutely matched seams but still produces stunning results! The price £20 for 3 hour class. YOu will get a list of materials and prep ..read more
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Fun with Fabric & Fizz Sew Along Zoom Class
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join me and Jennie Rayment for a Fun with Fabric & Fizz Sew Along zoom class on Saturday 5th December from 10am – 1pm. We will be sharing at least six fast-to-make festive projects whilst having a chat and few bubbles (might be Nosecco at 10am!). I will share how to make super fast pressie pockets, plus crafty coasters and fabric baubles. Jennie is sharing her owl bunting, a nifty specs case and birdie pin cushion. You can sew along with us, or just join in the fun and watch and sew at your leisure later as the price includes a link to the recording. Price is just £20 for the 3 hour sessio ..read more
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Make a Handbag – Live Sew-Along Class
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
Join me to make this fabulous handbag on 18th November at 10am in a live sew-along class on Zoom.  The bag has a handy pouch pocket on the front, soft fabric handles, and is fully lined with a zipped pocket inside as well as a double patch-pocket for phone, pens and lippy! You will sew along with me from the comfort of home as we make this bag, learning techniques along the way. Create a pouch pocket with flap and optional turn and lock buckle closure. Sew soft but sturdy handles using my special super quick method Learn to make a hidden zipped pocket in the lining Sew a handy patch poc ..read more
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Expand and Explore your Sewing Machine with Confidence Live Zoom Class
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by Wendy Gardiner
1y ago
I’m doing another Live Zoom class on Wednesday 4th November at 10am – 11.30am. If you’ve been sewing scrubs, masks and scrub bags but are nervous about venturing into other projects, this is perfect class for you. Called Expand and Explore your Sewing Machine with Confidence, it’s great for those who have dusted off their machines lately, or want to! It’s a 90 minute class (cost just £15) and I will help you explore your machine with confidence and learn to use some of the fab features and functions. To do this, I’ve four must-have techniques for you to try out, each using a different foot! We ..read more
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