Sewing and Hand Embroidery Classes



I am a passionate sewist and I love to teach this fantastic life skill to others. I offer sewing lessons to beginners and advanced learners (ladies only). If you are creative and inspired to learn a new hobby or you fancy making your own unique clothes or a lovely hand made gift then you can learn this skill in short courses. You don’t need to attend long and expensive courses where you will be required to pay full course fees upfront, with me you can pay per lesson by cash or transfer.

Sewing, embroidery and knitting are all life skills, they are fantastic hobbies and great therapy too. Moreover, you can save your time and money by learning these skills and also benefit from better fitting garments, and a liberty to choose your own fabric and pattern to make your garment unique, and what’s more... you will have the type of satisfaction that comes from knowing, "I made that"!

I believe learning how to sew is something that is a totally 'hands on', you will receive step by step guidance and practical demonstration which will help you understand better. Unlike big classes where there can be upto 20 students and getting one to one attention is almost impossible, here it will be homely and comfortable environment with a small group of max 5 students meaning you will get one to one attention maximising your learning opportunities. You can ask questions and make your own notes, you will also get e-notes with diagrams for each project to help you remember what you did at class.  I am teaching since three years plus and most of my learners come back for further courses. I also offer alterations lesson on weekdays.  

I teach on weekends and some weekdays from 10.00am to 11.30am (1hour 30mins lesson) (depending on availability). The class will be held at my home in RM8, it is easily reachable by public transport, and if you're driving you should be able to find on street parking easily. 

Basic Sewing Course Contents: (5 Lessons) (For absolute beginners)

1st Lesson - Cutting, ironing, pinning and sewing different types of seams, overlocking with zig zag stitch, pleats, gathering and buttonhole. Learning practical things about operating sewing machine. Understanding different sewing instruments, fabrics, threads, needles etc.
2nd Lesson - Measuring, Cutting and Sewing Cushion Cover with zip.
3rd Lesson - Measuring, Cutting and Sewing Tote Shoulder Bag.
4th Lesson - Drafting and Cutting child size Kaftan Tunic or Summer Dress.
5th Lesson - Sewing child size Kaftan Tunic or Summer Dress.   
 

Intermediate Course Contents: (6 or 7 Lessons) (For learners who can cut and stitch straight and curved seams and can use domestic electric sewing machine)

1st Lesson - Cutting, ironing, pinning and sewing different types of seams, overlocking with zig zag stitch, piping, pleats, gathering and buttonhole. Learning practical things about operating sewing machine. Understanding different sewing instruments, fabrics, threads, needles etc. (Learnre's who did basic course with me can skip first Lesson)
2nd Lesson - Taking body measurements. Understanding pattern instructions. Drafting and cutting your Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
3rd and 4th Lesson - Sewing your own Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
5th Lesson -Drafting and cutting your own Kameez or Tunic.
6th and 7th Lesson - Sewing your own fitted Kameez or Tunic.  

At the end of 7th session you should be able to make your own fitted salwar/pant, kameez/tunic all by yourself!

Sewing machines and iron will be provided (you are welcome to bring your own machine). You will need to bring other accessories such as.. drafting paper, cotton fabric, poly-cotton thread, dress making scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape, fabric markers and dressmaking pins. (most of which you can buy cheap from any high street haberdashery shop or online ebay/amazon etc), you will require these things to practice at home aswell.

You will be learning the skills such as taking body measurements, drafting/pattern making your salwar/kameez, making round and square neck lines, finishing seams, top-stitching, hand hemming, bias binding, piping, gathering, pleats, straps, darts and button holes.

Once you learn these basic skills then sky is the limit! you can experiment putting your creativity in whatever means possible.. Or you might like to take some extra or Advanced Lessons to help you learn fast is up to you.

Advanced Course: (For learners who can create simple wearable garments)
Course Contents: 

 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting different types of neck lines. - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting different types of sleeves.
 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Anarkali/Umbrella Dress Bodice and Skirt.
 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Churidar, Patyala Salwar, Petal Salwar, Casual Pull-on Trouser Pants.
 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Sharara /Lehenga -Princess cut Kurti and Lehenga.
 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Long/Evening Dress/Gown/Abaya.
 - Pattern cutting - Drafting and Cutting Saree Blouse.

Advanced course contents can be modified to suit group requirements.

I also offer Hand Embroidery (Zardozi, Zari, Aari) Classes.
Zardozi/Zari is a very ancient hand embroidery technique, it's early reference dates back to the 16th century. Zardozi or Zar-douzi (Persian) work is a type of embroidery in Persia and India. Zardozi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold string. Zar meaning gold and Dozi meaning embroidery. Zardozi/Zari embroidery is beautiful metal thread embroidery, which once used to embellish the attire of the kings and the royals in India. During royal times extensive embroidery was done with pure gold and silver threads and wires and was further decorated with pure silk thread, pearls and precious stones. During 18th century it was imported by France and England and was named as Tambour beading. ‘Tambour’ is the French word for drum. It was considered an exotic and exciting craft, and became a very popular hobby amongst women.

It is a very creative and satisfying art. It starts with tracing, design is traced on grease proof tracing paper or white baking paper and then transferred on the fabric or those good at free hand are able to do it spontaneously with a light marking pencil on the fabric. Next the fabric is tightly drawn over the frame and kept taut on all sides. The tension is maintained equally on all sides. Then fine hook needle similar to a crochet needle or tambour needle is used, the artisan needs to manoeuvre the needle so chain stitch is formed. These days Artisans make use of a artificial gold, silver, metallic and silk threads and combination of beads and sequins to create beautiful and elegant embroidery. Spirals of gold or silver coloured wire may be used additionally to lend sparkle to the dress. These embroidered garments -suits (kameez/ anarkali), sarees, dresses, blouses, dupattas and traditional sharara and lehenga-cholis find themselves to be the centre of attention for the women across the world especially as wedding or festive attire
 
During the class you will learn from basic chain stitch to the point where you can decorate your dresses, blouses, cushions, bags etc with the beautiful unique embroidery. 

 

 







If you are interested then please contact me here or email me at gaz.sha10@gmail.com for booking your place for the next class. Please note, learners will be booked on first come first basis.

Thank you.

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