my sewing ship is open again
Do you sometimes wish you had an expert on hand at home who could solve your dressmaking problems?
Or maybe you get demotivated by fitting challenges?
Would you like to
+ Be able to choose fabric for your project with ease?
+ Be able to modify your patterns?
+ Successfully match your favourite prints?
+ Resolve niggling fitting issues?
These are some of the common problems I’ve been able to help my students with over the seven years I’ve been teaching.
Here is the thing.
Starting with a new skill, we don’t know what we don’t know.
We don’t always know what questions we are even meant to ask.
But it takes the seasoned maker a split second to work out the piece of the puzzle you are missing. And give it to you.
I want to help you figure what matters and what doesn’t so you can spend more time making and growing your skills.
This ship is for people who want to make clothes, venture to new territories with on tap access to expert guidance.
Between adventures, our ship is always looking to welcome new members.
Join the crew!
As a crew member you get
✂ To work at your own pace with the knowledge you have me in your pocket – or on your shoulder if you prefer
✂ Bite size, easy to follow videos techniques
✂ Quick access to me to resolve sewing SOS
✂ You can come back anytime to any video.
✂ All live trainings are recorded and available on catch -up in your member area.
✂ Your membership price locked forever
get adventure ready
acquire new skills
Where you go off
Where you get
Over 20 videos of knowledge base where I cover the fundamentals from threading a machine to merging pattern sizes.
Step-by-step videos to conquer sewing techniques.
I am currently dropping weekly additions (until it’s full)
Do you like some accountability?
Quaterly dressmaking projects will be the perfect opportunity to get those skills to good use.
Do you need more people in your life that gets the JOYS of making clothes?
There you found your crew.
+ Basecamp details
→ Self-pace, pick any module
- Getting to know your machine
- Threading your machine
- How to take your measurements
- How to read a size chart
- Understanding ease
- Selecting your size
- Why cup size matter
- How to print a PDF pattern
- How to tile a PDF pattern
- How to merge sizes
- 3 techniques to trace your pattern
- Introduction to cutting
- Fabric anatomy (grainline, cross-grain, bias)
- Reading a cutting layout
- How to work out your own layout
- How to cut your garment
+ toolbox details
→ A new video every week
- How to sew a centred zipper
- How to sew a concealed zipper
- How to sew French seam
- How to sew French seam combined with slit
- How to cut a bias strip
- How to sew a patch pocket
- How to topstitch
- How to stitch-in-the-ditch
- How to sew buttonholes
And much more.
+ Sew along details
→ Follow weekly prompts OR catch up in your own time
What will we sew?
Wardrobe basics that teach.
I’m choosing patterns based on what you can learn and how it can be pitched for different level.
- A woven basic with darts & facing
- A fitted number with a zipper
- A lined one
- A stretchy one
What’s to come:
- Pattern round up
- Fabric round up
- Style variation for different level
- Anticipating fitting problems
- Sew along garment videos
- Pattern hack
+ Community details
→ Use much or as little as you like
what’s to come:
- Stir content via polls
- Ask for help
- Share your makes
- Start or join conversations around the joys and challenges of clothes making
You can now join this program for £25/month.
Since I created Thimble Studios I’ve helped 100’s of women and 3 men to conquer their sewing machines and make their own clothes.
I’ve trained in Fashion, worked in the studios of Alexander Mcqueen and Threeasfour.
A U-turned in my mid 20’s to pursue my interest in sustainable fashion, took me to a wool farm, in Wales to learn the sheperding ropes.
A burning desire to share the skills behind our clothes is what led me to start my sewing school.
Some of my particular interest in teaching are:
✔ Fitting skills. A garment that fits is the greatest gift to oneself.
✔ Pattern hacks. No pockets? No problem, you can hack it.
✔ I believe making your own clothes is a radical act of resistance against fast fashion. I want to share the tools so you can join the resistance.
✔ Cultivating judgement free zone. All bodies and abilities are celebrated.
✔Extending clothing life through mending and alterations.
Join us now
📣 Sign up monthly or annually (and save 1 month worth)
📣 price locked forever
Is it suitable for beginners?
You can embark on the membership at all levels however if you have never used a machine you might want some extra guidance.
Beginners should start with the basecamps I cover how some machine basics.
The thing with the membership is to stay focus on your next objectives rather than trying to consume all the content.
This is why I offer a 20 min call when you sign up so I can direct you to the best resources for you.
I've made a lot of clothes, what's in it for me?
The membership works well at all levels.
Maybe you won’t stop by the Basecamp and that’s fine.
The toolbox will fill consistently with a healthy mix of beginner, improvers, and advanced techniques.
You will be able to take full advantage of suggested variations during the sew-along.
Focus on pattern fitting techniques, pattern hacking, practice with new-to-you fabric, or get creative with some drafting.
Do I have to take part sew along?
You don’t have to participate in the projects to make the most of the membership.
I am fully expecting that some months you might not be able to work alongside others.
That’s totally fine. The project will be in your member area and you will be able to work through them at your own pace.
I do bet though you will get totally inspired by seeing what others have made.
Creativity breeds creativity!
Is it like a course?
Memberships work differently to courses.
You get to work through at you own pace with no pressure to take part in community activities (AKA sew along).
You still get to take advantage of the community support and the implementation system that comes with it.
Can I watch live classes on replay?
Yes! Everything will be recorded and available to you as long as you are a member.
How long do I have to commit?
That’s entirely up to you.
Choose a monthly option and your membership will roll out from one month to the next.
You can cancel anytime but do bear in mind your access to the member area will stop as soon as you cancel.
If you want to commit to long-term benefits, then join the annual membership and decide at the end if you wish to renew.
Do you offer refund?
Please note that no refunds will be offered but you can cancel anytime.
It is best to sign up as a monthly member rather than an annual if you want to be able to opt-out.
If you have any questions before joining please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to advise if the program is right for you.
I don't want to join facebook, is it worth me joining?
I totally get not everyone has or wants to be on Facebook.
All the learning content will be on the member’s site (not Facebook) so you can still enjoy all the classes.
For technical help the Facebook group is ideal but alternatively, I will offer to reach me via email or WhatsApp.