Recently I’ve been going to the dressmaking class at the Darn It & Stitch workshop, Pinworks, in Oxford. I decided that I either had to learn how to use my sewing machine with confidence or I needed to get rid of it. Plus, I’m always rather envious of the sewers on the Great British Sewing Bee. The ability to use a sewing machine so confidently and are able to turn beautiful fabrics into great garments. I wanted to be able to make something to wear and improve my sewing skills.

Dressmaking at Darn It and Stitch Simplicity pattern 1109 Dressmaking class at Pinworks

I chose to make a skirt, as I wanted to be able to make something simple and straightforward.  Most of the other class members made dresses, but had to do some work in between lessons. I didn’t want to have a project that I had to work on outside of the class. We all finished our garments in the seven lessons we had. I picked my fabric and pattern up from Masons in Abingdon and used the Simplicity 1109 pattern. While my sewing still isn’t perfect, it’s come a long way. Not only has my sewing improved, but my confidence and understanding has grown loads. I can’t believe I’ve made something that I can wear, and have worn. I’ve got my sights set on a few other things, including this gorgeous pattern from Tilly & the Buttons! I’ve definitely rediscovered my crafty mojo.

2 comments on “Making a skirt at Darn It and Stitch”

  1. Amazing, looks like a lovely fabric – can’t wait to see it! Would you recommend the classes or do you think it was something you could have done eventually without?

    • Thanks Ali! I would recommend the classes because not only does it mean you have dedicated time each week to work on it, something which I’m not very good at doing on my own, plus, if you have any pattern specific questions, you can ask the teacher, which is invaluable. Definitely worth doing.

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