WELCOME TO OUR TEACHING STUDIO - THE LITTLE STITCHERY SEWING ROOMS!
Our fully equipped teaching studio in the heart of the beautifully scenic Swansea Valley.
Are classes suitable for me?
Whether you’re a complete beginner who’s never used a sewing machine or a seasoned home dressmaker looking for the expert guidance needed to continue your dressmaking/pattern cutting journey, our welcoming and informal classes and are suitable for ALL levels of ability and experience.
What will I learn?
The sessions are mainly student led, i.e. It is not a course with a set learning outcome. Students choose their own projects and work at their own pace, so the learning experience is specific to their personal needs. The class numbers are limited to a maximum of 6 to maintain the quality of the teaching. These classes are Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting only but we do run workshops and courses on other sewing related activities (these will be added to the website in the near future). With the tutor’s expert guidance, you will learn to make clothes that fit YOU, at YOUR own pace.
Who is the tutor?
The ongoing classes are taught by Nicola Ridd-Davies- Designer, Master Pattern Cutter and Garment Technologist for the fashion industry. She has a 1st class hons degree in Fashion and 30+ years’ experience, including 10 years at high-end lifestyle brand TOAST. She’s a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen, SmallBiz100 and director of The Dressmakers' Guild.
When do the classes run?
- Tuesday 9am-1.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm (fortnightly)
- Wednesday 9am-1.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm (fortnightly)
- Thursday 10am-2pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm (fortnightly)
How much do classes cost?
Classes are 4 hrs long and charged at £7.50 p/hr.
The minimum subscription is 8 hrs per month (2 x 4 hr sessions per month)
Fees are paid monthly(£60 every 4 weeks (NOT per calendar month), preferably by standing order or direct transfer, although payment can also be made by cheque or cash.
Tuition and use of the studio machinery and equipment is included in the cost. The studio boasts 6 individual, fully equipped work stations, which contain everything you could possibly need, including a sewing machine and overlocker, iron, ironing board, etc. The studio also has a blind hemmer, a coverstitcher and boxes of sewing patterns for shared use. If you prefer, you’re welcome to bring your own machines and equipment, of course.
All refreshments such as hot drinks and biscuits are usually free and unlimited but this will not be possible under the current Covid restrictions. We LOVE to share food at the studio so let’s look forward to a time when it is safe to do so again.
What’s not included
Fabrics, patterns, consumables (pattern paper, calico, interlining/fusing, pattern card) and trims (zips, ribbons, bias binding etc) for your projects are not included but we do have a small selection available to purchase. Members benefit from a 20% discount off the retail price.
We also have boxes of patterns and basic blocks which you are welcome to trace off and keep.
What happens if I can’t attend?
If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend a session, you will have the opportunity to swap sessions with other members. There is a WhatsApp group set up for this. Please make every effort to arrange this as far in advance as possible.
Refunds are not issued for absences but you do have the opportunity to make up lost hours in another class where there is space available. It is your responsibility to make every effort to attend as we will not be liable for any lost time.
Occasionally, space allowing, the tutor may offer free extra sessions at their discretion, at no extra charge. You are encouraged to take advantage of this as it can be offset against time lost through unavoidable absence.
There is no contract so you can cancel at any time. Please kindly allow as much notice as possible so that the place may be offered to someone else.
What if the tutor cancels a session?
If the tutor cancels a sessions for any reason such as illness, holidays, family emergencies etc., refunds will be offered for the whole or part of the session that the tutor was absent. Any hours accrued unpaid in advance will be taken into account. i.e. If a tutor has offered free extra time, it will be offset against the time lost.
Where To Find Us
The Little Stitchery Sewing Rooms, 6 Commercial Street, Ystradgynlais, SA9 1HD.
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