69 Bath road - Felixstowe - Suffolk
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sewing courses


Short and one day workshops

Swatch evening

If you are baffled by barkcloth or confused by crepe, perplexed by pique or worried by wool choices, this is the session for you.  A fun 2 1/2 hour session learning about different types of fabric and what sort of garments to use them for.  You will be given a range of fabric samples to refer to as well as lovely refreshments.  Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 26th January 2018,  7 pm to 9.30 pm


Applique Day

Spend a day with me learning both machine and hand sewing techniques for this splendid method of decorating items.  Make a needlecase using hand technques and a tea cosy using machine techniques.  All the resources are included and it really will be a jolly day with plenty of tea and cake to keep us all ticking along.  The cost is £60.00 all inclusive.

Saturday, 24th February 2018  10 am to 4 pm.  Sorry folks, this one is now full xx

Days of Dressmaking Loveliness

If you fancy a whole day of sewing and would like to do that with access to expert tuition and equipment then sign up for one of these sessions.  Starting at 10 am and running through to 3 pm, refreshments are served throughout the day – simply turn up with your latest project and I’ll provide the rest.  This day is suitable for all levels and places are limited to 6 per session.

Monday 9th April 2018 £35.00


Monday 16th April 2018 £35.00


Monday 23rd April 2018 £35.00


Monday 30th April 2018 £35.00


Monday 14th May 2018 £35.00


Monday 21st May 2018 £35.00


The anatomy of a zip!

Zip and buttonhole quick workshop

Many new dressmakers are put off making certain garments as they have to tackle zip insertion or creating a buttonhole.  This is a quick, 2 1/2 technical skills based session on which you will learn how to insert a closed end zip using various finishing techniques and make buttonholes.  This session is suitable for those who can use their sewing machine.  All resources included in the session and I’ll even serve you tea and cake!

Monday evening 7 – 9.30 pm, 9th April 2018 £30.00


Bias and piping night

What is bias, how and why is it used, how can it be used for finishing and decoration?  If you want the ans wers to any of these questions and fancy an evening of technical skill development sign up for this 2 1/2 hour workshop with me.  Including all resources and light refreshments I’ll take you through using bias binding for finishing and decoration, how to make it, how to make piping and how to apply it.  Suitable for those who can use a sewing machine.

Monday evening 7 – 9.30 pm, 16th April 2018 £30.00

Seams quick workshop

Produce samples of many different seams used in garment making (French, run and fell, open to name a few).  This is a technical skills based 2 1/2 workshop suitable for those that can use a sewing machine.  An all inclusive evening with refreshements.

Monday evening 7 – 9.30 on, 23rd April 2018. £30.00



Rouleau evening

If you have ever been daunted by making or using rouleau this is the evening for you.  Make lengths of rouleau and apply it using different techniques for creating button hole loops, hanging loops and lots of decorative effects.  This is suitable for those that can use a sewing machine.  An all inclusive 2 1/2 hour session with light refreshments.

Monday evening 7 – 9.30 on, 30th April 2018. £30.00




Fine finishing – a one day techniques based workshop producing samples to develop your  finishing techniques including french seam variations, bound buttonholes, hemming chiffon, addding hem stiffener to name a few.  All resources are included in this session.  Suitable for those that can use a sewing machine and wish to improve their dressmaking skills.

£60.00 Saturday 24th March 2018.





Make friends with your overlocker



Date announced for overlocking workshop; Saturday, 11th November 2017.

Sorry this one is now full xx

Join us for a half day workshop and make friends with your overlocker.  Led by Mr Tim, our resident, qualified, sewing machine technician. Learn to thread and adjust your overlocker from scratch, go through common tension and usage issues and experiment with settings for a variety of fabrics. This is a 3 hour session, including light refreshments. Bring your own overlocker as long as it is in good working order as this course is focused on machine settings as opposed to repairs or book in to use a school machine. Limited to 5 places. £50.00.


Masked crafter from felixstowe sewing school

The masked crafter!

Mystery crafty evenings. Turn up ready to make something fantastic and enjoy the hospitality and expertise offered at Felixstowe Sewing School!  All resources included in the session as well as a lovely beverage  and slice of something delicious.  Sessions from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.  Each session only £15.00.


Friday, 9th February 2018 

  Sorry the February mystery craft workshop is full xx

Friday, 16th March 2018 

Friday, 13th April 2018 

Friday, 11th May 2018

Friday, 8th June 2018



making friends with her sewing machine

making friends with her sewing machine

MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE  – for those with new machines or complete beginners.  Build confidence in threading and changing stitches, overcome common ‘newbie’ problems, learn to sew accurate seam allowances and neat lines, £30.00 all inclusive.

Saturday, 13th January 2018 10am to 12.30 pm  




INTRODUCTION TO PATTERN CUTTING A 6 week course demystifying pattern cutting.  Produce an upper body and skirt block to fit you and start to develop your skill in modifying patterns and producing a toile.  I will provide the resources, a lovely atmosphere, tuition, tea/coffee and home made cake.  Each session is 2 hours long.  This course is suitable for those with some dressmaking experience as homework will include sewing up toiles made from patterns created during the lessons.  £110.00 including all resources.

Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 10 am to 12 pm, 2 hours per week



PATTERN CUTTING + A 6 week course for those who have basic skirt and bodice blocks, learn how to convert these to a shift dress as well as producing skirt variations (pencil, A line, yolked and wrap around) .  This course is suitable for those who have completed an introduction to pattern cutting course.   The cost of the course is £110.00.

Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 10 am to 12 pm, 2 hours per week



Get ready to dressmake

Get ready to dress make

DRESSMAKING Course  Welcome to Felixstowe Sewing School’s 6 week dressmaking course.  Learn to use a commercial dressmaking pattern, how to cut out and make a garment.  Work on your own project at your own speed with plenty of support and advice.  Tea/coffee and homemade cakes included.

Monday Morning sessions


Monday, 19th February 2018 – 26th March 2018 sorry this is now full xx


Monday, 4 th June 2018 to 9th July 2018

Monday, 10th September 2018 to 15th October 2018


Monday, 29th October 2018 to 3rd December 2018


Monday afternoon sessions


Monday afternoon, 1- 3 pm, 19th February – 26th March 2018, £100.00 sorry this is now full xx


Monday afternoon, 4th June to 9th July 2018, £100.00


Monday afternoon, 10th September to 15th October 2018, £100.00


Monday evening sessions


Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 19th February 2018.  £100.00

Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 4th June to 9th July 2018.  £100.00

Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 10th September to 15th October 2018.  £100.00


Tuesday evening sessions



Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 20th February 2018 £100.00


Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 10th April 2018 £100.00

Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 5th June  to 10th July 2018 £100.00


Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 11th September to 16th October 2018 £100.00


Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 30th Oct to 4th Dec 2018 £100.00



Sewing parties by arrangement  For up to 10 people with tea/coffee and homemade cake.  Parties can be organized to suit your requirements with either full day workshops or half day/evening sessions depending on what you would like to make. Hen’s – make a knicker bag; make a garter for your big day OR big night out!! Baby shower – make a quilt for the little one – each person makes a block for the baby’s cot quilt , make a charming Vintage toy (giraffe, sausage dog or elephant), make personalised bunting for the nursery. Teens/children’s – pj’s for your sleepover, kindle cover, tote bag, personalised cushion.

SOCIAL EVENING AND OPEN HOUSE – for those of you with UFO’s (unfinished fabric objects) or those in need of a bit of social stitching this is the evening for you. Run on the second Friday of each month, 7.00 – 9.00 pm, tea/coffee and home-made cake provided. I am on hand for guidance/advice and the classroom is available for those wishing to use the machines/equipment, browse through the sewing library and have a restful time working on their patchwork, dressmaking or crafty fabric bits! £10.00


Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday, 6 April 2018

12 Responses

  1. Claire houchell says:

    Please please don’t hesitate to sign up for one or many of Amanda’s courses as they truly are delightful, fun and great place to make new chums as well as learning great new skills and indulging in some great therapeutic down time. Just the thrill of making a simple carrot pin cushion was enough to get me hooked and I’m sooo looking forward to embarking on my dressmaking adventure.amanda is a great host and tutor and puts everything so brilliantly and especially provides the scrummiest cakes yum yum. C u in November for the dressmaking to commence :)) xx

    • tim says:

      How truly lovely of you Claire – it’s great to know I’m getting it ‘right’ and that your carrot has proved a delightful asset! See you in November x

  2. chris smith says:

    Is it OK to just turn up for the open house sessions? I am an experienced sewer but would value the opportunity to talk with like-minded folk.

    • tim says:

      Hi Chris, I’m so sorry but my website has been down and I didn’t know you had messaged me. Apologies, the answer is yes, of course you would be more than welcome to come to the open house sessions, it’s very much a social evening and you can bring whatever crafting/sewing project you would like – we generally are able to squeeze in. Look forward to seeing you next time on 11th November 7 – 10 isn !

  3. Samantha Farrands says:

    I did the ‘Make Friends With Your Sewing Machine’ workshop last Sunday, it was fantastic! I learnt so much and i really enjoyed myself. Since Sunday i’ve been doing loads of sewing, I feel so much more confident when i’m sewing now and i also met some lovely people 🙂 not to mention the lemon cake, that was also wonderful!
    Really looking forward to my next workshop.
    Thank you Amanda 🙂

    Samantha xx

  4. Alison Crane says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic morning – it was so enjoyable and exactly what I wanted – a bit of a confidence boost, guidance and inspiration. I would recommend the “Make friends with your sewing machine” course – I feel I have! Very good value for money, and I felt as proud as a litle girl to bring my carrot pin cushion home with me! Hope to do another course soon. Thanks!

  5. Charis Ahmed says:

    I have just finished my second course with Felixstowe Sewing School and just booked another three!!
    I’m a complete beginner, Amanda is such a fantastic teacher and really helps you to feel at ease and explains in great detail why & what you are doing.
    I would highly recommend her courses, they are a lot of fun and lovely cake & coffee supplied.
    Thank you Amanda looking forward to starting the next course very soon x

  6. emma bell says:

    Amanda how do my family buy vouchers for me? To pay for your dress making course in Oct.

  7. Astrid Sigournay says:

    Your 6 week pattern cutting classes, is that for February next year?

    Kind regards


  8. Angie Allan says:

    Hi Amanda

    I’ve just booked on your six-week Monday evening course from 11th September. Am very excited!

    Angie x

  9. Sam says:

    Hi Amanda, I am looking for another birthday gift for my lovely friend Christine (we came to the Easter craft workshop) this year.
    Have you plans for another Easter craft day or, any other one day workshop?
    Many thanks, Sam x

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