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 15 students and getting one to one attention is almost impossible, here it will be homely and comfortable environment with a small group 2 - 4 students only 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 two years plus and most of my learners come back for further courses. 

I teach mostly on Sundays 10.00am to 11.30am (1hour 30mins lesson) and sometimes once in weekday (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.

Set Course Contents: Please mention in email which course you are interested in. 


-Basic Course Contents: (5 Lessons - For learning basic sewing skills and simple projects) (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 basic Cushion Cover with buttons or zip.
3rd Lesson - Measuring, Cutting and basic Sewing Tote Shoulder Bag.
4th Lesson - Drafting and Cutting basic child size Kaftan Tunic or Summer Dress.
5th Lesson - Sewing basic child size Kaftan Tunic or Summer Dress.   
 

-Intermediate Course Contents: (6 or 7 Lessons - For learning to take body measurements, make pattern, cutting and sewing basic salwar and kameez) (For learners who can cut and sew straight and curved seams neatly 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. (Learner's who did basic course with me can skip first Lesson)
2nd Lesson - Taking body measurements. Understanding pattern instructions. Making adjustments as per your figure. Drafting and cutting your basic Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
3rd and 4th Lesson - Sewing your own basic Pleated Salwar or Loose Pants.
5th Lesson -Taking body measurements. Understanding pattern instructions. Making adjustments as per your figure. Drafting and Cutting your own basic Kameez or Tunic with back darts.
6th and 7th Lesson - Sewing your own basic Kameez or Tunic with back darts.  

At the end of 7th session you should be able to make your own basic salwar/pant and basic fitted kameez/tunic all by yourself! Please note: I recommend not to bring expensive suit as this will be the first time you're making garment so I would suggest to make it with simple cotton fabric. Also please buy fabric as per your size, many times ready made suit fabric is not enough for every figure.

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 or wide brown wrapping paper roll, simple 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 as well, as with practice you will get better.

You will be learning the skills such as taking body measurements, making adjustments as per your figure. drafting/pattern making your salwar/kameez, making round and square necklines, finishing seams, top-stitching, hand hemming, bias binding, piping, gathering, pleats, straps, darts and button holes. Please note: zips, collars, cuffs, linings etc. are covered in advanced lessons. 

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.
 - Sewing Zips, Collars, Cuffs, Linings etc.

Advanced course contents can be modified to suit group's requirements. Please note: If you want to make any specific pattern please bring the sample or clear picture of the garment you want to replicate.


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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