Beginners' Learning Lingerie & Swimwear Techniques | 24th August

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Beginners' Learning Lingerie & Swimwear Sewing Techniques - Make the Iris Knickers!

This workshop is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to make your own bras, knickers, and swimwear. You’ll learn techniques, tips, and tricks for sewing up lingerie and swimwear; starting off with how to measure correctly for bras, underwear, and swimwear as well as how to choose the right fabrics, trims, and components.

You’ll practice the basic stitches and techniques needed for sewing lingerie and swimwear, plus sewing in elastic, lace, and trims. You’ll then make a pair of Iris Knickers using the pattern by Tilly and the Buttons, putting to use the techniques you have learned.

The Iris Knickers sewing pattern has a combination of 36 different styles! So you can opt for either a high, mid, or low waistline and choose between a high leg, mid-level leg, or low leg line option.

If you are booking this workshop for someone else, please leave their name and contact details in the notes at time of booking.

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Ability Level: Confident Beginner and up

Course Duration:Saturday 24th August, 10am - 4pm

You will learn:

- How to develop your machine sewing skills

- Learn how to read and interpret a pattern

- How to sew your own pair of knickers

- How to use stretch fabrics

- How to use fold over elastic

You will need to bring:

Tools needed:

- A sewing machine in good working order Please note that a sewing machine that has been sat unused for some time will likely need a service to run to its full potential

- A basic sewing kit, including dressmaking scissors, small scissors, dressmakers’ pins, tape measure, seam ripper, hand sewing needles

-Microtex needle

- Optional: A walking foot for your machine is a really useful aid to sewing stretch and delicate

Materials needed:

- Main fabric: Light to medium-weight stretch knit fabric with 40-60% 4 way stretch such as: jersey, stretch mesh, or scuba. Approx 50-70cm needed

Please Note: I made my first pair of Iris Knickers using cotton jersey (T-shirt weight) purchased from Truro Fabrics and would recommend this, to make your first pair on the day. You will also need a scrap of the main fabric/cotton jersey for the gusset. If using scuba, velvet or stretch mesh, you are recommended to have a walking foot for your sewing machine.

- Narrow stretch lace between 20-40mm wide or fold over elastic 15-20mm wide. See pattern details for requirements according to size.

- Thread to match your fabric. We suggest Maraflex when sewing with stretch!

- The pattern will be included as part of the workshop

Get 10% off course materials at Truro Fabrics. Please show your booking confirmation at the till to access this discount.

About your tutor:

Wendy is a bespoke dressmaker and costume maker. She studied fashion design and pattern cutting in London back in the 1970’s and also qualified in millinery. She started her career working for a London film and stage costumier, making costumes and has also worked in pattern cutting and size grading for a high street store. Since then she has been dressmaking and making stage costume, historical costume, bridal and prom wear. Her speciality is working with finer fabrics with focus on detail and fit. You can find out more about Wendy at

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