Swimwear Basics with The Makehouse

Swimwear Basics with The Makehouse



Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday 12-5PM

Join Guest teacher Jenny Ambrose of the Makehouse to make your first swimsuit in a small group with demonstrations and guidance. Learn how to better handle stretch fabrics, work with elastic and create beautiful edges using a regular sewing machine as well as a coverstitch machine. Jenny will bring all the patterns and fabrics that she has tested for quality- trust us when we say you don’t want to sew with any ole fabric for your swimsuit- a cheaper fabric will be more difficult to work with and be a disappointing finished product!

The emphasis on this class is basic swimsuits- no underwires, not 17-piece pattern, but wonderful skill building patterns. She will bring a range of patterns from Jalie Patterns which you can peruse and discuss with Jenny before class. If you already have a pattern in mind, please email the style to jenny@themakehouse.ca for approval. Please note that this is a beginner swimsuit workshop, so we won't have time to cover underwires. 

Group Workshop (2 sessions)

  • Learn the basic properties of nylon and spandex fabrics

  • Learn about the different types of elastic 

  • How to construct seams

  • How to line your swimsuit

  • Introduction to the coverstitch machine & twin needle

  • What stitches to use when using a regular sewing machine only

  • How to apply elastics

  • Hemming techniques for swimwear

  • This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced sewers. There are 9 hours in total of class time. The group size is a maximum of 6 students so you will receive plenty of one to one help

  • Please be in touch with Jenny@themakehouse.ca prior to the workshop to make a plan for patterns, sizing and any other preliminary plans.

Pre-requisite - Foundations, or equivalent, PLUS some experience sewing with knits- T-shirt Class, Leggings class, or schedule a private lesson to get some stretch basics before trying this intermediate class. Less confident sewists should do a one-piece, more experienced sewists may try a two piece, but should be aware there will not be time to get into complex forms or underwire.

Material requirements:You will need to choose your swimwear fabrics from the selection brought by Jenny. Material is provided for the practice version.Another option is: Blackbird Fabrics ; a Vancouver based online retailer with a good selection of high quality swimwear. Jenny will be providing a selection of notions to use as well.

Equipment requirements: Please note that we provide a sewing machine for you to use in the studio, but you are more than welcome to bring your machine from home. If you’d like to bring your home machine, please remember to bring the manual (and foot pedal/power cord) and arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

 Group size: We like to keep our workshops cozy and fun, so attendance is limited to 6 guests.

Once you’ve completed this workshop – you can take advantage of our open studio time to use the serger!

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