Sewing for Teens : Ray-Stitch, Islington : After School Dressmaking

We are big fans of Ray-Stitch in Islington. We like the vibe, the staff, the muffins and coffee, and most of all the well thought out selection of fabrics. Not forgetting the best selection of sewing kit ‘extras’ probably better known as accessories that we have found in North London to date.  Yes, honestly even better than Mr J Lewis too …

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Sadly for the little cherubs in the Islington village, they no longer run their kiddy classes, but they do run a teenager after-school dressmaking club. The course will teach them the basics of dressmaking and encourage them to be resourceful and create their own unique and stylish clothes

It runs over 6 weeks (£90) on Thursdays or Fridays with the first workshop giving them the opportunity to bring in and customise items of their own clothing. They will then be taught how to make a garment from scratch using a commercial sewing pattern. The gang will be required to provide their own fabric for the garment but all other materials are included.

Of course, there is a great range of other classes to chose from, which are split into level appropriate sections : Beginner, Beginner Plus and Intermediate & Children. We like the sound of the roman blind workshop, the pyjama (family) workshop and and the dressmaking : Mathilde Blouse with the newly famous Tilly Walnes from BBC’s new Craft-Off reality show ‘Sewing Bee’. Tilly also has a popular blog which I really like, and recommend for those of you that are thinking about stepping your toe back into sewing after your ‘resting’ period, her blog is a charming and warm world of sewing to peek into.

The info

  • Book classes online or call 020 7704 1060.
  • Booking entitles you to a 10% discount off fabric in the Ray Stitch shop.
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks are provided at all our classes.
  • Machines are provided in all our classes but are available to hire separately for £10 per hour.
  • We can also offer one-to-one tuition with our experienced tutors by arrangement. Call the shop to discuss.
  • Ray Stitch
    99 Essex Road
    N1 2SJ020 7704 1060