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MaryRose McGrath Design Studio, Conway Mill

Conway Mill

Second floor new mill

5-7 Conway street

BT13 2DE

United Kingdom

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Would you love to learn how to use a sewing machine and start making your own clothes and accessories?

Want to alter, or make gorgeous things for your home or friends?

Then this is the perfect starter class for you! You will learn to sew on a machine from scratch in a womanswear design studio in Belfast, with MaryRose and her assistant tutor, in an all day intensive class.

MaryRose is a womanswear designer with over 20 years in the fashion industry, who has designed for many well known high street womanswear brands in London such as Oasis, M&S & Debenhams in London.

You will be taught how to sew from scratch - we de-mystify all the dials, switches and and numbers on the sewing machine - perfect for absolute beginners!

The course includes:

1. Get to know a sewing machine: How to set it up, thread the machine, wind the bobbin, use the dials, understand how the machine works.

2. Learn to stitch correctly: Sew staight lines, sew curves, understand seam allowances and how to sew fabrics together using the correct techniques.

3. Learn how to read a paper sewing pattern: grainline explained, instructions, seam allowance variations

4. How to cut fabric like a pro - scissor cutting techniques

5. Make your own designer cushion - a fab starter project, you take your gorgeous design home!

During the class, we provide endless cups of tea and cake to enjoy while sewing your bespoke creations.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is perfect for absolute beginners who have never used a sewing machine before, do not know how to cut or pin fabrics, do not understand seam allowances and have never sewn before.

Do I need to bring a sewing machine with me?

No - we supply all machines and equipment you will need.

How many students are in the class?

6 students are in the class, we keep classes small to ensure loads of teacher / pupil attention, our classes are fun, relaxed and a great way to get a bit of 'me time' while making new friends!

How much does the course cost?

The course includes 6 hours of teaching, the use of all machinery and equipment, your sewing pattern to take away, and relevant handouts to take away and keep. This course is based on one tutor per 3 students which means lots of teacher attention!

The course cost is £99

What do I need to bring with me?

On enrollment, text 07913 166947 with your name and number - we will be in touch with what to buy for class.

Can I advance onto another course afterwards?

Of course!!!! This term we will be offering many levels of classes from beginners to dressmaking to pattern drafting and industry masterclasses, so you can progress at your own pace to whatever level you want to achieve!

Any other important stuff I should know before booking?

Just a few things to bear in mind:

1. Please make sure you can attend the morning class, as it's the time when we learn all about the machine and how to use it - this is vital to your success in the course. We do not accept anyone into afternoon class if the morning class has not been attended.

2. We have so much to learn in each class - late arrivals disrupt teaching and we are so busy we can't recap for anyone who arrives 10 minutes or more late. There is parking at Conway Mill, and it is easy to find - only a couple of minutes from Belfast city centre.

3. We can not split classes between two people- one person attends all day. (Classes are for adults age 18+).

4. Should you find you can not make the classes, you can transfer the name so someone can attend the course in your place. Due to the niche nature of classes, we do not offer refunds.

Can I call the studio for more info if I have any questions?

Absolutely, give us a call on 07913 166947 (mobile) / 02895 215683 (studio) , we are happy to help.

* NB: Studio is only open on selected days every week so call or text the mobile if you need us in a hurry*


info@maryrosemcgrath.com, as these details are not provided by the booking agent.

About your teacher:

MaryRose McGrath is a multi award winning womanswear designer and trend forecaster with a wealth of experience in fashion design. She has worked in many key London fashion head offices before she returned home to NI.

Her designs have been seen in UK Vogue, Elle, many national newspapers and publications over the years.

She recently worked in the Game Of Thrones principal costume department, her work spotted on the series 7.

Terms and conditions:

* Due to the niche nature of classes, we do not offer refunds. Please ensure you can attend the class before booking.

* We can transfer the booking to another name provided we are informed in advance.

* On rare occasions, class may have to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. We will inform students immediately by calling and texting. You will be offered a refund, transfer onto another date, or a credit note. Please note we are not liable for any costs incurred.

* Progress and speed of learning depends on each students natural abilities.

* We can not accept late arrivals of 10 minutes or more as class is disrupted and we do not have time to recap.

* We reserve the right to change tutors - should MaryRose be unable to teach, a highly experienced fashion lecturer will take her place.


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BT13 2DE

United Kingdom

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