Making your own clothes is a superpower.
With all the technological advances of today, there’s still nothing that can beat the satisfaction of making something with your own hands.
And crafting your own garment with needle and thread teaches you just how long doing such a task can take, and exactly how much skill is involved.
But sometimes it can feel impossible to know where to start. So it’s a good thing that local sewing teacher Joanna O’Dowd has set up a series of classes to allow enthusiast garment makers to develop basic skills and start transforming cloth into clothing.
From October 4th, Joanna will teach sewing students to craft a variety of items, including a pencil case, and a vest, as well as learn how to do alterations to an already existing garment.
“We will make a pencil case that you can slide into your notebook. A cute quilted vest – we’ll prepare the pattern, quilt the fabric, and make out vests. And the last class is where you bring a garment and I’ll show you how to alter it,” said the teacher on Instagram.
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Once you get the basics down with her expert guidance, you can join the more advanced classes or follow instructions via her YouTube channel- Joanna’s Feeling Crafty- with thousands of other seamstresses.
Classes take place across three Wednesdays in October in the local community hall in Glounthaune and cost €120 for all four classes or €35 per individual class, all materials provided.
Each class is two-and-a-half hours long and tailored for complete beginners. To book, simply DM Joanna on Instagram and reserve your spot.