Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.

Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.

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As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.

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Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website, patchhalifax.com, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​ hello@patchhalifax.com

Atlantic Fabrics Spring Classes Now Online

For those who didn’t know, Atlantic Fabrics have their sewing, serging, quilting and other craft class schedules on-line now.  Atlantic Fabrics home page

They have classes in Halifax, Dartmouth, New Glasgow, Bridgewater, Truro and Greenwood. Not all classes are at all locations, though. You might want to check various locations either for your convenience, or for classes you’d be willing to travel for if not offered in your location of preference.

Class — Sew a Fully Lined Jacket

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Sew a fully-lined jacket the modern way, using fusible interfacing to shape and tailor the fabric instead of hand pad stitching. Armani constructs designer jackets this way, and so can you!

The pattern for the three day class is McCall’s 6172, The Perfect Jacket, from Palmer/Pletsch. It’s a close fitting, fully lined jacket featuring a notched collar, 2-piece sleeves, and welt or patch pockets. With three finished lengths — cropped, hip, and below hip — it’s a classic jacket. And because it’s a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it’s been designed for success!

Day 1

  • Tissue-fit pattern, fabric prep, cutting pattern from fabrics and interfacing, fusing interfacing.

Day 2

  • Assemble outer shell of jacket including welt/patch pockets, buttonhole prep, sleeves

Day 3

  • Assemble lining, attach lining and outer shell, finishing work

With a week in between classes, there is plenty of time for slower sewers to catch up. We want a happy sewing class, not a harried one!

Recommended fabrics: wool crepe, wool gabardine, wool blends, wool tweed. (Wool is a great fabric for tailoring!)

An optional notions package, including Palmer/Pletsch interfacing, and sleeve head interfacing, will be available if desired.

Teacher: Tory LeBlanc

Dates: Oct 19 and 26, Nov 2, 2013 (3 days)

Please click here for more classes and class related information (location, payment, etc.)

Jan 12th Classes Changed to Weekender Tote Bag Class (Loes Hinse 5401)

The classes originally scheduled for January 12th, 2013, have had their topics changed.

Originally, the classes were Fly Zipper by Jerry Craig, and Techniques, by Faye Morrison.

They will now be one class, making a Tote (Weekender) Bag from Loes Hinse pattern 5401, to be taught by Vickie Craig. It is a half day class.

If you order the pattern soon, you will get it by the class date of January 12, 2013. It will take a few weeks for the pattern to arrive after you order.

The class is at the Halifax Christian Church, at 51 Farnham Gate Road in Clayton Park West/Rockingham. (see map at below).

More information on class rules and requirements (especially for payment), and other classes still upcoming, can be found on our Classes page.

If anyone is interested, please get in touch with Vickie Craig as soon as possible! An email has gone out to members with Vickie’s contact information, not left her to avoid spamming her. Non-members, please leave a comment (requiring your email) and I will send you the contact information.

 

Fall Classes Calendar at Atlantic Fabrics Now Available!

Atlantic Fabrics regularly has sewing classes at its location except during summer. Now that fall is upon us, they have posted their class listings for fall in these locations:

Please note that when Atlantic Fabrics takes down the calendars to replace with new ones, the links will be “broken”. That is, you will be getting an error when you click on them. We could have taken the files to embed into our site, but there’s no point leaving content that is obviously out of date, to mislead people into thinking it’s still valid.

Store Locations

  • Bridgewater (no classes) – 2304 Hwy 323, Oakhill (527-2212)
  • Dartmouth – 114 Woodlawn Rd at Staples Plaza (434-7220)
  • Greenwood – Greenwood Mall (765-0600)
  • New Glasgow – 980 East River Road (752-1234)