Design and make your own clothing or accessories in this practical weekly salon


Have you have always fancied designing and making clothes, bags or accessories but just have never known how to start? Or perhaps you have a sewing machine sitting unloved at home?

Sew It Yourself is the perfect way to learn different sewing techniques and understand basic patterns. The course is suitable for beginners and improvers and is structured around creative projects, where you can design and make your own clothing and accessories.

You will be taught how to cut fabric properly, which fabric best suits your project, how to use a sewing machine, how to make a neat hem, how to sew a buttonhole and zip, how to place a pocket, where to make darts and much more besides!

Each class will start with a demonstration or information before moving quickly on to allow you time to practise. You don't need your own sewing machine but if you have one please bring it along.

By the end of the course, you will experience the joy of designing, making and wearing your own bespoke designs. Join a small, supportive group and enjoy plenty of individual attention from your tutor.


Frequently Asked QuestionS

Do I need a sewing machine?

No, although if you have your own sewing machine you can bring it along and your tutor will help you fall in love with it again! (There is plenty of parking at Hampton Court House and the walk from the car park to the teaching room is very short.)

As the course progresses you will require some basic materials. 

The first session is a taster session; if the course is not for you we offer a no-quibble refund.


Meet your tutor

Martine Fiaux Porchet

Martine is passionate about fabrics, texture and colour. Even as a little girl, she started sewing clothes for her dolls, later for herself and, finally, for her children. She inherited this passion from her grandmother. After twenty years working in food science, Martine decided to dedicate her energy to her passion, which she loves sharing with others.


How to book

Reserve your place for this creative, hands-on learning experience

  • This course runs on Thursday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 pm, starting on 25 April, with a one week break at half term

  • Fee: £175 – covers the whole term's classes and use of the tutor’s equipment if required. Refreshments are served at 6.30 pm before class

  • Numbers are capped in order to ensure personal attention from the tutor, so we recommend reserving a place soon

  • The first class is a taster session; if you decide that the course is not for you, we offer a full no-quibble refund