I’m very lucky to be able to call Lucia from ShooSo a friend and when she decided to put on some sewing workshops, I was instantly interested. Sadly, I couldn’t commit to the initial 5 week course but Lucia decided to do some individual workshops as well, so I immediately booked onto the ‘Zip It‘ workshop.
Myself and a fellow Mum were booked onto the ‘Zip It’ course. She had been to the previous workshop so was a dab hand at threading the machine; me, not so much! I don’t think I’ve ever threaded a machine and if I have, I was 13/14 years old in Textiles class at high school.
The reason I was attracted to this particular workshop was because I wanted a trendy bag I could use for the kids spare clothes in my backpack or a new toiletry bag. I couldn’t wait to get to started, well actually I was absolutely clueless and petrified about making a mistake!!
Thankfully, Lucia was on hand! She was so patient with me and dealt with managing my incompetence and my partner who was excelling! She put my mind at ease and helped me thread the machine myself, something that I think after another couple of goes I think I’ll have the ‘nack’.
After selecting my material and a waterproof lining, we ironed and measured the fabric, and selected a zip, and then it was time to chop it. This was really daunting as it felt like the final step before there was no turning back!
After cutting the fabric to size, we made the zips workable by chopping them down to the correct size and ‘sealing’ them. Now onto the nitty gritty, well actually I concentrated so hard on not messing up my sewing that I can’t really remember all the stages but I know it involved ‘sealing’, boxing, and some other terms I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember! Anyway, TWO hours later I had managed to make a toilet bag come spare clothes bag BY MYSELF. Lucia gave me such confidence to go with it, and was so encouraging throughout and even craftily succeeding in getting me to do EVERYTHING on my own (she should become a teacher!).
Thinking I was done after finishing my toilet bag, I was ready to go home and put my slippers on, but I’d forgotten I still had another bag to make. This time a 3D one! Again, this involved similar techniques like boxing and a new one: interfacing (stiffening the fabric with a kind of liner). I was a bit bolder with my choice of colours for this one and picked contrasting colours. Blues and mustard in my fabric but a pink zip! This one was slightly easier to make as I didn’t pick such technical things (I wanted to run before I could walk with the first one). A further hour later and I had a 3D purse type thing. I’m not sure what I’m going to use this one for, maybe a first aid bag for my rucksack??
Overall, Lucia was so attentive, very knowledgable and made me feel at ease. I’m sure I will be booking onto another course soon and who knows, maybe in the future I may even not get my Mum to do all my sewing!
Thanks Shooso, I had a fab time and will be back.
Disclaimer: I have carried out the review independently, all thoughts and opinions are my own.