The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat - 27th April 2022

The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat - 27th April 2022

27th, 28th & 29th April 2022


The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat will start with a One-Day Masterclass in different fabric constructions Seasonal trends and which fabrics to choose, covering classic knit and woven constructions as well as leathers and modern technical fabrics. 


You will have swatches to work on and will choose a Maker’s Atelier pattern to make, and there will be one-to-one discussions with Frances Tobin and Claire Tyler, sewing expert and teacher, to help you decide on fabric choice. 


At the end of the day there will be a chance to go on a fabric shopping trip, then over the next two days you will sew your pattern, learning techniques and tricks for working with fabrics to achieve professional finishes. 


Our aim is to give you the skills and confidence to make informed fabric choices, enabling you to produce more beautiful garments in your future sewing projects.


Retreat Timetable

Day 1 - 27th April

9.30am - Welcome

10.00am - Seasonal trends and which fabrics to choose - Frances

11.00am - Fabric files handed out, time to inspect the sample rail and choose your pattern.

1.00pm - Lunch

1.45-3.30pm - Practical Workshop, choosing the correct machine feet for your fabric - Claire

4.00pm - Fabric Shopping with Claire at Ditto. Shopping for Leather with Frances

7.00pm - Dinner (optional)

Day 2 - 28th April

9.00-1pm - Begin Sewing Projects

1pm - Lunch

1.45-5.30pm - Sewing

7pm - Dinner (Optional)

Day 3 - 29th April

9.00am - Masterclass - Claire

10-1pm - Sewing

1pm - Lunch

1.45-4pm - Sewing

4.00pm - Tea and goody bags


What's included?

3 days expert tuition and guidance from Frances and Claire

Refreshments and a buffet lunch each day with afternoon tea on Friday before you head home.

The Maker's Atelier sewing pattern of your choice for your sewing project

The Maker's Atelier Fabric File complete with samples to work with

The Maker's Atelier goody bag


What's not included?

Your accommodation , You can choose to stay at Jury's Inn Hotel and enjoy breakfast and use of the Spa (there will be a discount on room rates) 

Your travel expenses (there will be discounted parking available at the hotel)

The cost of dinner, eating at the Hotel or offsite is flexible.

Sewing machines - if travelling from abroad please email, sewing machines will be available to hire

The materials for your sewing project. 

Bring along your own Sewing Box with tools etc.


Overlockers, irons and ironing boards will be available to use,  there will also be interfacings and haberdashery available to purchase.

Timings are approximate with lots of fun things planned. More information will be provided on booking


The cost of The Maker's Atelier Sewing Retreat is £545 

There is an Early Bird Discount if you book before 1st October 2021 - pay just £495


Level: All

Maximum Number of Students: 18

Venue: Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Dates: 27th, 28th & 29th April 2022

Start/End time: 9am-5pm

Duration: 3 days

Tutors: Frances Tobin & Claire Tyler


  • Cancellation Policy

    If for any reason you cannot make the Sewing Retreat, you may obtain a refund or a transfer to a different date, subject to availability. You may also transfer the booking to a different name. Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us in no less than 28 days before the Sewing Retreat date to obtain a refund or workshop/name transfer.

    Deposits paid are non-refundable

    Any cancellations made within less than 28 days of the Sewing Retreat date will not be refundable or transferrable.

    We suggest that you consider course cancellaion insurance to protect you in case of illness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances

    In exceptional circumstances we may have to cancel a Sewing Retreat. If that happens we will give you as much notice as possible and will try to accommodate you on a different date, or refund your fee paid, whichever you prefer. We do not accept liability for travel or other costs.