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Couture Hand-Sewing

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Sheila Wong

$595 [Includes $45 lab fee] class limit 10. Mar 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

In this workshop students will explore the world of couture sewing by fully constructing a garment using hand-sewing techniques. No machines are involved here: you will develop an appreciation for the skill of the human hand and its role in quality constructed garments. These are skills that anyone can learn.

Students will gear their garments towards evening wear, lingerie, and/or detailed items with a focus on hard-to-handle fabrics such as silk, organza, chiffon, satin, lace, and velvet.

Students will learn a variety of couture finishes specific to their projects.

Couture techniques covered include basic hand stitches, darts, pressing, seams, hems, seam finishes, decorative edging, button holes, fastenings, lacework, and decorative details.

For this workshop students must have a strong understanding of garment construction. Students will be required to purchase a commercial pattern of their choice with corresponding materials. A detailed supply list with guidelines will be given at registration. Pre-course consultation with the instructor will assist students in selecting a suitable pattern and fabric.

Supply List

About Sheila Wong

Among the young luminaries of the Vancouver textile scene is Sheila Wong. At the age of 18 she started her first company designing outfits and managing dance performers in her hometown of Calgary. She knew she found her métier the first time she saw an energetic audience reacting to her designs.

After completing a Bachelors of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship degree at Mount Royal University, with a focus on international business, she went on to obtain her Fashion Design Diploma from Vancouver’s own Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Centre. Seeking real-world experience, Sheila took on positions like studio assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, production manager at clothing retailer Aritzia, and instructing at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Centre and Vancouver Community College in the Fashion Design programs. 

What truly makes Sheila Wong stand out in the industry, however, is her desire to help other artists succeed. Sheila loves collaborating with other designers and artisans, and has this to say to anyone who has ever wanted to see their own name on a piece of clothing: 

“Anyone can design and construct a garment; you just need the right amount of guidance and motivation. My goal is to help inspire people to create beautiful things. If you are passionate and driven, there is no reason why you cannot be creative every day.”