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Vintage Hand-Sewing Techniques


  • Maiwa Loft 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
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With Sheila Wong

$595 [Includes $35 lab fee] class limit 10. May 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2018 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Ever wonder why vintage garments always look impeccable? How are they constructed with such accuracy, yet still able to communicate the personality of the maker? Students will find out as they learn essential temporary and permanent stitches, suitable seam finishes, thoughtful pressing techniques, and a variety of design element details related to their garment choice. 

This workshop is ideal for individuals who are intrigued by the world of hand-sewing, but are hesitant to take the jump on their own. Students will enter into a rewarding and intricate world of vintage hand stitches and techniques that are relevant to both vintage and modern garments.

Students are encouraged to bring in vintage patterns to work with during the workshop. Armed with the vintage hand-sewing techniques, discover how much is possible with hand-sewing.

This is an advanced 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.”

Earlier Event: May 23
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