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Vintage Hand-Sewing Techniques


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Sheila Wong

$595 [Includes $35 lab fee] class limit 10. May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2019 (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 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.

For this workshop students must have a strong understanding of garment construction. Students will be required to provide a vintage pattern or a commercially purchased pattern of their choice with corresponding materials. A detailed supply list with project 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 and a fashion design diploma, Sheila took on positions as studio assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, production manager at Aritzia, and instructor at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Centre and Vancouver Community College. In 2010, Sheila founded a truly unique boutique sewing studio. From pattern-drafting to final stitch, the studio provides a creative environment for all skill levels to learn fashion design techniques with personalized private instruction. The studio has been very successful and is often booked several months in advance.

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.” Sheila Wong Studios can be found at swfds.com or on Instagram at @sheilawongstudios