SOPHIE SWIMSUIT WORKSHOP ON SALE!

June 7, 2017   /   byHeather Lou  / Categories :  Feeds

Just a quick post with some fun news… It’s finally June, and we’re sure you’re starting to plan your summer sewing schedule. If a beautiful me-made swimsuit is at the top of that list, we’re excited to offer you 20% off our Sophie Swimsuit workshop until June 19th. This online course walks you through the construction of our gorgeous Sophie Swimsuit Pattern from start to finish in eleven, in-depth video lessons, and includes the PDF pattern with enrollment.

This pattern was one of our biggest labours of love. With five cup sizes for each size in our range, in addition to two major variations (a high waisted bikini and a glamorous bustier style one piece), the Sophie Swimsuit is one of our most customizable and adaptable patterns ever. Our online workshop is designed to make this a totally achievable project for beginners and advanced sewists alike, or for those of you who are new to sewing lycra knits.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

✂ How to assemble a swimsuit using a regular sewing machine or serger

✂ Working with swimsuit lycra

✂ The best techniques and stitches for swimsuit construction

✂ Where to source the best bra making and swim supplies

✂ How to insert elastic for swimsuits that move with you

✂ How to make a perfectly supportive foam cup

✂ Insert underwire and channeling for the ultimate in breast support

✂ Fit your suit to perfection – learn how to grade between sizes, sew a sample test cup, and make cups that were fit just for you

✂ Personalize and hack your swimsuit so you can be your own personal swimwear designer!

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

This workshop was TERRIFIC right from the start to achieve a nicely fitting swimsuit top. Heather was practically holding my hand through the entire process. The explanations were easy to understand and the videography was excellent as well. A beginner could easily be successful using this workshop to make a swimsuit. When I had a question, Heather took the time to respond and the answer was beyond my expectation…clear, concise and detailed! I love that I can log in and watch again and again. Heather has a fresh approach to sewing instruction that IMO matches all skill levels and is superb for the newest among sewists. – Genevieve Arthur

I made my first swimsuit using this course. I was pretty nervous about swimwear, especially putting in an underwire, but the course made it so easy to understand. Heather Lou was so personable, and I loved that it felt like she was sewing right along with me! I’m super proud of my finished swimsuit, and I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on it! – Nicole Morgan

The Fine Print:
This sale ends at midnight on Monday, June 19th. To get the discount, click on one of the buttons in this email, or use the code SOPHIESUMMER at checkout.

 

ENROLL IN CLASS AND SAVE 20%

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Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

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I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

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