Jeans Making Weekender in Melton Mowbray - 2 day course - 13th-14th May 2023 50% Deposit
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 Sew your own pair of unique handmade jeans with us in this 2-day workshop!

This workshop is being held at Studio Pips. The dedicated workshop space is located within to their beautiful store which showcases locally made crafts, on the Twinlakes Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

You will make your jeans in the workshop over 2 full days from 10am-5pm with the hands-on help of experienced tutor Sarah. 

This workshop focuses on the construction techniques involved in making a pair of jeans from scratch including resolving some common fitting issues.

Sarah, will help you every step of the way with demonstrations and advice. 

Using your choice of either the Closet Core Ginger Jeans (skinny fit), Cashmerette Ames Jeans (skinny or straight fit), you will learn how to make yourself a unique handmade pair of jeans.

The Ginger Jeans are designed for stretch denim and can be made as either a comfortable low rise jean with narrow stovepipe legs or a high-waisted jean with skinny legs and a tummy-slimming pocket stay. Available in US sizes 0 - 20.

The Ames Jeans are designed for stretch denim and can be made as either skinny or straight fit. They can be tailored for apple or pear shapes. Featuring a high rise and pocket stay for secret smooth shaping, these jeans are flattering and versatile. Available in US sizes 12 - 28

The Morgan Jeans are a classic five-pocket jean designed for non-stretch denim, inspired by old-school denim but with a fresh, modern cut. Featuring a mid-rise, contoured waistband, tapered leg and button fly, Morgan fits snugly through the hip but relaxes and conforms to your curves with a little wear (size up for a slouchier, more casual fit). Choose between a regular or cropped inseam. Available in US sizes 0 - 20.


You will be sent the jeans pattern of your choice to pre-cut the paper pattern pieces at home before the workshop.  You will make any adjustments to the paper pattern, with our help, in the workshop before cutting your fabric.

We’re here to support you before the workshop too. We will be in touch with you regularly in the run up to the workshop and you are very welcome to get in touch if you have any questions, at any time.

The full cost of the course is £260 including a pattern, all your notions (zip, button, thread and interfacing) and lunch, snacks and refreshments on both days

You can also choose to stay in one of the luxury glamping pod cabins. 
See below for more details. 

Payment plans are now available to help you spread the cost of your workshop. Pay a d
eposit now and we will invoice you for the remainder the first week of the month of the workshop. 

You will learn: 

  • Simple pattern adjustments to tweak the fit of the paper pattern to your body measurements
  • How cut and sew heavy fabrics like denim and twill 
  • How to insert a fly zip with step by step instructions
  • How to fit jeans to your body 
  • How to master top stitching and seam finishing 
  • How to add hardware 


We will provide:  

  • Your pattern and instructions 
  • Interfacing as required
  • A taupe, blue or black jeans zip  
  • Threads including top stitching thread in selected colours - but if there is a specific colour match or top-stitching colour you would like, we recommend bringing your own.
  • A jeans button in silver and bronze options 
  • Use of overlockers and all workshop equipment - please bring your sewing machine


You will need to bring: 

  • 1.5-2.5m denim, cord or twill fabric - the amount will depend on the pattern chosen and size. Please refer to the pattern for information and contact us with any queries. 
  • If you want anything other than taupe, blue or black zips or if you want to use your own specific hardware, please bring these with you. We’ll provide blue or black zips and silver or bronze hardware in your kit.

We recommend you pre-wash all fabric so please allow time for this. 

  • 50cm medium weight cotton such as poplin or quilt cotton for pocket linings and facings
  • Please bring your own machine to use to construct your jeans - We have workshop sewing machines which we plan to use for topstitching. We will provide jeans needles. 
  • All other trims are provided

To personalise your jeans further you may wish to bring sketches of a pocket design and your own pocket stitching thread or embellishments. Feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas before the workshop. 


Sewing sustenance!

Refreshments including hot and cold drinks and cakes and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will be provided by Moos cafe. Please let us know about any dietary requirements and preferences in the comments at the checkout.  


Where can I stay?

You can also choose to stay in one of the luxury glamping pod cabins. 
These sleep up up to 6 people but are ideal for 2 people staying very comfortably in 2 separate spaces so are ideal for sharing or single occupancy. Towels, bedding and Breakfast is included. 
An overnight stay on Saturday night is £118 (per pod for up to 2 people) and payment is required upfront (sorry, no deposit scheme is available). Book using the option on this listing. 

There will be a maximum of 5 guests in this workshop.

We're excited to be running workshops again! Please read our Covid policy before booking to ensure you are happy with the additional safety measures we will be taking during the class. 

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