Next weekend I’m teaching my first ever sewing classes in Oslo, Norway. It’s a sewing fair called SewNordic2020 that also offers sewing classes. Two of those I will teach, in one class we sew a workout top and in the other, we’ll make a pair of joggers. Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of January are the dates.
Both the joggers and knit top pattern I’m using in the class is from my sewing friend, the pattern maker Malena Hjerpe (which I’ve done an interview with BTW). She is a professional pattern maker and helped me with the Aila Leggings and has been such a great person to connect with. You can check out her on Instagram as well (Pattern by Malena)
I’ve spent the last few days finalising the projects and sewing samples, and the pressure is definitely on when it comes to teaching someone else to sew. One side of me wants to just encourage experimentation and being brave since that is my core sewing message, but the other part of me is like “I need to teach my students to make the best garment ever!” So yeah, I’m feeling the pressure right now!
These classes also include fabric and notion kits plus patterns, so it’s been a lot of logistics to figure out as well. I’ve spoken to some colleagues who teach sewing classes, and they say that it’s a big benefit to streamline the fabric and pattern choice, as it makes teaching the class easier when everyone is doing the same project using the same materials.
I will, however, offer a few design and fabric options, so that the participants still can have some creative freedom and pick a project based on their skill levels as well.
There are some spots left, so if you are in the vicinity, I highly recommend you check the classes out (there are lots of other classes to choose from too).
And wish me luck with this new chapter in my sewing life. If this goes well and I have the time (I’m going back to the day-job in March) I can see myself doing more classes in the future, and I would love to someday do an online sewing class as well. I just need to get more comfortable with English. but I think I’m slowly getting there since I get a lot of practice on my YouTube channel. So stay tuned for more of those plans!