Flapjac Fashion School

flapjac fashion school sewing class dressmaking workshop hatch end

Bookings:  flapjac@jessicacorlett.com

‘WOW – my daughter has had a fantastic day. Thank you so much – she is buzzing’
Parent, Hatch End, Feb 2017 by text

‘My daughter’s enthusiasm and sewing skills have soared and she now makes her own designs to wear.
She always has a fun sociable time at Jessica’s workshops.’
Jo, Parent, Northwood

 

12 – 16 yr olds    |   Hatch End

A highly creative and upbeat young persons dressmaking course, with some serious skill learning!

“I always look forward to the fashion workshops. They’re really fun and I learn lots.”
Katie, 14, Ruislip

Come and learn the sewing skills they don’t teach in school.  Learn techniques to keep up with the latest online diy fashion and craft trends….as well as how to turn up a pair of jeans!  All fashion styles are catered for, from high street trends to super alternative goths.

 

Educational

Dressmaking:  Accurate measuring and fitting. Sewing machines. Seams. Hems. Pattern cutting. Circle skirts. Elastic channels. Zips. Buttons.  Stretch Fabrics.
Crafts:  Applique. Needle felting. Embroidery. Attaching trimmings.
Life Skills:  Clothing care. Ironing. Laundry. Repairs and Alterations.

Projects and lessons are always tailored to match and stretch the skill level of the students.

 

The Classes

Small class sizes to ensure that each student can explore their full potential. Sessions have a project-based structure, however, all ‘makes’ can be adapted to fit your own personal style.

Jessica, a trained Costume professional, has sewn for the likes of English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Wicked the Musical and CBBC.  Youthful and friendly, she is an enthusiastic sewing teacher with years of experience under her belt.  Students will leave “buzzing” with ideas and motivation.

Materials and equipment provided.

Bring along a basic sewing kit and a sewing machine if you have one but don’t worry if not.

 

Location

Elm Hatch, Hatch End. Sessions take place in Jessica’s workshop/livingroom.
Assistant teachers Jun and Soo (the kittens) are always on-hand to support and encourage!
2 min walk from Hatch End station. Easy parking for drop off and collecting.

 

Here to help

We know that family and work create lots of juggling for parents, so we are always happy to accommodate slightly different drop off/pick up times. Contact Jessica to discuss.

 

Booking

For more information about the next ‘Fashion School’ dates …

email: flapjac@jessicacorlett.com

or complete the form on our contact page

 

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Wicked and Whimsy Bon bon Tea Party

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Aug 2016. The main event was organised by The Tea Party Club, at 116 Pall Mall, London.

A 2 day celebration of romantic Lolita and Japanese Fashion, featuring guest designers Haenuli Shin of Haenuli, Fumiko Kawamura of Enchantlic Enchantilly, Mana Kim of Baroque and Ayumi Watanabe of Rose Marie Seoir (previously Syrup).

In the refreshments salon (aka. good and close to the cake and wine), myself along with my sewing gang the Otome Sewing Bee hosted a pop-up Bon Bon Tea Party.  This consisted of a little sociable crafts table and a supporting display of our news and achievements.

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

Textile Confectionary

The craft activity we provided was making little fabric sweets (or bon bons), trimmed with ribbons and beads, to turn into hair accessories and bag charms.  Japanese fashion brands, such as Angelic Pretty and Chocomint, have sold similar sweets themed accessories, so we knew the product would appeal to the J-Fashionistas at the event.

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wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee display

Beautiful Bits and Bobs

The display table showcased the Otome Sewing Bees monthly activities during 2015 and 2016.   Crafted items included fabric roses and hairbows, needle felting, embroidery and lace making as well as a whole rack of dressmaking examples.  Also on display were photographs from workshops, copies of some of our worksheets, our annual schedules and flyers promoting upcoming events.

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty

wicked and whimsy otome sewing bee bonbon teaparty madillustrationEvent photography by Emily Valentine

Click here for my Fabric Bon Bons tutorial

panoramic lolita otome sewing bee wicked whimsyPanoramic shot by Anna Poon.

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MyM Magazine April 2016

The Otome Sewing Bee (previously known as The Dressmaking Club) had a great feature in MyM magazine Issue 49. April 2016.

 

handmade lolita otome sewing bee mym magazine Emily Faulder
Article and photography by the wonderful Emily.

Emily Valentine Photography
Emily Valentine Photography

 

Otome Sewing Bee Workshop
Emily Valentine Photography

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J-Style Exhibition

23-30 September 2016.

The Otome Sewing Bee contributed to a fabulous exhibition on ‘J-Style’ – a celebration of alternative Japanese Street Fashion in the UK.

Seven artists working across a variety of different mediums explored the colourful and creative world of a fashion that originated in Harajuku, the home of Tokyo’s alternative fashion culture.

A brilliant fresh exhibition that received great reviews and that we were all delighted to be involved in.

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Heidi-kei outfit j-style exhibition flapjac

 

gothic lolita roba a la francaise sack back gown

 

Otome sewing bee exhibition j-style

 


Opening Night Video featuring lots of colourful young J-fashionistas. Created by Bree Van Zyl and published by Saoirse Clohessy.

 

J-style exhibition fairykei jfashion
Artwork – Madeleine Allcock
Photo – Saoirse Clohessy
J-style exhibition lolita
Photo – Saoirse Clohessy
J-style exhibition
Photo – Saoirse Clohessy
j-style exhibition fairykei
Artwork – Madeleine Allcock
Photo – Saoirse Clohessy
storm neverland lolita artwork j-style exhibition
Artwork – Storm Neverland

 

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j-style exhibition jfashion poster flyer

 

j-style exhibition shop

Finally, Flapjac and the Otome Sewing Bee organised and managed an art sales table on the opening night.

 

All the wonderful artists

Emily Faulder
Madeliene Allcock – Madillustration
Otome Sewing Bee
Roxie Sweetheart
Saoirse Clohessy
ShinkuRose
Storm Neverland

Title image for the Exhibition – Emily Faulder
Exhibition Graphic Design – Madeliene Allcock

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The Tale of the Teapot Ironing Board Cover

Time to tart-up the ironing board.

Every second month my living room turns into a sewing workshop, full of creative young women on a mission to build their dream wardrobes.  The ironing board was quite frankly an embarrassment.

Purchased as a young fashion student because it was the cheapest one in Argos. The cover was ripped/burnt and the frame was covered in gaffer tape.  Note there are no ‘before’ pictures.. just too ugly for public view.  Despite its visual flaws, its light and folds small, aka. handy for diddy London flats and throwing in the car boot once in a while/TV costume job.

The parents have a few (?) inherited heavy wooden ironing boards.  One day, when I marry a Lord and move to a country pile with a designated Victorian laundry room, I will adopt one as an awkward but charitable domestic service baby.  For the time being the budget Argos model will do.

Faced with job applications…

… I decided that attacking the metal legs with white spirit was much more fun.  Job hunting = DIY flair.  Sticky gaffer tape be gone.

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The old cover was ripped off and the drawstring pulled out for reuse.

Out came the fabric bag of doom.

Or at least the original one because there are now four fabric bags of doom. *Edit: now 3. I Kon-Maried my craft cupboard. Get me!

Happy coincidence…2 fat-quarters (cut as one piece) was exactly the right size, with 6cm seam allowance all around.  I cannot claim this will fit all ironing boards, as mine is on the short side, so measure yours if you are attempting this.

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The sewing construction is pretty self explanatory but I will recommend an especially good step by step tutorial (link at bottom of page).  I like the use of bias binding for the channel. Gotta love a fully finished seam allowance.

I used pink bias binding because….. it was long enough.

Why go to the fabric shop when you can use an ‘accent’ colour from your stash.  Left to my own boringdesignerisboring devices I would have probably chosen white or navy. Pink brings far more joy.

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Total time spent sewing… 1hr

If you’re an occasional stitcher it is easily an afternoon project.  It would make a great gift, if giving an ironing board cover doesn’t completely cramp your style.  I gave my best-friend a handmade peg bag for her 30th birthday. I’ve already given up on being cool.

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Obviously I had to show off my joyfully cutesy creation on Facebook/Instagram because that it a productive use of my time (ehem, job applications?).

A short while later…

ironing-board-cover-whatsapConversation with sister who works in digital media
(The mannequin is called Charlotte)

Links:

Ironing Board Cover sewing instructions by Tilly and the Buttons.
If you make one please do tag them to credit their great tutorial. So clear and neat.

The original Baby the Stars Shine Bright ironing board cover incident that inspired the project.
Baby the Stars Shine Bright is a Japanese designer brand that makes cute printed dresses that are collectable and have very high resale value. This bit of news/amusement caused quite a ripple amongst the J-Fashion online community at the time.  Personally, I loved it.

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