Monday, October 7, 2019

Coming up at Create.Hobby!

Spring is finally here, which makes it the perfect time to learn a new skill. That is why we have decided to bring back the Cosmos Bralette workshop. The Cosmos bralette is a well fitted, comfortable bralette pattern created by Afternoon patterns. We teach you step by step how to put together you very own bralette and a matching knickers.


The workshop will take place at the Create.Hobby studio (142 Lower Main Road, Observatory on Saturday 12 October, 11:00-15:00. Cost is R550 excluding a kit or R1010 including a brakit (pattern and materials).

*This workshop is suitable for someone with a some basic sewing knowledge.


If you would like to learn how to sew, our next 6 week Beginner's course dates are:
Monday 21 October, 18:00-20:00

Friday 25 October, 10:00-12:00

Saturday 2 November, 11:00-13:00 (Note: We are closed every 4th weekend)

During this course we show you from scratch how to use a domestic sewing machine. we also show you how to insert elastics, zips, buttons, hems and we teach you how to read a bought pattern. To practice your basic sewing skills, you will also complete 2 exciting sewing projects

Cost for this course is R2700 incl. all materials.


The school holidays are just over 2 months away and we have not forgotten about the young, aspiring fashionistas. We are hosting a Kids Sewing Camp that will run over 3 days, 9-11 December, 9:30-12:00 and 9-11 January 2020, 10:00-12:30. During this time we teach the young ones how to operate a domestic sewing machine and they sew 2 or 3 fun projects. Cost is R1200 per child incl. materials. Classes are suitable for ages 7-15 years. Boys are also welcome.


If you are more into the craft side of things, we do also have a beginner's crochet workshop coming up. Join us on Thursday 10 October, 10:00-11:30 or Tuesday 15 October, 10:00-11:30. The mini workshop will take place at the Create.sewing shop loft, 187 Lower Main Road, Observatory.

Cost is R100 and for an additional R49 we will include a kit with everything you would need.

If you already know some basics, you can join our intermediate group. On Saturday, 26 October at 14:00-15:30, we have a workshop on how to crochet multicoloured granny squares. Cost is also R100 and materials are available at an extra cost.

We also have an option of private lessons, where you can get help projects of your choice.



To book a sewing or pattern making lesson or a workshop you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/

Monday, August 19, 2019

Meet the Singer Simple 3232!

We often get asked how to decide on a sewing machine to purchase. The answer is simple. You need to consider your budget and know what you plan on using the machine for.

For this post we have decided to shine the light on one of our favourite, trusty machines that we have used to teach many students how to sew. When we started the studio 6 and a half years ago, we decided to opt for the Singer Simple 3232.


 This machine was the perfect option for us, because it combined a sturdy body, affordability and a pretty aesthetic with all the basic features you would need to make almost anything.

The machine boasts 32 built-in stitches which consists of basic, stretch and decorative stitches. It also features a 1 step automatic buttonhole process, which makes it feel almost effortless. We love that you are able to lift the presser foot extra high and that it has an automatic needle threader, which make it a breeze to get the thread through the needle.


The 3232 comes with several extra presser feet, like a zipper and button foot and even includes an extra pack of needles, seam ripper and a soft cover to protect your machine from the elements.

The machine has an easy to follow numbered path for threading, a front loading bobbin and a thread cutter on the side of the machine. It is able to handle heavier fabrics with relative ease and the heavy duty frame helps against skipping and jumping when sewing and it also means it will last for years.

If you are interested in seeing this machine in action, join us at our studio for a sewing lesson. We have courses ranging from beginner to advance. Or join us for a project based or private lesson where we teach you what you would like to learn. Contact us on info@createhobby.co.za for more information or to book.


If you would like to buy one of your own, the Singer Simple 3232 retails for R4449 at Create.sewing Shop. You will also receive a 1 hour free demonstration lesson when you purchase the machine from us. Visit Create.sewing Shop at 187 Lower Main Road, Observatory. They are open Monday-Friday, 9:30-17:30 and Saturday, 9:00-14:00.
Contact them on info@createsewingshop.co.za or 066 228 8699.  


To book a sewing or pattern making lesson you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at  www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/

Monday, July 29, 2019

Learn to draft your own patterns!

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make your own patterns, now is your chance.
Create.Hobby will be hosting a pattern making course, starting Saturday 31 August.

During this 8 week course you learn how to draft a basic women't bodice, sleeve, skirt and trouser block to your own or standard measurements. We will also teach you how to adapt and manipulate these bacic blocks into custom patterns.

You can also learn to draft patterns through private lessons.
Private lessons are one on one with a lecturer and we try schedule the lessons at a time that suits you. The great thing about these lessons are that we can custom them to teach you exactly what you would like to learn. Cost is R490 per hour per person or R3800 per person for a 10 hour package. Cost excludes materials


To book a sewing or pattern making lesson you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at  www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/

Monday, July 8, 2019

Get crafty this winter!

Winter in Cape Town is associated with strong winds, cloudy skies and ever so often rain. Even though it may sound like doom and gloom, we say this weather is perfect to get crafty. 
Think along the lines of a cup of tea and some knitting or a peaceful day under the blankets with some crocheting. If you have always wanted to venture into the crafty side of life, Create.sewing shop is your answer.


They have recently launched "The Social Crochet Series". What is this you may ask?!

Well at least once a month they will teach you the joys of crochet through demonstrating to you different techniques and helping you make a variety of projects. At only R100 a session (excluding materials), Natasha will show you how to crochet anything from circles, that you can transform into a bookmark or earrings, squares that can form part of a blanket and many more exciting projects. 



The initiative was kick-started  one Thursday morning in June at the Create.sewing shop loft. A group of lovely ladies joined Natasha and they all enjoyed learning a new skill while being able to chat and sip on a cup of tea/coffee.




If you would like to join us for one of "The Social Crochet Series" classes, contact us on info@createhobby.co.za to get more information and book your spot.


To book a sewing lesson you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at  www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Save the planet through #sewing!

We live in a time where it is important to consider the implications our lifestyle might have on the planet we live on. That is why more people have started moving to a more sustainable/green lifestyle. It may seem like a daunting task to make the shift, but you can start by making small changes.
A good place to start for example, is by replacing plastic bags with a environmentally friendly reusable alternative.
We are here to help you ditch the plastic with this easy to sew, durable and reusable fabric shoppers. These bags are not only great for carrying your groceries home, but also works well for carrying around your favourite things and are perfect for the beach.

You will need:
  • A piece of durable/structure fabric, such as canvas, cut to size 91cm x 48,5cm.
  • 1,5m webbing, petersham or twill tape that is 25mm wide for the straps
  • Matching thread
Sewing instructions:
  1. Fold your piece of fabric in half (right sides together), with the short sides 100% aligned
  2. Cut out a rectangle (7,5cm x 6cm) in the corners where the fabric is folded.
  3. Straight stitch the two sides with a 1,5cm seam allowance. Finish seams with an overlocker or zig zag stitch.
  4. Take each corner and pull the fabric apart until seam lines up with the fold line.
  5. Straight stitch with a 1,5cm seam allowance. Finish seams with an overlocker of zig zag stitch.
  6. Turn the bag right side out and push out the boxed corners.
  7. Cut the tape in half to create 2 x 75cm straps.
  8. Mark 13cm from each side seam on the right side of the bag.
  9. Staystich the edge of the tape to the edge of the fabric, next to the markings you have made.
  10. Repeat for the other strap.
  11. Fold top of the bag 1cm towards wrong side of the fabric, iron in.
  12. Fold top over another 2,5cm, iron in.
  13. Stitch down this fold, close to the edge.
  14. Flip the strap up and stitch the strap down, close to the edge. Backstitch across the whole width of strap to secure it.
  15. Give it a final press and use your bag to your heart's desire.


To book a sewing lesson you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at  www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

What's trending this season?

In South Africa we have entered that awkard time of the year where you don't really know how to dress, because the day starts off cold, but by lunch it's hot again and next thing you know the chill is back in the air. That's why I decided to have a look at what is and will be trending for this season. I have rounded it off to my 6 favourites.

1. Layering

This trend is great for the current weather we are experiencing, because you can just take off or add an item as the weather changes. We are talking jumpers over shirts, jackets over jumpers and even coats over jackets. A good tip, is to invest in items like coats, because they keep you warm while making you look super chic. Why not join us at our studio, Create.Hobby and learn how to sew this easy to wear, wrap coat. The statement fabric we used is also available at Create.sewing shop.




2. Shimmer and shine

Silver, especially, is having a moment and it is not just limited to evening wear. Think silver pleated skirts and tops, casual chic slip dresses and my favourite, combining sequins with other fabrics for those that are not brave enough to go full on silver. At Create.sewing shop they have the most stunning reversible sequins in a silver/blue colourway.


3. Jazzy jumpers

The easy to wear winter item, jumpers, get a quirky cool update with embellished details like pearls, embroidery and sequins.Our favourite take on this trend is a raglan, sequined sleeve jumper. You can learn how to sew your own, when you join us for a project class in the upcoming months. Contact us at info@createhobby.co.za for more info. We used the reversible sequins and a super soft grey melange knit from Create.sewing shop to make this one.



4. Leather

Or in our case pleather (faux leather) is back with a vengeance. This fabric was spotted on the runways in everything from skirts to leggings. If you would like to add a bit of this trend to your wardrobe, you can learn how to sew your own quilted pleather, panelled leggings at the Create.Hobby studio. Get more info about this by mailing us at info@createhobby.co.za. If you have something else in mind, you can also purchase this quilted pleather at Create.sewing shop.



5. Pink hues

The most loved colour this season is pink in all it's glory. From softer shades of blush to the brightest fuschia. We spotted a few trims and accessories in this colour over at Create.sewing shop.



6. Cardi's

Who can live without a cosy cardigan. An easy to wear item that goes with just about anything. We reckon sewing up one of your own in this embellished navy/cream stripe knit from Create.sewing shop would be a great idea. On the other hand if knitting is more your thing, the shop also stock stunning wool in a variety of trendy colours from Cowgirl Blues and Yama yarn.




There you have it. 6 Trends that can instantly update your winter wardrobe.

To book a sewing lesson you can contact us at info@createhobby.co.za. You can also find us at  www.createhobby.co.za | www.facebook.com/CreateHobby | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Is sewing is for everyone? (a past student’s sewing experience)

Damn right, sewing is for everyone! (Just to dive right into answering that question). Now I know you’re probably thinking, because this post is on a blog promoting sewing lessons that has to be the answer, right? I can’t deny that and I won’t; but for a second let’s go beyond that and let me give you a look into what I actually learnt at Create. Hobby.
The first day I walked in honestly not knowing what to expect at all. I was clueless on how to even thread a machine or what any of the many knobs and numbers were for, but my reason for venturing into this unknown territory was my desire to make my own clothes. See, I’m unbelievably short and petite, and I feel like the stores out there are designing clothes for those giraffe size models they’ve got on their runways. I just wanted to make exactly what I like, in exactly my size without all the crazy costs.
Simple enough right? NOT.
I spent ages on YouTube trying to teach myself these skills before I attended lessons at Create. Hobby and I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get it right. I looked at my clothes and I could mathematically string together the composure of it (which I think anyone with a fairly logical brain can do), yet every time I tried to make something it came out rather lopsided or too untidy to be deemed wearable. Frustrated and having way too many holes in my body that should not be there, I attacked my laptop keyboard with my plaster-covered fingers in search of some sewing lessons and alas, Create. Hobby and I’s relationship began.

I wanted to do private lessons as I felt I would get more done with personal training but to be honest, I feel like I should have started with the beginners course. Having known nothing I feel like it would’ve been better to interact with other newbies so that I didn’t feel so alone in my cluelessness and then later on, use the private lessons to specialize in the garments I would really like to make. However, I am glad as I grew a much more personal relationship with my instructor who in fact emailed me the other day asking how my sewing was going.
This wonderful instructor I speak of, Gailene, emailed me before the first lesson giving me a rundown of what I would need and asked me to right a list of things I wanted to learn. I ended up pitching with an empty notepad and 5 various sized buttons, thinking “Oh God, I have no idea what I want to do and the lesson is going to be a sloppy mess of random information”, which really was not something I was keen on paying for. 
I arrived and Gailene was extremely understanding once she figured out that I was a complete dummie when it came to sewing and where to start. Basically, she guided me throughout the entire process. I figured out the reason those YouTube videos weren’t helping me was because they did not teach me the basics or intricacies which I learnt are truly the most essential parts of making any garment. All those little hems and piping were things I’d never even heard of or known exist, but she introduced me to a whole new world of knowledge. By the second lesson I felt super excited, like an upcoming Louis Vuitton! What I was creating was for the first time store-bought quality.
She made each lesson simple and was extremely patient with my clumsy ways. By the end I was able to insert all kinds of zips, do various kinds of hemming, piping, reading patterns and eventually assemble a shirt which I was making as a gift for a guy friend (you know what I mean) for his upcoming birthday. 
I left with this simple knowledge, and use it to create many garments which I am very proud of and wear all the time. More importantly, I now have clothes that actually fit me, thank goodness!
The lessons weren’t at all time consuming, I did one hour lessons twice a week (although you can set them up in any way to suit your schedule) and had enough knowledge each time to go home and practice what I had learnt. The time ranges are super accommodating, ranging from 9am – 8pm on Mondays and Tuesdays leaving time after work to do some calming, rhythmic learning, 9am – 5pm Wednesday to Friday, perhaps these afternoon classes better suited for future young entrepreneurs looking to start their own clothing line or adolescents wanting to learn something in their gap year (like me). There is even a Saturday morning class from 9am – 2pm accommodating all those completely swamped in the week.
Another perk is the sewing shop, Create.sewing shop, which is right opposite the road from the studio. Being the complete loskop I am, this was perfect for me as before each lesson I could just pop in and find all the things I needed for the lesson from the list I received approximately a week before (don’t judge, okay). Not only that, they are also stocked with all the latest Singer machines ranging from the simplest machine for all your home stitching and simple creations to heavy duty industrial machines for more entrepreneurial seamstresses and have the most informed, helpful and friendly staff.
So to go back to the topic at hand, is sewing for everyone? With Create. Hobby it sure is! They cater for literally all ages (even those hyper active kids) who have a skill set or knowledge of sewing equaling zero and really,  I feel like you don’t even need to have some deep desire to become a fashion designer, just a set of hands (clumsy or not), a little bit of time to learn something new and wah lah! No more spending hundreds of Rands on birthday gifts for that special someone, no more going to a party and running into someone wearing the same shirt as you (those episodes of who wore it best? are personally something I never win) and my personal favorite, having someone come up to you and ask where you got those awesome pair of pants from and with a gleaming smile being able to (finally) say “I made them myself.” Believe me, the amazement of people hearing that in the 21st century there are still people out there with such rare, independent skills is truly the most satisfying result and is definitely worth your time and money.

Written by Zoё Dolph


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