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


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.twitter.com/createhobby  | www.instagram.com/create.hobby/


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

It's time to tick something off your New Year's Resolution list!

Every year on 31 December we tend to vow to let go of the bad and do better as the new year rolls in. A new year is often seen as a new beginning, fresh start and an opportunity to kick off on a clean slate. Eat healthier, go to gym and take steps towards a better future are generally on top of the list. I am sure this year has been no different.
Here we are just over a month into 2019 and chances are about 70% of people have already given up on their resolutions and goals, but NOT you!!!
If learning how to sew is on your list this year, you still have 11 more months to make this happen and Create.Hobby is here to help.




Create.Hobby offers sewing courses for beginner’s, intermediate and advance students.

In our level 1 course you will learn all the basics of sewing. We will teach you from scratch how to use a sewing machine, attach and insert elastic, zips, buttonholes and hems. You will also learn how to read a store bought pattern and to practice what you have learned during the 6 weeks, you will also complete 2 projects.


If you already know the basics, join us for our level 2 or 3 course. During these courses we focus more on the techniques that goes into the construction of clothes. In Level 2 you will sew up a stretch skirt, dress with invisible zip, darts and facings, pants with waistband, hip pockets and fly front, as well as a shirt with collar, yoke, button stand, placket and cuffs.


In level 3 you will learn how to trace a pattern for an already made garment, sew leggings, a lined tailored jacket and a handbag.

For those who would like to learn how to create their own patterns, we also have a pattern making course that runs over 8 weeks starting 4 and 8 May 2019. During this course we will teach you how to draft basic blocks from a pattern making book and how to adapt them.


Clothing not your main focus? We can also completely customize a course for you that will suit your individual needs. This we can be done through project classes or if your prefer focused attention, private lessons.

Also keep an eye out for our series of workshops this year, where we will focus on more specialized items.
Contact us today at info@createhobby.co.za  to book a course and tick something off your new year resolution list.