Is it learned or learnt?
Well, I still think they are both right and that is not why I have gathered you today (huhuhuhu). In the Americas, the month of September is recognised as the National Sewing Month and it is so apt that I am finally able to share my Sewing experience with you all. So, sit back grab a cup of tea…
This is… how I learned to sew in one day!
The closest I have ever been to a sewing machine is in my grandmother’s house and my tailor’s shop. I never thought I’d attempt to learn how to sew until I saw a Nedoux Sews post on my explore page. I stalked and stalked, asked questions via DM + email, until I was able to budget for it. Yeah, N15,000 is not a lot, but I operate a Zero Balance budget so every portion of my income has work.
I was finally able to attend the July 2017 batch. First off, the LG elections were scheduled for that day and there was a ban on movement. Well, she moved the class to Sunday and I just had to go. Class started out with introductions and a theory session. Parts of a garment, meaning of various terms, types of fabric, the correct way to take measurements e.t.c (My efiko was on fleek, because I was writing everything she was saying. Even though she said “everything is in your printouts”).
The best part of class was the first practical session: Group Work. This is not your university style group work. Everyone had a task in the ultimate goal: making a shift dress!
My task was to join the left side of the dress. Easy-Peasy, right? No! NO! Every part of tailoring will give you back ache. Aches and Pains. I forgave all my tailors in one day, guys. Yes, they’ve been doing this a long time, but guys… I had to take painkillers and fall into a deep sleep and I still had to go to work the next day. Those who do this on a daily basis… two thumbs up!
Our dress rocked and we even found a model to rock it for us! .
“Team Prada” 🙌 I love how the Garment Factory Exercise at the NSC Sewing Workshop builds teamwork and healthy competition between the 2 teams. __________________________ Thanks @abiodun_model, you did great 😗 __________________________ @thealaroro @mariamolafuyi @adazomy @_seme_ @titookans @Chynwenma_ __________________________ #NedouxSewingClub #NSCAug2017 #PrettyGirlsSew
By using the principles of teamwork, Nedu was able to teach us the basics of sewing. Measuring, re-measuring and re-measuring (lol), cutting and sewing. The Garment Factory Exercise was really the best part of it! After the group work, we ate lunch and we received our task for the day: Make a skirt. Three words and hours of madness!
I was drinking water like a madwoman, guys. After all the stress, confusion and dizziness… Voila!
On the Class
Cost: NGN 15,000
Timing: 8am – 5pm
In one day, I learned the basics of sewing and I can say that this is really all you need – a foundation. Everything else can be built on this! It is not a waste o, it is an investment.
On the Teacher
Nedu is a good teacher. I can’t imagine myself attempting to pass across a skill to a class of 15-20 people like she does. There was a time when I felt her exasperation, lol. I mean, instead of listening, we were asking confusing questions (which proved that we weren’t listening).
What should you do
If you have the chance to, attend the Nedoux Sewing Club Workshop. The materials she sends after the class will set you up for a successful sewing journey. I’m finally able to buy me a cute and functional sewing machine, thanks to Nedu’s recommendations and I really can’t wait to become a sewista!
Husband Guy always says “use it or lose it” – if you attend this class, make effort to get or have access to a sewing machine and practice each task Nedu gives. YouTube, Blogs… use Google and learn. Never let your skill go to waste!
I hope I have been able to convince you to give sewing a try!
Get on the sewing wagon, guys!
P.S. Thanks Nedu for the pictures!
Love and Light,