Workshop: Sewing Techniques

by - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Registration opens December 7th at 10am
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2016 Maiwa Spring Workshops
Workshop: Sewing Techniques
Sheila Wong

$495 includes $90 lab fee
January 8, 9, 10 and February 12, 13, 14 - Class Limit 10
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

Students will work through a series of techniques of vital importance to the professional sewer or the aspiring designer. Participants will come away with a solid grounding in all techniques: stitches, markings and seams, seam finishes, hems, buttons and buttonholes, fasteners, and pockets.

This class is in two parts with a generous break between sessions. Students will be expected to work on samples during the break and will benefit from bringing completed work and questions back to the final stage of the workshop. They will complete the workshop with new confidence in a variety of skills leading to an expanded understanding of garment construction.

This is an intermediate-level workshop. Students must be competent in the operation of their sewing machines and already possess basic sewing skills. Students are encouraged to bring and learn on their own machines (this workshop requires a working zipper foot). In situations where this is not possible, Maiwa has a limited number of machines that can be reserved prior to the workshop. Basic sewing tools and supplies will be available to use during the workshop; however, students are encouraged to bring their own sewing kits.

Instructor Bio

The fashion industry thrives on creativity, diversity and innovation. .

The same 3 concepts can be used to describe Sheila Wong Fashion Design Studio, or SWFDS as it is more commonly known in the Vancouver fashion circuit. The company, founded by Sheila Wong, who herself is a walking example of diversity (being French-Chinese Canadian), helps develop all aspects of fashion design, whether it be skills, creativity, marketing or simply making the numbers work.

Sheila Wong started showing interest in design at a very young age. While other teenagers aspired to be models on a runway, she was much more interested in the garments and accessories that made the models shine.  At the age of 18 she started her first company designing outfits and managing dance performers at music festivals in her home town of Calgary, Alberta. She knew she had found her passion the first time she saw her designs showcased in front of a large energetic crowd.

But ideas and talent don’t always guarantee success, so Sheila made sure she was ready to tackle whatever obstacles the industry might have. She first completed a Bachelors of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Degree at Mount Royal University, with a focus on International Business. She then went on to obtain her Fashion Design Diploma from Vancouver’s own Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Center. It was here that she fine tuned her skills and developed her ideas. Her time at Blanche Macdonald allowed her to shine in front of her peers and industry professionals, earning her the Design Portfolio of the Year award. After years of making sure she had the education to support her goals, she sought real-world experience, taking on positions like Studio Assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, Production Manager at clothing retailer Aritzia, and even instructing at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Center and Vancouver Community College in the Fashion Design programs. 

What truly makes Sheila Wong stand out in the industry, however, is her desire to help other artists succeed. Sheila loves collaborating with other designers and artisans, and has this to say to anyone who has ever wanted to see their own name on a piece of clothing: 

“Anyone can design and construct a garment, you just need the right amount of guidance and motivation. My goal is to help inspire people to create beautiful things. If you are passionate and driven, there is no reason why you cannot be creative every day.”

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