Practical Sewing Skills: The Great Cover-Up (2-week course)

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Practical Sewing Skills: The Great Cover-Up (2-week course)

17 November, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


With Karen Odinga

A two-week course, meeting on Wednesday evenings 17th and 24th November. £15 for the full course, or £7.50 per week.

A loose, drapey, kimono style jacket for any occasion

Create an easy to sew classic cover up with drop kimono-style sleeves with the multi sized pattern provided. An easy throw-on style or chic finish to an outfit.

Materials to bring:

  • Sewing machine with leads accessories etc. Please be familiar with the basic operations of your particular model.
  • Fabric (see below for size requirements)
  • All purpose thread to match your fabric
  • Dressmaking shears
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Tape measure
  • Your usual sewing kit

Sizes and Fabric requirements

Size (in inches)X-SmallSmallMediumLargeX-LargeXX-Large
Bust30 ½ -31 ½ 32 ½ -3436-3840-4244-4648
Waist23-2425-26 ½28-3032-3437-3941 ½
Length of jacket from base of neck25 1/22626 1/22727 ½28


Fabric Requirements

45-inch-wide fabric

2 meters2 meters2.25 meters2.25 meters2.25 meters2.25 meters
Fabric Requirements for 60-inch-wide fabric1.25 meters1.25 meters1.25 meters1.25 meters2 meters2 meters


*If you require a contrast/toning strip to the jacket edge and sleeves, add another ½ meter of desired fabric for the edging (all sizes)

** not suitable for one-way designs, plaids or any print that requires matching.

Suitable fabrics: fabrics with good drape such as challis, silky satin, crepe de chine lightweight linen types and blends cotton lawn, and lightweight velvets.

If you have any queries about size, fabric selection, amounts etc, please feel free to e-mail me at

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    Thank you for registering your interest in one of our classes. Our admin team will be in touch to confirm your attendance. In the meantime, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us by email at or telephone 01376 323280.


    17 November, 2021
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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    Information for Students

    Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

    If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

    Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

    Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!


    Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

    We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

    There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

    Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.