Practical Sewing Skills: Zip It Up (3-week course)

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Practical Sewing Skills: Zip It Up (3-week course)

12 January, 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


With Karen Odinga.

A three-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 12th to 26th January. £21 for the full course paid in advance, or £7.50 per week (total £22.50).

A smart A-line skirt is always a great wardrobe staple. Learn to sew this fitted style of skirt with a back zipper and back slit. This style has a plain waist (no separate waistband).

Pattern will be provided at cost of £3 that you can keep and reuse forever.

Please e-mail  me prior to the first session as to what size you will require. Determine your size by your hip measurement or waist (if larger).  If you fall in between sizes, size up. If you need guidance, just e-mail me!


In Inches



Bust31.5-32.5 in34-36in38-40in42-44in46-48in
Finished Measurement at Hipline (the amount of ease given in your chosen size)37 1/2in41in45in49in53in
Back Length from Waist (you can make it shorter or longer as required)23 in23in23in23in23in
Fabric required (in meters)
Fabric 45” wide1.5 meters1.75 meters1.75 meters1.75 meters1.75 meters
Fabric 60” wide1.25 meters1.25 meters1.25 meters1.25 meters1.25 meters


Also required:

  • Sewing machine with manual all leads and attachments.
  • 1 meter of iron on lightweight interfacing.
  • All purpose thread to match fabric.
  • 1 7- inch zipper to match fabric.
  • 1 hook & eye closure.

Suggested fabrics: Cotton, cotton or linen blends, wool blends, viscose blends. Nothing too sheer. Extra fabric will be required for one- way designs or matching plaids. Best to choose an overall pattern if you are a beginner. E-mail for guidance if unsure.

    Register your interest:

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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.


    12 January, 2022
    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.