Make an A Line Skirt with designer Marilla Walker

Escape for a day of sewing in the luxury surroundings of Malmaison Hotel, Reading to create your own beautifully tailored A Line Skirt in an all-day workshop led by independent designer Marilla Walker.

This exclusive event will take place on Saturday 4th March, 10am – 5pm for up to 6 participants. The day includes a delicious lunch created by the team at Malmaison Reading, refreshments during the class and a celebratory glass of wine to celebrate your successful day of sewing!

Marilla Walker is a local independent designer who has made countless items for herself over the years from simple skirts to dungarees and everything in between, including underwear and constructing her own shoes from scratch. Her dynamic approach to creating means that she knows every potential disaster that can occur and will be on hand to make sure your making goes to plan. With a passion for all things sewing, textiles and anything that involves making stuff, Marilla graduated from the University of the West of England in 2007 where she studied Fashion and Textile Design and more recently has been developing her own sewing pattern brand. Marilla is particularly drawn to Japanese and Scandinavian design and loves engineering patterns with modern lines and a clean finish.

In this workshop you will learn how to make a simple A-line skirt, insert a lapped zip, construct pockets and finish seams. You will use toiles and paper patterns and learn how to adjust skirt to your exact size. You will have an additional paper pattern and instructions to take away with you from the class. The pattern will cater for UK sizes 8 – 24.

The workshop is suitable for adults who have basic sewing and sewing machine knowledge. There will be plenty of one to one instruction in this class and Marilla will be supported by jelly artist and designer Kate Powell.

You will need to bring:

Sewing machine
 fabric – medium weight cotton is ideal, nothing stretchy, no directional print
Zipper foot
Standard zip (22cm)
Scissors for fabric and paper
Tape measure
Tailors chalk

 This is not a complete beginners class – you will need knowledge of using a sewing machine.

A full specification of materials for the day and offers from Malmaison Reading will be sent to allattendees on booking. 

To book your place on this lovely workshop > click here <

Malmaison Reading is the world’s reputedly oldest surviving railway hotel. Completed in 1844, and likely to have been designed by Isambard Kingdon Brunel the hotel still celebrates it’s railway heritage through it’s room names to styling. Style and decadence is Malmaison Reading’s mantra and with a contemporary influence running through out this beautiful hotel, this workshop with Marilla will leave you feeling indulged and refresh a love affair with sewing.

Malmaison have special offers just for attendees to the workshop, whether it’s staying for dinner or an overnight sleep in their luxury rooms, its an encounter that you’ll want to last forever.

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