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Measuring up for the perfect fit
9 October, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm£45
Have you been longing to knit your own garments, but are unsure how to navigate the sizing charts? Or have you made a few garments but wished that they fit you that little bit better? In this class, you will learn how to take a full set of accurate body measurements, understand your individual body shape, and learn how to apply this to your knitting projects. Taught by an experienced knitter with a background in bespoke tailoring and costume-making, the class will give you the confidence and knowledge to make knitting patterns fit you perfectly.
Please wear close-fitting clothes, such as leggings and a T-shirt or thermal base-layers. Wearing form-fitting clothing is necessary in order to take accurate measurements, so that the bulk of extra clothing fabric doesn’t get in the way. Feel free to layer up, as we want you to be comfortable for the duration of the class!
Shoes greatly affect posture and gait, so wear the type of shoes that are normal and comfortable for you in your day-to-day life.
Please be aware that you will be working in pairs to take each other’s measurements.
A sweater or cardigan that you find well-fitting and flattering, and/or that you think has room for improvement. These could be hand-knitted garments, or old ready-to-wear favourites. We will use these to inform our discussion in the second part of the class. (optional)
Tape measure, work sheet, note book and pencil
Adventurous and enthusiastic knitters welcome! Some experience in knitting smaller projects and accessories, and an understanding of how knitting works.
This class does not focus on a specific knitting technique, but considers anatomy and garment construction in depth. You don’t have to have already made garments to join the class: if you’re looking for an informed start to your first sweater, this will be ideal for you. Or, if you’ve made a few garments already but are looking for extra guidance and tips on how to improve the fit, we welcome you to join!
About the Teacher
Anushka Tay has been knitting for over fifteen years, first learning from a library book as a child because she wouldn’t listen to her mum’s instructions! She began knitting garments to recreate the vintage styles she loved so much, and soon found herself rewriting and adapting pattern instructions to fit herself better. She holds degrees in Performance Costume and Fashion History, and has made bespoke costumes for vastly different body types, on numerous shows including West End, ballet, opera and performance art. She has dabbled in knitwear design, and is published in Pom Pom Magazine, but she enjoys teaching adults and children the most. Also a musician, when not knitting, she enjoys improvising on the cello, singing, and jamming on the blues on her electric piano.
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