The Sewing Café (sewing lessons)
Join the Sewing Café and learn to make your own clothes!
Similar to normal sewing lessons, you can book a time slot in our sewing café. We have 6 tables available with tools and machines. Also guidance of a fashion designer or seamstress is present to help you with your own projects.
The sewing café is open: Tuesday till Thursday from 10.00 AM till 10.00 PM and Friday till Sunday from 10.00 AM till 6.00 PM.
Our schedule is variable. In the schedule you can see which lessons are still available and which are not. By logging in with your own account you can book these lessons. Don’t forget to buy ‘credits’ first. You can chose to buy 1, 4, 6 or 8 lessons in one time. After payment you can book the lessons that suit you best. Credits are registered as ‘points’ in your account. One point is enough to book one lesson of 2 hours. Did you make a reservation but suddenly you’re not able to come anymore? You can still cancel or change your lesson latest 24 hours before the lesson starts without losing your ‘point’. Go to the schedule page to buy & book these classes. Your credits are valid for 3 months.
Costs sewing course
Single lesson of 2 hours: 19,95 euro
4 lessons of 2 hours: 72,80 euro
6 lessons of 2 hours: 104,70 euro
8 lessons of 2 hours: 135,60 euro
Materials, patterns & tools
Machines & tools are included in the lessons. Materials you have to provide yourself are fabrics, sewing thread, pins and, when needed, sewing supplies like a zipper or buttons.
We also have a little fabric store at our studio, so it is also possible to purchase the materials there. Or we can give you tips in the lessons where to go for extra materials, if needed.
You can bring your own ideas to the lessons (photos, drawings, garments or patterns of the pieces you want to create). Together we can see how we can realize your projects. A lot of times we use a similar or basic pattern to adjust or we create our own. Also our store offers a few nice clothing patterns & books.
Never touched a sewing machine before? No problem, you can always start with the regular sewing lessons from our schedule, they are also meant for beginners!
Not sure what to start with? We are now also offering a 4-week Beginner Sewing Course. Or if you don’t want to commit to 4-weeks, you can also book beginners package of 1 sewing lesson + a tote bag kit, to see how it goes.
Or learn the basics on the serger by creating you own leggings with this 1 lesson + leggings kit.
Natalie de Koning is fashion and textile designer and founder of De Steek. She studied Fashion Design at HKU and graduated in 2011. After her studies she started the company I am Nold, with which she is already giving weekly sewing lessons, courses and one-day workshop for almost 6 years. Next to this, after my Master studie Fashion Design at ArteZ, she started to organize pop-up stores with sustainable and surplus fabrics with a concept called PULP (www.pulpfabrics.org). With De Steek, these to concept are fused together. Natalie is working on every aspect of the company, but you will also see her as a teacher in the sewing café, lingerie courses and one-day workshops.
Nathalie Goedegebuure is a fashion designer with a Bachelor in Fashion Design (HKU). With her company Souz Atelier she designs her own swimwear collections. She started with her own swimwear during her internship at Gori de Palma in Barcelona. In 2012 she presented her first swimwear collection at hotel W Barcelona. Her other passion next to swimwear is upcycling. She changes the look of old clothes or changes them in something completely different. At De Steek she is hosting one-day upcycling workshops, a swimwear course and you will also meet her in the Sewing Café on Wednesdays. www.souz.nl
Fashion designer and woman of the world, Alba Tijm happily joined De Steek recently and is working in the Sewing Cafe. She finished her studies a few years ago in fashion design (ROC Amsterdam) and after some time at AMFI and working on her own label WKNDMMARKET, she decided to go on a world trip. The last couple of months she travelled multiple countries and has driven on a motor all through India. Before she moves to Australia after Summer you will meet her on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in the Sewing Cafe!
Marlies van Stolk is a festival and performance wear designer selling her clothing around the world at music festivals and to performing artists. She did her internship at Pam Hogg in London and graduated from fashion and textile design at the KABK, den Haag in 2016. Since then she has been a freelance designer and developing her label own label. Working with alternative stretch fabrics such as neoprene, latex, pvc lycras, and velour with her own sublimation prints she has developed a unique taste in material combinations. Aside from her own designs she has a passion for vintage and upcycling which she fulfilled at Emporium of Wonders until this year. Now she will be joining De Steek giving sewing classes in the Sewing Cafe, and other workshops in the future. www.vanstolked.com
Ruby Albers is graduated as a fashion designer at AMFI. After her studies she left the Netherlands to explore the world. After her long trip she started working as a body painter on events and festivals next to making her own clothes and costumes. She likes to work with second hand materials and go to second hand stores and markets to collect them. You will meet Ruby as teacher in the Sewing Café!
Since she was little, Tara was always creating, so she already started sewing at an early age. So naturally she decided to study fashion design at Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). After working in a different profession for a while she decided to return to her passion as fashion designer. You can meet Tara weekly in the Sewing Café a teacher.
Ayla is graduated from AMFI in Fashion Design. She is specialized in the translation from flat sketches to three-dimensional products. Her focus lies on finding the most interesting constructions to support and enforce design. Ayla has experience in men’s- and women’s clothing and accessories. In the past years she gained over five years of experience as a creative pattern maker and seamstress with various designers and worked three years as a Product Developer in a commercial environment. Ayla van Maarschalkerweerd is hosting pattern drawing and coat design courses at De Steek and this summer you will meet her in the Sewing Cafe. www.andayla.com
Couture fashion designer Nick Bergisch studies fashion design at Willem de Koning Academy, Rotterdam. Nick started his own fashion label NICK BERGISCH in 2016. With his own label he creates custom-made designs. Nick already finished a fashion study at ROC Amsterdam (Maatkleding) before his previous studies. He inherited his love for fashion and couture from his grand-mother, who worked at Maison Bonnetterie as seamstress. Nick did a lot of different internships as well, at Claes Iversen, David Laport, Natalie de Koning & Jan Taminiau. Because of his internship at Natalie’s he works at De Steek now. You will meet Nick in the sewing Cafe in the weekend. www.nickbergisch.com