ONLINE CLASS & SEWING CONSTRUCTION LEAD
Sew Over It was founded by Lisa Comfort in 2011 with one main aim – to teach as many people as possible to sew! Sew Over It is now the UK’s biggest sewing brand, offering a wide range of sewing patterns, an online Stitch School, copyshop printing and fabric. In 2020, we moved the business to a predominantly digital model and we have big plans for the future. We are now looking for a new team member to help us write our pattern instructions & develop our Stitch School content.
We are a small team who are passionate about sewing clothes. We are a friendly and supportive team and are looking for someone who will thrive in this environment. The role is partly based from home and partly in our office.
Purpose of role
We release approximately twelve sewing patterns per year, and new Stitch School content bi-weekly. We are looking for a new team member to write the instructions for both and support us in developing new sewing content.
The role of Online Class & Sewing Construction Lead will be to take our newly developed patterns and develop informative and easy to understand orders of construction. Alongside this regular work this role has been developed to aid the COO in writing content for our Stitch School online classes.
Our online classes range in size from quick tutorials (for example how to sew a French seam), to guided sewalongs, to in depth Masterclasses. You will be involved in the development of all of these classes. Ensuring that we have clear instructions to communicate on video, but also filling the classes with heavily researched hints and tips.
We are also looking for someone to present our classes in front of the camera. If you feel that your skills fit both of these roles then you are welcome to let us know in your application, but we are also happy to receive applications from those who would prefer to stay behind the scenes!
Duties and responsibilities
You will work closely with the COO, who manages the development of our patterns and films all Stitch School content, to ensure that all videos on Stitch School are thoroughly researched and prepared prior to filming days.
The right candidate will be able to suggest gaps in our Stitch School content and offer ideas for future subjects.
Alongside your work on Stitch School, you will write instructions for our regular sewing pattern releases. You will receive a pattern and will make up a garment if necessary, before writing instructions that will be passed onto graphic designers to illustrate. As we have a large catalogue of patterns, you will be expected to follow the same methods of construction where relevant to ensure consistency. If you need to make the garment up to figure out the construction then you will be supplied with materials. (Please note this wouldn’t be expected of simple garments such as t-shirts, basic tops/shapes etc.)
All of this work will be completed to planned deadlines but occasionally, as we are a small business, schedules can become tight and the work is required quickly.
You will have a strong understanding of home sewing and specifically home sewing construction. You will understand the difference between home sewing and commercial garment sewing and ensure that you use techniques that are accessible by amateur home sewers.
You are confident that you can figure out the construction of almost all garments without instructions, with the help of experience and also the huge back catalogue of patterns that you will have access to at SOI.
You will be able to write instructions in our style and voice.
You are interested in developing content designed for teaching and thinking about innovative ways to demonstrate techniques visually. As well as having a commitment to researching and finding new and interesting facts about construction, fabrics, garments and all things sewing.
You are passionate about sewing, and want to spread both your own and SOI’s knowledge.
- Experienced in home sewing
- Can construct garments without instructions
- Are adept at research and developing written briefs
- Can work to deadline
- Clear and concise writing skills and can follow a house style of writing
How to apply
If you’re interested in working with us please email us on [email protected] and let us know why you would be a great candidate, please include some examples of times you’ve had to use your sewing knowledge to develop written content, or sew something from scratch without instructions.
Application deadline: 29/08/2022
Job type: Part time, freelance
Salary: £20 per hour
- Approximately three to four days per month, working from home
- This may vary due to the complexity of the pattern instructions needed, or the size of the Stitch School content currently in production.