Dressmaking course

Thursday 24/06/2021 - Thursday 15/07/2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Prices : £95.00
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Dressmaking course – All levels

This short dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly and improve your existing sewing techniques.

Dressmaking Course – description

If you’re new to making clothes, then I suggest starting with something simple.  My pattern suggestion is an easy ‘A-line’ skirt.  This is a good first project that will teach you how to use a commercial paper pattern, how to sew darts, add a zip, and a waistband.  It’s achievable within the 4 weeks of the course.

If you’ve had more experience, then you can bring your own choice of project and get help to improve your dressmaking skills.

Who is this aimed at?

You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have an awareness of basic seams and hems and have had practice making at least one or two craft projects. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first to learn foundation sewing skills.

What will I learn?

I’ll coach you along the way in the following:

  • How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability (I’ll suggest suitable options for you)
  • Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
  • Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
  • Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish
  • You will learn dressmaking techniques that you can then apply to other patterns

Dressmaking Course arrangements

A small class size ensures I’m able to give you lots of individual attention. Students work on their own choice of project, and I tailor your tuition accordingly.

You’ll need to bring your own pattern, fabric, matching thread, plus any interfacing, zips/buttons etc which are required to complete your project. You’ll possibly also need calico for making mock-up of the pattern to check the fit, and pattern-making paper. Please bring a basic sewing kit of fabric shears, paper scissors, small sharp embroidery scissors for trimming, tape measure (marked in cm), chalk pencils/fabric marking pens  and pins.

Sewing machines are available in the studio if you need one.

Useful Links:

My blog pages contain lots of informative articles about stuff you need to know when you start sewing. Why not spend a few minutes swotting up?  Here’s a couple of links to get you started.

Get to the point. How to choose the correct sewing machine needles.

To have or have not. What sewing equipment do I need?


Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

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