Summer School: Better Dressmaking Sewing Course

Wednesday 29/07/2020 - Friday 31/07/2020
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Learn tips and techniques to make your home sewing look less – well- ‘homemade’

Wednesday 29 July-Fri 31 July
(includes an evening session 7-9pm on Thursday)

An exact timetable will be sent after booking.

Course Description

Do your seams look wrinkled or puckered? Do your facings refuse to lie flat, and are you tired of wonky zips – or do you even avoid zips altogether? Yes? – Then this is the course to help you raise your sewing game.

I’ve observed a few areas that many home dressmakers commonly struggle with, and rolled them all up into my popular 1-day class ‘Improve your dressmaking’. This intensive 3-day summer school is an extended version of that. It will teach you loads more tips and tricks to improve the fit and finish of your home dressmaking projects and avoid that ‘homemade’ look that is the downfall of many sewing projects.

Through a series of tutorials, and practical sessions, you’ll be working samples of each technique, so you can practise the skills learnt in that session.  Starting with how to improve the appearance of your seams with pressing and trimming, to adding the WOW factor with perfectly straight and even topstitching, each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge and technical ability over the three days (18 hours in total).  By the end of the course, you’ll have a library of new techniques at your fingertips to take home to help you achieve better dressmaking.

I’ve been sewing since I was a child (and that’s a lot of years’ experience!). During that time, I’ve made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I’d known all this stuff when I started to sew.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.

Who is this aimed at?

  • Novice dressmakers who’d like to further their skills
  • Home dressmakers who’d like to achieve a better fit and finish to their home sewing projects
  • You must have had some dressmaking experience and be familiar with using commercial paper patterns and basic garment construction

What will I learn?

  • How to choose the best size(s) of pattern to achieve a good fit
  • How to do some common pattern alterations
  • Learn different seam types and when to use them
  • How to take up hems
  • Make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
  • How to sew in a concealed zip
  • Perfect darts
  • Prevent fabric stretching with staystitching
  • Waistbands – choosing and using interfacing, stitch in the ditch
  • Facings and understitching
  • Adding pockets for a personal touch

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one. Please remember your power cable/foot control, spare needles, feet, instruction manual

Cost £190 (includes fabrics, zip, interfacing)

Travel, meals and accommodation are not included.


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

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