This Dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own clothes that fit perfectly.
Basic sewing skills required (Ideal if you’ve recently taken a Beginners Sewing Course)
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Who is this aimed at?This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself. If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too. You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first.
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,
- 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
A small class size (Maximum 5 students) 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, sharp embroidery scissors and pins. If you’d prefer to make clothes for your children instead of yourself, then you can do this here too.
Links to related blog articles
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.