If your sewing is more homemade than handmade, this is the class for you. Learn a few tips to achieve a professional finish to your home-sewn garments in this 1-day session.


Improvers.  If you've already tried dressmaking but have struggled to achieve a tidy finish.


When can I book?

24/04/2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm costing:£60.00

Course description

Improve your dressmaking is a one-day session that will help you obtain a better finish to your home-sewn garments.

Do you enjoy dressmaking but aren't happy with the finish?   Do you have bumps at the bottom of your zips. Or do your facings just refuse to lie flat?  Would you like to improve your dressmaking but don't have the time to commit to a course? In this class, I'll share a few techniques you can use to improve the look of your dressmaking. Instead of wrestling with making a whole garment, we'll concentrate on learning some foundation dressmaking techniques by making samples of each technique.  There are yours to take home for future reference.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has struggled with dressmaking techniques and would like to learn some tips to achieve a better finish to their work. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, sew accurate seams, and have some dressmaking experience.

What will I learn?

  • understanding pattern terminology and markings
  • how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.
  • pressing and trimming techniques
  • why you should staystitch, and how to do it
  • how to apply a facing
  • what is understitching and when do you use it
  • how to insert a concealed zip

Course arrangements

All equipment and materials are provided. If you prefer to bring your own sewing machine, then please remember to bring the power cable/foot control, the instruction manual and all accessories.  You will also need a zip foot and a concealed zip foot if you have one.

If you have any particular issues, then please let me know in advance of the class and I'll try to include it if there's time.  Please also bring along something you've made fairly recently so I can see where you're at with your sewing, and know how best to help.

If your foundation sewing skills perhaps need some refreshing before attempting this class, then why not consider taking one of my Beginners courses or the Refresher sewing class.

I recommend Pembertons, the specialist sewing machine dealer for sewing machine servicing, advice and accessories.

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