Our comprehensive four week course is perfect for those wanting to make their own clothes and learn the process of dressmaking to enable you to progress with confidence to more advanced dressmaking projects, to work through and make up a pattern and learn the basis of obtaining good fit to your unique body shape.

Maximum Class Size: 4

For more details please see below.

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This course is ideal for those new to dressmaking or those that have lost their confidence in the dressmaking process and looking for a more comprehensive approach.  Students should be proficient with a sewing machine or have completed our Introduction To Sewing Workshop.

Session details:

During the four 3 hour sessions, you will be taught how to make two wardrobe staples; a semi-fitted pull over top and a skirt (variations are available to choose from and will be advised on booking) 

Skills and techniques you will learn:

  • how to accurately take measurements in order to choose the right size pattern to cut

  • how to make a toile of each pattern

  • how to make simple fit and length adjustments to improve fit to your unique body shape

  • how to transfer adjustments to the pattern

  • how to place the pattern on the fabric

  • how to transfer markings from the paper pattern to the fabric

  • how to prepare the fabric for sewing

  • how to finish seams

  • how to sew darts

  • how to sew facings with an under/topstitch

  • how to insert a zip/invisible zip

  • how to add external pockets (optional depending on pattern chosen)

  • how to sew pleats (depending on pattern chosen)

  • how to attach facings and waistbands

  • how to incorporate lining

  • how to insert sleeves

  • you will also learn a range of professional garment construction methods and finishing techniques.

What's included:

  • Two sewing patterns are included (one top and one skirt of your choice from the options available).

  • Muslin and thread to make a toile of each of your garments.

  • A good supply of basic sewing equipment and sundry materials, including use of our overlockers and our Janome Sewist 725S sewing machines.

  • Tea/coffee and biscuits or cake.  Please advise if there are any food allergies or intolerances.  We will do our best to cater for you.

You will need to bring:

Your own fabric for each of the garments and thread along with any other notions the pattern requires to complete the garment applicable.  Full details will be provided on confirmation of your booking.

There is likely to be homework required in between sessions, such as cutting paper patterns and catching up on sewing. This is to ensure that the maximum learning experience is provided in the session times and that you have the ability to complete the garments within the course timescales, though this is not guaranteed.

If you do not own a sewing machine, you may be able to hire one of ours, please contact us for more details.

Session times & dates:

Session 1:

Tuesday 5th November 2019, 7pm-10pm

Session 2:

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 7pm-10pm

Session 3:

Tuesday 19th November 2019, 7pm-10pm

Session 4:

Tuesday 26th November 2019, 7pm-10pm

NB: Please note that sessions will start promptly but may end slightly over if necessary to 10.30pm latest.


Near The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40. Full address provided on booking.