6 Week Dressmaking Course

A photo of a dress on a taylor's dummyThis 6 week evening course is suitable for anyone whether a beginner or a seasoned seamstress that wants to improve their current skills in garment construction. Some commercial patterns have tricky to follow instructions and the best way to improve is to keep adding to and practising your sewing techniques. The class is small and allows your tutor time to give plenty of individual advice and show techniques that help you gain a successful result, choose any pattern according to your previous abilities, from a beginners skirt to an advanced evening dress or why not try your hand at soft tailoring.

Skill level- If you know how to use a sewing machine and have completed small craft projects you will be at a skill level to partake in this course. Please bare in mind your ability when choosing your pattern.

Aims of the course

To teach you all the skills you need to become confident with dressmaking .

Learn how to measure yourself

Cut out a commercial pattern

Cut out a commercial pattern

Read a pattern

Learn how alter a commercial pattern to your requirements

Understand terms used

Cut your fabric correctly

Methods of putting your garment together

Tips on which seams to use and where

Correct pressing techniques

Professional finishing hints and tips

What to Bring to the class

You will need to bring a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than dress sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabrics – Please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size


Aly Warner

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