6 Week Dressmaking Course

This course is for you, if you would like to make a dress, skirt or jacket of your choice but are not sure where to start. Join like minded companions as we take you through the process, step by step. 


Tutor: Wendy Turner

Over the 6 week course we will be there every step of the way to guide you to the perfect finished article. You must be confident in using a sewing machine to do this course.

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
  • 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

Materials needed:

  • 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 readymade 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.)
  • Thread to match
  • Any other notions (zips etc listed on the pattern envelope)
  • Fabric - the correct amount of fabric required for your chosen design (this will be charted on the back of your pattern, If your measurements span 2-3 sizes buy enough for the middle size)

We can provide sewing machines but would prefer you to bring your own if possible.

Materials are available to purchase in store.


Tea, coffee are included in your lesson, but you do need to bring a pack lunch to this class.

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This class runs for 6 weeks every Thursday from 11th January - 15th February inclusive.

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