Copy your clothes course

copy your clothes workshop

Think of your favourite garment……

Is it all worn out and you can’t find a replacement?

Wish you could have it in more colours, patterns, fabrics?

If the answer to either of these questions is ‘YES’ then you need to come to our ‘Copy your Clothes’ course.




20 Mar 2024


9:30 am - 12:30 pm

What will we cover?

In this 5 week course you will learn how to copy a favourite garment. You will start by take a tracing of your garment – without cutting up or unpicking – and make it into a sewing pattern so you can make your garment over and over again in all the fabrics, colours and patterns you want.

If this is the first time that you have undertaken this please choose your garment wisely and avoid anything too fitted or fully lined. You will be learning the process which you can build and develop on subsequent garments.

If you have done this with us before then you will have an insight into what is involved and can now build your skills on a more complicated garment.

During the course you can go on to make a toile or finished garment or develop your skills with a more complicated garment depending on time and ability.


How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.

You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Copy your Clothes is for intermediate and experienced sewists who have made a number of garments from sewing patterns. It is not suited for those very new to sewing.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

Garment/s that you would like to copy. The plan is to start by replicating one item, but do bring a choice and your tutor will advise on which is suitable. If you have not done this before to get the most out of the course, the garment should be relatively simple; avoid complex garments such as very fitted/tailored, fully lined, or fine silks/fabrics as you will be putting lots of pins into it! Also, depending on the item, garments that are too small/big and require grading may not be achievable in the time.

Plain pattern paper; approx. 3m depending on garment. Extra paper will be available to purchase at the Studio.

Tape measure


HB and 2H pencils and rubber

Pattern weights (useful, but optional)

Pattern tracing wheel*

Patternmaster or set square*

Metre rule*

*these can be borrowed from Made and Making.

What will I take home with me?

By the end of the course you will have a pattern and toile for your favourite garment and an understanding of how to construct the garment through your work on your toile.


Drinks and biscuits will be available


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Jo Bunner

Jo has been teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting for over 7 years, from beginners to advanced, cushion covers to tailored jackets and bras. Her particular specialism is fitting and pattern adjustment, having gained her experience working in the fashion industry as a Designer/Pattern cutter in ladies outerwear and tailoring.' She has been sewing for over 40 years and it still provides her escape and relaxation

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