This class will introduce you to the basic sewing skills needed for dressmaking. It is perfect for beginners and those who want a few tips on certain techniques. It is also a great intro for those who want to attend our 10-week dressmaking class.
We’ll start with simple seam construction, using zig-zag and overlocking for edge finishing and compare these techniques to the clean finish of a French seam. We’ll discuss different ways to dispose of fullness in garments and how to create shaping, making samples of both darts and gathering techniques.
We’ll also discuss pocket techniques and make up a sample of an in-seam pocket and hip pocket which you can add to any project.
If there’s time we’ll cover different fastenings and you’ll learn how to insert a centred zip.
What you will need
We’ll provide all the fabrics and haberdashery, please bring with you a note book, your sewing kit (to include fabric scissors and snips, pinking shears (if you have them,) pins, quick unpick tool, hand sewing needles and thread.) If you’re bringing your own sewing machine please make sure you’ve got your power cable and any additional presser feet including a zip foot.
Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.
Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.
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.