Dressmaking skills

beginners dressmaking online class

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. 




28 Aug 2024


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Dressmaking Skills
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What will we cover?

Spend a day learning the basic sewing skills needed for dressmaking.  If you love the idea of making your own clothes, this is the perfect introduction. 


If you already have some experience, you can use this course to brush up old skills and revisit specific techniques.


Your tutor will take you through:


  • simple ways to construct a seam, demonstrating the different finish you can get with  zig-zag, overlocking and French seams 
  • how to create shaping using darts and gathering techniques 
  • ways to dispose of fullness in garments 
  • how to sew a machined buttonhole 
  • how to correctly position and sew on a button
  • two ways to insert a zip.


If there’s still time, we’ll discuss pocket techniques and make up a sample of an in-seam pocket and hip pocket.

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?

This course is suitable for beginners to dressmaking, but you do need to be competent with a sewing machine.


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

Please bring with you a notebook and your sewing kit, including fabric scissors and snips, 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 you have, such as a zip foot, buttonhole foot and button foot.


We’ll provide all the fabrics and haberdashery. 


What will I take home with me?

You’ll take home a set of samples and notes so that you can replicate and practise the techniques at home.



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.


Julia Hincks
Julia Hincks

Julia is a teacher, author and lover of yarn and fabric crafts. After completing a degree in Business and Management, Julia qualified as a mathematics teacher at Cambridge University in 2001 and has worked in education ever since, teaching at schools and colleges across Sussex. Julia has always sewn, knitted and crocheted and in 2006 she completed a Diploma in Art and Design, specialising in Fashion and Pattern Cutting. In 2008 Julia began teaching creative crafts to adults at City College in Brighton and has also worked at a number of other adult education centres in the city. In 2014 her first book 'The Overlocker Technique Manual' was published and has become a bestselling craft book. Her second book 'The Coverstitch Technique Manual' will be released in September 2021.

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