• Advanced beginners dressmaking course shift dress
  • Circle skirt dressmaking intro



Our complete dressmaking intro for advanced beginners wanting to delve deeper into the art of dressmaking and the perfect follow up to our  Complete Beginners Sewing CourseIn order to attend this course you would need to be confident on the sewing machine, have completed a few basic sewing/dressmaking projects or taken our Complete Beginners Course or equivalent elsewhere.

The course will take you from making a super flattering circle skirt to completing a stylish shift dress in your preferred length (or you can make a top or tunic instead if you prefer!) providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to get started on similar or more advanced projects at home.

What you will learn

  • How to accurately take your measurements
  • How to alter the pattern to fit you, including those much dreaded bust alterations!
  • How to attach a waistband
  • How to insert a centered zip
  • How to sew darts
  • How to attach a neckline facing
  • How to finish armholes with bias binding
  • How to create and finish a hem and much more!

What to bring

Circle Skirt 

  • All sizes 3m of 150cm wide woven (non stretchy) fabric (*Please let us know if your waist measurement is above 90cm/35 1/2″ as you may need extra fabric depending on how long you would like your skirt)
  • Matching thread
  • 25cm of light fusible interfacing
  • An 8″ regular zip
  • Matching thread

*PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL ONLY BE MAKING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING GARMENTS BELOW NOT ALL THREE OF THEM. Please bring enough fabric for the one you decide to make.


  • 1.5m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
  • 2.75m of 114cm wide fabric
  • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
  • Matching thread
  • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing


  • 1m of 140/150cm wide fabric or
  • 2m of 114cm wide fabric
  • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
  • Matching thread
  • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing


  • 75cm of 140/150cm wide fabric or
  • 1.5m of 114cm wide fabric
  • 1m of 12mm wide bias binding
  • Matching thread
  • 25cm of light to medium fusible interfacing

Recommended fabrics: Woven (non-stretchy) fabrics such as medium weight cotton, cotton chambray, cotton lawn, poplin, linen, challis, lightweight denim, crepe, lightweight wool. *Please remember that very thin, shiny and slippery fabrics are difficult to handle and therefore not suitable for your level.

*Important note: please make sure to pre-wash your fabric according to manufacturers instructions prior to attending the class. Do not skip this step, as your garment is very likely to shrink after the first wash unless the fabric has been pre-washed.You might end up with a dress that no longer fits you. Not nice after all your efforts! This does not apply to dry clean only fabrics. Check with the shop about fabric care when purchasing your material.

All classes include patterns and step by step illustrated instructions, so no excuse not to practice your newly acquired skills at home and make these garments again and again!

* Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. We will provide drinks and biscuits!

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Additional Information

Dates, Times & Bookings

Sundays 23rd & 30th April 2017, 11am-6pm, Saturdays 20th & 27th May 2017, 11:00am-6:00pm, Thursdays 15th, 22nd & 29th June + 6th July, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Further dates will be released 5 to 6 weeks in advance