ADVANCED BEGINNERS DRESSMAKING COURSE

£190.00

Are you tired of making cushions, bags and garments with elasticated waistbands and would like to move up to the next level? Have you tried your hand at making up a simple garment using a “very easy” commercial pattern but it didn’t turn out as well as you hoped it would? Would you like to start making yourself beautiful and unique clothes that fit like a glove but are too scared to go it alone? We don’t blame you! Understanding commercial patterns, how to alter them in order to make garments that fit well and how to put into practice what’s written and illustrated in their instructions can be very daunting if you’re new to dressmaking, so let us help you with that!

This course is the perfect place  for advanced beginners to get started on the real dressmaking journey and the perfect follow up to our  Complete Beginners Sewing Course . In order to attend, you’d  need to be confident on the sewing machine, have completed a few basic sewing projects and at least one basic dressmaking project, or taken either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course or equivalent elsewhere, or one or more of our shorter beginners courses such as our Easy Pyjamas or Easy Gathered Skirt intro to sewing courses followed by our A-line Skirt Intro to Dressmaking Course for beginners.

This 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 construct and attach a lapped 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

We have a lovely selection of suitable fabrics available to purchase during the course at very affordable prices, including some gorgeous Liberty prints! If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the quantities and types below. We also sell all the haberdashery needed for both projects including interfacing, zips and threads.

Circle Skirt

  • All sizes 2m of 140 to 150cm wide woven (non stretchy) fabric, or 3m of 112 to 114cm wide woven 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)
  • 25cm of light fusible interfacing
  • 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.

Dress

  • 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

Tunic

  • 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

Top

  • 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!

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Additional Information

  • Once your booking is complete, you will receive an order confirmation and a receipt from us, as well as a receipt from Paypal. Please check your junk or promotional folders if you can’t find them in your main inbox.
  • You will also receive a welcome/further info email the day before the course starts. Please check the other folders as mentioned above if it doesn’t reach your inbox.
  • Bookings are non refundable and only transferable subject to availability and to our discretion. Please read our Terms & Conditions  for more information.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early and wait outside the main entrance. We will come and let you in a few minutes before starting time. If you happen to be late please ring the Yellow Studio buzzer. Unfortunately we won’t be able to let you into the studio if you arrive earlier than 5 minutes before starting time.

Find Us

  • We are located in the Waterloo area, right opposite St Thomas’ Hospital A&E and within close walking distance from Waterloo, Lambeth North and Westminster stations.
  • The Old Paradise Yard can be tricky to find and phone maps directions will send you to the wrong place. Please click here for detailed directions, transport links and our address.