Are you able to use a sewing machine and sew in a straight line? Would you like to be able to alter and upcycle your clothes to breathe some new life into them and learn how to reshape them so they fit well?

Then this course is for you! Come and join this full day class and learn invaluable alterations and upcycling techniques to build up the basic skills you need to alter your clothes, revamp your wardrobe and save a tonne of money!

The course will consist of practical demonstrations followed by time for you to practice the techniques and alter some of your clothes in the remaining time.

What you will learn

  • How to mark, unpick and pin alterations into place
  • How to insert elastic and stop it from twisting
  • How to take in or let out garments including adjusting waistbands
  • How to take up and let down hems
  • How to fix gaping necklines and reduce big shoulders
  • How to sew on buttons and other types of fastenings
  • How to hem jeans
  • How to create different types of hems both by hand and on the sewing machine
  • How to transform and reshape garments using different upcycling techniques and much more!

What to bring

Please bring a selection of clothes you would like to alter, especially items needing taking up or letting down, taking in or letting out, jeans etc…

PLEASE NOTE- This course is suitable for those able to use a sewing machine and a perfect follow up to any of our Beginners classes. If you have no previous sewing machine experience, you may join either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course, Easy Pyjamas,  Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories),or  Boxy Tote Bag intro to sewing courses, or our Learn to Use a Sewing Machine workshop prior to attending this class.

* Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch  as well as a notebook and pen with you. We will provide drinks and biscuits.

Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us!


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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 a couple of days before the course/class 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.