Dressmaking Club for Improvers

Mastering your dressmaking and sewing skills

This class is for students who have made a few items and have gained good basic experience and are wanting to master skills in dressmaking. It is suitable if you are at improver level and want advance your skills and techniques.

This class is not for new beginners or beginners. Please talk to your tutor or call us if you are not sure and need advice on the right class for you.

Patterns

The joy of making your own clothes is strongly enhanced by the fun of finding patterns you like and which suit your own personal style and fit.  So we want you to bring your own pattern to these classes. However we would still like to give guidance on this element to help you select something which is suitable for your own level and ability. Contact us once you are signed up and we will be there to help you.

Fabrics

Once you have the pattern you will need to check the pattern instructions for suitable fabrics for the version you are making. Again if you are really not sure and need advice then please call or email us with the pattern details. When purchasing fabric always check that you are buying for the correct size (look for the nearest measurements to your size, don’t ever go down a size if you are close always go up) make sure you are allowing for fabrics that might need pattern matching. If the fabric has a nap/pile then again you must check the requirements for this on the pattern and make the extra allowance.

Always wash your fabric before arriving at class unless it is a specialist fabric and it requires dry cleaning services.

Notions

We advise you  purchase your own thread to match your fabric and also if it is a natural fabric like cotton or linen buy 100% cotton. We do have threads but they are general purpose. General purpose is ok if you are using a manmade fabric or a wool based fabric. Buy your interfacing if you can but we do hold stock of this in case you are not sure what to get as this can be a little confusing. Buy any matching zips, elastic and buttons with your fabric if you can so you get the best colour matches, always buy the best quality you can. Make sure you buy the correct version of zips, if these are required. Again if you are uncertain send us a message.

Finally we have lovely sewing machines and you are very welcome to use them, however if you wish to bring your own machine so you become more proficient with it please let us know in advance and do make sure it is in good working order. The teachers don’t have a lot of time to deal with complicated or technical machine problems.

Cost: £200

Cost from March 2022: £225

Class size is limited to 5 and we get booked up quite quickly!