Improver Dressmaking

Essential Dressmaking Techniques

All Day Workshop

Date : Sunday 9th February 

Time : 10.30am - 5.30pm

Price : £99.00

Want to start dressmaking?

Dream of making gorgeous designs just for you, your family or friends?

We can teach you all you need to know, it’s never to late to start your sewing journey. 

We begin with garment construction basics - the skills you MUST know to sew beautifully finished and fitted clothes. Learn to sew with a Pro: all our sewing tutors are top degree trained womenswear designers, who have worked in the London Fashion Industry. 


We pack an incredible amount of information into this dressmaking course:



  • Learn how to measure the body correctly with accuracy

  • How to select a sewing pattern, how to read the confusion instructions.

  • How to choose the right size pattern for your measurements.

  • How to alter a simple pattern if you are between sizes - to ensure a great fit.

  • Fabric choices - we talk fabrications, weights and handles, with swatches to take home

  • How to pin your pattern correctly to avoid the garment twisting

  • Cutting techniques - cut with millimetre precision, with shears only. No rotary cutters are used in the fashion industry.

  • Warp, weft, grainline. VITAL theory.


Sewing skills

  • The overlocker - see how it works with explanations on stitch variations, how to thread it, how the blade works. 

  • How to sew a dart.

  • Seam variations

  • Hem variations

  • Easy closures

  • How to cut facings, and avoid lining your garment

  • Interfacings and why you need them in your designs

  • Hand finishing techniques

  • How to add designer details to ensure that luxe store- bought finish.

  • Tools of the trade, what the professionals use daily and why you need them in your kit

What is included in the price?

  • The class includes expert instruction to a small class of 6 maximum. 

  • We guarantee as much one to one tuition as you need in class

  • The use of our beautiful fashion studio for the day

  • The use of all our tools, equipment and cutting tables

  • Take home all technical swatches worked on in class - yours to reference when sewing at home

  • Help yourself to tea, coffee and sweet treats any time in class

What you will need to bring with you

  • Your sewing machine (we can hire one if needed for a small fee) & Overlocker if you have one

  • Notebook, pen and mobile phone for photos and recording important tips & techniques. 

Skill level required to join class

This class is suitable for those who can use a machine unaided, and can solve basic machine issues with no help from a tutor. You can thread, sew straight lines, and understand seam allowances and have made a few projects e.g.: cushion cover / bags successfully.

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