Introduction to Dressmaking Course
Our Introduction to Dressmaking Course is the perfect place to start if you want to learn how to sew your own clothes, and want a more in-depth introduction than our one day beginner classes. Each class focuses on new dressmaking techniques so that you learn something new every week and build your confidence in dressmaking.
Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. Students get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped at five to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.
Each course is 5 weeks long and covers the following:
Week 1 & 2: PJ Bottoms
In your first two weeks, you’ll learn how to measure yourself accurately, read a dressmaking sewing pattern, pin and cut fabric and basic fitting of some simple pyjama trousers. In week 2 you’ll also draft your skirt pattern ready for week 3 (your week 3 project will need to be cut out at home.)
Week 3: Me Made Skirt
Using the pattern you drafted yourself, you’ll learn how to make a gathered skirt with a waistband and insert a zip. You’ll be using interfacing, finishing seams and gathering without elastic.
Week 4 & 5: Simple Top
In your last two weeks you’ll put the skills you’ve used to good use to make a simple yet stylish top. You’ll learn how to sew bias binding, sew hems and even add a rouleau loop closure.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Students will need 1.5m of light to medium cotton fabric for their pyjama bottoms. We recommend cotton poplin, cotton lawn and brushed cottons.
Students will also need 1.5m light to medium fabric for their skirt. Cottons, denims, chambray and needlecord would all be suitable. If you need any help with choosing fabric, please Contact Us.
You’ll also need between 1 – 2m of fabric to make your top. We recommend discussing this with your tutor once you have started the course as the amount of fabric required will depend on the size you need to make and you may choose to make it in a different fabric depending on how confident you feel after the first couple of weeks of the course.
Everything else, including elastic, interfacing, zips and thread is all provided and students will keep the patterns they have used so they can make them again outside of the class.
Depending on the speed that you work at (there’s no pressure to race through!) you may need to prepare/finish some elements at home between sessions. Your tutor will give you clear guidance so you are comfortable doing this.
Once you have completed this course you could go on to complete some of our Improver Dressmaking classes to build on what you have learnt. If you would like to complete this course but are not yet at Level 3, why not try our Introduction to Sewing Course?
More questions? Take a look at our Class FAQs – these also include our Class Cancellation Policy.