Summer School: Dressmaking course
This dressmaking course is suitable for all levels. If you’re a clothing novice, it will teach you how to use commercial paper patterns to make your own unique clothes that fit. Or if you’ve done some dressmaking before, then I’ll help you improve your existing sewing techniques.
Who is this aimed at?
Dressmaking is about the garment construction techniques; not learning to sew from outset.You should already be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems and various edge-neatening methods. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first. These are also suitable as a refresher if you’ve got a bit rusty.
Dressmaking Course description
Learn how to understand commercial paper patterns and how to find your best size. If you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques to achieve a better finish. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself. If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn how to alter clothes or patterns, then you can do this here too.
What will I learn?
I’ll coach you along the way in the following:
How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability,
Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish
Dressmaking Course arrangements
A small class size ensures I’m able to give you lots of individual attention. Students work on their own choice of project, and I tailor your tuition accordingly.
You’ll need to bring your own pattern, fabric, matching thread, plus any interfacing, zips/buttons etc which are required to complete your project. You’ll possibly also need calico for making a mock-up of the pattern to check the fit (known as a ‘toile’), and pattern-making paper. Please bring a basic sewing kit of fabric shears, paper scissors, small sharp embroidery scissors for trimming, tape measure (marked in cm), chalk pencils/fabric marking pens and pins. (I have a small stock of equipment for sale in the studio such as fabric shears, pins and marking pens).
Sewing machines are available in the studio if you need one.