Easy Dressmaking for Beginners : 25/4/21



So you fancy dressmaking but don't know where to start?
Maybe you've picked up a pattern and found it completely baffling!?

"Easy Dressmaking for Beginners" - taught by our Sewing Teacher Fiona Parker, will help you to navigate your way through patterns, understanding fabric requirements, sizing and layout plans. Fiona is an expert dressmaker and theatrical costume maker, PLUS she works on the Great British Sewing Bee! :-)

This is a one-day workshop in our Fluff-a-torium studio in Betchworth will cover lots of useful techniques to get you started in dressmaking. You will learn how to read and understand a dress pattern, then practise some essential dressmaking skills by making samples, including gathering fabric, making darts, pleats, hemming tricks and inserting a zip etc.

Our final project is to make a small Make-Up pouch. By the end of the session you should be equipped with the skills you need to make a simple garment afterwards from a commercial pattern, and Fiona will give you some good pattern ideas and resources.

The choice of 1 x fat quarter from the shop +zip is included, as well as handouts.

Adults and children over 12+ are welcome.
NB: This course is *for people with some previous experience on a sewing machine and how to set up a sewing machine. If you have never used a sewing machine then please book a private session with Fiona first to learn the basics.

Maximum course size is 6 people and the class runs from 10am - 4pm. You will each have a lovely latest model (easy to use) Janome sewing machine to work on.
Tea Coffee and afternoon cake is included in your course fee, and everyone gets 10% off in the shop too on the day of their workshop!

Booking a place on one of our courses is similar to booking a seat at the theatre. It is not possible to swap and cancel and the "the show must go on". Therefore should you need to cancel your place on a course for any reason, the cancellation charges are as follows: Cancellation within 28+ days of course date = 50% of course fee payable unless place is re-filled. Cancellation within 0-27 days of course date = 100% of course fee payable unless place is re-filled. Sometimes courses are over subscribed so we hold a waiting list and MAY be able to re-fill a place, but if you are unable to attend you are welcome to send someone in your place. Please let us know your replacement's name, phone number and email address as soon as possible before the course date.