Learn to sew in this 1 day workshop covering key techniques for dressmaking: how to use your sewing machine, understanding fabrics and dressmaking patterns. Finish by making your very first garment (either PJ’s or a skirt)
- Sat 24th Nov
- Sat 19th Jan
- Sat 24th Feb
- Sat 6th Apr
Times: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Stitch & Steele, Warndon Villages, Worcester, WR4 (full address on booking)
Skill Level: Total Beginner – an ideal fast-track start to dressmaking even if you have never sewn before, or as a quick refresher.
What You Will Learn:
You will learn the basics of dressmaking which will enable you to start making simple garments in easy to sew fabrics using commercial dressmaking patterns. You will finish the day by making a pair of PJs or a simple skirt (your choice).
(This is a compact version of our 6 Week Beginners Learn To Sew Course (Evenings) so if you want to learn more slowly and over a 6 week x 3 hour evening workshop basis, then that might be a better option for you).
- How to set up and thread a sewing machine
- How to check sewing tension and adjusting this
- Getting to grips with stitching – tips for straight lines, curves and corners
- Sew simple seams & learn about simple seam finishes
- Choosing the right kind of fabric for your project and where to buy it from
- Pinning & good fabric cutting techniques
- Laying out your pattern onto the fabric
- Cutting out your skirt /PJs fabric & pattern pieces
- Assembling and finishing your chosen garment (skirt/PJs)
- Finishing techniques
- Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits (lunch not included)
- Tuition and handouts
- Your own copy of the sewing patterns we will be using on the day
What To Bring With You:
There is a choice of skirt or pyjama bottoms to make during the afternoon. Please specify in the notes section on the checkout cart which option you will be making and also what dress size you wear.
- 1.5m of fabric for the skirt (A Line pattern but we have straight skirt patterns if you prefer)
(either plain fabric/with a small pattern – no stripes, checks or large patterns as these are difficult to match up for beginners)
- 0.5m of light-weight or medium-weight iron-on interfacing (available at Dunelm or Hobbycraft) for the waistband
- 18cm invisible (concealed) zip You can buy concealed or invisible zips either online or from Hobbycraft, Dunelm or other good haberdashery stores. If you can’t get the right size, buy a slightly longer zip and you will learn how to shorten it.
- A concealed or invisible zip foot for your sewing machine which you can buy cheaply from Amazon).
- 2.5m for the PJs (soft cotton or polycotton)
- (either plain fabric/with a small pattern – no stripes or checks as these are difficult to match up)
- there are several variations of the pyjamas – they are a unisex pattern and you can make full trousers, capri length or shorts. The waistband area also has 2 options: drawstring tie or elasticated waist:
drawstring version: you will need a small amount of lightweight iron-on interfacing – although you will probably need to buy a min of 0.5m due to minimum cut requirements in some shops like Dunelm). You will also need Twill Tape or 15mm (1.5cm) wide ribbon (satin or grossgrain) which are available from places like Hobbycraft or Dunelm.
elasticated version: you will need 30mm (3cm) wide elastic (2 metres in length)
Sewing Kit & Sewing Machine (both projects):
- Sewing kit with good sharp dressmaking scissors, paper scissors, hand sewing needles, pins (plastic heads), air or water soluble fabric markers or chalks
- Your sewing machine, power cable & foot pedal as well as instruction manual (please make sure your machine is in good working order before you bring it). If you don’t own a sewing machine, we have lovely Janome 3300 sewing machines which you can hire to use for the day. Please book these when booking your workshop place.
- Sellotape or a Pritt type glue stick
- Paper scissors as well as dressmaking scissors
- A notebook & pen to take notes
- Reading or close vision glasses if you need them
From V. Lancey:
“Really enjoyable. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and hands on knowledge and support. Fiona was lovely”