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Dressmaking & tailoring: clothes making courses

Dressmaking and tailoring courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Learn the techniques of making clothes: designing and creating your own bespoke garments is a great skill. Most of us don't wear custom made clothing (at least not everyday) but how nice to achieve that perfect fit, with just the style, colour and texture to suit you. A dress maker usually specialises in womenswear whereas a tailor will concentrate more on formal attire (for both men and women). The tools of your trade will be thread, a tape measure, tailor's chalk, dressmaking pins, a few hand-sewing needles and a good pair of dress-making scissors. Browse these dressmaking and tailoring courses around the UK and start an enjoyable as well as useful hobby, pastime or career!

Essex - Next course on 5th June 2019
4 week introduction to pattern design Part one - Bodice and dress styles On this short course you will learn how to be more creative with your pattern-making and be able to make patterns for new styles that you see: * Move darts to anywhere on the bodice using cut and close and pivot techniques. * Remove darts, using the dart allowance to forming princess seams. * Replace dart shaping with shaped yokes which absorb...
Essex - Next course on 30th May 2019
Amanda’s two day workshop is designed to get you started or take you further in dressmaking. You will be able to complete a garment within the two days; how complicated it is will depend on your level of experience, but it is open to absolute beginners. Equally if you are stuck on a project and need help finishing, you can come along and tap into Amanda’s wealth of experience. What you will need to bring...
London - Next course on 25th May 2019
Summer is almost here! Join us to learn how to crochet a beautiful pair of barefoot sandals. They are perfect to wear on any summer occasion, festivals, beach holidays and lazy barefoot days in the sun. Also, gorgeous for your yoga practice all year around. This workshop is suitable for all levels but it has been specifically designed for beginners. Only a few basic stitches are needed to finish these lovely sandals. In this workshop...
Hampshire - Next course on 11th June 2019
Courses are aimed at students who are 19 years and over, you are a beginner and would like to learn the basic skills involved in dressmaking. Students would be required to bring a commercial pattern (easy to medium ability), with the required fabric and thread, also if you would like to bring your own sewing machine along to get hands-on experience in using it, you may do so. Basic sewing skills would be of benefit,...
Greater London
This 4 week course is perfect if you are interested in learning to make your own clothes. Starting with a 'get to know your machine' workshop, we will cover all the basics of the sewing machine, from threading to maintenance with lots of top tips. During this first session you will sew a reusable shopping bag and really build your confidence on the sewing machine. From week 2 we look at using and altering commercial...
Lincolnshire - Next course on 27th May 2019
Bring your own sewing project or start a new one. With Sandy’s guidance you will learn new sewing techniques each week to make your own clothes and house decorations in a friendly and fun group. Learn how to put in a zip, make an eco friendly bag, a skirt, a waistcoat – the choice is yours! Bring a basic sewing kit – sharp scissors, needles, pins, tape measure plus some fabric for your project. You...
Monthly dress making classes for beginners. These classes are run at the weekend, please get in touch by email or telephone for prices and times. It is necessary to pre book as spaces are limited. Over 25 years of fashion, design, textile courses and workshops! Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC) is based in Redditch, just South of Birmingham in the West Midlands and offers a wide range of City & Guilds and recreational courses. We pride...
Surrey - Next course on 15th June 2019
Inspired by the traditional garment, during this one day beginners dress making workshop you will learn to sew a kimono perfect for the summer, for the beach, or home, or as loungewear, or over garments in the autumn and winter. Choose from two options; a thigh length kimono with sash generous patch pockets and three-quarter sleeves, or knee-length and loose-fitting design. This pattern can be sewn on a sewing machine or overlocker.
Greater London
In this 12 hour course we'll zip through all of the essential techniques you'll use time and time again in dressmaking. From measuring your body and making alterations to demystifying pattern terminology, and of course constructing a garment. At each step, we'll run through multiple options for each technique: different seam finishes, zips and hems. You'll see there's never just one way to do things in dressmaking (and you don't always have to stick to...
Surrey - Next course on 25th May 2019
Take your sewing to the next level with an overlocker.This workshop is for those with some experience in sewing garments who are considering purchasing an overlocker or have recently purchased a machine and are looking to build their confidence. You will learn the techniques of using an overlocker machine and then in the afternoon you will put into practice everything you have learnt and will complete the Sew to Grow Meridian Knit Dress Pattern using...