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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!

Worcestershire - Next course on 11th July 2019
Sewing with an overlocker (or serger) is very different to a conventional sewing machine. In this new workshop we'll take a look at the different knitted fabrics available, how to handle them and the techniques needed to create stretch garments. We'll get you familiar with your overlocker and what it can do, ready to tackle making a T-shirt in a future class.
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 to dressmaking 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...
Greater London - Next course on 8th June 2019
Thinking of starting your own Fashion business? An essential part of producing and manufacturing a collection is to produce a range for pattern sizes. Grading is the key; a very technical and skilled part of the process. This course introduces you to the basic skills of pattern grading and size ranging of patterns. To benefit from this course, you must have intermediate/advanced level pattern making skills. By the end of the course you will be...
Greater London
Wanted to sew but have absolutely no idea where to start? Well fear no more - we have the perfect solution! You can now extend your thread of knowledge with this sewing workshop for beginners. Join Craig and the rest of the Fashion Box team for this three-hour class offering an introduction to domestic sewing machines and overlockers. You're also welcome to bring your own machine or use the one provided! After getting to grips...
Greater London - Next course on 29th June 2019
Being able to use a sewing machine is a useful skill to have for so many things and can open the way to the world of clothes making and garment construction. Many people would like to make their own clothes or sew their own creative projects, but find the idea of using a sewing machine too daunting. This course will help you get to grips with this vital skill by teaching you how to use...
Adding Shape - Darts Pleats and Gathers A one-day workshop exploring how shape is added to garments. Based on practical demonstrations you will produce your own professionally finished range of technical samples of adding and suppressing fullness, such as darts, pleats and gathers. Using half scale blocks there will also be a demonstration of pattern cutting methods used to manipulate darts to other parts of a garment and how to add fullness to existing seam...
Learn to Sew in a small group with the support of a professional tutor. You’ll start with the basics, learning to thread up your machine and sew seams. Then improve your skills & make a useful item to take home each week: 1. Pin Cushion / Lavender Bag 2. Cushion Cover 3. Drawstring Bag 4. Zipped Purse / Pencil Case 5. Tote Bag 6. Bunting Follow on with a Make Clothes course, using a paper...
Greater London
During this beginners Machine knitting workshop series we are going to work with punch card system of the machine. We are also going to create a creative technical file that you can later continue to build on. The topics that will be covered during the workshops are: Setting up the machine Creating a technical file: here you will learn how to make a hem, Picot hem, increase and decrease, welts, shaping v neckline, shaping round...
Ceredigion - Next course on 18th October 2019
Make your own perfectly fitting, stylish and warm coat for winter from Cambrian Wool tweed. Angela and I worked together many years ago when I was running my digital embroidery business and Angela was running her bridalwear business in Cardiff. We bumped into each other again a year or so ago and have spent a lot of time developing this exciting and unique course for you. Angela says: “My ambition is for all those attending...
Learn how to make a cotton wrap dressing gown with a tie belt during this two day workshop. You will be provided with a pattern and be shown how to cut the garment correctly and construct it using professional sewing techniques. You will learn about the rules cutting cloth and be introduced constructing seams, hems and inserting sleeves. If time permits you will also add a patch pocket. This two day workshop is aimed at...