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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!

£55
Greater London
Creative types and fashion aficionados can extend their thread of knowledge with a day of dressmaking in groups of up to ten. This six-hour class offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a commercial pattern, as well as adding fastenings such as a concealed or regular zip. The Fashion Box is a textile treasure trove of fabric design and made-to-measure clothing services. Bespoke ideas can come to fruition for theatrical, bridal and menswear...
£564
Ceredigion - Next course on 22nd November 2019
Make your own perfectly fitting and stylish coat for the spring and autumn days when you need protection from the elements but don’t need extra warmth. Angela Pitcher Dowdell is a fan of coats. She believes a good coat is a key item in a successful wardrobe. She also believes different coats do different jobs and that outfits can be made or betrayed by the choice of coat you pop on as you leave the...
£320
Greater London - Next course on 3rd May 2019
This series of courses is designed to give you all the skills needed to make a corset from scratch. Immerse yourself in the history of corsetry or create something futuristic and experimental. Explore styles from Tudor, Elizabethan, Restoration, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times as well as create corsets for parties, burlesque or high fashion. You are taken through the entire process as you learn how to take measurements and convert them into a corset pattern...
£180
Greater London - Next course on 26th April 2019
If you have some pattern cutting experience and are interested in creating garments to your own unique shape, this course allows you to create a pattern block in your own individual size. You will learn the basic principles of drafting a block and how to apply your personal measurements. Then you will test your block in fabric and make alterations to ensure a perfect fit. A different block is taught each term - all beginners...
£99
London - Next course on 30th March 2019
A sparkling afternoon awaits you with our brand new workshop, to celebrate all the fabulous Mums out there! Our event will start at 12 noon with a welcome glass of fizz along with an opportunity to catch up with Mum, before the millinery demonstration begins Milliner Sharon Morgan will then lead our lovely ladies through a demonstration on how to construct a fascinator. You and Mum will try your hand at making a beautiful headpiece...
£45
West Yorkshire
By special request, this is a chance to brush up those dress-making skills and have a go at a garment of choice. Still not 100% sure how to make that skirt or blouse now you're at home on your own, or fancy a slightly different style to what you did before, but it looks a bit more complicated, then bring the pattern and fabric along and we'll talk you through it. This class is not...
£320
Greater London - Next course on 23rd April 2019
It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course. The ability to draft your own patterns is the key to creating fashion and constructing clothing to your own designs. This advanced level course will enable you to build on your existing skills and further develop a deeper understanding of the principles of pattern drafting and more advanced pattern cutting skills as you learn how to translate information from working...
£320
Greater London - Next course on 23rd April 2019
It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course. The ability to draft your own patterns is the key to creating fashion and constructing clothing to your own designs. This advanced level course will enable you to build on your existing skills and further develop a deeper understanding of the principles of pattern drafting and more advanced pattern cutting skills as you learn how to translate information from working...
£595
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 29th July 2019
On this practical pattern drafting course you will be introduced to the skill of creating your own blocks and dress pattern from scratch and see it realised in a finished garment. This course is ideal for people who are already familiar with sewing and using commercial patterns and would like to start developing their own garment design without the reliance on commercial patterns. Whether you are already working in the industry, hoping to pursue academic...
£320
Greater London - Next course on 25th April 2019
For beginners or for those returning to the subject, this structured course will provide you with a thorough introduction to the core skills of pattern cutting, enabling you to use basic blocks to create simple patterns. This course is also useful if you study textiles and want to create your own garments for your own fabrics. Using a standard size block, a different garment type is taught each term: autumn – skirts; spring – bodice...