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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...
£65
Somerset
A whole day spent in lovely surroundings learning how to make a nuno felt scarf. I will demonstrate, step by step, how to make a large prefelt (half-felted piece of wool), cut out shapes from this and then felt them to both sides of a black silk chiffon scarf. This is a magical process which still amazes me every time I use it. You will have a beautiful piece of work to take home with...
£320
Greater London
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...
£110
Greater London - Next course on 22nd June 2019
This taster course is an ideal opportunity for you to learn some basic pattern cutting skills and to complete simple patterns to your size. In the studio there will be a number of clothing samples for you to study, and you will learn how to draft the patterns of your choice. Not only will you study basic geometric shapes and how these work with the body, but also about tools of the trade and pattern...
£600
Essex
Theresa Blake of Rossetti offers one-to-one tuition over two individual days (with some "homework" in between!). You will have the undivided attention of a professional tutu maker who has cut, made and fitted tutus for Royal Ballet Principal dancers, and designed tutus for world-class competition-attending young dancers. Students are usually looking to extend their existing costume skills; to learn tutu-making for the very first time; to find a craft for their own businesses; or to...
£45
Ceredigion
Refashioning Clothing Clothing/Uwchgylchu Dillad – Carys-Hedd A day of creative sewing, discovering the potential of up-cycling clothing using a sewing machine and making on a stand ( mannequins) rather than using patterns. Bring along unwanted garments, sewing projects, jumpers, buttons, bits and bobs and see what we can Co-Create! I run a series of specific monthly courses throughout the year. Please see my website for full listings - click through using the button above I...
£180
Cumbria
Sew a Summer Wardrobe Retreat This 3-day weekend retreat is broken down into separate modules and days can be booked independently or as a full course. It is suitable for people with little or no sewing experience. Please bring your own sewing machine or borrow one of ours. At the end of our Fashion Course you will leave with a scarf or poncho, a top, skirt and simple dress (choice of 2 styles) and the...
£48
Worcestershire - Next course on 22nd June 2019
Jenniffer Taylor, BBC Sewing Bee contestant, will use her expertise to demonstrate how to measure yourself the way professionals do. Learn about measuring the torso, how the measurements work together, what to look for and spot mistakes before pattern cutting. Essential skills used in the fashion and garment industry 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...