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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!

Image for Tambour Beading: an haute couture technique
Tambour beading is a fast, precise, haute couture technique for adding beads and sequins to fabric with a tambour hook instead of a needle and thread. This technique was used to bead flapper dresses in the 1920s and is now the preferred method of beading used by the couture design house Chanel to bead their gowns. You will first learn the basic thread chain stitch using our new size 140 extra large hook (the biggest...
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Alison Hastie of Green Shoes has collaborated with shoemaker Rose Choles to bring you this unique workshop. Join us and learn how to make your own moccasins. On this one day workshop participants will learn how to cut patterns in leather, hand stitch uppers and understand how to finish the sole. Moccasins will be finished by Green Shoes and then posted to you or be ready collect the following week. Please do get in touch...
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My general sewing classes are suitable for complete beginner. This class runs weekly every Thursday from 10-1.00 . I will walk you through patterns, help you with projects, make new patterns. This covers dressmaking, soft furnishings and craft projects. I love to upcycle old clothes and give them a new lease of life. Students can bring their own machines or I have plenty to use. I am adding new classes all the time so please...
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In this course you will be introduced to the art of wet felting and variety of its application in making clothes and accessories. Samples are available for demonstration. Each class may accommodate a maximum of 6 people. You will learn about types of wool, fleece, fibres and other materials which can be used for making felt and its decoration. You will also get practice in technique of laying out wool. By the end of the...
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This is a beginners class for those who have never touched a machine before, or not for a long time. Or for those who are self taught but do not actually have much basic knowledge. You will learn all about tension, stitches, threading up, what threads to use, how to wind bobbins, how to measure and cut fabric, all about seam allowances and making sharp corners as well as lots of hints and tip along...
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This easy beginners sewing class is fun, exciting and offers a chance to make all those adorable children's clothes you have always wanted to make for the little ones in your life. The course is open to those that need to learn the skills necessary to sew or those that just want a space to work in peace and with like minded people. School book days are more and more popular and kids in general...
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Make something exclusive and different for your Christmas Day table. This fabulous centre piece looks complicated, but is so easy to make. You can make the centre piece in a day, and take it home with you to show to the family. I am doing Christmas classes in October ,as I know that in the run up to Christmas things get so hectic, there is never enough time in the day! and it will be...
Image for City & Guilds: Fashion (Levels 2 and 3) @ Inkberrow Design Centre
The City & Guilds Fashion programme covers design, tailoring, garment construction and research methods. 120 hours - available full time (one day a week - 20 weeks) or part time (one evening a week - 40 weeks). In the Level 2 City & Guilds course you will make three fashion garments to your own design or your own from commercial patterns, these garments can be tailored or lingerie designs. The course includes tuition on construction...
Image for City & Guilds: Theatre Costume Course @ Inkberrow Design Centre
Learn to design and make theatre costumes and get a Level 2 City & Guilds qualification in Redditch in the West Midlands. Professional & Leisure Courses: Costume Design & Corsetry, Fancy dress & Carnival, Eccentric Fashion Design, Accessories, Historical Themes, Construction Techniques Length of Course: One day per week part time over two years or two days per week full time over one year. The course will cover: Costume to a Theme Recycled Theme Accessory...
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Dressmaking & Pattern Cutting Classes – your very own ‘Sewing Bee’ in North Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire All aspects of dressmaking and pattern cutting are covered by a sewing bee workshop, and it’s entirely up to you what you want to get out of it. We can show you how to select the correct pattern size and alter your pattern to get a great fit, or you might like to try making your own patterns...