Beginners Dressmaking with Tilly and the Buttons "Cleo" pinafore dress



Our dressmaking tutor is Gillian Neath. Gillian will be using patterns from the wonderful Tilly and the Buttons. You will be guided through the use of commercial patterns and also how to ensure a perfect fit and finishing off techniques. And you will have a brand new garment to take away with you. This is the perfect sewing workshop for confident beginners.

Cleo is easy to make and so comfortable to wear. Make it dungaree-style with buckles or as a pinafore with buttons, with mini- or knee-length hem, optional centre front split, choice of patch pockets and contrast topstitching. Wear Cleo year round, over a Breton top in the summer or with a roll neck and snuggly tights in winter. Once you try it, you’ll wonder how you lived without a dungaree dress!

This is a one day course and you will need to provide 2m of your own fabric. Non stretch, medium weight fabrics work best for this garment. Maybe a light denim or a corduroy!

Please note :-
All workshops are held on the second floor with access via the stairs
All participants must wear a mask
Workshop leader will wear a mask or visor
Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This is a one day course and you will need to provide 2m of your own fabric. All other equipment, use of sewing machines and materials, are included.

Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided, all you need to bring is your lunch.


Paula Cain at Cambria Costume House


2nd Floor, 43-47 High Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (10:30am to 4:30pm)

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