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Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore Dress longer version

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This is the stuff your sewing dreams are made of! A whole day of uninterrupted dressmaking and a finished dress by the end of the day!

Using patterns from UK independent pattern designers you will sew up a storm. To make a dress you’ll really love, you bring your own fabric to make your dress. With all students making the same dress together in our sewing studio, you will learn together in a friendly and supportive group. This workshop is suitable for people who can use a sewing machine already but there is no need to have made any clothes before as we will start from the beginning.

Even if you’ve never sewn clothes before, we will get you going straight away, cutting the correct pattern size and pin the paper pattern to your fabric and accurately cut out the pieces.

You will then assemble the dress according to the pattern instructions, but don’t worry, Alison will be there to take you through every step of the way and demonstrate the tricky bits.

By the end of the day, you will have an amazing me-made dress that you could wear out that evening.

Tilly & the Buttons – Cleo Pinafore Dress

Cleo is simple to sew, with no fiddly zips and minimal fitting required – hooray! Make it dungaree-style with buckles, or as a pinafore with button fastenings. Choose from mini length or knee length with optional centre-front split, patch pockets on front or back, and optional contrast topstitching.

Wear Cleo all year round, layered over a t-shirt, shirt or sweater – the relaxed style makes it oh so comfortable!

No previous dressmaking experience required but you should have used a sewing machine before.

There will be no more than 6 students at the workshop so that you can have plenty of room to cut your fabric and lots of support and guidance from your tutor, Alison.

Sewing machines and all the tools you will need are provided for you to use, however if you have your favourite scissors, pins etc and would prefer to use your own, then please do bring them along.

Cleo Dress

Fabric requirements
• Mini length - 1.2m (1¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.8m (2 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
Knee length - 1.3m (1 3/8 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.9m (2 1/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
• Matching thread
• 0.4m (3/8 yards) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
• 2 x 30-35mm (1¼ - 1½in) wide dungaree buckles and 2 x no-sew jeans buttons OR 2 x 15-20mm buttons and buttonhole foot for your sewing machine
• Optional: Contrast colour topstitch thread and topstitch/embroidery needle

Fabric recommendations
Heavy or medium weight woven fabrics that hold their shape, such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas, wool.

You’ll take home your fantastic dress, to wear and show off to your family & friends, a big smile at your sense of achievement, the pattern and instructions, so you can make your dress again at home and cement what you have learnt on the day.

And you’ll have all the skills you’ve learnt throughout the day and maybe made some new friends too.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Your printed pattern and instructions.
Tea, coffee, fruit/herbal teas, decaf and dilute juice. A selection of biscuits.
Use of our Janome 525S Sewing Machines and essesntial tools, such as scissors and pins.


Alison Greer at Bagladybird - Learn to Sew
StraightCurves Creative, 104 Saltergate
S40 1NE
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