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Introduction to Dressmaking (morning & afternoon courses)

Introduction to Dressmaking (morning & afternoon courses)

About the Course

Our Introduction to Dressmaking Course is the perfect place to start if you want to learn how to sew your own clothes, and want a more in-depth introduction to dressmaking than our one day beginner classes. Each class focuses on new dressmaking techniques so that you learn something new every week and build your confidence in dressmaking.

“Being new to working with patterns, I most valued the help to get the pattern just right for me. The teacher was so encouraging and helpful. An excellent class to attend”.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio at Holme Grange Craft Village in Wokingham, Berkshire. Students get to use our brand new digital Janome sewing machines and class sizes are capped to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need.

Each course is 5 weeks long and covers the following:

Week 1 & 2: PJ Bottoms

In your first two weeks, you’ll learn how to measure yourself accurately, read a dressmaking sewing pattern, pin and cut fabric and basic fitting of some simple pyjama trousers.

Week 3, 4 & 5

Over the last three weeks of the course you’ll work on sewing up a dress, chosen from our Beginner friendly patterns below. You can take the class at you own pace and the tutor will support you with learn new techniques such as fitting the pattern, adding facings & interfacing, darts and zips.

Choose from;

A versatile shift style dress with darts, facings and invisible zip and various sleeve options.

A sleeveless, vintage inspired dress with full circle skirt, darts and invisible zip.

A stylish dress with fitted bodice, gathered skirt and short sleeves, featuring darts, facings and invisible zip.


You will need 2.5m of light to medium cotton fabric for your pyjama bottoms. We recommend cotton poplin, cotton lawn and brushed cottons.

You’ll also need the fabric & matching concealed zip for your dress, you won’t need this until after the second week of your course and the tutor will discuss the type of fabric and how much you’ll need depending on the pattern you choose. If you need any help with choosing fabric, please Contact Us.

Everything else, including elastic, interfacing, and thread is all provided and you’ll will keep a copy of the patterns so you can make them again outside of the class.

Depending on the speed that you work at (there’s no pressure to race through!) you may need to prepare/finish some elements at home between sessions. Your tutor will give you clear guidance so you are comfortable doing this. Everyone will need to do some cutting out at home between week 2 & 3.

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?

Tea and coffes as well as lots of cake!


Sheona McMahon at Sewisfaction
Unit 15, Holme Grange Craft Village
Heathlands Road
RG40 3AW
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