Make a dress in a day!



This six-hour class, with a qualified university fashion lecturer, offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a dressmaking pattern, using a sewing machine and an overlocker, working with a dressmaking pattern for the first time. All fabrics and notions are included, just bring yourselves! (....and maybe a packed lunch, or there are cafes and Sainsbury's nearby) The dress style changes seasonally. 1st April - 8th July - Shift Dress (with invisible zipper) 9th July - Sept 30th - Summer Trapeze dress (with tie straps) - great for wearing loose or belted) 1st Oct - 30th Jan - Winter cocoon dress (with grown on short sleeve) WORKSHOP BREAKDOWN: MORNING SESSION: (Practical) Intro to the sewing machine – winding a bobin / threading / testing your stitches Understanding all the dials and levers on the sewing machine. Machine stitching / handstitching / reverse (backstitch) Identifying and rectifying sewing problems Advice on machines to buy as a beginner (Demonstration) Introduction to Commercial and digital patterns How to read a commercial / digital pattern Choosing your first projects as beginners Understanding your measurements Fabrics – understanding fabric types, qualities and difficulty in sewing Calculating and understanding fabric consumption Important questions to ask your fabric supplier Preparing fabrics ready for sewing How to lay your pattern pieces correctly How to cut out correctly Marking your pattern pieces ready for sewing (Practical) Sewing techniques – what can go wrong? Using a seam allowance / Sewing in a straight line Using pins correctly Pressing / ironing professionally Using the overlocker for a professional finish Facings – what are they used for Interlinings / Interfacing and its uses Attaching facings, and sewing around curves (armholes and necklines) LUNCHTIME (30-45 Mins) AFTERNOON SESSION: (All Practical) Inserting an invisible zip (where applicable) Understanding seam allowances Pressing techniques Hemming There will be a selection of different fabric styles to choose from in your workshop. As there is not time for everyone to cut out individual dresses, these are prepared for you, so please inform us of your dress size beforehand. Beginners Info: This workshop is aimed at beginners making their first garment, and we work with standard sizes 4 - 24 or XXS/XS, S/M, L/XL, XXL/ XXXL, depending on the style of dress for that season. The focus of this workshop is to teach you the dressmaking skills needed to be confident for you to try this at home. This workshop does not focus on fitting, or made-to-measure garments. We do offer other workshops in these more advanced techniques. Which you will be able to advance to once you have learnt the basics. It is advised that workshoppers complete the Intro to Sewing workshop beforehand, or have used a sewing machine before. as you will find this workshop easier to manage. IMPORTANT INFO: Once you have made a booking, we will send out a size chart for you to select your size from. It is important that you check your emails and spam folder, so you can request a specific size. It is also advisable to provide a mobile number, should we need to contact you. If you do not request a specific size by the deadline, you will be able to select a size from our 'reserve rail' on the day. (We can not guarantee your size will be available). We will email you with the size chart and the deadline date for dress size requests. Please note: We can not prepare dresses on the day, or after the workshop deadline. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? Everything is provided in this workshop. DO I NEED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION BEFORE I ATTEND? Yes, you will need to provide your dress size, from the size chart we will send out to you. Please note that dressmaking patterns are NOT your retail size. So it advisable that you check the size chart. RESCHEDULE & REFUND POLICY. Please note: Doors close 10 minutes after the start time on all workshops. We do ask our attendees to be on time. As we will not be able to go over missed content, health and safety once missed. We have had an issue with a lot of people all arriving at different times, late, which disrupts the demonstrations and leaves us with less time to teach, and not completing the workshop. Which in turn, leaves us with complaints from people who have arrived on time. So we are very strict with our door closing policy. Only one reschedule permitted per booking. We do not offer free reschedules or refunds to latecomers, or outside of our cancellation policy. WORKSHOP DURATION This is a 6 hour workshop. AGE RESTRICTIONS: This workshop is suitable for 14 years and above. All students under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a participating adult.

What's included in the price?

Everything is provided on the day. We will break for lunch, so feel free to bring along a packed lunch, or there is a cafe across the road, which only takes cash.


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



The Fashion Box

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The Fashion Box is an ideal Fashion School for students to build a solid foundation of skills, in manageable, affordable, bitesize sessions. Don't have the time for university? But still want to learn the skills? Then our workshops are ideal for your needs. No matter which program you pick, you’re guaranteed a quality education from passionate instructors. Start with our 'Ultimate Beginners' workshops, or if you are a little more experienced and would like more advanced workshops.


718-722 Seven Sisters Road, , London, Greater London, N15 5NH

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  • Adults
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  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
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