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Make a dress in a day!

Make a dress in a day!

About the Course

Creative types and fashion aficionados can extend their thread of knowledge with a day of dressmaking in groups of up to ten.

This six-hour class offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a commercial pattern, as well as sewing darts, using an overlocker, inserting an invisible zip and sewing facings.

All fabrics and zips are included, just bring yourselves! (....and maybe a packed lunch, or there are cafes and Sainsbury's nearby)

Workshop breakdown:

Morning session:
Intro to the sewing machine – threading
Identifying and rectifying sewing problems

Introduction to Commercial Patterns – the different brands and difficulty
How to read a commercial pattern
Understanding your measurements
Fabrics – understanding fabric types and their qualities
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

Sewing bust and waist darts – what can go wrong?
Using pins correctly
Pressing / ironing professionally
Using the overlocker for a professional finish
Inserting an invisible zip

Lunchtime (30-45 Mins)

Afternoon session:

(All Practical)

Facings – what are they used for
Interlinings / Interfacing and its uses
Attaching facings, and sewing around curves (armholes and necklines)
Understanding seam allowances
Pressing techniques

Once you have completed the dress workshop, you will have access to our ‘Suppliers List’. Which lists all of the websites, stores and shops, listing all of the suppliers we use at The Fashion Box. To help you on your sewing journey with obtaining your commercial patterns, fabrics and haberdashery. A treasure trove of hidden gems!

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.

Please note: This workshop is aimed at beginners making their first garment, and we work with standard sizes 4 - 24.
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.

It is advised that workshoppers complete the Intro to Sewing class machine beforehand, or have used a sewing machine before.

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?

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.


Craig Parr at The Fashion Box
718-722 Seven Sisters Road
Greater London
N15 5NH
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners

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