1-to-1 Beginners dressmaking Crash Course: Make a shift dress to measure (8 hours spread in 4 sessions) All materials included



One-two-one beginners dressmaking: made to measure shift dress

Learn how to make a made to measure shift dress, from a professional fashion designer and dressmaker, and in a real fashion design studio . I teach the art of Dressmaking in my studio in a mill in Manchester city centre, on the edge of the Northern Quarter. All levels, including total beginners, welcome.

Learn how to make your own shift dress tailored perfectly to your own measurements.

Learn key skills such as using patterns (choosing the right size pattern and altering it to your measurements), cutting garments out (learning the right way of cutting a garment and how to make the best of the fabric), using different sewing machines for different purposes, seaming, inserting facings, sewing darts, hemming, adding zips and finishing garments to a high standard, all the way to fitting it properly. A skill for life!

This course lasts 8 hours in total, spread in 4 x 2 hour long sessions. I recommend to do it in 4 consecutive weeks but I am flexible.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

I provide all the machinery, tools, patterns and materials required, including fabrics and haberdashery and the space: my own art studio, where the magic happens...


Silvia Hoya Mena at My Sewing Box

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12-22 Thorniley Brow,
Thorniley Studios
Greater Manchester
M4 2AJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


8 hours (flexible times to suit)

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