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Sewing Bee - Dress Block and Toile

Dillington House

About the Course

A series of sewing courses each one building your skills and confidence. Dress Block and Toile. A block is a basic starting point for pattern making. It is a fitted darted shape to fit the figure, from which paper dressmaking patterns are made. The course begins by taking body measurements working in pairs, then constructing the block from the body measurements. Initially this will be made on pattern paper, then transferred to card once the block is confirmed as being the correct fit. On the second day you will be making up the toile in calico, then making any alteration necessary to the block to ensure a correct fit, as the block will be used thereafter to make a dress, skirt of blouse patterns from.

Tutor Information
Jenny Harrison has a City and Guilds in Soft Furnishings, 7900 Certificate in Education. She has written articles for Sewing World magazine in the past and has taught City and Guilds for Somerset College of Art in soft furnishings for 10 years. Jenny now has her own private sewing classes in Taunton.

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What's included in the price?

Includes tuition, three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.


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Dillington House
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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