Introduction to Dressmaking Course - 6 Evening Sessions

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Introduction to Dressmaking Course - 6 Evening Sessions

Begins: Thursday 20 April 2017

Ends: Thursday 25 May 2017

Session: 6


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

Level: This course is for those who are competent basic sewers with little to no experience in dressmaking. It is an ideal follow on course for students who have already completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing course or a series of our single sessions including 'The Next Step' or equivalent.

Our popular Introduction to Dressmaking course is the best starting block to making your own clothes, every year we guide and teach over a hundred fledgling sewers until they are fully equipped with the skills and confidence to progress to advanced dressmaking.

Over six weekly sessions you will learn and put into practice a variety of skills and techniques that are needed to make up a series of garments using commercial dressmaking patterns. During the course you will produce three garments: Weeks 1 & 2 a Sleeveless Top with your choice of neckline; weeks 3 & 4 a Skirt, either A-line, Pencil or Gathered, all with a zip fastening and weeks 5 & 6 a Dress, either Shift or Gathered Waist Dress with short or long sleeves and a full-length centre back zip, there are many style options to choose from.

During the six weeks you will cover the following techniques (plus many more tips!):

  • How to measure yourself in order to choose the right size pattern to cut

  • Induction on commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • How to transfer markings from the paper pattern to fabric

  • Make small adjustments to the pattern such as length and neckline

  • How to pin the pattern to the fabric accurately

  • Professional garment construction methods

  • Sew facings with an under/top stitch

  • A zip refresher

  • How to insert sleeves with an ease stitch

  • Altering seams for a better fit

  • A range of professional finishing techniques

  • Materials: The patterns are complimentary and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garments. All sundry materials and refreshments will be provided in the class.

    Some homework will be required during the course (however this will not require you owning a sewing machine)

    Fabric Requirements:

    WEEKS 1 and 2:

    Sleeveless Top (New Look 6483, style B or C)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 6-10 = 1.1m Size 12-16 = 1.2m

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:- Size 8-14 = 1m Size 16 = 1.1m

    Recommended fabrics: light weight cottons, cotton blends, voile, lawn, poplin, linen, linen blends, silk.

    WEEKS 3 and 4 (3 Skirt Options)

    1. A-Line Skirt (New Look 6106 Style A - with optional front pockets)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 10-16 = 1.3m Size 18 = 1.4m Size 20-22 = 1.5m

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:- Sizes 10-22 = 1m

    Recommended fabrics: Cotton and cotton blends, Chambray, denim, twill, linen, linen blends, light weight wool.

    2. Pencil Skirt (Burda 6705 Style C)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 8-10 = 1m Size 12-14 = 1.1m Size 16 -20 = 1.45m

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:- Size 8 -18 = 0.8m Size 20 = 1m

    Recommended fabrics: Cotton and cotton blends, Chambray, denim, twill, linen, linen blends, light weight wool, satin.

    3. Gathered Skirt (Simplicity 1369 Medium Length)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 6-20 = 2.2m Size 22 = 2.4m

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:- Size 6-12 = 1.4m Size 14-18 = 1.5m Size 20-22 = 1.7m

    Recommended fabrics: Medium-Light Weight Cottons, Chambray, Linen, Satin, Poplin, Voile, Batiks.

    WEEKS 5 and 6 (3 Dress Options):

    1. Shift Dress (New Look 6095 Style A)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 8-10 = 1.7m Size 12-16 = 2.1m Size 18-20 = 2.3m Size 22 = 2.4m

    Fabric 60”/150cm wide: All Sizes = 1.5m

    Recommended fabrics: cotton, cotton blends, chambray, laundered cottons, silk and silk blends, lightweight wool, linen and linen blends, twill.

    2. Retro Style Shift Dress (New Look 6145 Style C)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 8-12 = 2.6m Size 14 = 2.8m Size 16-18 = 2.9m

    Fabric 60"/150cm wide: Size 8-10 = 1.7m Size 12-18 = 1.8m

    Recommended fabrics: cotton and cotton blends, chambray, lightweight wool, and wool blends. Silk, crepe, crepe de chine and satin.

    3. Gathered Waist Dress (New Look 6262 Dress Style A)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:- Size 8-12 = 2m Size 14-20 = 2.2m

    Fabric 60"/150cm wide:- Size 8-12 = 1.4m Size 14-20 = 1.9m

    Recommended fabrics: cotton lawn, crepe, linen blends, sateen, silky types


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.