Making Children's Clothes

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Making Children's Clothes

Friday 08 September 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this day time workshop you learn how to make a simple pinafore dress or classic pair of overalls for your favourite little one! We will be using patterns by Minikrea, a Scandanavian brand that create fun and stylish designs for children.

This class is suitable for those who can thread up a sewing machine and know the basics of machine sewing, if you have already completed our single session Introduction to Machine Sewing class then this course would be perfect to follow on and will introduce you to using commercial patterns.

You will master the following techniques in class:

  • Tracing off patterns & adding seam allowances

  • Learn about the traits of woven fabrics (granlines & selvedges)

  • Understanding commercial dressmaking patterns

  • Lay the pattern and cutting fabric

  • Learn how to make your own 'one-step' button holes

  • Fully lining garments and finishing

  • Pinafore Dress: 0-10 years

    This fully lined, reversible dress has two button fastenings at the shoulders. You can play with printed fabrics, embellishments and trims for something fun, or keep it simple with a gorgeous needle cord and brightly coloured lining. This pattern is designed for light to medium-weight woven fabric.

    Materials required:
    Fabric 140 cm wide: 40cm - 125cm
    OR Fabric 110cm wide: 55cm - 185cm
    Lining - Same as main fabric
    Buttons - 2 pcs

    Overalls: 6mths - 3 years

    These comfortable and roomy overalls are a great style for both boys and girls. Have fun with contrasting the outer fabric and lining, it's also possible to make these Overalls reversible so you may want to think about using two fabrics of a similar weight. This pattern is designed for light to medium-weight woven fabric.

    Materials required:
    Fabric 140 cm wide: 75cm - 90 cm
    OR Fabric 110cm wide: 110cm - 125cm
    Lining fabric - Same as main fabric
    Buttons - 2 pcs

    All tools, refreshments and lunch are provided and the pattern is yours to keep.


    Rosie Boycott-Brown grew up in a very creative environment and was taught the technical skills involved in dressmaking and pattern cutting by her mother who worked in the Fashion industry. Rosie went on to study for a BA in Fashion & Knitwear at Winchester School of Art and enjoyed a career in the Knitwear Industry, designing commercially for several High Street retailers. She now runs her own fashion label designing and making a range of Accessories & Homeware under the brand name Rose B. Brown and takes pride in passing on her knowledge to teach others how to sew and make their own clothes.