Intro to Dressmaking Class

Start your dressmaking journey in our beginners dressmaking class!

Intro to Dressmaking | Sewing Class | Sew Over It

Would you love to learn how to make your own clothes but don’t know where to start?  This beginners dressmaking class is for you! We will show you how to work from and pattern, insert a zip, attach a waistband and sew your very first skirt. All our teachers who run this course are expert dressmakers and will pass on all their best tips and tricks.  You will leave with a finished skirt and a pattern to take away with you.

This is how the course is broken down into the two sessions:

Session one: learn how to measure yourself, how to cut out a pattern and alter the length if necessary, how to pin the pattern accurately on the fabric. You will then learn how to insert a zip and construct the skirt, finishing the seams with zig zag stitches.

Session two: learn how to attach a waistband, how to hem a curved hem and how to sew on poppers.

This is a beginners dressmaking class so no experience of dressmaking is required but you do need to know how to use a sewing machine. We will expect you to be have taken the Intro to Sewing course or be at an equivalent standard.

We have the perfect fabric available from our online shop.

Tea and cake are provided to help the sewing process along!

NEW! We now offer video support for Intro to Dressmaking! We know it can be tricky to remember everything you learn in the class, so to help you keep on top of everything you’ve learned we’ve made a series of tutorials to refresh your memory. Once the course is complete we will email you a link to a series of downloadable tutorials made by Lisa herself. So if you have trouble remembering how to insert the zip or get a bit stuck with the waistband, never fear, we’ve got it covered. And there are extras too! Click here for a preview!

Level: 3

  • Can thread a sewing machine
  • Can sew to different seam allowances
  • Understands about backstitching at the start & end of seams
  • Have made a range of sewn items equivalent to those made on our Intro to Sewing class
  • If you have completed our Intro to Sewing class, you are level 3

Class length: Two 3 hour sessions

Materials required:

115cm wide fabric: 3m


140cm wide fabric: 2m

** Please note that for the full circle skirt, because parts of it is on the bias, a non-directional print is preferable. If you use a directional print, you will end up with some of the design on its side.

We recommend a medium weight cotton as it is easy to sew and will hang well, have a look here for some inspiration! We don’t recommend choosing anything too lightweight, or stretchy as they might make things trickier when you are sewing up your skirt. You will also need a 8/9 inch regular zip.

Pattern sizes: 6-20. If you are outside or may be bordering on this range of sizes, please contact us a week before the class as we will need to grade a pattern especially for you. If it is just one size up or down, we will do this free of charge, but if it is more then there may be a small fee.

Max in class: 8

Teacher: Kate Underwood, Julie Johnston, Layla Totah, Georgie Jefferies

Price: £99 (Intro to Dressmaking)

Price: £195 (as part of the Dressmaking Weekend)

Did you hear? Book on to one of our classes and you’ll receive 20% off in store on the first day of your class!

What people have said about our Intro to Dressmaking class:

A great place to learn sewing. Layla is an excellent teacher and very helpful!

A great day, and I’m wearing my skirt out tonight. I can’t wait to show it off!

Clapham Dates:

Session: Thursday 8th & 15th February 2018, 10:00-13:00, Book Now

Session: Sunday 18th March 2018, 10:00-17:00, Book Now

Islington Dates:

Session: Monday 5th & 12th February 2018, 18:30-21:30, Book Now (At our new shop in Islington!)

Session: Sunday 11th February 2018, 10:00-17:00, Book Now (At our new shop in Islington!)

Session: Tuesday 13th & 20th February 2018, 10:00-13:00, Book Now (At our new shop in Islington!)


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