Needle & Thread Workshops

Introduction to Dressmaking (2 Day Workshop)

Regular price £120.00

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Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee?! Would you like to learn how to make clothes from a paper pattern? Does the thought of inserting a zip leave you trembling? Then our Introduction to Dressmaking Course is is for you! Dressmaking classes at the Needle & Thread studio are a relaxed & happy place where you can learn, laugh and meet fellow sewing enthusiasts! Under expert guidance you will achieve a professional finish and a perfect fit! 

Over the course of a weekend (two full day workshops) you will construct simple garments of your choice, we would suggest a skirt and a top/simple dress but we will speak to you before the workshops to tailor what you would like to make, we have a huge collection of tried and tested patterns or you can bring your own.


You will learn:

How to take professional measurements to ensure a correct fit
How to make pattern adjustments
How to understand and use a commercial pattern
How to insert a zip
How to use the buttonhole attachment to make professional looking buttonholes
How to achieve professional looking seams and hems
How to insert sleeves, add collars and facings to your garment
How to make two garments that you can repeat with confidence at home adding your own details for a truly unique look.

Course Information
This 2 day workshop** runs on at the Needle & Thread Studio with Sally & Sue.

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Equipment, tea, coffee and healthy lunch & sweet treats provided! We have a bank of the latest brand new Brother Sewing machines and overlockers for you to use supplied by Couling Sewing Machines of Lincoln! 

Cost £120 for two full days ***

** We changed the format from four weekly half day sessions to two full days to increase the time so that you can really get the most out of each session. We have found that people just don't want to stop! Our last three Introduction To Dressmaking courses have been fully booked so do book early if you don't want to miss out! **

This is a beginner’s dressmaking course so no experience of dressmaking is required but you do need to know how to use a sewing machine. We will expect you to have taken the Learn to Sew Course or be at an equivalent standard.


You will be required to bring your own chosen fabric for your garments to class with any zips or fastenings. Full details will be sent to you on booking. 

Make A Simple Skirt 

For your first garment project you will make a skirt to fit you. You can make any style or length in fabric of your choice. We have tried and tested patterns for you to use from a super wearable A-line to a classic straight pencil skirt, to a more fluid longer style. 

Make a Classic Simple Shift Dress or Top.
Make a flattering top or shift dress. Choose from a variety lengths, whether it be a flattering long line top, a shorter version to be worn with fitted skirt or jeans, or even cut slightly longer so that can be worn as a 1960’s style mini dress, we have tried and tested flattering patterns for all shapes.

Photographs of the super garments previously made on the course can be viewed on our Facebook page.

"I would like to say that it has been lovely meeting all the lovely ladies, lovely learning new skills but mostly giving me the confidence to just cut out patterns and dive in....i made myself a top which i wear to work regularly, a lovely skirt and a shirt for my daughter, but i found this weekend i was inspired to make some dresses.... thank you Sally and Sue for your help, advice and guidance". Rachel 

"Thank you for another lovely course. I'll miss coming along next Sunday morning!Kirsten


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