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W190610-Introduction to Dressmaking at The Craft Cafe Chorlton

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    Introduction to Dressmaking at The Craft Cafe Chorlton

    £87.50per half metre

    Date & Time: Mon 10, 17 & 24 June 2019, 18.30-21.00

    Sessions: 3

    Tutor: Alison Leese

    Places Remaining: 7

    Skill level: Advanced Beginner

    Venue: Craft Cafe Chorlton

    Stock: 7

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    If you have never used a sewing pattern or made a garment before but are ready to venture into the wonderful world of dressmaking, then this is the workshop for you!

    This three-week evening workshop (with all the materials and trims provided!), is designed to equip you with all the knowledge you need to decipher a commercial sewing pattern and give you the practical skills to make either a ladies top, pyjama bottoms, a girls dress or a wrap around skirt. 

    Based at the Craft Cafe in Chorlton, you’ll find like-minded classmates and the chance to grab a cappuccino before the class starts!

    Week 1 - Sewing Patterns Decoded

    Start by understanding the ‘jargon’ used within a sewing pattern. Learn how to take body measurements to establish your pattern size and calculate fabric requirements. Then get practical by laying out a pattern piece and learn to pin, measure and transfer markings, as well as the basics of shortening, lengthening, enlarging and reducing patterns. Then use one of our card pattern blocks to mark your garment onto your chosen fabric before cutting it out.

    Week 2 & 3 – Construct your chosen garment

    These two weeks will be spent sewing together your garment, you will be learning how to join pieces with seams, press accurately and produce perfect hems.

    You’ll come away with all of the skills and know-how you need to feel totally at home with commercial sewing patterns and a finished garment made by your very self!

    As this is not a beginner’s workshop, you must already have some experience on a sewing machine or have attended one of our Beginner sewing workshops.

    If the above date is not suitable or sold out, please have a look at our alternative dates or contact us with the course name and we will get in touch if a place becomes available or when the next date goes on sale.


    What to bring for Step by Step: Introduction to Dressmaking 

    All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop and are included in the price. If you would like to bring your own fabric or purchase an alternative fabric from our online shop, please select 'Bringing own fabric' from the drop down menu and use discount code FABRIC at the checkout to receive £5 off the workshop price. The fabric required for your selected garment can be found in the 'What to bring' section in the individual workshop pages in the Dressmaking category on our website.

    Contact us before the workshop if your hip or bust circumference measures less than 85cm or more than 117cm so we can ensure there is a pattern block made in your size.

    Sizes for the girls dress are available in 12-18 months (49-51cm chest), 2-3 years (53-55cm chest) or 4-5 years (57-59cm chest).

    As a number of different garments are being made during the workshop, there may be a short wait if the tutor needs to demonstrate a technique required for a different garment. It is, however, a great opportunity to pick up additional skills and chat about what others are doing.

    The Craft Cafe Venue Information including directions and parking.

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