Dressmaking in a Day Gift Voucher

Dressmaking in a Day Gift Voucher
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Dressmaking in a Day Gift Voucher


Date & Time:

Product Code: DdayGift

Sessions: 1

Tutor: Alison Leese

Places available: 4

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Venue: See venue page



Purchase this workshop as a gift with the date left open for the recipient to choose. You will receive an automated order confirmation and a separate email with a bespoke Workshop Gift Voucher to gift to your recipient showing details of the workshop and explaining how to contact us to book their place when they are ready to attend.

If you would like a place booked for your recipient on a specific date from our schedule, just drop us an email with the date.

Don't know which workshop to gift? Allow your recipient to choose by purchasing one of our Gift Vouchers for any value.

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!

Dressmaking in a Day is designed to equip you with all the knowledge you need to decipher a commercial sewing pattern and to teach you the practical skills to make either a ladies top, pyjama bottoms, a girls dress or a wrap around skirt. 

Start the day 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.

Having decoded sewing patterns you will then move on to constructing your chosen garment and, using one of our card pattern blocks, will mark your fabric before cutting it out. The rest of the day will be spent sewing your garment together and you will be shown how to seam your pieces together, press accurately and produce perfect hems and will use one of our Janome overlockers to achieve a professional finish on your garment.

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.

You will need the following materials for your selected garment, please avoid bulky, stretchy or slippery fabrics; light to medium weight woven cotton is ideal, if you want, you can buy on the day from Bamber Sewing Machines and get 10% discount.

Sew a Gorgeous Girls Dress

70cm of fabric for the dress and 30cm of fabric for the facing (this can be the same as the dress fabric or a contrast in a similar or lighter weight fabric),

Sewing thread to match the main fabric.

Two 1.5-2cm buttons.

Sew your own Lounge Pants or Pyjama Trousers

2m of 150cm wide fabric or 2.4m of 115cm wide fabric.

Matching sewing thread.

Sew your own Top with Raglan Sleeves

2m for a top of either 150cm or 115cm wide fabric.

Matching sewing thread.

Sew you own Wrap Around Skirt

1.5m of 150cm wide fabric or 2m of 115cm wide fabric (this is based on a skirt length of 60cm, bring more fabric for a longer length).

Matching sewing thread.

One button (maximum size 3cm).

Contact us before the workshop if your hip or bust circumference measures less than 85cm or more than 117cm to ensure there is a pattern block 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).

Our sponsors, Janome, supply computerised sewing machines (230DC) and where required overlockers (6234XL). Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring in your own machines.

Workshop Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

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