Yes! Get frocked up with seamstress extraordinaire, Leah Halliday, at our new dressmaking course!
Make your very own 50s-style frock in time for glamourous festive fun. You'll be the envy of the Christmas soiree in your handmade, made-to-measure gown!
Make a Frock
During this six week course, you will build on your existing basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a commercial pattern, you'll learn oodles of dressmaking techniques AND Leah will treat y'all to some indispensable hints and tips of the trade!
Sounds pretty swell, huh? Read on for further details...
A fabulous 1950s-inspired frock. You will make your dress from vintage Vogue pattern V8615. The pattern fits UK sizes 8 - 24. It includes two style variations. You will take your pattern home at the end of the course so why not make one dress style in class and tackle the other on your own at home using your new found skills?
You will learn how to do all these things...
1. Take your measurements
2. Understand & use a commercial pattern
3. Put a dress together
4. Sew darts
5. Sew eased seams
6. Sew a basic hem
7. Sew pockets
8. Insert zip
9. Line a garment
10. Get to grips with topstitching
11. Pinning, cutting & ironing techniques
12. Insider hints & tips of the trade!
Course Length: Six 3-hour workshops
Cost: £30 per 3 hour session = £180
Date: Starts on 11th October and runs every Monday evening until 15th November.
Time: 6.30pm till 9.30pm
Vogue Pattern V8615
Basic tools of the trade*
Fabric: No more than 4 metres of Fabric
Lining: No more than 4 metres of polyester lining
Thread: 2 x 100m polyester thread spool
More information on sizes, buying fabric and a list of suppliers will be emailed to you on booking.
This is NOT a beginners class. This is a great introduction to dressmaking but basic sewing experience is required. If you’re new to sewing or just a little rusty you can sign up to our Oh-Sew-Basic class in preparation for fancy dressmaking. Simple!
*If you have your own sewing machine, please do bring it with you - but don’t forget the instruction manual.