Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Dressmaking Workshop: Get Frocked Up!

Yes! Get frocked up with seamstress extraordinaire, Leah Halliday, at our new dressmaking course!

Make A Frock Workshop Series

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!

Level: Intermediate

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


Materials provided:

Vogue Pattern V8615

Basic tools of the trade*

Materials required:

Fabric: No more than 4 metres of Fabric

Lining: No more than 4 metres of polyester lining

Zip: 40cm

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.

Please Note:

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.

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