Better Dressmaking - 3 day Summer School

Learn loads of tips and tricks to improve the fit and finish of your home dressmaking projects at this 3 day Summer School run by Artisan Stitch!

Better Dressmaking - 3 day Summer School

About Better Dressmaking - 3 day Summer School

Extra date added! The previous date sold out within days so don't be disappointed and grab your place now. This course won't be repeated this year.

Does nothing you make ever fit right? Do your seams look wrinkled or puckered? Do your facings refuse to lie flat, and are you tired of wonky zips – or do you even avoid zips altogether? Yes? - Then this is the course to help you raise your sewing game and achieve 'Designer' instead of disaster!

I’ve observed a few areas that many home dressmakers commonly struggle with, and rolled them all up into this intensive 3-day sewing course (10am - 5pm each day). It will teach you loads of tips and tricks to improve the fit and finish of your home dressmaking projects and avoid that ‘homemade’ look that is the downfall of many sewing projects.

Through a series of tutorials, and practical sessions, you’ll work samples of each technique, so you can practise the skills learnt in that session. Starting with how to choose the best size of pattern , and make some common adjustments, how to improve the appearance of your seams with pressing and trimming, to adding the WOW factor with perfectly straight and even topstitching, each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge and technical ability over the three days. By the end of the course, you’ll have a library of new techniques at your fingers to help you achieve better dressmaking.

I've been sewing since I was a child (and that's a lot of years’ experience!). During that time, I've made every mistake in the book and learnt how to avoid them. Now you can benefit from my mistakes and learn to sew like a pro as I share my expert tips. I wish I'd known all this stuff when I started to sew.

Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated 'Best sewing classes in Edinburgh'.

Who is this aimed at?
• Novice dressmakers who’d like to further their skills
• Home dressmakers who’d like to achieve a better fit and finish to their home sewing projects

You must have had some dressmaking experience using commercial paper patterns and basic garment construction.

What will I learn?
• How to choose the best size(s) of pattern to achieve a good fit
• How to do some common pattern alterations
• Pattern ‘language’ – what the markings mean and why you should use them
• Methods of neatening raw edges
• Learn different seam types and when to use them
• How to take up hems
• Perfect darts
• Make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
• How to sew in a concealed zip
• Prevent fabric stretching
• choosing and using interfacing
• Waistbands
• Facings

Course arrangements

Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one.You will also need to bring your basic sewing kit (scissors, tape measure, pins, chalk marking pencils or pens

Cost £195 (includes fabrics, zips etc)
Meals, travel and accommodation are not included. There will be a break for lunch from 1-2pm each day.

Limited number of places: Book now!

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