The Theory of Dressmaking

The Theory of Dressmaking

17/06/2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you have ever looked at a dressmaking pattern & been completely confused maria would love to help you make sense of this so that you can start making your own clothes.

Skill level: capable sewer

This is the perfect workshop for anyone who has been using a sewing machine to make simple craft projects & is now keen to start making their own clothes.

This is a 2 hour theory lesson that should give you all the information you need to get started on your first dressmaking project.

Maria will talk you through the following topics:

What to Buy

  • Pattern Choice – choosing an appropriate style & skill level
  • Fabric Choice – understanding & choosing suitable fabrics
  • Notions – identifying what other supplies you will need
  • Where to Buy – in Bristol & online

Following Your Pattern

  • Choosing your size & basic adjustments
  • The language of patterns & reading between the lines
  • Finishing techniques for seams & hems

Maria will have a good variety of patterns & fabric samples for you to analyse & compare as well as suitable tried & tested pattern suggestions. If you already have a pattern or fabric you are thinking of using you are welcome to bring these along to discuss with Maria.

By the end of the workshop you should have all the knowledge you need to head to the fabric shop & get started with your first dressmaking project. There will be a worksheet for you to add notes to & take away.

If you would like practical guidance through your first project Maria offers a 20% discount off a course of 6 or 8 hours of private sewing lessons booked following this session. (Please see the sewing lessons page for more details about individual & ‘sew-with-a-friend’ private sewing lessons).

Tea & biscuits will be provided.

Gift Vouchers are available for this workshop on the gift voucher page. These are valid for 12 months & as well as making a nice gift the lucky recipient will be able to choose their own date to attend this workshop.


Bookings have closed for this event.