Events - 8 Mar 19

Dressmaking Course

Dressmaking Course

Wednesday 9 January - Wednesday 27 March
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This dressmaking course will teach you how to make your own unique clothes that fit perfectly. Or if you’ve already done a bit of dressmaking, then you can improve your techniques. I’ve been dressmaking since I was at school. I’ve also studied Bridalwear and Tailoring so I’ve learned lots of tips and tricks that give your projects a polished look. During this course, I’ll be focussing on teaching technique so your clothes won’t look ‘Homemade’, but ‘Handmade’. No-one will believe you made them yourself.

If you’ve already familiar with dressmaking techniques and commercial patterns and you’d like to learn pattern cutting, then you can do this here too.

You should be able to use a sewing machine confidently, have had practice making at least one or two craft projects, and have an awareness of basic seams and hems. If you do not, then I recommend you take one of my Beginners classes first.

I’ll coach you along the way in the following:

How to choose an appropriate pattern for your level of ability,
Taking measurements, cutting and fitting the pattern, understanding pattern markings and instructions
Altering the pattern for a perfect fit
Sewing tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish

Course arrangements
A small class size (Maximum 4 students) ensures I’m able to give you lots of individual attention on your own choice of project.

Must be booked in advance at:

Contact: or 0773 939 7369

Creative Machine Embellishing

Creative Machine Embellishing

Friday 8 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Creative machine embellishing will teach you how to use your embellishing machine in ways you’ve probably not explored yet. Embellishers are also known as felting machines, and they work using barbed needles to ‘felt’ fabrics and fibres. You can create interesting coloured and textured surfaces to use on their own, or as a base for free-motion embroidery.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who hasn’t been able to fully-exploit the creative potential in needlefelting using their embellisher machine.

What will I learn?
Lots of ways to make different needlefelted surfaces for textile art and decorative projects:

how to use wool roving to add decoration to clothes
making felt fabric from merino wool tops
add texture to non-wool fabrics
add decoration to plain chiffon scarfs
creating new fabrics from fabric and felt scraps, and thread trimmings
creating braids and trims
how embellishing machines can be used to make surfaces as a base for hand or machine embroidery
easy felting project: how to make a needlebook using needle-felting.
learn how to create natural textures such as bark, stone & water using textiles

Course arrangements
You will need to bring your own embellisher machine.

Enquiries: or 0773 939 7369.

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