Events - 14 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

Refresher Sewing Class

Refresher Sewing Class

Thursday 14 March
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you used to sew but are a bit rusty, then this Refresher sewing class is a good starting point to brush up on your dressmaking techniques.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who needs to refresh their sewing techniques. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, and sew straight accurate seams. You should also be able to thread up, wind bobbins and understand sewing machine tension. If you need help with this, then please consider one of my Beginners classes first.

What will I learn?
I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start dressmaking again. Plus there’s plenty of my tips to help you achieve a professional finish to your dressmaking projects.

The Refresher Sewing Class will cover:

various methods of neatening raw edges
trimming and pressing
whether to notch or clip curves
what is staystitching and why you should do it
when you need to use easestitching
how to make facings lie flat
how to sew couture-quality darts
how to sew in a zip
what does ‘stitch in the ditch’ mean, and when to do it.
edgestitching and topstitching to create impact.

The list above are all common dressmaking techniques if you want to achieve a neat-looking finish to your sewing projects. You may have forgotten how to do these, or perhaps you haven’t learned these before? In addition, if there’s a technique that you can’t seem to get to grips with, then please let me know in advance of the class, and I’ll try to cover it if there’s time. You will make samples of most of these techniques, and will have notes to take away so you will be able to use these as a reference for your future sewing.

Must be pre-booked at:

Enquiries to or 0773 939 7369

Beginners Sewing Course

Beginners Sewing Course

Thursday 14 March
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fast-track your sewing journey with this comprehensive introduction to sewing. Learn to use a sewing machine and gain some foundation sewing skills. How to sew seams and take up hems, plus a choice of easy sewing projects.

This course prepares you to move onto dressmaking or soft furnishings, or as a refresher if you’re a bit rusty. This Beginners sewing course will teach you expert sewing techniques whether you want to progress into dressmaking, soft furnishing or craft projects. You’ll learn how to understand sewing machines, get experience of using different stitch types, learning about stitch lengths, widths and tensions. I’ll explain what the different presser feet are for and you’ll learn how to measure and cut fabric.

I learned to sew as a child and since then, I’ve made every mistake in the book. So fast-track your sewing journey as you 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.

This course runs 2 hours per week for 4 weeks.

Who is this aimed at?

>Absolute Beginners (if you’ve never used a sewing machine)

>Novice sewists (if you’ve just recently learned but would like to know a bit more)

>Lapsed Sewists (as a refresher if you’ve not sewn for a while and are a bit rusty).

What will I learn?

>How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently

>How to wind bobbins and how to thread a sewing machine

>Understand the mysteries of correct thread tension

>How to sew perfect straight lines, smooth curves and turn corners

>Learn three different seam types and when to use them

>How to take up a hem >Make machined buttonholes and how to sew in a zip

>Make a lovely craft project to gain experience measuring, cutting and sewing fabric.

Taught by a lifetime sewist with over 4 decades of experience across dressmaking, tailoring and bridalwear and recently rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh. Must be pre-booked at: Enquiries to or call 0773 939 7369