Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course

Wednesday 25 August, 2021 - Friday 27 August, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults - Beginners

Price: £205

Beginners  Sewing & Dressmaking Course

This 3-day Summer School course in foundation sewing skills will not only teach you how to use a sewing machine, but also give you an introduction to dressmaking.

Course Description

Beginners Sewing & Dressmaking is a combined course that teaches you how to use a sewing machine and some foundation sewing skills.  You’ll also make an easy little project (a tote bag)  to learn to measure, cut and handle fabric, in preparation for the main event. Then comes the introduction to dressmaking section – over the next day and a half, you’ll make your choice of a simple skirt using a commercial paper pattern.
(You will need to bring your own pattern and fabric for your projects – I’ll provide details when you book. You’ll need to book early to allow time to obtain these items.)

Level: Beginners (or as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
Duration: 3 days (18 hours)

Who is this aimed at?

Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing and would like a refresher, then this class is suitable for you too.

What will I learn?

how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.

A simple pencil or A-line skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A pencil skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:

  • how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
  • understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
  • how to sew darts
  • sewing seams
  • how to neaten raw edges
  • how to sew a zip
  • using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
  • how to attach a waistband
  • how to take up a hem

Artisan Stitch has won a Certificate of Excellence and rated ‘Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh. In 2020, they won the UK Enterprise Award for Best Sewing Classes, and in 2021, Best Private Sewing Education & Training Provider-Scotland. Jen has over 45 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a teaching & training role.

Must be pre-booked here.  Enquiries to


Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road
Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road


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