Featured Workshop Better Dressmaking Course

Better Dressmaking Course
Thursday 13 January 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults. Confident sewing machine experience required
Price: £210
Location: Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

Better Dressmaking 

The Better Dressmaking course is packed with tips and techniques to make your home sewing look less – well- ‘homemade’.

Thursdays  20 May – 15 July 2021  (9 weekly sessions) 10am – noon 

Course Description

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.

Better Dressmaking is a dressmaking course with a difference.  It’s packed with tips and techniques to help you achieve a great fit and professional finish to your home-sewn clothes.  We’ll start with getting the groundwork right. How to choose the best size of pattern, and making some common adjustments for a perfect fit. Then I’ll teach you the lingo of pattern terminology.

Then week-by-week, I’ll show you, through a series of tutorials, and practical sessions, a whole range of dressmaking techniques to help you avoid that ‘home-made’ look. You’ll  work samples of each technique to practise the skills learnt in that session. I’ll show you how to improve the appearance of your seams with pressing and trimming, and adding the WOW factor with perfectly straight and even topstitching. Darts, interfacing, buttonholes, zips, sleeves and waistbands are covered too. Each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge and technical ability over the 9 weeks (18 hours in total).  By the end of the course, you’ll have a library of new techniques at your fingertips to take home so your sewing will be more ‘high end’ than ‘high street’, more ‘Designer’ than disaster!

Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’. They won a UK Enterprise award for Best Sewing classes 2020 and Corporate Vision award for ‘Best Private Sewing Education & Training Provider’ are the only course provider in Edinburgh and one of only two in Scotland that’s recommended by Queen Margaret University.

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 confident machine skills, have some dressmaking experience and be familiar with 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
  • Understanding pattern terminology
  • How to do some common pattern alterations
  • Learn different seam types and when to use them
  • How to take up hems
  • Neatening and finishing techniques
  • Edge stitching and top stitching to add impact
  • Perfect darts
  • Make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
  • How to sew in a concealed zip
  • Avoid stretched necklines
  • Choosing and using interfacing
  • How to make facings lie flat
  • Setting in a sleeve
  • There will also be time for a question and answer session so if there’s anything you’d like to know that isn’t covered above, then please let me know and I’ll try to include it if there’s time.

Course arrangements

The classes run from 10am to 12 noon every Thursday. Sewing machines are provided or you can take your own if you have one. The course provider will contact you after you book to give you full instructions.

All materials are provided. You will need to bring your sewing kit; a requirements list will be set after booking.

How do I book?

Click here to read full information about the course and to book. Places are limited so early booking is essential.  Enquiries to jen@artisanstitch.co.uk.


Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

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