Workshops Dressmaking Techniques

Dressmaking Techniques
Thursday 6 October - Thursday 10 November 2022 1:30pm - 3:30pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults. Confident sewing machine experience required
Price: £135
Location: Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road

Dressmaking Techniques – a new course for 2022!

Improve those common construction methods for making your own clothes and giving them a professional finish. 

Course Description

Are you tired of wonky zips? Or do you even avoid them altogether? Do your facings refuse to lie flat?  Yes? Then this is the course to help you raise your sewing game.

Extracted from my popular ‘Better Dressmaking’ course, ‘Dressmaking Techniques’ is a not a regular Dressmaking Course.  Rather than plod your way through an entire garment, this course is a technical-based course where, week by week, you’ll learn the basic techniques of making clothes. such as darts, fastenings, adding a waistband, a facing etc. This is how sewing is taught in schools and colleges. 

Through a series of tutorials, and practical sessions, you’ll be working samples of each technique, so you can practise the skills learnt in that session.  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’.

Level:  Intermediate.  You need to have foundation skills in seams and hems gained from a Beginners’ sewing course. Also you’ll have already used a commercial paper pattern to make at least 1 garment (or tried to).

Duration: 12 hours (2 hours per week for 6 weeks). This is an abridged version of the ‘Better Dressmaking’ 9 week course.

Who is this aimed at?

  • Home dressmakers who’d like to achieve a better finish to their home sewing projects
  • You must have had some dressmaking experience and be familiar with using commercial paper patterns and basic garment construction (seams, hems and raw-edge neatening techniques).

What will I learn?

  • 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 do some useful pattern ‘hacks’
  • How to change the shape of a neckline
  • How to make facings lie flat
  • Setting in a sleeve

Course arrangements

All fabrics needed for the course are provided. Sewing machines are available for your use or you can bring your own if you have one. Please remember your power cable/foot control, spare needles, feet, instruction manual.

You will need your basic sewing kit of: fabric shears, paper scissors and small trimming/embroidery scissors, pins, tape measure (cm), chalk pencils or fabric marking pens, notebook. For the pattern-amendments sections, you’ll also need a dressmakers curved ruler, glue stick, and 2 or 3 coloured pencils.

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.

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

Location details

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

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