Improve Your Dressmaking

Improve Your Dressmaking

Friday 21 August, 2020 - Friday 21 August, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Basic sewing machine experience required and some dressmaking experience

Price: £60

Does your home dressmaking look a bit – well – ‘homemade’? This 1-day session that will help you obtain a better fit and professional ‘handmade’ finish to your home-sewn garments.

Course description

Do you enjoy dressmaking but aren’t happy with the finish? Do you have bumps at the bottom of your zips. Or do your facings just refuse to lie flat? Would you like to improve your dressmaking but don’t have the time to commit to a course? In this class, I’ll share a few techniques you can use to improve the look of your dressmaking. Instead of wrestling with making a whole garment, we’ll concentrate on learning some foundation dressmaking techniques by making samples of each technique. There are yours to take home for future reference.

Who is this aimed at?

Anyone who has struggled with dressmaking techniques and would like to learn some tips to achieve a better finish to their work. You must be able to use a sewing machine confidently, sew accurate seams, and have some dressmaking experience.

What will I learn?

  • how to choose your best pattern size and achieve a good fit.
  • understanding pattern terminology and markings
  • How to make some common pattern adjustments
  • pressing and trimming techniques
  • why you should staystitch, and how to do it
  • how to apply a facing
  • what is understitching and when do you use it
  • how to insert a concealed zip

Places are limited so advance booking is essential: Improve Your Dressmaking
Enquiries to: or 0773 939 7369

Useful links:

For even more tips and techniques to make your home sewing more ‘designer’ than disaster’, then why not try the 3-day ‘Better Dressmaking‘ intensive sewing course from Artisan Stitch.

Guide to Sewing tips and techniques


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