Improve Your Dressmaking

Improve Your Dressmaking

Friday 11 June, 2021 - Friday 11 June, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Price: £70

Improve your dressmaking is a one-day session that will help you obtain a better finish to your home-sewn garments.

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 the best size of pattern
-understand pattern terminology and markings
-get facings to lie flat without puckering
-how to add a waistband
-what is understitching and when should you use it
-when and why you need to trim, clip, and notch seam allowances
-what does ‘stitch in the ditch’ mean, and when to do it.
-edgestitching and topstitching to create impact
-how to insert a concealed zip.

All fabrics are provided.

Sewing machines are available in the studio provided or you can bring your own if you prefer. If you are using your own, then please remember the power cable/foot control, bobbins, spare needles, presser feet and the instruction manual.

You’ll also need your basic sewing kit of:  fabric shears, paper scissors and small trimming scissors, tape measure (cm), chalk pencils or marking pens, pins, notebook.

This course is provided by Artisan Stitch.

Must be pre-booked here
Enquiries to: or 0773 939 7369


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


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