Introduction to Dressmaking Summer School

Introduction to Dressmaking Summer School

Wednesday 28 July, 2021 - Friday 30 July, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Basic sewing machine experience required

Price: £205

Introduction to Dressmaking Summer School

Wednesday 28-Friday 30 July 2020  10m – 5pm each day

Making your own clothes is extremely satisfying. You can obtain a perfect fit and have something completely unique, But it’s difficult knowing where to start. Commercial paper pattern sizes bear no relation to shop-bought, and all those fabrics to choose from?  If you’d like to learn to make your own clothes, but are struggling to get started, then this ‘introduction to Dressmaking summer school course will give you a great foundation. This 3-day intensive course is being run as part of Artisan Stitch’s Summer School programme.

Course Description

Using an easy sleepwear pattern (for guys and gals), I’ll guide you through interpreting the ‘lingo’ of patterns. Using the best size, choosing the right fabric, cutting and sewing – all with help at hand.

The pattern I’ve chosen is Simplicity 1563 (pictured). It includes several different pieces so you can mix and match.  The bottoms and robe are made in woven fabric. The vest and T-shirt are in knitted jersey.  That can be tricky to work with, especially for novices, but I’ll teach you a few tips to help. And these garments are wardrobe staples so you may even want to make them again for casual wear. Just think of that cute little vest-top paired with the tie-waist trousers for a great holiday evening outfit.

You must already have competent sewing skills i.e. have completed a Beginners sewing course, be confident using a sewing machine and be able to thread up and wind bobbins, and to sew neat, accurate seams.

Who is this aimed at:

  • Anyone who has recently started to sew and would like to make clothes
  • Novice dressmakers who would like some help to understand how to use commercial patterns, and improve your dressmaking skills
  • Lapsed sewists: perhaps it’s been a while since you last did any dressmaking and you need to brush up your knowledge and skills

What will I learn?

How to use commercial paper patterns and learn garment-construction techniques.

  • choosing the best size, and making some basic alterations for a good fit;
  • select suitable fabric and use it economically.
  • understanding the ‘language’ and markings on patterns
  • Fabric-cutting and marking techniques
  • sewing pieces together (garment-construction)
  • tips and tricks to obtain a professional-quality finish

There will be time to make at least 2 of the pieces (your choice of 1 top and 1 pair of bottoms). You may have time to make a 3rd item (or at least start it).  There will be some structured tutorials over the 3 days with plenty practical time.

Total 18 hours

Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence and is rated Best sewing courses in Edinburgh. They won a UK Enterprise Award for Best sewing classes 2020, and are the only course provider in Edinburgh, and one of only two in Scotland who are recommended by Queen Margaret University.

How to book:

Click here for full information about the course, and to book.  Places are extremely limited so early booking is essential.  Enquiries to

Cost: £205 – including pattern.  You will need to provide your own fabric. The course provider will advise you what you’ll need when you book.

Travel, meals and accommodation are not included.


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