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Are you tired of making cushions, bags and garments with elasticated waistbands and would like to move up to the next level? Have you tried your hand at making up a simple garment using a “very easy” commercial pattern but it didn’t turn out as well as you hoped it would? Would you like to start making yourself beautiful and unique clothes that fit like a glove but are too scared to go it alone? We don’t blame you! Understanding commercial patterns, how to alter them in order to make garments that fit well and how to put into practice what’s written and illustrated in their instructions can be very daunting if you’re new to dressmaking, so let us help you with that!

This two day course is the perfect place  for advanced beginners to get started on the real dressmaking journey and the perfect follow up to our  Complete Beginners Sewing Course . In order to attend, you’d  need to be very confident on the sewing machine, have completed a few basic sewing projects and at least one basic dressmaking project, or taken either our Complete Beginners Sewing Course or equivalent elsewhere, or a combination of two of our shorter beginners courses such our Ultimate Beginners (Gifts & Accessories) course followed by the Easy Pyjamas Intro to Sewing one.

*Please note that depending on how you do on the Complete Beginners Sewing Course or other beginner courses, you might still not be ready to move up to this course and might need more practice at a beginners level. I


  • How to accurately take your measurements
  • How to alter the pattern to fit you, including those much dreaded bust alterations!
  • How to construct and attach a lapped waistband
  • How to insert a centered zip
  • How to sew darts
  • How to attach a neckline facing
  • How to finish armholes with bias binding
  • How to create and finish a hem and much more!


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