Skill Level




Course Dates

Day – Tuesday Evenings

Dates – 11th Jan – 22nd Feb 2022 (7 week course)

Time – 7.15 – 9.15pm

Course Description

During the course we will be making a simple A – line skirt but don’t worry if this is not your thing we use it to teach all the basic techniques but you could make it for someone else or just as a toile in calico

What skills will I learn?

  • How to read a pattern envelope
  • How to measure yourself accurately
  • Choosing size and understanding fit
  • Interpreting pattern markings and cutting layouts
  • How to transfer pattern markings using tailors’ tacks, dressmakers carbon paper and various types of marking pencils and pens
  • Understanding interfacing and how to use
  • Learn how to do the following techniques
  • Stay-stitching
  • Under-stitching
  • Topstitching
  • Pocket insertion
  • Yoke insertion
  • Interfacing techniques
  • Darts
  • Centred zip insertion
  • Hems

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • A- line skirt kit:
  • Paper Pattern
  • Fabric – 1.30m – 2.10 m of medium weight dressmaking fabric depending on your size and style preference. We have selected suitable fabrics from our collection – all you need to do is select your preference. Fabrics which work well with this style of A line skirt are; laundered cottons or poplin, light to medium weight denim, chambray, lightweight linen or linen blends. Most students choose to make their first skirt in denim as it is easy to work with but you could also just make a toile in calico or an old sheet. The fabric needs to be opaque as we will not be lining it on this occasion
  •  Zip – A zip in a colour to match your fabric – we have a range of colours and will select the best match for your chosen fabric
  • Thread – We will select a matching thread for your fabric
  • Interfacing –  light weight white interfacing
  • Bias Binding – Approx 3m of matching or contrasting bias binding for your hem. We will bring a selection of bias binding to the course for you to select from
  • Project Planner
  • Full tuition through your 6 week course to make your skirt
  • Full colour course workbook which includes all the relevant background information
  • Support throughout the course from your tutor and afterwards via a WhatsApp group

What do I need to prepare in advance of the course?

For your course you will need to bring along the following items. Due to the fact we are unable to share equipment you will need to bring your own sewing machine and haberdashery. Please click on the highlighted words below to view the equipment and add to your basket –  ensure you are fully prepared to make the most of your classes..

  • Sewing Machine – Please bring your machine, manual and accessories also ensure you have a good quality invisible zip foot to fit your machine. If you need help choosing a machine please head over to our trusted supplier via the link. 
  • Dressmaking Kit  – We have prepared a basic dressmaking haberdashery kit to get you started which contains a selection of premium Prym haberdashery which you will need for your course. Please ensure your fabric is laundered to allow for any shrinkage.
  • A-Line skirt kit – this will be sent to you before the start of the course.
  • You may wish to bring a bottle of water and a notepad.

N.B Please ensure you launder your fabric prior to cutting out in the way recommended on the care label or website. Fabric can shrink up to 10% when laundered especially, denim which we advise to be washed twice prior to use.

Pattern sizing

The Newlook pattern is US size 10 to 22, the body measurements range from a 25” to 37” waist and 34.5” to 46” hip. If you fall outside of these measurements, please contact us prior to booking.

Where is the course held?

At the moment due to social distancing rules we cannot use our beautiful studio. However we are fortunate to be able to use St Michael’s Mount Community Centre in Hitchin. This is a COVID secure centre which has the added advantage of having a fogging machine which is used between classes to ensure a safe environment. Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions and our COVID Policy before booking your course. Courses are limited to 5 students.

Additional note

This course is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin. If you are new to sewing it is advisable that you join the beginners machine course before enrolling on this course

Please note we aim to complete your skirt during the course but the complexity of your pattern, and your level of sewing experience may mean you might not entirely complete your garment, however you will be given lots of tips and support  help to ensure you are comfortable completing your project at home.

Please note all our courses are subject to numbers. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone courses ( See our Terms and Conditions for further details)

Skill Level



6th July 2021 – 10th August 2021, September dates to be announced soon, 11th Jan 2022 – 22nd Feb 2022

Select your skirt fabric

Flower Field Cotton Poplin Blush, Flower Field Cotton Poplin Pickle, Petrol Chambray, Aubergine Chambray, Berry Chambray, Dashes Cotton Poplin Navy, Dashes Cotton Poplin Blush, Ditsy Hearts Cotton Poplin, Ola Flower Cotton Poplin, Cotton Poplin Flowers Dark Cyan, Cotton Poplin Flowers Marine, Cotton Poplin Old Rose, Black 11oz Denim, Indigo 11oz Denim, Mid Blue 11oz Denim, Fabrics to be announced soon

1 review for Beginner Dressmaking
  1. Sheila Hoppenbrouwers

    I did Kayes beginners dressmaking course and haven’t done any dressmaking since O-level needlework at school, many years ago!. She is an inspirational, warm, friendly teacher who has the ability to start at the very beginning even when you can’t remember what overlocking is, or how to place the bobbin in the machine! Her courses deal with a varying degree of beginners, she has the ability to change her teaching skills from one to another person. After the course I managed to make a cushion, skirt and a summer dress, which I would not have had the ability / confidence to do without her supportive teaching ability. I would strongly recommend this course.

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