Skill Level




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?

  • Full individual use of Janome sewing machines and overlockers
  • Use of premium sewing tools
  • Selection of standard colour sewing threads (black, navy blue, white and cream)
  • Full tuition to make your skirt
  • Support throughout the course from your tutor and afterwards via our closed Facebook group
  • A haberdashery pack to include your paper pattern a 7” zipper and 0.25m of interfacing.

What do I need to bring?

  • 30 – 2.10 m of medium weight dressmaking fabric depending on your size and style 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. Please ensure your fabric is opaque as we will not be lining it on this occasion.
  • You are welcome to use any of the basic thread colours in the studio to construct your garment, however if you wish to match your colour of thread to your fabric you can buy it from the studio on week 2.
  • 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.

Optional Course kit

We have handpicked a collection of premium Germany haberdashery equipment from the Prym range which complements this course. If you would like to purchase this kit, please click here for more details and to buy. We will prepare it for you and have it ready for you on your first lesson.

Skill level – Beginner /Improver

This workshop is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin and have a couple of sewing projects under their belt. Note – 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.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly, taking place at our beautiful studio. Class sizes are kept small to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. This does mean that booking is essential.

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