Skill Level



Kaye McGown

Dates and Times

Day – Wednesday Evening

Dates – April 17th and 24th 2024

Time – 7-9pm

Venue  – St Michael’s Road Community Centre Hitchin SG4 0QA

Course Description

Dart control is the principle by which we create structure to all fitted or semi fitted garments. During this course we learn how to manipulate the dart to give shape to a bodice block and also how to design with it. Using your personal block we will produce a pattern for a basic shell top with a bust dart.

What skills will I learn?

We will teach, demonstrate and help you understand the principles of dart rotation on your bodice block.

  • Discuss the principles of shaping with a dart.
  • Understand the dart pinwheel. Examine how and where darts can be located to produce shape.
  • Understanding the principles of slash and spread to move a dart.
  • Create a pattern for a simple shell top using the principles we have learned.
  • Create design ideas for further patterns to try.

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • 2 x 2hrs of tuition where you will work in a small group
  • Hire of hall
  • Course notes which includes all the information you will need for your course.
  • Free love and warmth of your fellow sewing buddies!
  • Inclusion in a WhatsApp group for support the duration of the course and afterward should you need us.
  • Ongoing membership of our community group – The Sewcial Society WhatsApp group

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

You will need to bring

  • Your bodice block
  • Note pad
  • Eraser
  • Long ruler
  • Curved ruler
  • Paper scissors
  • 1m of calico
  • Sewing machine

What else do I need to know?

  • You will receive a confirmation email upon booking please ensure you have given us your telephone number. You will be added to a course WhatsApp group 1 week before the start of the course so you can gather your supplies.
  • Our classes are non-refundable so please make sure you’ve checked your diary carefully before booking.
  • This workshop is aimed at students who have already made a few basic garments. If you are in doubt about your suitability please contact us and we can have a chat.
  • Please read our FAQs and T’s & C’s before booking.
  • Should you need to contact us before your course please email [email protected]


The course will be held at

St Michael’s Road Community Centre Hitchin SG4 0QA

Skill Level

This course is aimed at those who have had some experience at dressmaking and have made several garments. You must have already have a personal bodice block.


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