Skill Level

Confident Beginner



Dates and Times

Day -Wednesday

Date -TBC

Time – 7pm – 9pm

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

Course Description

This workshop one of a series which explores various garment making techniques. We will take you through each technique step by step the “Kaye Way” You will produce your own scaled samples for your techniques bible. Pace of learning will be dictated by you and unlike YouTube you will have a chance to ask as may questions as you like! In this Detail series we will be looking at simple details and how they can be used on garments in a contemporary way which echos the trend in ready to wear garments at the moment.

What skills will I learn?

We will teach and demonstrate the follow techniques

  • Exploring what is a pleat
  • Exploring the following types of pleats  – Box, inverted, kick, knife and godets
  • How to identify and accurately mark pleat on your fabric
  • Techniques for sewing, top stitching and edge stitching them
  • Staying pleats
  • Hemming pleats
  • Adjusting pleats to fit

You will perform each technique on a scaled down sample all backed up with a worksheet for you to keep. You will then be able to file in your techniques bible for future reference.

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • You will be provided with worksheets for each technique you will be able to pair these worksheets with your samples to create your own techniques bible.
  • Inclusion in a WhatsApp group for the duration of the course
  • Membership of our Sewcial Society
  • The hall that we will be using  is a registered Covid secure venue with immaculate facilities and plenty of free parking.

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

  • You will need to bring your own sewing machine and all its accessories, bobbin and thread. You will also need to provide your own extension cable. If you do not have a machine borrow one or if you want help choosing a new machine please follow this link to see our recommendations.
  • You will need a full dressmaking tool kit

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
  • Our classes are non-refundable so please make sure you’ve checked your diary carefully before booking
  • Please read our FAQs and T’s & C’s before booking.
  • Should you need to contact us before your course please email [email protected]
Choose course date

Tuesday Evenings 25th May – 22nd June 7-9 pm (5 week course), Saturday 12th June 10-5.30pm (All Day), Wednesday Evenings 15th, 22nd, 29th September and 6th October, Saturday 31st July (All Day)


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