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Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day!

4.8(44 reviews)
Creative types and fashion aficionados can extend their thread of knowledge with a day of dressmaking.
Seven Sisters
from £50 pp
Next available date:27th January 2022
What happens in this class?

This six-hour class offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a dressmaking pattern, as well as sewing darts, using an overlocker, inserting an invisible zip and sewing facings.

Important Information:

It is essential that once booking you contact The Fashion Box Studio to request a specific dress size. The deadline for specific sizes is 3 days before the workshop, so we can prepare this for you. If we do not hear from you with your requested size, a size 10 (from the size chart) will be prepared for your sewing pack.

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Things to remember

All sewing materials are provided on the day. Once purchased please get in touch with the size of dress you would like to make.

Latest Reviews
4.8(44 reviews)
Gabrielle - January 11th
Craig was a fantastic teacher who made everything so easy to understand. It was such a great day and I learnt so much. Will definitely be returning!
Rachel Viomesnil Flament - December 19th
I love it! This is the third time I go there, and I am always happy.
Monica Sakhai - December 1st
Craig delivered the course meticulously, including all the fabrics and step by step know how . It really gave me a taste of what it would be like to make my own dress using a pattern. Definitely recommend it 👍
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Age Requirement

14All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Your Teacher

Who we are:

The Fashion Box was founded in 2013.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins, with a post-graduate degree in Advanced Innovative Pattern Cutting, Craig (Mr Fashion Box!) embarked on a kaleidoscope of successful ventures within the fashion industry.

He is a qualified University lecturer, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a Distinction in Academic Practice, teaching certificate.

During his time working in the fashion industry, he has worked alongside a huge selection of fashion houses, new designers and is a mentor to many university lecturers and fashion graduates. He is also a former Collection Manager for Qasimi…

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Class Location
The Fashion Box
Seven Sisters
Unit 4
718-722 Seven Sisters Road (Entrance on Gourley Street)
N15 5NH


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Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day!


Gabrielle - January 11th
Craig was a fantastic teacher who made everything so easy to understand. It was such a great day and I learnt so much. Will definitely be returning!
Rachel Viomesnil Flament - December 19th
I love it! This is the third time I go there, and I am always happy.
Monica Sakhai - December 1st
Craig delivered the course meticulously, including all the fabrics and step by step know how . It really gave me a taste of what it would be like to make my own dress using a pattern. Definitely recommend it 👍
Richard - November 29th
I went with my wife and we both had a great time. Craig is an excellent teacher! Before this I'd never used a sewing machine before and ended up with a great dress. I'd definitely recommend having a go.
Ellen - November 14th
Really good class. I went from having never used a sewing machine (or even heard of an overlocker) to having made a whole dress in one day! Craig also gave advice about the sort of beginners fabrics to work with, and how to use patterns, which is all very helpful and will definitely come in useful in the future!
Nishi - October 17th
Excellent teacher! Enjoyed the class and have come home with a dress that fits very well and looks great. Btw, I’m a real beginner 😊
Katrine A - October 13th
This class is very accurately named, I had absolutely no previous experience and managed to make a fully functioning dress! Craig gave very helpful demonstrations and was happy to help if things went wrong. It was easy enough to follow and the dress designs are great. I'm already looking into my next class at the Fashion Box.
Julia Schmidt - October 4th
Amazing class! It was so inspiring! Best money ever spent. I highly recommend it. Craig is a fabulous teacher and he makes sewing feeling super easy! Can’t wait to do another one!
Sadia Talukder - August 8th
Amazing session! well worth it - I learnt so much
Avani - July 28th
Excellent workshop really pleased with the dress!!! Thanks Craig you're a really great teacher and so patient!!!
Pippa - June 24th
Great course. Craig was really supportive and helpful . My dress fits and is wearable which is amazing considering my sewing experience prior to the day! The day gave me the confidence to start making basic items at home on my own !
Jackie Wang - June 21st
Really enjoyed it! Thank you Craig for being so patient and supportive!
Josephine - June 21st
Amazing class! I learnt so much and had a lot of fun. Craig is lovely and shared lots of useful tips. Would recommend to anyone who wants to learnt the basics of sewing, get a bit of experience on the sewing machine and have a bit of fun.
cigdem yilmaz - June 7th
I loved it. I'm returning for more. İt's amazing how you get to learn so much better when you work on a project step by step which is what Craig does. Top stuff.
Shabby - May 15th
I was amazed that I actually made a dress by the end of the day. The pattern pieces are precut for you - which quickens it up. However Craig does go through the patterns in detail - explaining what all the numbers and tables mean, he also shows you how to cut the fabric. Craig explains well and makes sure that everyone is doing well.
Auriane Hermant - May 11th
Craig is lovely and give genuine advices. Thank you!
Leyla Hussein - May 10th
My first course here, really loved it. I did learn so many things really, I love the way Craig explained and showed step by step how to do the dress. Even for non beginner still have something new to learn. 100% I will be back to learn more.
Sophie Grantham - May 9th
Had a great day at The Fashion Box at this beginners sewing workshop! Craig was a great teacher, gave clear instructions and was super helpful! Will definitely be back soon.
Claire Hunter - April 26th
Really loved the class at The Fashion Box and was totally surprised it was possible to make a dress in a day as a beginner! Craig was a great teacher, super clear and very talented! Looking forward to doing another class there soon :)
Shweta - December 10th
Really enjoyed this class and pretty impressed with the dress I made! I am a complete beginner to sewing and was still able to finish my dress to a good quality. Craig is absolutely fabulous as a teacher! Would highly recommend it!
Matilda - October 27th
Great teacher, clear, patient and well-ordered directions
Amy - October 24th
We had so much fun learning to sew a shift dress. Who knew it was possible in one day! The lesson was informative and fun with an incredibly diligent and patient teacher. We each had our own stations with sewing machines and overlockers and after an engaging day of sewing and learning we left with an impressive dress that we had made ourselves (and more importantly - it fitted perfectly). My daughter wore her dress out last week! We will definitely be back for another class.
larli - October 18th
It was a brilliant class. Craig was a fantastic teacher and made everything very simple and easy to follow whilst also being really enjoyable. I have learnt so many new sewing techniques such as sewing an invisible zip and interfacing. I would love to do more of his classes if I get the chance, and still find it amazing I was able to make a dress in a day, without ever having made a garment of clothing before!
Rudi - September 21st
This class was brilliant, very practical, Craig is an excellent teacher, I learnt so much and such great value for money!
Rohana - September 19th
This class was brilliant and good value for money. All material was provided, all the content was so well explained and the learning well paced- managing to accommodate complete beginners as well as those with a little more experience. It felt so great to walk out with a dress that you had made. This course has honestly given me all the tools, confidence and motivation to start sewing properly!
Claire - September 7th
I really enjoyed this workshop! Craig was so knowledgeable, and set just the right place for the class to work through the project. He took us through everything really clearly and was always on hand to assist where required. I can't quite believe I made an actual dress!! This was my first time in a long time in making anything using a sewing machine, but it has definitely given me the confidence to go on and try new projects. Highly recommended!!!
Shenaya - September 16th
The workshop was great! Very rewarding leaving with a finished garment and Craig was so so helpful!
Muireann - September 11th
I loved this workshop! Being a bit rusty, the day was exactly what I needed to kickstart my sewing ambitions. The day was well organised and ran smoothly. Craig is clearly very knowledgeable and happy to answer all questions. He had lots of practical tips and was very patient with all of us! I’m going to book another to try sewing with stretch fabrics for the first time. Highly recommend!
Jill - August 26th
I had tried making things with darts and zips myself but this workshop was amazing. Craig took us through at a steady pace - showed us how to do each step then let us do it. Gave so many useful tips and advice - was well worth the money and I came home with a dress I could wear and loads more confidence. Just deciding which course to take next.
Dian - August 7th
Great workshop! Craig gave so many helpful tips and hints and was a great teacher! Really recommend it!
Zoe - July 29th
Really good fun! Recommend 100%
Gonda - July 18th
Very informative and enjoyable experience. I feel I am ready to do more classes to learn more.
Sau Yee - July 15th
Having read mixed review I was a bit worried but turned out to be quite good and I've made a dress. I wouldn't recommend a complete beginner for this course but anymore who had some sewing lessons and knows have to thread a machince is suitable
Emmaleigh - May 29th
located in a really nice studio, our teacher took his time to explain every step and answer any questions that came up. i would definitely recommend this class and try others from The Fashion Box again-- and my dress looks fabulous on!
sally - May 9th
Very intense class but covered everything I needed. I had used a sewing machine before but Craig taught me not to be scared of invisible zips and sewing patterns which was invaluable. Craig, was incredibly patient and didn't lose his temper once! I would have. I think to get the most out of the class, I think it would useful to have played around with a sewing machine a few times beforehand, but there were complete beginners there too, who still managed to get a dress out, but it is a lot to retain in such a short space of time.
annabel - January 27th
excellant day , really enjoyed it ,Annabel Stoner, 5 stars
Avisi - January 8th
Excellent day, I recommend this class for even tentative beginners. It was very encouraging and very well taught.
Keli - December 3rd
The class was incredible. Craig teachings was so easy to follow, I still can’t belive that I made a dress! I had only done a course before in introduction to sewing machine with fashion box and I was a bit concerned, but the course is great even for total beginners! I will definitely be coming back for more. Thank you Craig!
Carmen - November 5th
I can't speak highly enough of this place. not only is it an affordable and fun workshop but the teachers are so good and so patient. The skills I have learned are helping me build my confidence and I am now ready to buy a sewing machine and get dress- making. I am booking my next class today.
Kafeelat - October 6th
A really good session, learnt a lot.
Jemma - August 16th
The class was fab! The fabric was precut and so it meant we could get on and focus on sewing the whole dress together. No time to do fitting, but now I understand the mechanics of how a dress goes together, I feel confident to have a go at home. Craig was a great tutor, highly recommended.
sabba - February 17th
This class was not enjoyable and I don’t recommend it. The studio is cold, the teacher was short and impatient at times but he was alone with 10 beginner students. Unfortunately the dress fabric was pre cut and provided without choice. It was an awful print so I won’t be wearing it!
Charlotte - October 11th
The worship went at a good pace and the teacher was very helpful and went over things that we needed extra support on. All materials were provided and are of a good quality however I don't like the fabric that was used and so don't think I will ever wear the dress! It's a very bold print.
Iolanda - September 27th
Tutor was unclear and impatient. Fabric is cut before class, so no learning and our dresses did not fit. Environment wasn't friendly. I did learn, but I would not attend a class at Fashion Box again.