Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day! by The Fashion Box - crafts in London
Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day! by The Fashion Box - crafts in London

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

by The Fashion Box

15 reviews
15 reviews
Creative types and fashion aficionados can extend their thread of knowledge with a day of dressmaking.

Sewing Class

6 hour workshop

Beginner

Seven Sisters N15

Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day!
by The Fashion Box
6 hour workshop
£59 per person

Classes

6 hour workshop

Daytime

This six-hour class offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a commercial 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. If we do not hear from you, you will have a selection of random sizes to choose from on the day. The deadline for specific sizes is usually 3 days before the workshop, so we can prepare this for you.

All fabrics and zips are included, just bring yourselves! (....and maybe a packed lunch, or there are cafes and Sainsbury's nearby)

Workshop Breakdown:

Morning Session

(Practical)

  1. Intro to the sewing machine – threading
  2. Identifying and rectifying sewing problems

(Demonstration)

  1. Introduction to Commercial Patterns – the different brands and difficulty
  2. How to read a commercial pattern
  3. Understanding your measurements
  4. Fabrics – understanding fabric types and their qualities
  5. Calculating and understanding fabric consumption
  6. Important questions to ask your fabric supplier
  7. Preparing fabrics ready for sewing
  8. How to lay your pattern pieces correctly
  9. How to cut out correctly
  10. Marking your pattern pieces ready for sewing

(Practical)

  1. Sewing bust and waist darts – what can go wrong?
  2. Using pins correctly
  3. Pressing / ironing professionally
  4. Using the overlocker for a professional finish
  5. Inserting an invisible zip

Lunch Break (30-45 Mins)

Afternoon Session (All Practical):

  1. Facings – what are they used for
  2. Interlinings / Interfacing and its uses
  3. Attaching facings, and sewing around curves (armholes and necklines)
  4. Understanding seam allowances
  5. Pressing techniques
  6. Hemming

Once you have completed the dress workshop, you will have access to our 'Suppliers List’. Which lists all of the websites, stores and shops, listing all of the suppliers we use at The Fashion Box. To help you on your sewing journey with obtaining your commercial patterns, fabrics and haberdashery. A treasure trove of hidden gems!

There will be a selection of different fabric styles to choose from in your workshop. As there is not time for everyone to cut out individual dresses, these are prepared for you, so please inform us of your dress size beforehand.

Please note: This workshop is aimed at beginners making their first garment, and we work with standard sizes 4 - 24. The focus of this workshop is to teach you the dressmaking skills needed to be confident for you to try this at home. This workshop does not focus on fitting, or made-to-measure garments. We do offer other workshops in these more advanced techniques.

It is advised that workshoppers complete the Intro to Sewing class first or have been on a sewing machine before.

  • All measurements are in inches
  • The style of dress is a shift dress.
  • From Butterick pattern 5768

Please note that the measurements shown are for the finished garment. You will need some ‘wiggle’ room.

B= Bust W=Waist H=Hip

  • Size 4 B32 W30 H34
  • Size 6 B33 W31 H35
  • Size 8 B35 W32 H36
  • Size 10 B36 W34 H37
  • Size 12 B38 W35 H39
  • Size 14 B40 W37 H41
  • Size 16 B42 W39 H43
  • Size 18 B44 W42 H44
  • Size 20 B46 W44 H46
  • Size 22 B48 W46 H48
  • Size 24 B49 W47 H50

If you are coming up bigger than your retail size, this is quite normal, as dressmaking patterns usually come up a lot smaller. (This will be explained in your workshop)

If you are in-between sizes, then go for the larger size.

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Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm
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You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!

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Reviews (15)
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Carmen
5 Nov
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.
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Emmaleigh
29 May
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!

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Carmen
5 Nov
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.
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Emmaleigh
29 May
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!
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Charlotte
11 Oct
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.
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Iolanda
27 Sep
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.
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sabba
17 Feb
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!
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Jemma
16 Aug
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.
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Kafeelat
6 Oct
A really good session, learnt a lot.
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Keli
3 Dec
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!
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Avisi
8 Jan
Excellent day, I recommend this class for even tentative beginners. It was very encouraging and very well taught.
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annabel
27 Jan
excellant day , really enjoyed it ,Annabel Stoner, 5 stars
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sally
9 May
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.
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Sau Yee
15 Jul
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
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Gonda
18 Jul
Very informative and enjoyable experience. I feel I am ready to do more classes to learn more.
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Zoe
29 Jul
Really good fun! Recommend 100%
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Dian
7 Aug
Great workshop! Craig gave so many helpful tips and hints and was a great teacher! Really recommend it!

Class location

Seven Sisters
Unit 4
718-722 Seven Sisters Road (Entrance on Gourley Street)
N15 5NH
London

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Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day! by The Fashion Box - crafts in London

About your host, The Fashion Box

Who we are: The Fashion Box Group 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. During this time, he has worked alongside a huge selection of fashion houses, new designers and is a mentor to many university lecturers and fashion graduates.

Craig has over 15 years experience in teaching in universities and colleges, as well as with private clients. As a result, he is accomplished at getting the best out of both groups of students and one-to-one situations.

After 7 years at Istituto Marangoni, he left to pursue his dreams of opening his own fashion school, which resulted in The Fashion Box Academy.

Craig is also Head of Fashion at LCCA, and is currently writing a programmes for The London College of Contemporary Arts’ MA course in Luxury Fashion Design.

Craig has been the Collection Manager for Qasimi Homme, worked alongside Sadie Clayton, and is currently working on production of a collection for Liberty of London.

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Notes

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

Age Requirement

14

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

Flexible cancellation policy

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

Beginners Sewing: Anyone can make a dress in a day!
by The Fashion Box
6 hour workshop
£59 per person
6 hour workshop
from £59 per person