6 hour workshop
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.
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)
- Intro to the sewing machine – threading
- Identifying and rectifying sewing problems
- Introduction to Commercial Patterns – the different brands and difficulty
- How to read a commercial pattern
- Understanding your measurements
- Fabrics – understanding fabric types and their qualities
- Calculating and understanding fabric consumption
- Important questions to ask your fabric supplier
- Preparing fabrics ready for sewing
- How to lay your pattern pieces correctly
- How to cut out correctly
- Marking your pattern pieces ready for sewing
- Sewing bust and waist darts – what can go wrong?
- Using pins correctly
- Pressing / ironing professionally
- Using the overlocker for a professional finish
- Inserting an invisible zip
Lunch Break (30-45 Mins)
Afternoon Session (All Practical):
- Facings – what are they used for
- Interlinings / Interfacing and its uses
- Attaching facings, and sewing around curves (armholes and necklines)
- Understanding seam allowances
- Pressing techniques
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.
Select a class time
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
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!
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
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.
All sewing materials are provided on the day. Once purchased please get in touch with the size of dress you would like to make.
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.