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

4.8(60 reviews)
Creative types and fashion aficionados can extend their thread of knowledge with a day of dressmaking.
Seven Sisters
from £69 pp
Next available date:30th June 2022
What happens in this class?

This six-hour class, with a qualified university fashion lecturer, offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a dressmaking pattern, using a sewing machine and an overlocker, working with a dressmaking pattern for the first time.

If this is your first time using a sewing machine, we would always advise taking our 'Ultimate beginners - Intro to sewing' workshop first.

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

The dress style changes seasonally.
1st April - 8th July - Shift Dress (with invisible zipper) 9th July - Sept…

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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(60 reviews)
Ellie - Jun 11, 2022
Excellent course! Craig is a brilliant instructor - so knowledgeable and very good at explaining each step of the process. I leaned so much and can’t wait to put my skills to work on my own. And Craig made the class such fun. Definitely recommend!
Jami - Jun 10, 2022
Amazing experience! Really friendly instructor, patient and supportive. Helped me gain some confidence in sewing. Cannot wait to sign up for more workshops!
Erica Laz - Jun 7, 2022
I took the dress in a day course and am really impressed by how many techniques and processes our teacher Craig taught us through this one item of clothing. Each step was thoroughly explained, and he answered any questions that we had. I feel a lot more confident in my sewing abilities now and would recommend any one to book one of his workshops.
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14All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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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!


Ellie - Jun 11, 2022
Excellent course! Craig is a brilliant instructor - so knowledgeable and very good at explaining each step of the process. I leaned so much and can’t wait to put my skills to work on my own. And Craig made the class such fun. Definitely recommend!
Jami - Jun 10, 2022
Amazing experience! Really friendly instructor, patient and supportive. Helped me gain some confidence in sewing. Cannot wait to sign up for more workshops!
Erica Laz - Jun 7, 2022
I took the dress in a day course and am really impressed by how many techniques and processes our teacher Craig taught us through this one item of clothing. Each step was thoroughly explained, and he answered any questions that we had. I feel a lot more confident in my sewing abilities now and would recommend any one to book one of his workshops.
Nicola - May 18, 2022
This was a really excellent class and Craig is a talented, fab and patient teacher. I learned lots in a few hours - Craig has planned the classes well to give you good grounding in dress-making from patterns. By the end of the class I had dress that I had made myself and that I could wear for special occasions. I was very pleased with myself, but I'm sure it's mainly down to Craig that I have such a successful first attempt. I thoroughly recommend this for those new to dress-making and wanting to upskill.
Chloe - May 9, 2022
Loved my time at fashion box! Craig is a super helpful and patient teacher, had so many tips for us all and I think he's really set me up for a life of sewing!! Great introduction for beginners, can't believe I made a dress! Thanks Craig
Beth - May 8, 2022
Not for me I'm afraid. The class has the potential to be good, however it is not suitable for complete beginners. The teacher although is good at his craft is not that attentive to those struggling to catch up and you can tell loses patience after some time. There is an assumption that everyone knows the basics which is is wrong. The class is good for those who already have the core knowledge of sewing with a machine. I left with no dress and definately no inspiration to take up sewing again!
Aine - Apr 25, 2022
Thank you Craig! Such a great teacher and very calm and patient! We learnt lots of new skills! We will definitely be back! :)
Maeve - Apr 23, 2022
Amazing course! Craig is great teacher, so knowledgable, patient and fun. The whole day was really enjoyable and relaxed and I learnt so much. Thank you!
Sam - Apr 9, 2022
A great workshop run at a perfect pace by a very patient and informative teacher. Everyone there had a different level of skill but we all managed to make a dress by the end of the session. I enjoyed it so much I signed up for two more workshops before I left.
DB - Apr 4, 2022
Excellent dress in a day workshop. Craig is a great teacher he communicates clearly and demonstrates each step of the process. From setting up the machine to facings and inserting a long zip he explains how to do it and why we do it that way. A great way to spend a Sunday. Thank you.
Penny - Mar 19, 2022
My 16 year old granddaughter and I attended the one day workshop run by Craig. We had a wonderful day and learnt so much. Craig was an excellent teacher and always very helpful taking us through each step of successfully making a dress by the end of the day. We left with a great sense of pride and achievement and are grateful to Craig for giving us the confidence to complete the task !!
Ruth - Mar 18, 2022
I had a lovely day at the fashion box. Craig was clear and helpful and I learnt lots of tips. The course was relaxed and friendly and I would definitely come back to learn more about sewing. thanks so much, Ruth
Kelly - Mar 12, 2022
Had a fabulous day learning how to make a dress with Craig. He is an excellent teacher who gave us practical sewing skills and insider tips! I can thoroughly recommend this course provider, and I look forward to attending other sewing courses with Craig.
Amy - Feb 19, 2022
Absolutely fabulous session! Craig was so knowledgable and patient (I was a disaster!) throughout the session. The class covers so much information and I feel is a really good grounding in the big picture of making a garment and now I can't wait to hone each step of the journey! It really gave me so much confidence that I can make my own clothes - I just need a lot more practice! :)
Bridget Escolme - Feb 12, 2022
This day was an absolute delight. Craig was a fantastic teacher - super-patient, clear and really inspiring. I thought the class would be an interesting taster to see if I would enjoy sewing but that my dress-in-a-day probably wouldn't be wearable. But I'm wearing it as I write this, I love it! It was also somehow incredibly therapeutic. Highly recommend this and am about to book another class.
Reem Al Gazairy - Feb 12, 2022
It was a very nice interesting day I used the Machine to do a dress wow I showed every body my dress. Thank you very much
Gabrielle - Jan 11, 2022
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 - Dec 19, 2021
I love it! This is the third time I go there, and I am always happy.
Monica Sakhai - Dec 1, 2021
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 - Nov 29, 2021
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 - Nov 14, 2021
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 - Oct 17, 2021
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 - Oct 13, 2021
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 - Oct 4, 2021
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 - Aug 8, 2021
Amazing session! well worth it - I learnt so much
Avani - Jul 28, 2021
Excellent workshop really pleased with the dress!!! Thanks Craig you're a really great teacher and so patient!!!
Pippa - Jun 24, 2021
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 - Jun 21, 2021
Really enjoyed it! Thank you Craig for being so patient and supportive!
Josephine - Jun 21, 2021
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 - Jun 7, 2021
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 15, 2021
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 11, 2021
Craig is lovely and give genuine advices. Thank you!
Leyla Hussein - May 10, 2021
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 9, 2021
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 - Apr 26, 2021
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 - Dec 10, 2020
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 - Oct 27, 2020
Great teacher, clear, patient and well-ordered directions
Amy - Oct 24, 2020
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 - Oct 18, 2020
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 - Sep 21, 2020
This class was brilliant, very practical, Craig is an excellent teacher, I learnt so much and such great value for money!
Rohana - Sep 19, 2020
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 - Sep 7, 2020
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 - Sep 16, 2019
The workshop was great! Very rewarding leaving with a finished garment and Craig was so so helpful!
Muireann - Sep 11, 2019
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 - Aug 26, 2019
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 - Aug 7, 2019
Great workshop! Craig gave so many helpful tips and hints and was a great teacher! Really recommend it!
Zoe - Jul 29, 2019
Really good fun! Recommend 100%
Gonda - Jul 18, 2019
Very informative and enjoyable experience. I feel I am ready to do more classes to learn more.
Sau Yee - Jul 15, 2019
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 29, 2019
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 9, 2019
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 - Jan 27, 2019
excellant day , really enjoyed it ,Annabel Stoner, 5 stars
Avisi - Jan 8, 2019
Excellent day, I recommend this class for even tentative beginners. It was very encouraging and very well taught.
Keli - Dec 3, 2018
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 - Nov 5, 2018
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 - Oct 6, 2018
A really good session, learnt a lot.
Jemma - Aug 16, 2018
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 - Feb 17, 2018
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 - Oct 11, 2017
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 - Sep 27, 2017
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.