Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker

Make an Ashton Top - Confident Beginner Dressmaker - 1 Day Workshop

Do you know how to use a sewing machine? Are you keen to get started on making your own lovely clothes and getting to grips with understanding a sewing pattern, but unsure where to start? Then this 1 day workshop may be just for you!

Our new one day workshop is the perfect class if you can already use a sewing machine to make simple craft projects, but want to learn how to make a garment.

During the workshop the tutor will then guide you through how to measure yourself, teach you how to understand a sewing pattern, and cut out your chosen fabric.

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on info@guthrie-ghani.co.uk and we can check availability. Sometimes we can experience a glitch in the website where the workshop appears as fully booked when it is not. We are fixing it as soon as possible.

Running Time
9.30am - 4.00pm

About this workshop

You will make a woven top using the popular Ashton Top from Helen's Closet. This pattern is great for sewing newbies. It's also very versatile, as you will have the option to make a sleeveless version, or use the Sleeve Expansion Pack to include a variety of sleeve options. The pattern comes in Size Range: 0-30 (up to a 58″ / 147.5 cm bust). You will need to select the choice between a B-cup pattern from sizes 0-22, and a D-cup pattern from sizes 12-30.

Please note that it's likely you will have some finishing touches to complete at home, such as the hem or adding the optional pockets.

Further Information

  • Simple seams, seam allowances and key sewing terminology
  • How to create a hem
  • How to finish seam allowances
  • The theory behind darts and facings; why they are used
  • How to apply interfacing and what it is used for
  • How to understitch and clip seam allowances
  • How to insert a sleeve
  • How to understand the back of a sewing pattern and select your size
  • How to layout and cut your pattern
  • Techniques for transferring pattern markings
    And much, much more!

Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker - This class is suitable for those who already know how to set up a sewing machine and make simple projects, but are looking to try dressmaking for the first time.

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • An A0 print out of the PDF pattern - Helen's Closet Ashton Top & Sleeve Expansion Pack
  • Fusible interfacing to complete your top
  • Use of all top Prym tools, equipment and Brother sewing machines
  • Use of all sewing machines, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (For lunch, please bring a packed lunch or visit some of the lovely local cafes)
  • 1.1m - 1.6m light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn or voile. Some medium weight cottons are also suitable - please get in touch with us for assistance and advice over the phone on 0121 449 8419 where a member of the team can support you. It is advisable to purchase fabric prior to attending the course so that you can pre-wash the fabric to account for shrinkage, so it is best to order ahead.
  • Matching thread

Dee Cain

When Dee's parents realised that she adored all things sewing related, they gave her an electric sewing machine for her 9th birthday and her first sewing teacher was her dear mum who just happened to be a seamstress.

Dee has had a lengthy career in the clothing industry working as a sample machinist, sample cutter, pattern drafter and bridal alteration specialist before she decided to become a mature student and study for a BSc in Clothing Management and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Valuable teaching experience was gained as a visiting tutor for BA fashion students at Birmingham City University. In 2017 she also taught in Haiti as the lead tutor for an oversees aid work charity (LVE Haiti) where she successfully set up a sewing school.

Hobbies include sewing her own tailored clothes, knitting baby cardigans, travelling to tropical destinations, shopping and going to the gym.

Dates & Times

  • 9:30am Fully Booked

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