Complete beginners - Intro to dressmaking - 6 sessions

Are you new to sewing and would love to make your own clothes? Or did you sew many years ago and are looking for a skills refresher? This brand new workshop will take you from a total novice to a a proud sewer over 6 consecutive sessions. Each week you will learn a new skill that will build up a portfolio essential sewing techniques these will help you to create your very first garment at the end of the course. 

In week 1 you will learn how to use our sewing machines and how to sew simple seams, learning key terminology. 

In week 2 you will focus on fabric, seams and hems, learning about grainlines, pressing and finishing seams. 

In week 3 you will practise facings and darts, understanding their uses and construction. We will also be holding a session based in the shop where an experienced member of the team will talk about different types of fabrics and their uses and you will have the opportunity to purchase the fabric for your final garment with some help and guidance. (This will take place from 6 to 6.30 so the session will finish slightly later at 9.30). 

In week 4 you will practise sleeve insertions and learn about different types of sleeves as well as bias binding finishes. 

Finally, in weeks 5 & 6 you will sew your first garment; a woven t-shirt, using Simplicity pattern 8061!


Running Time
6pm - 9pm/9.30pm
Dates & times

Further information

You will learn

  • How to set up a sewing machine
  • Basic stitches including straight and zigzag
  • 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 create different types of bias tape finishes
  • 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!

Skill level

Level 1 - no experience required, total beginners welcome!

Course dates

Thursday 28th February, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 7th March, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 14th March, 6pm - 9.30pm
Thursday 21st March, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 28th March, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 4th April, 6pm - 9pm


Thursday 9th May, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 16th May, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 23rd May, 6pm - 9.30pm
Thursday 6th June March, 6pm - 9pm Please note the missed week
Thursday 13th June, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 20th June, 6pm - 9pm

What's included

  • 10% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • A copy of Simplicity 8061
  • Fusible interfacing to complete your top
  • Fabric packs to practise each technique
  • Information handouts for each technique and a folder to keep them all together to create a little portfolio of your work that can be referred back to in the future 
  • Use of all top Prym tools, equipment and Brother sewing machines
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits 

You will need to bring

  • 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 to check before hand or use the fabric focus session to get advice on fabrics that are available to use in the shop. 
  • Matching thread

Your tutor

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.