Level 6 - Advanced Dressmaker

Developing your Overlocker Skills

Have you already been to our 'learn how to use an overlocker course' and feel like you want a refresher and a bit of extra guidance? Do you want to further develop your overlocking skills? In this one day course you will recap your skills, as well as developing new techniques. You will apply some of these skills to make either Closet Core’s Ebony Dress or Top, the Stasia Dress or Top from Sew Liberated or the Appleton Dress from Closet Core.

All garments will be constructed using the overlockers, to help you develop your skills to create more complicated garments, whilst working with a drapey modal or viscose jersey fabric.

The Ebony Dress or Top is an elegant basic featuring a fluidly draped silhouette. Make a swingy knit dress or modern cropped top, with your choice of scoop or jewel neckline, and long or 3/4 sleeves. This is the easier option out of the three, therefore we recommend this option if you are new to working with this type of jersey fabric.

The Appleton Dress is a classic wrap dress designed to play up your curves with a crossover front, a built-in waist tie, and a deep V-neck. Designed by and for curvy women, the Appleton Dress is available in US 0 - 16 and US 12 - 32, and comes in a broad range of cup sizes.

The Stasia Dress is a knit dress that feels like wearing secret pyjamas. You can adapt this pattern to suit you as it comes with optional pockets, multiple sleeve and length options. Available in sizes 0-34.

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 - 4.30pm

Further Information

You will recap how to use the overlocker and alter the tension for different fabric types.

You will also learn how to do a range additional techniques using the overlocker to develop your skills such as:

  • different hemming techniques
  • how to do a rolled hem
  • how to do a decorative lettuce hem
  • gathering using the overlocker
  • flatlocking
  • tips for working with drapey knit fabrics

    You will then apply some of these techniques to produce a dress or top made using a drapey modal jersey fabric.

    Level 6 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you

    This is an extension and development from our 'learn how to use an overlocker course'. We would recommend that you do the 'learn how to use an overlocker course' first so that this workshop is relevant to your skills and knowledge. Depending on your past level of experience and your choice of pattern, you may not completely finish the project in one day.

    • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
    • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
    • A mini fabric pack including samples of different fabrics for you to practice different stitches on.
    • Framilastic or Prym seam tape interfacing to use to stabilise your seams.
    • Use of all machines and sewing tools
    • Overlocker cone threads in a variety of neutral colours
    • A choice of either the 'Closet Core Ebony Dress and Top', Cashmerette Appleton Dress or Sew Liberated 'Stazia Dress and Top' dressmaking patterns
    • Tea/coffee and biscuits (Please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)
    • Stretch/jersey fabric to make either the 'Closet Core Ebony Dress and Top', Cashmerette Appleton Dress or Sew Liberated 'Stazia Dress and Top'. Please get in touch regarding fabric quantities needed.
    • Thread to match your fabric for top stitching the hem
    • You are welcome to bring along your own Overlocker to the class if you wish but this is not essential. If you plan to bring your own machine please email us at office@guthrie-ghani.co.uk to let us know the make and model of your machine, and to confirm that it has been PAT tested or with a copy of the receipt as proof that it is less than a year old.
    • If your overlocker is older than 1 year it must be PAT tested before hand which can be done by an electrician. This is essential for health and safety reasons as we don't have insurance without the PAT test. We are unable to do any repairs or servicing on sewing machines so please ensure if it is an old overlocker that is has been serviced before hand. Our local sewing machine shop in Kings Heath, Frank Nutt, is able to carry this out.

    Becca Porter

    Becca has been creating with a needle and thread for as long as she can remember and discovered the world of dressmaking in her teens. She quickly became hooked, spending all her free time glued to her machine and developing her skills. Since then she's taught many others to sew too and now teaches online workshops for the pattern company Sew Over It.

    Becca enjoys spending time on the details; getting patterns to match, nailing the position of a pocket or producing perfect topstitching. She loves sharing her passion with others, helping them create clothing that they love and feel proud of.

    Dates & Times

    Sorry there are no sessions planned in at the moment, but do get in touch and we’ll let you know about future dates.