Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker

Learn to sew a sleeveless Summer top

Is your sewing machine feeling neglected? Are you ready to embark on your garment-making journey but need a little guidance? Perhaps you're craving a refresher to take your skills to the next level

Saturday 22nd June - 9:30am-4:30pm

If any of these sound familiar, our one-day sewing class is tailor-made for you! It's time to dust off those sewing cobwebs and dive back into the world of stitching with confidence.

Here's what's in store:

  • Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned stitcher, our expert tutor will walk you through the fundamentals to sharpen your skills.
  • Decode sewing patterns like a pro and master the art of cutting out fabric flawlessly.
  • Craft a sleeveless summer top using the Ashton Top pattern by Helen's Closet, perfect for those sunny days ahead.
  • Receive step-by-step guidance from our experienced tutor as you navigate through the sewing process.

Don't let your sewing machine gather dust any longer! Join us for a day filled with creativity, learning, and the joy of garment making.

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on [email protected] 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

About this workshop

You will make a sleeveless woven top using the popular Ashton Top from Helen's Closet. This pattern is great for beginner dressmakers or more experienced sewists alike. It's also very versatile, as you have the option between 2 different hem lengths (hip length or cropped) and comes in 2 different cup ranges for different bust sizes. The pattern comes in Size Range: 0-30 (up to a 58″ / 147.5 cm bust). The tutor will help you select between a B-cup pattern from sizes 0-22, and a D-cup pattern from sizes 12-30.

Depending on your level of experience the tutor will be able to guide you through which techniques and finishing methods to use for the top, making it an ideal project for both beginners and those with a bit more sewing experience.

Please note that you may have some finishing touches to complete at home, such as the hem or adding the optional pockets.

Further Information

  • Depending on your level of skills and experience you will learn from the following skills:
  • How to understand a sewing pattern and how to select your size
  • How to layout and cut your pattern
  • Techniques for transferring pattern markings e.g. tailor's tacks
  • How to apply interfacing and what it is used for
  • How to sew darts
  • How to sew French seams
  • How to sew an all in one facing using the burrito method
  • How to understitch and clip seam allowances
  • How to sew a hem facing

Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker - This class is suitable for those who already have recently used a sewing machine before, but feel in need of a refresher. You may be looking to try dressmaking for the first time.

Level 4 - Advanced Beginner Dressmaker - Has made simple garments in the past 6 months, such as those in Level 3. Has familiarity with using a sewing pattern, measuring themselves and picking a size. Is looking to learn new technique

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (full priced fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other full priced fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • An A0 print out of the PDF pattern - Helen's Closet Ashton Top
  • Digital copies of the PDF pattern, instructions and handouts
  • Use of all top Prym tools, equipment and Brother sewing machines
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (For lunch, please bring a packed lunch or visit some of the lovely local cafes)
  • 1m - 2.4m light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn or linen. 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.
  • If you are experienced sewing with structured woven fabrics and would like a challenge then you could use something with a bit more drape e.g. viscose but we would not recommend this for beginner sewists.
  • Matching thread
  • 1m x 90cm wide fusible interfacing
  • If you prefer to have your own copy of the instructions to make notes on, you may wish to print it out prior to attending your class (as those used in class are for reference only).

Lauren Tedstone

Lauren Tedstone is known for being a quarter finalist of series 9 of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee. Her machine, given to her many years before by her grandmother, was finally put to use in late 2019 when Lauren taught herself to sew. Starting with small projects for her children, Lauren then went on to garment sewing and is on a journey to curate and create a complete handmade wardrobe including accessories. A big lover of fashion trends, she loves creating key timeless classics that have professional finishes and longevity. With that in mind, Lauren tends to create projects using a combination of new and well established sewing techniques and has a love of machine and hand sewing. Lauren’s aim is to share her knowledge and passion with all creatives and those wanting to learn a new skill and is very excited to be part of the G&G team.

Dates & Times

  • 9:30am £95