Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker

Learn to sew an A-line skirt

This 4 week beginners dressmaking course will teach you essential dressmaking skills to take you right from measuring yourself accurately and reading a sewing pattern through to making a lovely skirt, with lots of fun along the way!!

This sewing course is a great progression from our complete beginners 6-week course, or if you have recently made items of clothing using sewing patterns but would like some more guidance and support as you work through a dressmaking project.

With 12 hours of teaching time, spread out over 4 consecutive weeks, there will be lots of opportunity to practice techniques and it's an ideal opportunity to consolidate skills, continue your dressmaking journey and build your confidence in using sewing patterns and working with the sewing machine.

The pattern you will be using is the classic Sew Over It Ava skirt. With a choice of 2 different hem lengths – below the knee and above the knee you can customise the length and shape to your preference!

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
6pm-9pm over 4 consecutive weeks

Further Information

  • How to measure yourself accurately at the waist and hips
  • How to translate your body measurements and use the pattern tables to determine which size pattern to cut and how much fabric and notions to buy
  • How to lengthen/shorten pattern pieces if required
  • How to recognise common symbols and abbreviations used on sewing patterns
  • How to identify the selvedge and grainline of fabric and layout your pattern pieces correctly on the fabric
  • How to transfer pattern markings onto the fabric.
  • How to cut out of fabric accurately
  • How to apply interfacing to give structure to projects
  • How to sew darts
  • How to change feet on the sewing machine and use of the zipper foot
  • How to insert a standard (centred) zip
  • How to sew a hem

How to insert side seam pockets N.B. Pockets can only be sewn if time allows. This is not guaranteed.

Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker - Please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • Your own copy of the Sew Over It Ava skirt pattern in A0 PDF printed form. This pattern is available in two size ranges UK 6-20 or UK 18-30. If you fall out of the size range of the pattern included, please let us know in advance and we can arrange an alternative for you. We will have reference copies of the instructions printed out to use in the workshop, and you will have your own pdf file of the instructions that you can view at home on your device or print out should you wish for your future reference.
  • Standard zip (in a selection of neutral colours - if you would like a special colour zip we recommend sourcing this separately)
  • Interfacing
  • Hook and bar/press stud
  • Use of all sewing machines, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Medium to heavy weight woven fabric with some structure, such as denim, cotton poplin, cotton canvas, needlecord and corduroy.
  • For the optional in-seam pockets, a finer fabric such as cotton lawn is recommended. You will need 35cm.
  • Please check the size chart and fabric requirements on the pattern envelope. These are included in the images on this listing.
  • Matching thread

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like help selecting your fabric or supplies.

Lorna Hulme

Lorna is forever grateful to her Mum for teaching her to sew as an adult. She fell in love with everything sewing! So much so that she couldn’t bear to keep these skills to herself. Being driven by her passion for inspiring other people to sew, Lorna spent 7 years sharing this love of sewing through teaching others in her own sewing workshop business.

Lorna joined the Guthrie & Ghani team in January 2024 as the Workshops and events coordinator. She is responsible for organising the programme of events and sewing workshops and will be joining the team of sewing tutors too.

Lorna loves all aspects of sewing but her particular passion is dressmaking.

When she’s not sewing she enjoys running, cycling, running around after 2 teenagers and drinking hot chocolate!

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