Level 4 - Advanced Beginner Dressmaker

Sewing with Stretch - Make a Pair of Leggings

Welcome to our sewing class where you'll learn to work wonders with stretchy fabric! In this session, we'll be focusing on creating stylish leggings using the renowned Helen's Closet Avery Leggings sewing pattern.

Whether you prefer high-rise or mid-rise, you'll leave with a pair that fits you like a dream.

Saturday 11th May - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Leggings are the ultimate layering essential for any handmade wardrobe. They're perfect for pairing under dresses with boots or simply for lounging around in cosy comfort.

During our one-day workshop, you'll craft your very own pair of leggings.
And if you're efficient and comfortable with jersey fabric, you might even have time to cut out a second pair using our spacious cutting tables, setting you up for your next sewing project!

Don't miss this chance to elevate your sewing skills and add a timeless staple to your wardrobe. Book your spot now and get ready to stitch up some style!

Running Time
9.30am - 4.00pm

About this workshop

Explore the simplicity of crafting classic, everyday leggings with unique features that elevate them. With no outer leg seam, enjoy a smooth leg finish. The addition of a crotch gusset enhances mobility and reduces bulkiness in seams.

A double-layer waistband, including enclosed and stabilised elastic, ensures optimal tummy support and prevents slipping.

You can choose between a classic or ultra-high waist with extra-long legs for versatile wear anywhere. These leggings promise comfort and style as a must-have wardrobe staple.

Further Information

  • Tips for cutting out and finding the grain of the fabric and direction of stretch
  • Understanding the term 'negative ease' and how to choose your correct size
  • How to use a pattern to cut out your fabric
  • How to sew the garment together using a regular sewing machine - type of stitches and needle
  • How to sew a crotch gusset
  • How to sew with elastic
  • How to get a neat clean finish on the waistband of your leggings

Level 4 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you.

During this one day workshop you will make one pair of leggings. However, if you work efficiently and are used to handling jersey fabric, you may get time to cut out a second pair of leggings using our large cutting tables. This will help you to prepare for your next pair of this classic wardrobe staple.

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • Your very own A0 print out of Helen's Closet Avery Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern and instructions emailed to you. Printed instructions will be available to use as reference during the course.
  • Use of all machines, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes for your 30 min lunch break)
  • 1.2m of fabric for up to US size 22 OR 1.4m of fabric for up to US size 34
  • Fabric must be a four-way stretch knit with at least 70% stretch horizontally and vertically
  • Look for modal, nylon spandex, cotton spandex, bamboo jersey, or rayon jersey. For leggings that aren’t intended to be layered, make sure to find a fabric that is 100% opaque. Look for ‘performance jersey’, ‘technical fabric’, ‘activewear knits’ or ‘dancewear’ when shopping.
  • A matching thread
  • 1m of 1/2"/13mm wide elastic

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, and a member of the team will be happy to help you.

* Please note - we would recommend you pre-wash all knit fabrics prior to attending the workshop! *

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!

Dates & Times

  • 9:30am £110