Level 6 - Advanced Dressmaker

Making Your Perfect Fit Dress Pattern

Do you love making dresses but can never get the fit quite right? Are you an accomplished dressmaker that wants to develop their fitting and pattern cutting skills? Learn how to make the perfect fitting dress pattern in this one day workshop.

During the session you will learn how to correctly take your measurements and how to use these to adapt your dressmaking pattern. You cut out and make a toile and adapt this to get the perfect fit. Lastly all adaptions will be applied to your dress making pattern. You will leave with a correct fitting pattern and toile ready to make the perfect dress!

You can use a dress pattern of your choice for this workshop, choose a style you love that you can adapt and make again and again.

The focus of this class is on fitting so that you can then confidently make the dress in your fabric at home.

Running Time
10am - 4.30pm

Further Information

  • How to correctly take your body measurements
  • How to use your body measurements and preferences to adapt a commercial paper pattern
  • How to adapt darts, princess seams, sleeves, necklines, dress lengths to get the perfect fit
  • How to how to adapt a toile to get the perfect fit
  • How to apply toile adaptions to your paper pattern
  • How to add an invisible zipper to a dress

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

  • 1.5m of calico (if you need a bigger piece please contact us before the workshop to arrange this)
  • 2m of 122cm dot and cross pattern paper
  • An invisible zip
  • Use of all sewing machines, overlockers, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit some of the lovely local cafes)
  • 10% off any full priced fabrics or haberdashery purchased on the day of the workshop
  • A commercial pattern of your choice to adapt. We would recommend that you bring a fairly straight forward pattern to allow you to get the most out of the workshop (dresses with lots of bodice pieces or boning maybe too complicated to complete in the 6 hours). Please email us/ call/ pop into the shop to show us your pattern ahead off time so our tutor can prepare accordingly.
  • During the workshop, you will be cutting into your original pattern so that the most amount of time can be spent making adaptions to it and sewing the muslin. If you would prefer to trace your pattern and keep the original, please do this before the class. This is not an essential step, just a personal preference.

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.

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