Level 4 - Advanced Beginner Dressmaker

Sew a Gorgeous Swishy Dress

Learn how to make a gorgeous dress in this fun one day workshop! Choose between these three beautiful swishy dress patterns!

The Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown - this classic buffet style dress features two gathers tiers that can be customised to different lengths. With raglan sleeves and a tie neckband it can be styled in different ways and worn open to tied in a cute bow.

The Tilly and the Buttons Lotta Dress - This easy to make, with no fiddly bits, dress is perfect for confident beginners. It has a blousy bodice and flared skirt, cinched in with a narrow elasticated waistline. Choose between knee-length or midi-length skirt, with grown-on short sleeves or bracelet-length drop shoulder sleeves, with optional deep patch pockets. To make it even more versatile, you can make this dress in either woven fabric or stretchy jersey but for this class, please opt for a woven fabric.

Tilly and The Buttons Skye Dress - Reach for this throw-it-on sundress on those sticky, hot summer days when you don’t know what else to wear, or layer it up over a t-shirt as the sun goes down or to transition into Autumn. The easy-fitting empire waist bodice is gently shaped with pleats under the bust and has a neat bias binding finish on the inside. The slightly square scoop neckline is designed to cover a bra, with optional bra strap stays for added security. Add the optional faux ties to the straps for an extra touch of whimsy. Choose from mini-, knee- or maxi-length hemlines for the floaty, gathered skirt. And, of course, it has side seam pockets. Who doesn't love a pocket?

Width
Running Time
9.30am - 4pm

Further Information

Specific techniques will be dependant on the pattern you choose to make but could include

  • Help picking a size and cutting out
  • How to sew even gathers
  • How to sew an elastic waist band

Level 4 - 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 pattern you choose to make at home again and again
  • Use of all sewing machines, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit some of the lovely local cafes)

Please get in touch and we can advise on what you'll need to bring, depending on your pattern of choice.

This will include fabric, matching thread and any other notions you may need.

Dee Cain

When Dee's parents realised that she adored all things sewing related, they gave her an electric sewing machine for her 9th birthday and her first sewing teacher was her dear mum who just happened to be a seamstress.

Dee has had a lengthy career in the clothing industry working as a sample machinist, sample cutter, pattern drafter and bridal alteration specialist before she decided to become a mature student and study for a BSc in Clothing Management and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Valuable teaching experience was gained as a visiting tutor for BA fashion students at Birmingham City University. In 2017 she also taught in Haiti as the lead tutor for an oversees aid work charity (LVE Haiti) where she successfully set up a sewing school.

Hobbies include sewing her own tailored clothes, knitting baby cardigans, travelling to tropical destinations, shopping and going to the gym.

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.