Sew The Season - Summer

Sew this season's trends during this one day workshop and start working on your Summer wardrobe with the Avid Seamstress Day Dress or the brand new Deer and Doe Pensee Dress!

With a fitted bodice, gathered skirt and inner pockets, the Day Dress will be one of the prettiest dresses in your wardrobe. The options are endless with three ways of making the front bodice and all views have an invisible zip at the back. Have fun making this pattern out of a variety of fabrics. View A has a seam at the centre front. View B has buttons at the centre front. View C has no seam at the centre front.

The Pensée dress is a beautiful wrap back, V-neck slip dress which is cinched at the waist with a tie belt. Feminine and light, the Pensée dress is a sharp take on lingerie-inspired fashion. It's delicate straps and cinched waist are undeniably romantic, contrasting with the modern, sleek lines of its neckline.


Running Time
10am - 4.30pm
Dates & times

Further information

You will learn

Please note that techniques will vary, depending on pattern choice

  • How to take key body measurements and choose a size
  • How to make simple pattern adjustments
  • How to interpret pattern symbols and markings
  • How to accurately cut out your fabric
  • How to sew seams and finish off the inside edges
  • How to insert and invisible zip
  • How to insert a sleeve
  • How to sew a dart

Skill level

Level 5 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you.

Please note; there will be some elements of your project that will require finishing off at home, for example hemming.

What's included

  • 10% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • Your own copy of the pattern 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)
  • A special 15% off voucher for lunch at local cafe, Damascena, for use on the day

You will need to bring

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

This will include fabric and matching thread.

Your tutor

Claire Heath

Sewing has always been a huge part of Claire's life. She has been sewing & making things since was little & her passion has grown & grown. She loves working with a range of fabrics, making clothes, adapting commercial patterns and developing her own patterns.

After graduating from Leeds University in Textiles and Fashion Design, Claire has worked in womenswear design, accessories design, textiles print design, modern textiles research, retail management, visual merchandising for some of the top high street brands. Claire loves to share her passion, creativity and skills with others. When she is not sewing or creating something, Claire loves to travel, take photos and cook.