Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker

Sewing Society Open Studio Session

You've spoken...and we have listened!

Following discussions with our Sewing Society customers, we are aware that some of you are hoarding Sewing Society Kits and building up quite a collection of unmade kits! If this sounds familiar, why not come along to one of our Open Studio Sessions to give you that nudge, to start your next project.

Come and use our high cutting tables, state of the art sewing machines, overlockers and tools and equipment. We will have one of our expert tutors on hand throughout the day, to provide help and advice if you reach a sticking point with your project. Bring along your kit (or kits) and use the session as you wish.

Get help with measuring yourself so you can work out what size to cut your pattern, cut out your projects during the session...ready to sew up at home, or bring your cut pieces ready to to assemble in the day. It's up to you how you use this open session, but enjoy a day surrounded by like-minded sewists, away from the distractions at home and get stuck into you Sewing Society Project.

Running Time
10.00am - 4.00pm

Further Information

Please note that this is an open studio and NOT a taught session. There will be a tutor on hand to help you to interpret your pattern instructions and offer general guidance during the day, but as all students may have different kits and projects there will be no specific taught elements

Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker upwards. You must know how to use a sewing machine independently, and how to follow and interpret a sewing pattern.

Please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you

  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your session
  • 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)
    • Your Sewing Society Kit or Kits that you wish to work on during the session. We always recommend pre-washing your fabric before making your garment. Please see further guidance in Lauren's Hints & Tips Video that came with your Sewing Society Kit, as it is specific to each fabric.
    • Your smart phone or tablet with the PDF pattern instructions and Lauren's Hints & Tips Videos dowloaded from your 'Order Confirmation Email' to ensure easy access to them during the day OR print them out. We can also print them out for you for a small charge.

    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

    • 10:00am £70