Level 3 - Beginner Dressmaker

Confident Beginner Dressmaker - Make a Simple TATB Stevie Top or Dress

If you are looking to expand your sewing skills and try dressmaking for the first time then this workshop is for you. During this one day workshop you will have the opportunity to make a simple little top, or tunic dress.

The Stevie Tunic from Tilly and the Buttons is an easy-fitting modern tunic with round neckline and grown-on sleeves, closing at the back with a button loop or neck ties. Easy to make, with no darts, fiddly fastenings or set-in sleeves, this is a great project for dressmaking newbies.

"Wonderful environment, Dee has given me the confidence to do more in the future!" - Sarah

Running Time
9.30am - 4.00pm

Further Information

Depending on your choice of pattern, you will learn:

  • 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 hem the top
  • How to attach sleeve cuffs
  • How to attach a neck facing
  • How to sew a yoke
  • How to create a tie

Level 3 - 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 and Prym haberdashery purchased on the day of your course
  • Your own copy of the TATB Stevie Tunic sewing pattern that you can take home to make more tops with (UK sizes 6-34, bust 30"-60", waist 24"-53", hips 33"-61") If you fall out of the size range of the pattern included, please let us know in advance and we can arrange an alternative for you
  • Interfacing
  • Use of all top tools, equipment and machines
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)
  • Light to medium weight woven fabric such as linen, chambray or cotton lawn. If you have experience working with a range of different fabrics, then a viscose linen blend could work well too. Please get in touch with us beforehand so we can advise.
  • Fabric Requirements:
  • For the Stevie Top
  • Sizes UK 6 - 14 you need 1.1m of 140cm (56") wide or 1.8m of 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • Sizes UK 16 - 20 you will need 1.7m of 140cm (56") wide or 2m of 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • Sizes UK 26 - 34 you will need 1.8m of 140cm (56") wide 2.2m 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • For the Stevie Tunic/Dress
  • Sizes UK 6 - 14 you need 1.4m of 140cm (56") wide or 2.4m of 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • Sizes UK 16 - 20 you will need 2.2m of 140cm (56") wide or 2.5m of 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • Sizes UK 26 - 34 you will need 2.4m of 140cm (60") wide or 2.8m 115cm (45") wide fabric
  • Matching thread

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like some help choosing your fabric.

Dee Cain

Dee has always had a keen interest in sewing and at the age of 9 she was taught to sew by her mum.As a teenager, Dee used her sewing skills to make fashionable schools skirts for herself and her friends.

After secondary education Dee knew that she wanted her career to be sewing related so studied for industry qualifications and worked in many areas of clothing production.

Having chosen to become a sewing tutor in 2017, Dee is keen to embed good sewing practices into beginners so that their work is always of a high standard and they can be proud of their sewing skills.

Dates & Times

  • 9:30am £110