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Understanding course levels

Level key:

Level 1 – no sewing experience necessary or in need of refreshering

Level 2 – having basic sewing experience (for example, have experience of sewing a skirt)

Level 3 –Intermediate sewing skills (for example, have experience of sewing a basic dress or blouse)

Level 4 – Advanced sewing skills (for example, having experience of sewing a pair of trousers)

Level 5 – experienced achieving professional looking garments and achieving a perfect fit


Evening/bridesmaid Dress                   


Intensive one day Saturday or 2 evening workshop


Need a party dress and can't find anything in the shops? Why not make your own? This one day intensive or two x 3 hour class will teach you how to make a simple party/bridesmaid dress. The boned bodice has princess seams with either a halterneck or strapless neckline, below mid-knee length flared skirt with back zip.

To enrol on this course you must be able to use a sewing machine and be familiar with seam construction and have some practice in sewing in a straight line. If you do not have these skills, please complete the sewing machine basics workshop before applying for this course.

The techniques you will learn in this class are how to:

      Insert boning

      Insert a concealed zip

      Attach a lining

Things you will need:  Shears/fabric scissors, tape measure, thread, seam ripper, box of pins and tailors chalk. You will also need to bring with you 2 metres (60" wide) of the fabric of your choice and 2 metres of lining, one 16" concealed zip, 1.6m (160cm) of 1/4" (6mm) wide boning and matching thread. A hook and eye will also be necessary for the halterneck dress.

Suggested Fabrics: Duchess satin, crepe, taffeta, satin back crepe, medium weight silk, silk cotton blends and shantung (not suitable for stretch fabric eg jersey).

You may purchase one of our fabric packs if you are unable to obtain your own fabric. The fabric pack consists of 2 metres of black satin back crepe, lining, concealed zip, boning and thread and costs £15.00.

Should you wish to make the dress again at home, you will be able to purchase the multi-sized pattern at the end of the class. The pattern includes 5 variations of the bodice and costs £10.00.




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Sat 27/4/13 11am - 5pm 6 hours
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The above is only a guide as to class availability and may not be up to date. For live information, please click here.

All courses take place at Unit K103, The Biscuit Factory, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG unless otherwise stated. The nearest tube station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee line.

Booking Terms:

All bookings must be paid for in full at time of booking.  If you do not wish to pay online, then you may do so by sending a cheque.  Your place will not be confirmed until the cheque has been received and payment cleared.  Please contact us should you wish to pay by this method.

All fees are non-refundable in the event that you are unable to attend.  You may however be transferred onto another course or to the same course on a different date (subject to places being available). 

Classes are limited to 10 students and at least 3 students are needed to make a class.  In the event of under-subscription, classes may be cancelled or postponed.  We will give you as much notice as possible should this happen and you will be able to  transfer to another course or a receive full refund.  We will not be held liable for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result.

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