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Sewing Machine Basics


Vintage Dressmaking (dress) - Part 2


Sewing Techniques


Introduction to dressmaking


Private one-to-one sewing lessons




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


Beginners Vintage Dressmaking (capelet) - Part 1

6 hour workshop



In this intensive workshop you will learn how to make a simple vintage capelet. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and no sewing skills are necessary. It is a good foundation for the Vintage dressmaking - Part 2 workshop in which you will make the dress that goes with this capelet.

You will be taught how to use a sewing machine, how to lay and cut fabric and then construct and line the capelet. 

This course will teach you how to:

        Set up a sewing machine

        Thread the machine

        Wind the bobbin and set it in the machine

        Guide the fabric when sewing

        Use basic sewing tools

        Lay and cut out fabric

        Identify markings and trace these from pattern to fabric

        Sew and finish seams

        Construct darts

        Sew a collar

        Creat buttonholes or other fastenings


Things you will need:  Fabric shears/scissors (especially if you are left-handed), tape measure, box of dressmakers pins, seam ripper, tracing wheel and tailors chalk/ pencil.

You will also need to bring with you one metre of the fabric of your choice, one metre of lining, matching thread, 1/4 of a metre of suitable weight iron-on interfacing and one 3/4" button or frog closure.

You may also purchase one of our fabric packs if you are unable to obtain your own fabric. The fabric pack consists of fabric and lining, interfacing and frog closure and costs £10.00. The pack is be sold as a whole and you will not be able to purchase individual items from it.




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Please note that we schedule our classes 6 weeks in advance

All courses take place at Unit K103, The Biscuit Factory, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG. 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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