Simple Dressmaking

 

Keep it simple dressmaking

Stacey and Annie modelling their creations

Stacey and Annie modelling their creations

Sew, you have always wanted to make your own clothes, but are overwhelmed by paper patterns and even more scared when it comes to cutting into that fabric you have found and love. Don’t be daunted! Bring your pattern and fabric along to one of my personal, bespoke classes and I will guide you through the steps to give you the confidence to get started.

I will help you so that you will be able to understand how to fold the fabric, cut on the straight or the bias and learn what all these terms mean. I will teach you how to transfer the important information from the paper pattern onto the fabric, which makes putting the sections together successful.

There are so many wonderful patterns out there that probably catch your eye. Even finding a favourite pattern and making it time and time again will give you many unique outfits, as a dress can look completely different made in different colours and fabrics.

With a full, uninterrupted day sewing in small, bespoke classes (maximum class size 4 people) you should be able to complete an easy project or be well on your way, so that completion at home is not a frightening prospect.

Stacey and Annie from Beccles came earlier this year both determined to make dresses. They dived in at the deep end with complicated and demanding patterns, yet having never tackled any dressmaking before, at the end of two full days they both went home with their projects completed and confidence to try again.   Patience from Ipswich brought fabulous African print fabric and made a stunning wrap around skirt. She plans to help her niece in Sheffield make traditional Zimbabwean dresses. Now she has the confidence to carry on. Dawn from Stowmarket had some plain linen fabric to sew a shift dress and made it special with a simple applique design.

Dawn and her shift dress

Dawn and her shift dress

Patience wearing African print skirt

Patience wearing African print skirt

Very often it is the simple patterns, made in the right fabric, which create the effect you are seeking. It is fun and satisfying. Once I have taught you the basic skills you can be up and away onto more ambitious projects. Now is the time to plan your project for the spring as summer cottons are the ideal fabric to begin with when dressmaking. Cottons are easy to handle and less expensive for your early ventures. A Spinney Brook Workbox gift voucher will give you the chance for a wonderful sewing “spa” day where you can enjoy sewing and really make progress.

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To book your place on one of the workboxes or for further information, please telephone: 07749 226299 or e-mail: spinneybrookworkbox@gmail.com