Beginners – 6 Week Learn To Sew (Dressmaking Course) – Evening


Beginners 6 Week Course in Sewing (Dressmaking) which will cover all the basic skills required to start making your own clothes at home. Designed for complete beginners, from learning to use your sewing machine from scratch to making your own skirt and blouse by the end of the 6 weeks. Attendees have fun, enjoy the learning as well as the social aspect of meeting each week and are amazed at what they can achieve in just 6 short weeks.


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Course Dates:

Our evening courses run for 6 consecutive weeks, except for Bank Holidays from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.

We also offer this course during the daytime (11am til 2pm)

2018 Dates:

  • Mon 8th Jan (15th Jan, 22nd Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 13th Feb )
  • Mon 19th Feb (26th Feb, Mar 5th, Mar 12th, Mar 19th, Mar 26th)  
  • Mon 16th Apr (23rd Apr, 30th Apr, 4th May (Bank Hols)*, 14th May, 21st May)
           *  4th May Bank Holiday – we need to keep this date to fit rest of year’s dates in line – you can            catch up in a private 1-to-1 which is included in the price)
  • Mon 4th Jun (11th Jun, 18th Jun, 25th Jun, 2nd Jul, 9th Jul)


Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm  (6 x 3hr workshops)

Venue: Stitch & Steele, Warndon Villages, Worcester, WR4 0EN (full address on booking)

Skill Level: Total Beginner 

What You Will Learn:

All the basics you will need to know to be a competent and confident dressmaker – from how to use your sewing machine to making your first blouse and skirt.

wk 1: How To Use Your Sewing Machine

  • How to set up and thread a sewing machine
  • Getting to grips with stitching – tips for straight lines, curves and corners
  • Different stitch types: straight, zig-zag, button-holing
  • What your feet attachments do and the projects you will need them on
  • How to check sewing tension and adjusting this
  • Identifying common problems with your sewing machine and fixing them
  • Tips on getting into sewing – easy project ideas, essential tools and how to choose a sewing machine

wk 2: All About Patterns & Fabrics

  • Choosing the right kind of fabric for your project and where to buy it from
  • Different pattern types: commercial, freebies, paper & PDF
  • Material planning
  • Understanding sewing patterns
  • Cutting out fabric using your pattern for a skirt which we will make over the next few weeks

wk 3: Getting confident with Buttonholes and Zips

  • Stitching buttons by hand or machine
  • Button holing techniques by hand and machine
  • Hand stitching a looped buttonholes
  • Inserting a simple zip and a concealed zip
  • Applying the above to your skirt project

wk 4: Seams, Hems, Waistbands & Pockets

  • Seams: stitching straight seams, corners and curves and how to finish them
  • Waistband types: where to use them and how to make a waistband with facing
  • Hems: handsewn & machine sewn (including blind hem stitch)
  • Pockets – concealed & patch
  • Applying the above to your skirt project

wk 5: Collars, Cuffs, Sleeves & Interfacing

  • Different types and styles of collar – practice making a flat or Peter Pan collar
  • Look at the differences between puff sleeves, cap sleeves and long sleeves with cuffs and how to make them
  • How to insert a sleeve – and practice on a blouse project you will undertake
  • Overview of different cuff and opening types plus make a single cuff with faced opening
  • You will also learn about how and where to use interfacing for collars & cuffs
  • Applying the above to your blouse project

wk 6: Finishing Your Skirt & Blouse Projects

As this is the final week, you can finish your skirt or blouse project or start on another one you want to continue with at home. Your choice.

What’s Included:

  • Unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits (lunch not included)
  • Tuition and handouts
  • A loan copy of our course handbook (Sew Step By Step – Dorling Kindersley)

What To Bring With You:

  • Each week you will receive an email advising what you will need to bring to the following week’s workshop but in general you will need the following:
    • Sewing kit with good sharp dressmaking scissors,  paper scissors, hand sewing needles, pins (plastic heads), air or water soluble fabric markers or chalks
    • Your sewing machine, power cable & foot pedal as well as instruction manual (please make sure your machine is in good working order before you bring it). If you don’t own a sewing machine, we have lovely Janome 3300 sewing machines which you can hire to use for the day. Please book these when booking your workshop place.

Clodagh Westhead reviewed Stitch & Steele – 5 star

24 February at 20:11
Beginners 6 Week Dressmaking Course – An amazing course…highly recommend! I had got to a comfortable point with my sewing machine but I wanted to know more. Fiona’s course gave me all the knowledge and confidence to go further. I am far more familiar with the capabilities of the sewing machine, I can read and made from different types of patterns, I can sew zips and buttons and so much more. Fiona let us work at our own pace and always answered (even the silliest) questions, fully. It’s the only course I’ve been on where I did not miss a week. Well worth every penny.

Racheal Sharman reviewed Stitch & Steele – 5 star
23 February at 07:45 ·
I have just completed the 6 week beginners dressmaking course. I have surprised myself at how much I have done A line skirt with an invisible zip and a blouse. I now have a fab understanding of my own sewing machine, when I turned up to Fiona I couldn’t even confidently thread the machine and change a foot . I cant recommend Fiona and this course enough A +++++++