Sarah Wadey is the founder and co-partner of Crafty Sew&So. She has many years of sewing and design industry experience and is passionate about encouraging learning by sharing her skills with others
Dressmaking - Introduction to Dressmaking Patterns
Baffled by patterns? This workshop is for you!
In this no-sew session, you will learn how to read and understand pattern envelopes and instructions, how to measure yourself and how to adjust a pattern to suit your measurements and grade between sizes, how to pick suitable fabric and trims and how to work out which pattern pieces you actually need!
Choose from any pattern in our store included in the course fee. You will leave with a cut out and adjusted paper pattern ready to use. If you wish to you may bring fabric as we may also have time to pin the pattern pieces in place ready to cut.
What you will learn:
Select a suitable pattern for your skills set, experience and body-shape
Measure yourself and choose the correct size to cut
Make simple fit adjustments to the pattern including grading between sizes
Select suitable fabric, trims and interfacing as required
Understand the pattern instructions and what to look out for including seam allowances, seam types and finishing and specific techniques
What is included:
A pattern of your choice
Use of all equipment
Tea and biscuits
What you need to bring: Just yourself and a notebook
You will find our workshops categorised in to levels. These are to help you know which workshops are suitable for you based on your current amount of experience behind a sewing machine.
Our levels are designed to help you choose a project that isn't too difficult for you, but we encourage you to be brave and try something new too. Talk to us if you need further advice about which level is suitable for you.
Children aged 11+ and teenagers are welcome to attend workshops with an accompanying adult , providing they have either come to our Start as you Mean to Sew on workshop, or a suitable level of experience at home or school.
Level One (beginner)
This covers our Start as you Mean to Sew on workshops, which is designed to build your confidence behind a sewing machine. This workshop is ideal for absolute beginners and those whose sewing skills may be a little rusty.
Level Two (limited experience)
Level two workshops are designed to build your confidence and introduce you to new skills, such as inserting zips, working with bias binding and basic patchwork. They are suitable for people who have completed our beginners workshop or have some recent experience sewing independently.
Level Three (more confident)
Level three workshops are aimed at more confident sewers, who have completed a few projects previously, and also includes our Introduction to Dressmaking workshop. This level is suitable for people who have some experience behind a sewing machine, and want to branch out and try something new.
Level Four (beginner dress making)
Level four workshops are aimed at people with some dressmaking experience, who may have completed our Dressmaking for Beginners course, however, this isn't a necessity. These workshops will cover more challenging dressmaking skills, while aiming to demystify them and build your confidence.
Level Five (experienced dress making)
Level five workshops continue to build on previous dressmaking experience and will offer challenging projects with the support of a experienced teacher. Level five workshops will include garments such as corsets, coats and ball gowns.