COMPLETE BEGINNER: MAKE AN ULTIMATE SHIFT DRESS
PRICE: £75 – pattern included
TIME: 10 am – 4 pm with 1 hour for lunch
LOCATION: Stitches & Cream, Falmouth, Cornwall
LEVEL: Complete beginner
MAX CLASS SIZE: 4
PATTERN SIZE: UK: 8-20
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In this class you will learn how to make a beginner friendly shift dress. This dress has a loose cut, bust darts for a better fit, and closes with a hook & eye at the back neck (so no tricky zips or button holes). It is a great pattern to try if you are a complete beginner, and there is room for customization, including sleeves or sleeveless, adding sleeve frills, altering the length, or even making in into a top. We will be there every step of the way to teach you how fun it is to make your own clothes.
- Learn how to use a pattern
- Check which size to make
- How to prepare and lay the fabric
- How to cut correctly
- Sewing techniques following the seam allowance
- Learn to finish seam allowance with zig zag
- Learn how to sew a set in a sleeve
- Apply a neck facing
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
- The pattern, which you can take home and use again
- Use of all our equipment including brand new sewing machines
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- Fabrics and notions are not included in the price – there will be a wide selection of gorgeous fabrics to buy at the start of the class from Stitches & Cream. You will receive a discount of 10% on fabrics that you buy for the course.
- Matching thread
- Hook & eye
Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics, we recommend using cotton or cotton lawn if this is the first garment you have made. If you are a bit more experience, you could also use linen, chambray, rayon or crepe.
Fabric 45”/115cm wide or wider:
- Size UK 8-20 = 2.7m
Fabric 60”/150cm wide or wider:
- Size UK 8-12 = 1.8m
- Size UK 14-20 = 2.7m
It’s a good idea to have pre-washed your fabric so that you know the shrinking is done before you sew a garment. Wash the fabric on the temperature you normally wash your clothes, or a bit higher. If you are buying the fabric on the day of the class, you can use our steam iron to pre-shrink the fabric before cutting.
WHO IS THIS CLASS SUITABLE FOR?
This class is a complete beginner level. Ideally you will have done our ‘introduction to the sewing machine’ class, but this is not essential. We will be going through how to use a sewing pattern, and the basics of dress making, such as how to sew following a seam allaowance and how to finish off seams. It is also suitable for those who have tackled a few sewing projects at home, but want to improve their dressmaking skills and start to understand dress making patterns.
ABOUT YOUR TEACHER
Helen from Dot n Cross is a pattern cutter who has worked in the fashion industry in London for 10 years. She has cut patterns for several high-end designer brands, including Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou and Karen Millen. She loves sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years with others, to help them on their sewing journey. Whether they are taking their first steps into the fashion industry, or improving their home sewing techniques.
See our website to read our cancellation policy before booking a class with us.
HOW TO BOOK
Bookings are through the Stitches & Cream website.
You can also call, email, or come in to the shop (34 High Street, Falmouth) and book in person.
All classes should be paid for upfront.
Please see our cancellation policy before booking
T: 01326 218770
A: Stitches & Cream, 34 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AD