Children’s Dressmaking Course

Tutor: Sara Laverick
Length: 7.5 hours
Max Learners: 5

This dressmaking course is perfect for young sewers wanting to start making clothes for themselves and need a little bit of guidance to help you understand bought patterns and all the terminology involved.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This course is for anybody aged 8 – 16 who can already use a sewing machine, and want to develop their skills and make their own clothes.

You should be able to sew in straight lines and around curves using a standard sewing machine – please call us if you have any queries regarding this. If you need to learn how to use a machine please look at our Children’s Sewing Machine Skills Course first.

Please note there will only be 5 learners on this course to ensure you have enough space to spread out and lots of lovely help and guidance from your tutor.


We will work through how to make your dress step-by-step – you will be guided through the whole process from start to finish with expert knowledge from your lovely tutor to help build your sewing skills.

The course is broken down into five sessions:

Session One
We will discuss the pattern and how to cut the correct size dependent on the dress style, fit and fabric choice. We will discuss fabrics (so you can buy it in time for session two) and get the pattern cut out ready for lay planning in the next session. You can choose whether to make a long or short sleeved dress.

Session Two
We will learn all about lay planning your patterns correctly on the straight grain (don’t worry your tutor will explain all) ready to cut out and begin the making up of the dress.

Sessions Three and Four
We will work through the steps involved in making up the dress. This will be a step by step process done by the whole group to keep us on target and to be able to learn from one another.

Session Five
Finishing off, fitting and fiddling (making adjustments as needed) so that you can take home your finished dress.

What Should I Bring With Me?

All equipment is provided on this course, and the dress pattern is provided too – you can choose whether to make a long or short sleeved dress, but the basic pattern will be the same for all learners.

Between sessions one and two, you will need to purchase your fabric with matching thread and haberdashery – don’t panic, your tutor will talk you through this! If you would like to bring your own personal sewing kit please do so, but this is not required.

What Do I Take Home?

All the skills you have learned, and your finished dress ready to be worn! You will also take away the pattern, ready to make more dresses!

WARNING – Potential Side Effects: As a result of attending this course, you will probably develop an overwhelming desire to buy more patterns, make more dresses, and possibly even sign up to another dressmaking course!

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Minimum Age: 8

Skills Required: Some (see description above)

Session Length: 1.5 hours

Number of Sessions: 5

Things To Bring: Yes! See description above.