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Intro to Dressmaking

Intro to Dressmaking

Buy as a standalone class, or access for free with a Stitch School subscription by using the link below.

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Have you always wanted to sew your own clothes but don’t know where to start? Wary of waistbands? Nervous about necklines? Scared of sleeves? (I could go on…) Well we’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to the hows and wherefores of garment sewing

Focusing almost exclusively on construction, this online class introduces you to a huge amount of key skills that you’ll need to know as you move further into the world of garment sewing. Basing our lessons around three different patterns with multiple variations, by working your way through this course you’ll build a solid foundation in sewing skills that’ll allow you to move forward with confidence and apply everything that you’ve learned to almost any pattern you want to try.

What will you be sewing?

The Full Circle Skirt is the ultimate party skirt. With maximum twirlability and a gorgeous 1950’s silhouette, it’s flattering on all shapes, cinching you in at the waist before skimming out over the hips. For full-on vintage vibes, we love wearing it over a petticoat! Made up of just three pieces, the Full Circle Skirt is a satisfyingly simple sew.

The Ava Skirt is a versatile A-line skirt with two hem length options: mini or just below the knee. She’s an everyday classic that’ll go with everything and work throughout the seasons – win-win! Ava features darts at the front and back for shaping, a regular centre back zip, narrow waistband and in-seam pockets! Made up of only four pieces, Ava is simple to sew and a perfect starting point for beginner dressmakers.

The Ultimate Shift Dress pattern is designed with beginners in mind, and will guide you through the basics of dressmaking. Learn how to create bust darts and attach all-in-one facings like a pro. With no tricky zips or buttonholes to master, simply pop the dress on over your head and fasten with a hook and eye. With video tuition for all three versions, you’ll be able to make the Ultimate Shift Dress that’s perfect for you.

Why take part in an online class?

We offer the Ava Skirt, Full Circle Skirt and Ultimate Shift Dress both as standalone patterns and within this online class. With an online class you get the help of two great teachers to walk you through the process of sewing up your garments – something that is invaluable when you’re just starting out on your sewing journey. It’s like having the Sew Over It classroom in your own home!

Where can I find this class?

If you're a Stitch School subscriber or you've previously purchased this class then you can find it here.

Sewing Level

All three patterns included in the Beginners Guide to Dressmaking are beginner level sewing patterns, perfect for those who know how to use a sewing machine and want to move onto dressmaking. If you think you need a little more experience in how to use a sewing machine, then we recommend starting with our Intro to Sewing online class.

Is there a pattern included in this online class?

Yes, the PDF patterns for the Ava Skirt, Full Circle Skirt and Ultimate Shift Dress are included in this class. These patterns are available in sizes 6-30. For more details on fabric requirements and sizing, please see the individual pattern product page.

What will I learn?

  • how to prepare your fabric & pattern
  • how to mark fabric
  • how to mark darts
  • how to finish your seams (multiple ways!)
  • how to sew a regular and concealed zip
  • how to prepare & attach a waistband
  • how to prepare & attach two types of facing
  • how to sew sleeves
  • how to hem fabric (multiple ways!)
  • how to sew three different patterns, with six variations in total!

How long is the class?

This class consists of 38 videos, the whole class is 2 hours, 55 minutes long.

How long will I have access to this class?

If you buy this class outright then you’ll have access to it forever. If you subscribe to Stitch School then you’ll have access to the class for as long as your subscription is active.

Should I buy this class or subscribe to Stitch School?

If you'd like to have access to this class forever, and don't want to watch the other resources on Stitch School then it will be better to buy this class.

If you'd like to have access to the over 200 online classes and tutorials that are available on Stitch School for only £15 per month then it's more cost effective to subscribe.

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