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MAKE A GORGEOUS DROP SLEEVE TOP - Weekend workshop - (Beginner)

Make a gorgeous “Drop Sleeve Top” in this dressmaking workshop. This class will introduce beginners to how to sew a garment together using a sewing machine. You'll receive your own copy of The Drop Sleeve Top sewing pattern & instruction book to keep. This is such a versatile sewing pattern and can be lengthened into a dress or made without the sleeve for a shorter sleeve version. 

We are pleased to offer a payment plan for workshops priced more than £65. Please see here for the details and how to book this workshop with a payment plan.

There is a maximum of 4 students in this workshop. This means you’ll enjoy lots of time, expert support, and a relaxed environment to learn in.

This workshop is tailored to beginners, so if you’ve dabbled on a sewing machine and you’re ready to take the next step into dressmaking, you will learn everything you need to know to move forward on your sewing journey. 

We are pleased to offer a payment plan for workshops priced more than £65. Please see here for the details and how to book this workshop with a payment plan.

What you will learn

With our expert guidance, you will learn a number of techniques that you can take forward for all your sewing projects. This will include how to:

  • Measure yourself accurately and choose the right size
  • Cut out a sewing pattern
  • Decoding pattern symbols and jargon
  • Fabric tips - how to fold the fabric and follow a layplan
  • Learn to pin the pattern to the fabric
  • Transfer pattern notations 
  • Accurately pin and cut the fabric

And then onto sewing, you will:

  • Learn to sew accurately, creating your garment
  • Receive personalised support 
  • Have a great time sewing with others! 

About The Drop Sleeve Top:

The Drop Sleeve Top is a gorgeous top with easy to set-in sleeves, a round neckline and a loose boxy shape, designed to be easy to put together and fit most shapes. Sizes UK 6- 22.


This workshop has been set over 1.5 days so that we can really focus on teaching you some amazing skills and not rush the most important part - the preparation, cutting the pattern sheet accurately, pinning and cutting the fabric and preparing the garment to sew. We want to slow down and enjoy the process of creating a garment and don’t want to rush through it. You’ll pick up so many incredible tips and tricks that you can use for all your future projects.

If you join this workshop and wish to move to the other beginner's workshop - Make a comfy pair of PJ's or relaxed trousers - we will provide a 15% discount code for you.

Day 1 - 10h00-17h00 - For the first day, we’ll get through all the preparation and start the first stages of sewing. 

Day 2 - 10h00-14h00 - The second day is for you to complete your garment feeling refreshed.

We'll provide tea & coffee and cake each afternoon plus there will be a good break for lunch.

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Class size The class size for this workshop will be a maximum of 4. Each person will have their own space to work from and will be provided with a kit (paper & fabric scissors, pencil and measuring tape) to use in the workshop.

Sewing machines are available but we suggest that, if possible, you bring your own sewing machine to this workshop.

Please note that we need a minimum of 4 for this workshop to go ahead.

Skills needed This workshop is aimed at those who have basic sewing skills and have used a sewing machine. This is not a class for absolute beginners. You should be able to thread the sewing machine, wind a bobbin with thread, as well as use the machine to make basic stitches such as a straight stitch. We will help you with more complicated issues such as machine tension. This workshop is perfect for those that haven't created their own garments or would like to create their first garment, picking up great tips along the way.


Sewing machines Various sewing machines will be provided, however, we promote people bringing their own sewing machine. If you are bringing your own sewing machine, please email after booking so that we can confirm your machine is suitable. If you bring your own machine, please bring an empty bobbin for the machine and all the parts that came with the machine. Don’t forget the foot pedal and cords.

Supplies Needed

  • Fabric - light weight to medium weight wovens work well for this top. If you are a beginner, choose a fabric that doesn't have a large print. If you are unsure of which fabric to select, please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.
  • Thread to match fabric - 250m spool

TEACHER BIO - Lisa Falconer

Our founder, Lisa Falconer, has been an avid sewist since childhood. She loves to spend time in her studio developing sewing patterns and teaching the incredible art of sewing.

Lisa’s mantra is “enjoy the whole journey; she will teach you how to enjoy each stage of creating a garment, from preparing the fabric, pinning and cutting to finally sewing. Each of these are integral parts of the process, and she loves to inspire an appreciation for each of these stages. She’ll teach you essential skills, tips and tricks, and you’ll have a great time along the way. 


How to book Choose the weekend date from the dropdown menu.


The Avid Seamstress. First Floor, High Lea Business Centre, Witchampton Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AA. For more info on our venue click here


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