MAKE THE SHEATH DRESS - 2 Day Workshop - Sat 26 & Sun 27 March 2022 - (Beginner-Intermediate) has a rating of stars based on reviews.

MAKE THE SHEATH DRESS - 2 Day Workshop - Sat 26 & Sun 27 March 2022 - (Beginner-Intermediate)

Join us for a weekend sewing our popular Sheath Dress.  

The Sheath Dress is a gorgeously draped garment with a flattering round neckline, elasticated waist, and invisible zip at the back. Your options are endless; make this dress with short or mid-length sleeves, with inner pockets or without.

Depending on your fabric choice you could omit the zip at the back or put a simple button tie. 

New to sewing? No worries! With minimal pieces to cut out and the option to create a looser fit without the elastic waist, this is a dress you’ll love to wear year-round. This pattern is also very easy to grade between the top and skirt so perfect for those types of adjustments.

You'll receive your own printed copy of The Sheath Dress. To see reviews on this pattern scroll to the review section here

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’ll learn 

Believing strongly in the importance of preparation, our founder Lisa will teach you sewing skills that can use in all your future sewing projects, such as:

  • how to lay a pattern correctly
  • a great pinning method
  • applying interfacing including the garment industry’s method of ‘block fusing’
  • cutting skills and the importance of cutting correctly
  • seam allowances and how to use your sewing machine for accuracy

Lisa will teach you how to fully cut and construct The Sheath Dress showing you lots of tips and skills that you can easily use in all your sewing projects.

 Here's a selection of Sheath Dress makes from our amazing community:

Pattern sizes UK 8 - UK 18

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 3 for this workshop to go ahead.

Workshop timings

This workshop will take place over two days so that you can really take your time and create a beautiful garment. Each day will begin at 10am and finish at 5pm. You are welcome to head off once you have finished your garment on Sunday or use the time to stitch something else.

We’ll have a break for lunch and a lovely selection of cakes will be offered in the afternoon.

Should you be travelling far and need suggestions for local hotels, please contact us for suggestions.  

Skill level

Students must be proficient at using a sewing machine and have some basic sewing skills.

What you need to bring

  • Fabric - see images for fabric allowances. Suggested fabrics below. No stretch/jersey. If you are unsure of the fabric to use, please contact us using our contact form below and we can help you.
  • Matching thread 250m reel
  • Invisible zip - 40c/16"
  • 1m elastic (max 25mm wide)
  • Your own set of pins
  • Pencil and rubber
  • Fabric chalk

Suggested Fabrics

Lightweight to medium-weight woven fabrics is perfect for this pretty dress. Not suitable for stripes, diagonals, or plaids or stretch.

Sewing machines

Various sewing machines will be provided, however, we promote people bringing their own sewing machines. 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.

Teacher Bio

Lisa Falconer - Our founder, Lisa, 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

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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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