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Sewing Retreat (non residential) - 2, 3 or 4 day options - November 2024

We're inviting you to join us for our first non-residential retreat at our retreat location in the gorgeous Dorset countryside. Hosted over 4 days you have the flexibility of joining for two, three or all of the four days. 

Perfect for those that would love to enjoy this stunning location but can’t commit to a residential retreat. For those that would like to stay locally, we can suggest many lovely B&B's nearby in the historic market town of Wimborne.

With a payment plan included, you can spread the cost of the retreat.

This venue is a makers dream - a purpose built workshop set on a working farm. Rolling countryside surrounds us and you’ll feel the "to- do" list melt away when you are in this creative space.

Each person has their own table to work with separate overlocker stations set up. A private kitchen and separate dining room is included where we’ll enjoy gorgeous lunches and sewing chats over tea and cake.

This sewing retreat is hosted by Lisa, our Founder and Amanda, well known as the overlocker queen from Cotton Onto Sewing! We’ll share our expert tips and support you making your Avid Seamstress garment (see below for exciting pattern news).

What’s included

  • An Avid Seamstress sewing pattern of your choice (see below for options)

  • Light lunch and refreshments

  • Biscuits, cake, fruit and lots of tea & coffee

The Workshop options:

  • 2 Day Workshop - Thursday 7 & Friday 8 November

  • 2 Day Weekend Workshop - Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November

  • 3 Day Workshop - Thursday 7, Friday 8 & Saturday 9 November (includes a 10% discount)

  • 3 Day Workshop - Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November (includes a 10% discount)

  • 4 Day Workshop - Thursday 7, Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November (includes a 15% discount)

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION available - email Payment Plan info here.

Workshop timings
All days will start at 10am and finish at 6pm. 

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

The Workshop Details

We're including an Avid Seamstress sewing pattern for you to create at the workshop. This workshop covers all levels of sewing - we have students making their first garment to seasoned sewists making coats and blazers.

Fancy making a fully lined Coat? We are going to be releasing a full lining add on for The Coat very soon and this is the perfect opportunity to sew yourself a beautiful coat for winter over the retreat days.

If you’re a beginning a fancy making a fully lined coat, The Wimborne Coat is perfect for you. You can make this coat slowly and beautifully under our guidance.

Our next sewing pattern, The Pleated Blouse, is also releasing soon as this is a super garment to make over the gorgeous of a workshop like this.

You can choose one of the following sewing patterns:

✂ The Pyjama Bottoms (these are great day/evening trousers too)
✂ The Sheath Dress

Confident Beginner - Intermediate (perfect for those that have made a few garments and are ready to try something new (buttonholes/concealed zips).
 The Blouse 
✂✂ The Jumpset 
✂✂ The Raglan Dress or Top
✂✂ The Gathered Dress
✂✂ The Culottes
✂✂ The Day Dress
✂✂ The City Trousers
✂✂ The Sun Dress
✂✂ The A-Line Dress
✂✂ The Wimborne Coat (this is such a super coat for beginners and those more advanced too)

Strong Intermediate (perfect for those that are confident following a sewing pattern and just need support at the tricky parts)
✂✂✂ The Everyday Shirt
✂✂✂ The Coat (fully lined version available)
✂✂✂ The Blazer
✂✂✂ The Blazer

If you would like to chat through which sewing pattern would be suitable please contact us at

You'll receive your own printed sewing pattern in advance and, in some cases, be able to try on the sample before the workshop.

What you need to bring:
Depending on the date options picked, we'll liaise with you on any pre-workshop required. We can help you with fabric choice and fitting guides. 

    • Sewing machine (we have two machines that can be borrowed)
    • Overlocker (we do have three overlockers that will be set up and available to use)
    • Fabric - prewashed (if required)
    • Haberdashery for your project (zip / button)
    • Matching thread
    • Your own set of pins
    • Fabric chalk

    Launceston Farm, Blandford Forum, DT11 8BY

    By booking a workshop you are agreeing to our Workshop PolicyCovid Policy and T&Cs
    If you have any questions please email

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    Sewing Pattern Product Options

    Printed Sewing Pattern

    Encased in a beautiful re-closable envelope, you'll receive one copy of the sewing pattern sheet for your selected pattern printed on high quality 60gsm sewing pattern paper, a photographed step-by-step a5 instruction book, a guide to taking accurate measurements and a checklist card.

    Printed Sewing Pattern with additional pattern sheet

    The same as the printed sewing pattern option plus an additional sewing pattern sheet. The second pattern sheet copy is perfect for those that don't want to trace or if you are making it in another size.

    Digital PDF Pattern

    After purchase, you'll instantly receive the digital files which contains:

    This is a digital product. You will need to download the files and then print them at home or at a copy shop. The digital instruction book is perfect for working through on your mobile or tablet screen.

    The files will be emailed to the email used to purchase the product.

    Digital PDF Pattern Plus A0 Pattern Sheet

    With this option you'll receive the digitals files via email and will also receive the A0 pattern sheet in the post. 

    Please note that when you select this option you will only receive the digital files via email when we fulfil the order. 

    You will need Adobe Reader to open the PDF files -

    View our helpful guide on digital patterns and how to put them together and FAQ's -

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