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Bodice Fitting Masterclass & Sewing Workshop with Charlotte Newland & The Avid Seamstress Friday 9/Sat 10/Sun 11 Dec has a rating of 0.0 stars based on 0 reviews.

Bodice Fitting Masterclass & Sewing Workshop with Charlotte Newland & The Avid Seamstress Friday 9/Sat 10/Sun 11 Dec

Got the technical skills pinned down, but perfecting that fit causing you issues? This masterclass is dedicated to perfecting your fitting technique, giving you the skills to apply to all your dressmaking projects hereon. Whether it’s baggy shoulders, gaping necklines or annoying drag lines, this 3 day course will answer your questions and give you the skills to adapt all your sewing patterns to fit YOU. 

You can choose one of the following Avid Seamstress sewing patterns: The Day Dress, The Sun Dress, The A-Line Dress or The Shift Dress to obtain a perfect fit and then make over the workshop. These make gorgeous Christmas party dresses!

Day 1

The first day will include Charlotte Newland (winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016) who will talk everyone through:

  • Taking accurate measurements
  • Making a muslin/toile
  • Evaluating fit
  • Basic fitting adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening)

You’ll make a muslin/toile and then have a 1:1 fitting slot with Charlotte focusing on your perfect fit. You’ll be able to make further adjustments to your pattern and make a final toile before cutting and preparing your fabric to make the garment over the weekend. In between making toiles and fitting, students will be able to enjoy the beautiful Avid Seamstress studio, set up their machines and have a chat with fellow students.

Day 2 & 3

You’ll then have two days dedicated to sewing your garment with two teachers - Lisa Falconer, founder of The Avid Seamstress and Tess, our fabulous sewing teacher. 

The workshop includes a kit to use in the fitting masterclass: printed sewing pattern, pattern paper for adjustments, toile fabric, paper & fabric scissors, pencil and measuring tape.

We are pleased to offer a payment plan for this workshop. Please contact if you would like to set up a payment plan. 

Class size

The class size for this workshop will be a maximum of 8. Each person will have their own space to work from.  

Workshop timings

This workshop will take place over three days starting at 10am and finishing between 530-6pm. 

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. We suggest that hotels are held on a fully refundable basis through This avoids any disappointment if the workshop is cancelled out of our control. 

What you need to bring:

  • Fabric for your sewing project
  • Matching thread
  • Haberdashery - sewing pins, fabric marker or chalk, unpicker. We sell a selection of haberdashery should you need any supplies.

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.


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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