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BEGINNERS SEWING WEEKEND - Weekend workshop - (Beginner) - 10 & 11 Sept has a rating of stars based on reviews.

BEGINNERS SEWING WEEKEND - Weekend workshop - (Beginner) - 10 & 11 Sept

If you’re looking to take the first step into dressmaking, this is the perfect place to start. 

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! 

You can choose to make one of the following sewing patterns which you'll get to keep:

  • The Pyjama Bottoms or Trousers - make a comfy pair of pyjamas or make a gorgeous relaxed day trouser.
  • The Drop Sleeve Top - one of our most popular sewing patterns due to it's versatility and great fit.

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. 

About The Pyjama Bottoms

The Pyjama Bottoms is the perfect first sewing pattern for anyone taking their first steps into the world of dressmaking. The Pyjama Bottoms are full-length and have a relaxed fit with an elasticated waistband, side seam pockets and a tie front created with an optional buttonhole or mock tie. Sizes UK 6- 22

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 2 days so that we can really focus on teaching you some amazing skills and not rush. We would like you to enjoy the process of creating a garment. You’ll pick up so many incredible tips and tricks that you can use for all your future projects.

For the first day, we’ll get through all the preparation and start the first stages of sewing. In the second part of the workshop, you’ll complete your garment and are free to leave when you are finished or can continue using the machines to stitch something else until the end of the workshop.

If you join this workshop and wish to move to the second beginner's workshop - The Drop Sleeve Top - we will provide a 15% discount code for you.

Timings 10h00-17h00 each day with a break for lunch. On the second day, you are welcome to leave once you have finished your garment or carry on stitching something else until close.  We'll provide tea & coffee and cake each afternoon.

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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.

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. 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. 

Supplies Needed

  • Fabric
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Buttonhole presser foot if bringing your own machine
  • We'll provide 3cm wide elastic, iron-on interfacing, safety pin and a buttonhole presser foot for our machines.

Fabric If making a pair of pyjama's, light to medium weight woven fabrics: cotton lawn, flannel, brushed cotton, cotton fleece or fabric that is soft & breathable with natural fibres work well.  We currently have the same fabric as in the main image if you'd like to purchase it on the day.

If making a pair of trousers, use a light to medium weight woven.

TEACHER - Lisa Falconer



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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