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SEWING WEEKEND (all levels) - Weekend Workshop - 2024

Join us for a fun weekend sewing with The Avid Seamstress. Only 4 spaces available.

Choose one of our sewing patterns and come and make it under our expert guidance. This workshop covers all levels of sewing - we have students making their first garment to seasoned sewists making coats and blazers. Lisa, our founder will support you at every step so you'll enjoy the journey of making your garment, learning many techniques and having a really good time too!

You can make the following sewing patterns:

Beginner (perfect for those that know how to use a sewing machine but want to make their first garment)

✂ The Pyjama Bottoms (these are great day/evening trousers too)
✂ The Sheath Dress
✂ The Wimborne Coat (this is such a super coat for beginners and those more advanced too)

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

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
✂✂✂ The Blazer

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

Click here to view our sewing patterns which will provide more info on each one.

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

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.

    Class size

    The class size for this workshop will be a maximum of 4. Each person will have their own space to work from.

    Please note that we need a minimum of 2 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. Both days will start at 10am and finish at 530pm. 

    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.  

    What you need to bring:

    Beginner - we'd like you to bring your fabric washed with your pattern sheet cut out. We'll do the fabric cutting and overlocking at the workshop.

    Intermediate/advanced - If you want more time to focus on the sewing, you'll bring your fabric cut out and overlocked. This will give you ample time to focus on putting the garment together. However, if you would prefer to do the cutting, overlocking and preparation with us, we are very happy with this. You may not complete your garment in the weekend. 

    We can help you with fabric choice and fitting before the workshop. We will help you with fitting and any pre-workshop support needed.

    • Matching thread
    • Your own set of pins
    • Pencil and rubber
    • Fabric chalk

    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


    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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