Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Completed my first dressmaking course

You know how I've been saying for ages that I wanted to do a dressmaking course?  Well, before Christmas I completed an 'intro to sewing' class (which was so much fun) and it lead me nicely into my first ever dressmaking classes!

The course lasted 8 weeks and was held in an alteration / seamstress shop near me.  I absolutely loved it and I have learned *so* much from the classes.

The class is quite small so I felt like I got loads of help and the teacher was great.  She has been a seamstress for years and she really knows her stuff.  Plus, she is patient!  Definitely a good thing when it comes to teaching me haha!  Each student was allowed to make whatever sort of garment they liked, in the end I decided to go for a simple dress.  I went to my local fabric shop and bought a design that was labelled 'EASY', some plain black fabric and away I went!

I learned a range of different stitches, how to read design patterns (who knew they could be so complicated) and a range of dressmaking techniques like darts and seams.  At first I was a bit lost, I've been using sewing machines since I was a child but making a dress was totally out of my league.  As each week passed my confidence and skill set grew, and slowly but surely my dress started to come together.  This might sound cheesy but I'm so proud of my wee dress! 

As I only tackled an 'EASY' pattern I have signed up for another course that begins in April.  I'd like to get through a harder pattern and learn how to stitch more difficult designs.

Making dresses wasn't my only goal, I wanted to learn how to alter clothes I already have.  I don't think I've mastered that yet but maybe in the next few months I'll know how to do some simple alterations.  How annoying is it when you have a dress that has really long straps?  Or a waist that was slightly too baggy?  I'd like to be able to fix those problems myself!

I'm really excited to start my next course, I'll keep you all updated!

Have you ever made a dress or anything similar?  Any tips for me? 



  1. That's awesome babe!! I remember we talked about this class...sounds like fun xoxo

  2. Wow that's great! Well done you xxx


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