Dressmaking 101 with Charlotte Newland

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Would you love to make clothes but find patterns impossible to understand? This one-day class will demystify the dressmaking process whilst you make a beautiful skirt in the fabric of your choice. You will learn standard sewing terms and techniques that you can apply to other patterns and gain the confidence to sew your own clothes. This class will cover taking accurate measurements, accurate cutting and and construction methods.

Please note that this pattern fits sizes xs - 3xl and you can find the measurements for those sizes on the size chart. Unfortunately, if your measurements fall outside of the range on the pattern back, this class may not be suitable for you because we won't be able to size the pattern up or down for you in class. Please contact us at info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk if you have any questions or are interested in arranging a private class instead.

What our students say:

"Charlotte was fab, it felt less like a class and more like 5 friends spending the day sewing. Everything was explained clearly, and demonstrations were given individually so everyone could progress at their own speed." - Phoebe

"Wonderful teacher. Really knowledgable and made it all seem really easy." - Clea

About your teacher: Charlotte Newland is an accomplished dressmaker, quilter and all-round crafter. She is the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016 and her quilts have received awards at QuiltCon and the Blogger's Quilt Festival. She lives in London with her husband, kids, dog, cat and sewing machines. Charlotte can be found online at charlottenewland.com

Skills needed: This class is suitable for dressmaking beginners, but you must know how to use a sewing machine. We recommend taking our This is a Sewing Machine class if you are new to sewing or need a refresher.

Materials: The pattern will be provided, but students will need to bring or buy the fabric, thread and elastic for their skirt. Please refer to the pattern back for exact fabric requirements for your size, but feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Sewing machines and all tools will be provided. All materials can be purchased at The Village Haberdashery and students receive a 10% discount when they purchase class materials in the shop. Please arrive early if you wish to purchase your fabric on class day.

  • Woven light to medium weight fabric such as lawn, voile, double gauze, poplin, shirting, baby wale corduroy, sateen, silk, quilting cotton, linen, or cotton-linen blends. Check the yardage chart for your size to work out how much you need.
  • 1.25"/32mm wide elastic (the length needed is half your waist measurement)
  • Coordinating thread 

Class size: 6

Length: 5 hours

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

If you're interested in a payment plan for this class, please get in touch! You can find out more information about our payment plans here.

Please note that there are no refunds for class bookings. For more information about our classes, refer to our Class Policies or contact us at info@thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk.