Fitting Masterclass: Bodice with Charlotte Newland

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This intensive one-day class is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make a dress that fits beautifully. Working with the dress pattern of your choice (for woven fabrics only), our experienced instructor will teach show you tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, making a muslin, evaluating fit, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening) and altering your pattern. You'll leave class with a finished muslin and a corrected pattern so you can make the dress of your dreams at home!

We keep this class to just six students to ensure you will receive plenty of one on one time with Charlotte and fitting advice tailored specifically to your body. 

Students are welcome to bring two patterns to class - depending on your personal pace you may be able to start the fitting process on a second pattern.

What our students say:

"I did this class and it was BRILLIANT! I made a Betty dress with my adjusted pattern and it fits me so beautifully. I wore it to a wedding in the summer and felt like a million dollars. The course is worth every penny and I'd 100% recommend it!" - Mel @stitch_make_bake

"I left with a real sense of achievement. It was so helpful have someone knowledgeable identify and adjust my fitting problems." - Barbara

"Charlotte is an excellent teacher: she is so very knowledgeable about all things to do with sewing. She is charming, interesting, passionate, with a fabulous sense of humour (very important!) and I went back to my hotel feeling like I had taken away much more than what was outlined in the day's program thanks to her dedication and knowledge, making the day a totally wonderful and especially memorable experience for me. Definitely the highlight of my stay in London." - Cathy

"Charlotte is fab - her fitting expertise is invaluable. I always learn a tonne of stuff from her." - Hayley

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

Skills needed: This class is suitable for advanced beginners. You should already know how to sew and work with a commercial dressmaking pattern.

Materials: You'll need to bring or buy your own dress pattern. Your pattern should have a separate bodice and skirt - no shift dresses for this class - and be designed for woven fabrics (not knits). All other materials and tools will be provided. You'll receive a 10% discount on your pattern if you purchase it at The Village Haberdashery.

Class size: 6. Please note, this class is for students over 18 only.

Length: 7 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