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Beginners Dressmaking - make your own 'Bettine' dress

Date: 29 July 2017 11:00 to 17:00
This workshop will introduce you to basic dressmaking. From how to cut out your pattern, tips on setting up and using a domestic sewing machine and build your confidence and enthusiasm in making your own clothes. Barley will guide you through the process of making a stylish 'Bettine' dress from a 'Tilly & the Buttons' pattern. (There is a choice of  2 designs)

The 'Bettine' dress features a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono sleeves, turn up cuffs, elasticated waistline and tulip skirt. Simple to sew, with no fiddly darts, fastenings or set in sleeves. The plain skirt version is a perfect first dress project for beginners. More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs. A comfortable wearable dress you'll want to throw on every day!

On completion of this class participants will confidently be able to:

- Understand how to set up a domestic sewing machine for dressmaking.

- Cut a simple garment pattern

- Assemble the pattern pieces on the machine and best approach

- Add an elasticated waistline

- Add finishing touches such as a pockets and optional cuff tabs.

- Make many other versions of Tilly & the Buttons 'Bettine' design with your pattern.


LEVEL: Confident Beginner 

TIME: 11am - 5pm 

PRICE: £65 / £60  (Includes 'Tilly & the Buttons' Bettine pattern worth £12.50)

YOU WILL NEED: To bring your own light to medium weight drapey fabric (such as cotton voile, viscose/rayon or chambray)

We stock a selection of Offset Warehouse's ethical fabrics at Fabrications

Quantities: 3m (115cm wide) or 2m (150cm)



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Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
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Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
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Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
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