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Made To Sew – Beginners Dressmaking Class 1

Beginners Dressmaking

5.00 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)


Learn unforgettable dressmaking skills, tips and techniques so that you have the confidence to start working on dressmaking projects at home. Join us and learn how to create your choice of garment.

Please email if you wish to be put on the waiting list for this class.

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Product Description

Are you relatively new to sewing? Do you want to expand on your knowledge and learn dressmaking techniques?

Our Beginners Dressmaking class covers the basics involved in dressmaking. How to work with a pattern, read the information and choose the correct size. How to cut out and prepare fabric, sew seams and gradually work to introduce complex finishing techniques. Over the course of 9 hours, the class will teach you the skills required to continue sewing and creating new garments at home.

In the Beginners Dressmaking class we recommend you work with a skirt pattern  (McCall’s 3830), however we are flexible to your learning requirements. Depending on the project you choose you will learn extra techniques such as how to apply a waistband, how to introduce an invisible zipper, sew buttons and fastenings to create a beautiful garment you can be proud of.

  • How to read a pattern and choose the correct size
  • Cutting out fabric, the do’s and don’ts
  • Sewing garment seams and darts
  • How to finish seams with and without an overlocker
  • Working with interfacing (what to use and when)
  • Introducing a waistband
  • How to apply an invisible zipper
  • Sewing a hook and bar or button fastening
  • How to hem a garment; machine hem and hand sewing techniques

Level: It is necessary to have previous sewing experience on the sewing machine, such as threading the machine and sewing in a straight line. Why not try our Basics – Learn To Sew class if you would like to brush up on these skills. Prior dressmaking experience is not required.

Materials: We recommend you purchase the following skirt pattern (McCall’s 3830), required amount of fabric for your size (non-stretch, no re-occurring patterns / stripes) for the skirt, (the skirt will be unlined so check fabric is suitable), matching thread (Gutermann Sew All Polyester Thread 100m),  9″ invisible zipper, interfacing and hook & bar.

Should you be working with a different pattern please get in touch to confirm materials.

Please contact us in advance should you wish to use one of our sewing machines during the class.

Teacher: Aneka Truman / Julia Walder

Class Length: 12 Hours

Number in Class: 6

Price: £120

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17 reviews for Beginners Dressmaking

  1. 5 out of 5


    I attended the beginners dressmaking course in January after watching hours worth of Aneka’s videos on YouTube. The course was excellent. I made a skirt – the most professional looking garment I’ve created to date and I picked up so many new skills and techniques which I struggled to visualise before. Others have said it but Aneka has such a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of dressmaking and she finds a way to share that during the classes, in such a way that you remember when you go back home. I’m planning to book another course during the summer and this time take my mum!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Another two days spent dressmaking with a brilliant teacher and good company. Aneka gives you confidence to continue learning. Ready for next course.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I did the Beginners Dressmaking at the end of July and I can honestly say that it is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. Aneka is a wonderful tutor, she is patient and happy to answer even the stupidest questions, she went above and beyond in answering my constant questions via email once the course had finished. I would recommend the course to anyone.

  4. 5 out of 5


    This was a brilliant course and I learnt so much. Aneka is such a wonderful teacher – very knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. I had a great time, made a dress that I’m really happy with and would recommend her courses to others.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Aneka was hands on with all of us on this course and made the learning clear and enjoyable. The time just flew by. There was a great atmosphere and for me personally she went way beyond the parameters of the course to ensure I had a well fitting, well finished skirt in spite of my having chosen a fabric which did not always behave as expected!!! Her on line tutorials have also been a great resource and brilliant for going back and jogging the memory. I shall use them again.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Fantastic from start to finish. Aneka has gone above and beyond to support me in making my first ever dress, from selecting fabrics to finishing off on my own machine. I would thoroughly recommend this course.

    Can’t wait to make my next garment!

    Thank you :-)

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I completed Aneka’s beginners dressmaking class in April and haven’t stopped sewing since! Learning some really useful technique’s in the class has made me so much more confident on my projects at home and Aneka teaches so much more than advertised. I’m hoping to come back and do sewing with Jersey soon as it terrifies me but I know Aneka will make it seem simple and achievable :) Thank You!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My second course with Aneka and as before she is a fountain of knowledge and such a patient teacher.
    I can’t actually believe I made a skirt, not any old skirt but a skirt with darts, concealed zip, interfacing. Also learned how to decipher a sewing pattern.
    Really pleased with the end result, thank you Aneka

  9. 5 out of 5


    Absolutely amazing course 100% in everyway. Aneka goes above and beyond to share her knowledge and techniques, she is a great teacher kind, fun and friendly. The whole experience was very relaxing, inspiring and knowledgeable i will most definitely be coming back for the next course. Thank you Aneka i love my skirt. See you soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have recently completed the beginners dress-making course with Aneka. I learnt so much and now feel confident to try using a dress pattern on my own. Aneka is a very professional yet friendly teacher and I would definitely recommend her courses to others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Here I am again, can’t get enough!! Seriously what an amazing tutor Aneka is, she goes WAY BEYOND what is supposed to be taught in the class. She has lots of knowledge and is happy to share it. This said the classes are still so much fun, she has a great sense of humour. Keep up the good work Aneka your great…….Not as nice as Martell though!!! (for those who don’t know Aneka has a fabulous dog Martell)…..

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Brilliant class, just finished a dress, that my son couldn’t believe I had made!! It truly looks shop bought.
    What an amazing tutor Anneka is, she certainly knows her stuff. Have booked the course again, I enjoyed it so much.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have now finished the sleeveless top & it is fabulous! It was a great follow on course from making pj’s, and skirt as I’m more confident in cutting out & choosing appropriate fabric.
    As always, Aneka takes you through each stage step by step, so no disaster takes place!
    Really love the style of the top, very flattering, & like the fact that you can add a little collar if you choose.

  14. 5 out of 5


    Just to let you know how much I enjoyed my class Making A Skirt. It has inspired me !

  15. 5 out of 5


    A skirt that fits perfectly says it all. Aneka, as always, guided me through every step. Really enjoyed using the over locker, too! Learnt lots of new skills whilst having an enjoyable time. I love these classes :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Just finished this class hot on the heels of Beginners ‘Learn to Sew’ as fired up with enthusiasm!
    Very pleased with the result, I can’t quite believe I made it! The course reinforced the skills learnt on the Beginners class & was surprisingly straightforward. Aneka gives some really useful tips & advice for those of us who are not yet fully fledged. The pattern reading & sizing was very interesting, learnt some new hemming stitches as well.
    Martel was very encouraging with the odd grunt & snuffle during the evening which helped. A lot of fun throughout & thoroughly recommend this class.

  17. 5 out of 5


    My second course with Aneka and again thoroughly enjoyed it. Learnt lots and now know how to make my skirts fit properly! Learnt how to put in an invisible zip and match up the checks on the fabric. Brilliant course and would recommend. Saving for the next course!!

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