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Make a Dress in a Day

This six-hour class offers tuition in techniques for constructing a dress using a commercial pattern, as well as sewing darts, using an overlocker, inserting an invisible zip and sewing facings.


All fabrics and zips are included, just bring yourselves! (....and maybe a packed lunch, or there are cafes and Sainsbury's nearby)






  • Intro to the sewing machine – threading
  • Identifying and rectifying sewing problems



  • Introduction to Commercial Patterns – the different brands and difficulty
  • How to read a commercial pattern (Simplicity 8293)
  • Understanding your measurements
  • Fabrics – understanding fabric types and their qualities
  • Calculating and understanding fabric consumption
  • Important questions to ask your fabric supplier
  • Preparing fabrics ready for sewing
  • How to lay your pattern pieces correctly
  • How to cut out correctly
  • Marking your pattern pieces ready for sewing



  • Sewing bust and waist darts – what can go wrong?
  • Using pins correctly
  • Pressing / ironing professionally
  • Using the overlocker for a professional finish
  • Inserting an invisible zip


LUNCHTIME (30-45 Mins)




(All Practical)


  • Facings – what are they used for
  • Interlinings / Interfacing and its uses
  • Attaching facings, and sewing around curves (armholes and necklines)
  • Understanding seam allowances
  • Pressing techniques
  • Hemming



Once you have completed the dress workshop, you will have access to our ‘Suppliers List’. Which lists all of the websites, stores and shops, listing all of the suppliers we use at The Fashion Box. To help you on your sewing journey with obtaining your commercial patterns, fabrics and haberdashery. A treasure trove of hidden gems!


There will be a selection of different fabric styles to choose from in your workshop. As there is not time for everyone to cut out individual dresses, these are prepared for you, so please inform us of your dress size beforehand. 


Beginners Info:

This workshop is aimed at beginners making their first garment, and we work with standard sizes 4 - 24. 

The focus of this workshop is to teach you the dressmaking skills needed to be confident for you to try this at home.

This workshop does not focus on fitting, or made-to-measure garments. We do offer other workshops in these more advanced techniques. Which you will be able to advance to once you have learnt the basics.


It is advised that workshoppers complete the Intro to Sewing workshop beforehand, or have used a sewing machine before. as you will find this workshop easier to manage.



Once you have made a booking, we will send out a size chart for you to select your size from. It is important that you check your emails and spam folder, so you can request a specific size. 


It is also advisable to provide a mobile number, should we need to contact you.


If you do not request a specific size, on the day you will be able to select from random sizes on our reserves rail.


    Everything is provided in this workshop.


    Yes, you will need to provide your dress size, from the size chart we will send out to you. Please note that dressmaking patterns are NOT your retail size. So it advisable that you check the size chart.


    You can cancel or amend a booking up to 7 days before your booking date. Outside of this policy there is a £25 rebooking fee on this workshop.

    Only one reschedule permitted per booking.

    Please note: Doors close 15 minutes after the start time on all workshops. No free reschedules or refunds to latecomers.


    This is a 6 hour workshop. 

    Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the studio. 

    Doors close 15 minutes after the start time and latecomers will not be admitted. 


    This workshop is suitable for 14 years and above.

£150.00 Regular Price
£59.00Sale Price