Sewing And Garment Construction Classes In London

For those who wish to make or alter clothes for themselves, their family or friends, we have a range of Clothes Making workshops and courses.

Sewing And Garment Construction Classes In London

Starting with simple items for Beginner’s and moving onto more Intermediate styles, you can make a wide variety of garments in a fun and social atmosphere.

For those who wish to become an expert seamstress or achieve a higher level we have our Garment Construction Skills Training programme.

Fabric knowledge - How to choose fabrics

Fabric knowledge - How to choose fabrics

Our fabric expert will cover fabric knowledge and show you how to identify and select the right fabrics for your sewing projects.

The success of garment making depends a great deal on choosing the right fabric.When garment making it is important to choose materials that are fit for their purpose. The fibre content, fabric construction and finishing processes determine the fabric's aesthetic and functional properties. Choosing a fabric with right weight and “handle” and the appropriate quality will ensure that a product will suit the style of the garment and do the job it is intended to do.

In this fun and informative course our fabric expert will cover fabric knowledge and show you how to identify and select the right fabrics for your sewing projects. We will also carry out tests on the fabric so you can identify the fibre content. You will a learn how to prepare fabrics for cutting and about the aftercare requirements of the fabrics once the garments are made and worn. There will be lots of fabric samples provided so you will be able to get your hands on a variety of different materials and get a feel of how they work.

This workshop will cover:

• Fibre Content -Natural or manmade 
• Fabric construction - Woven, knitted or non-woven?
• End-use – How to select the right fabric for your project
• Maintenance – Fabric care

How to use an Overlocker

How to use an Overlocker

This workshop will show you how to get the best out of your overlocker and give the skills to use it with confidence. Overlockers, also known as sergers give a professional finish when garment making particularly when sewing stretch fabrics. The workshop will cover how to thread an overlocker, how to use with 3 threads or a 4 threads and how to adjust the tension. You will also learn how to stitch seams, finish edges and overlock curves and corners and create gathers and rolled hems.

If you don’t have an overlocker this is an ideal workshop to try one out before buying one.
If you would like to learn on your own overlocker you can bring it with you to the course.

How to Take Body Measurements and How to Choose and use a Commercial Pattern for Home Dressmaking

How to Take Body Measurements and How to Choose and  use a Commercial Pattern for Home Dressmaking

To select sewing patterns you need to know your correct body measurements, so you can make sense of the size charts and select the right size. You also need to take accurate body measurements when altering clothes for yourself or others. This workshop is aimed at those who want to understand how and where to take body measurements to achieve the perfect fit. You will be shown how to measure the body and be a given a size chart to record your size.

The workshop will also cover pattern brands, where to purchase patterns.. It will also cover how to choose the right level of pattern for your skills, how to understand the back of the pattern envelope, how to judge the right size to cut and the correct amount of fabric to buy.

You will also learn to how follow the information sheet, the layout plan and gain an understanding of pattern instructions and terminology, pattern markings and annotations including grain lines, seam allowance, notches and bias cutting. Finally you will be shown how to lay the pattern on different types of fabric including checks, plaids, fabrics with nap or one way prints, stripes etc.

You’ll learn how to pin, mark, cut the pattern and fabric and prepare your garment ready for construction. This knowledge will save you precious time and prevent being made mistakes when clothes making.

If you are interested in adapting patterns , have a look at our How to Adapt a Commercial Dressmaking Pattern for Personal Fit class.

How to Adapt a Commercial Dressmaking Pattern for Personal Fit

How to Adapt a Commercial Dressmaking Pattern for Personal Fit

This course is aimed at those wanting to make clothes from a commercial pattern and adapt the pattern to fit their own shape and size. The tutor will demonstrate how to make simple alterations and adaptations to lengthen or shorten the pattern. She will also explain how to adapt a pattern to fit you own personal body shape. This could be adjusting a pattern to accommodate larger hips or bust or how to increase or decrease a waistline etc. You can bring a pattern along that you would like to work on.

We will touch on body measurements in this class, but if you’re interested in this subject you would also benefit from our How to Take Body Measurements class.

To get the best out of this workshop you should have made a few garments from a commercial before and identified personal fit problems.

Clothing Alterations And Customising

Clothing Alterations And Customising

A great way to save money and prolong the life of your clothing, this course will give you all the basic skills to alter or repair your clothes. There will be some general taught information covering how to how to take up or let down hems to lengthen or shorten a garment and how let out or take in seams to fit. but most of the workshop you will be learning by working on your own alterations with the help of the tutor.

You can for example replace broken zips in skirts, trousers or jeans; shorten sleeves, refit, and remake and restyle a favourite garment or vintage piece. Bring your alterations with you to the class to work on. The type of alterations you can undertake depends on your existing sewing skills.. You should at least be able to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew simple seams to join this workshop. If you want to learn how to alter a wide range of garment to a professional level then we have our longer Professional Clothing Alterations Course.

Make a Simple Skirt

Make a Simple Skirt

This workshop is a good follow on from our Learn To Sew courses and enables you to put your new sewing skills into practice.

The skirt is a simple but timeless garment, and an ideal project to start sewing with. Choose from making a stylish pencil skirt, a full-length skirt, A-line skirt or a even mini skirt, and bring some beautiful fabric to really make the skirt your own.

During the class you will learn how to use a commercial pattern, and to lay, mark and pin the pattern to fabric and cut out. You will sew seams and darts, insert a concealed zip, attach a facing, make and attach a lining, and then hem, press and finish your skirt ready to wear.

You will be given a pattern to use, you just need to bring fabric and a matching zip.

See examples of the skirts you could make.

Not keen on making a skirt? Try our Simple Dress or Pyjama pants courses.

On completion of this course you could progress onto more complicated garments, such as the T-shirt or the Fitted Summer Dress.

How to make a pencil skirt

This workshop is a good follow on from our learn to sew courses and enables you to put your newly learnt skills into practice. Learn how to use a commercial pattern, lay, mark and pin pattern to fabric and cut out. You will sew seams and darts insert a lapped zip, attach a waistband, make and attach a lining , make a button hole, hem and press and finish your skirt ready to wear. . You will be given a pattern to use and go home with you, You just need to bring fabric.

Make A Simple Dress

Make A Simple Dress

We’ve chosen an easy dress that suits lots of different body types, and you can choose the skirt length and will make it to your size. In this class you will learn how to use a commercial pattern, and to lay, mark and pin the pattern to fabric and cut out. You will be sewing seams, making tucks, attaching a facing, and learn to make and set in sleeves. You will them hem, press and finish your dress ready to wear. You will be provided with a commercial dress pattern – just bring along some fabric for the dress.

Not keen on making a dress? Try our Simple Skirt courses.

See examples of the dress you could make on our Pinterest board.

How to Make a Dress - Intermediate level

This workshop is for those with intermediate sewing skills, who have already made at least 2 other garments. The fitted dress is a great follow on from our simple garment courses such as the Make a Simple Dress and Make a Simple Skirt.

It’s a stylish dress, which can be made with a full or straight skirt, and we urge you to bring in some beautiful, bright fabric to really make it your own. You will be given a pattern to use, and all other materials are provided.

See examples of the dress you could make here on our Pinterest board.

In this class you will lay, mark and pin the pattern to your chosen fabric and cut it out. You will learn to sew a princess line seam, how to make tucks, insert a concealed zip, attach a lining, and hem, press and finish your dress ready to wear.

Make a Men’s or Women’s Pyjama Pant

This course is a simple garment, so a suitable follow-on to our Learn to Sew course, or for those with basic sewing skills, making their first garment. It’s also good unisex alternative for those who don’t want to make a women’s wear garment at this stage - perfect for men in particular, who are looking to go into making garments and need to practice their garment making skills but don’t want to make a skirt.

Making a simple pyjama pant is also good for those wanting to learn the first steps to trouser making, an expert skill. You will learn about laying and pinning your pattern, and cutting fabric to the correct size and go onto make a long or short pyjama style pant.

We will provide the pattern for you to use and to take away, and all materials are provided, you just need to bring in the fabric for the pyjama. We suggest a light cotton, nothing stretchy, but the colour is up to you – make it your own!

Make a Fitted Dress

Make a Fitted Dress

This workshop is for those with intermediate sewing skills who have already made at least 2 other garments previously.

You will lay, mark and pin pattern to fabric and cut out.

You will sew seams and darts, make tucks, insert a concealed zip, attach a lining, hem, press and finish your dress ready to wear. You will be given a pattern to use and go home with you, There are 2 silhouettes to choose from either with a full skirt or a straight skirt, You just need to bring fabric.

See examples of the dress you could make on our Pinterest board.

How to sew stretch fabrics and make T-Shirts

How to sew stretch fabrics and make T-Shirts

This workshop is aimed at those with intermediate level sewing skills – ideally you have taken our Learn To Sew course, and made at least one garment before. The T-shirt is a classic garment that will never go out of fashion, and this is a great garment to both practice your sewing skills and learn new ones, such as beginning to use the overlocker.

Stretch fabrics work very differently to other fabrics you may use during dressmaking/garment construction, so learning to work in stretch fabric is a brilliant skill to have. You will learn how to adjust the sewing machine, and select the correct tension, stitch length, needles and thread for sewing stretch fabrics. This course will introduce you to the overlocker and how to use it to get the best results when sewing stretch fabrics.

You will practice sewing seams and attaching necklines and ribbing and then cut and make a simple T- shirt.

Do you want to learn more about sewing Stretch fabrics? Try our How to use an Overlocker course.

See examples of the t-shirts you could make on our Pinterest board.

How to Make a Pair of Leggings

How to Make a Pair of Leggings

This workshop is aimed at those with intermediate level sewing skills – ideally you have taken our Learn To Sew course, and made at least one garment before. his is a great garment to both practice your sewing skills and learn new ones, such as beginning to use the overlocker.

Stretch fabrics work very differently to other fabrics you may use during dressmaking/garment construction, so learning to work in stretch fabric is a brilliant skill to have. You will learn how to adjust the sewing machine, and select the correct tension, stitch length, needles and thread for sewing stretch fabrics.

This course will introduce you to the overlocker and how to use it to get the best results when sewing stretch fabrics. You will practice sewing seams and edges and then cut and make a pair of leggings with an elasticated waistband. pair of leggings.

Do you want to learn more about sewing Stretch fabrics? Try our How to use an Overlocker course.

See examples of the knickers/leggings you could make on our Pinterest board.

Make a Simple Shirt Men’s or Women’s - Beginners

In this workshop you will learn how to use a commercial pattern, and to lay, mark and pin the pattern to fabric and cut out.

You will cut out and make a short sleeved shirt with a simple collar and button wrap.

We will provide the pattern and you just need to bring the fabric. If you don’t already have sewing skills then you should start with one of our Learn to Sew courses.

When you have mastered a simple shirt you may want to progress to our Make a men’s Classic Shirt where you will learn how make all the elements of a classic man’s or women’s shirt including a yoke 2 piece collar, a placket opening and cuffs.

If you also want to design and make your own shirt patterns rather than use a commercial pattern we have a basic Pattern Cutting for Shirts course

Shirt Making Skills

Make a Shirt Would you like to be able to design, cut and make your own shirts?

You can take this course on its own or as part of our Garment Construction Skills course. Its also part of our Shirt making programme that consists of Make a Simple Shirt and Professional Shirt Making Skills and If you also want to design and make your own shirt patterns rather than use a commercial pattern we have a basic Pattern Cutting for Shirts course. They will take you through all the stages to understand the basics of cutting and construction of classic men’s or women’s shirt. On completion of the courses you should then be confident to use the skills learnt to go on to design, cut and make your own shirt styles.

Sewing technique - Make seams, back pleat, double yoke, button wrap, 2 piece collar, sleeves, rocket placket opening, cuff, mark and make button holes attach buttons. Press and finish.

You will need to have previous sewing skills or have completed out learn to Sew course and made a least 1 garment before or have completed our Stage 1 Garment Construction course before joining this course.

Trouser Making Skills

How to Make a Pair of Trousers

Sewing technique- Practice a sample of a Fly Zip Faster Construct fly fastener, create pleats, make hip pocket, sew yoke, seams, top stitch, make and attach belt loops, make and attach waistband, hem, make turn ups, make button holes attach buttons. Press and finish.

You will need to have previous sewing skills and to have made at least 3 garments or have completed our Stage 1 Garment Construction course before joining this course.

Jacket Making Skills

Handmade Jackets need a high standard of workmanship if they are to look professional and be successful. In this 2 day course you will learn to construct a lined jacket.

You will construct darts, make welt pockets, make a revere collar, attach a facing and set in sleeve and make and attach lining, make button holes attach button. Press and finish.

We will provide you with a jacket and lining cut out in calico It is intended that by making the jacket and learning the construction techniques you will be able to go on to making a jacket of your own at a later date.

This course requires you to have a good level of sewing skills and to have made at least 3 other garments, one with sleeves before.

Lingerie Making Techniques - Knickers

Lingerie Making Techniques - Knickers

Ideally you should be able to sew and have made 2 simple garments before taking this course. If you are a beginner please let us know.

Lingerie is often a feature in designer collections, and lingerie garment construction is a great skill for any fashion designer to have. In this course you will learn about all lingerie construction for knickers and leave with a finished pair of knickers. You can follow this course with Lingerie Making Techniques Part 2 - Cut and Make a Camisole or Cut and Make a Soft Bra.

The course will cover:

  • Lingerie materials and trims
  • Hand and machine sewing techniques for lingerie fabrics including french seams, hems, attaching elastic edges
  • Making Bows and adding trims
  • Cutting out and constructing a pair of knickers

You will be a give a pattern to copy and adapt to your size to use in the class and to take home.

Lingerie making Techniques - Cut and Make a Camisole or Cut and Make a Soft Bra

Ideally you should be able to sew and have made 2 simple garments before taking this course. If you are a beginner please let us know.

This course follows on from the Stage 1 Knickers course or can be taken independently. Lingerie is often a feature in designer collections, and lingerie garment construction is a great skill for any fashion designer to have. In this course you will learn about all lingerie construction for a camisole or a soft bra and leave with the finished garment.

The course will cover:

  • Lingerie materials and trims
  • Hand and machine sewing techniques
  • Bias cutting
  • Sewing techniques for lingerie fabrics including binding, adding lace inserts, lace overlays and ribbon trims, rouleux, making straps, and fasteners and hooks and eyes.
  • Cutting out and constructing a camisole or a soft bra.

You will be a give a pattern to copy and adapt to your size to use in the class and to take home. Please note that this course does not cover structured lingerie or contour wear

Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 1 - Couture, Bridal and Eveningwear

Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 1 - Couture, Bridal and Eveningwear

This is an intermediate level course for those with some dressmaking experience. The course will cover a range of hand and machine sewing techniques, garment finishes and details that are suitable for use on eveningwear, bridal wear and lingerie. This is a great garment construction course for fashion design and for those looking to advance into couture techniques.

This course will cover:

  • Hand and machine sewing techniques
  • French seams
  • Hand Rolled Hems
  • Making Rouleu loops
  • Covered buttons
  • Piping
  • Different types of boning techniques
  • Eyelets and lacing

Our follow on courses to Couture Sewing Techniques are Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 3 - Embellishments where you will learn decorative couture techniques and Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 2 - Make a Boned Bodice where you can put all the techniques into practice by making yourself a boned bodice.

Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 2 - Make a Boned Bodice

 Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 2 - Make a Boned Bodice

You will need to have intermediate sewing skills to enrol on this course. You don't need to have completed Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 1 and Couture Sewing Techniques - Embellishments Stage 3, but this course works as a follow on from those courses and you can put the skills and techniques learned on those course into practice by constructing a Boned Bodice. This is a great garment construction course for fashion design and for those looking to advance into couture techniques.

You will construct a Boned Bodice in a fabric of your own choice using couture sewing techniques. You will learn how to fit the bodice, apply the boning and how to finish with either a zip of with loops and lacing. The techniques learned can be applied to evening wear or bridal wear.

If you would like to embellish your bodice then you can bring to the Couture Sewing Techniques Stage 3 Embellishments course to work on.

Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 3 - Embellishments

Couture Sewing Techniques - Stage 3 - Embellishments

You need intermediate sewing techniques to enrol on this course. This course will show you how to create a range of finishes and embellishments suitable for evening wear, bridal wear and lingerie. This is a great garment construction course for fashion design and for those looking to advance into couture techniques. You can follow this course with Couture Sewing Techniques Stage 2 - Make a Boned Bodice, where you will put all these techniques and more into practice by making and embellishing a beautiful boned bodice.

Techniques covered will include:

  • Lace inserts
  • Lace overlay
  • Lace trims
  • Making bows
  • Ribbon trims
  • Rosettes
  • Silk flowers
  • Embroidery
  • Beadwork