Sewing and Dressmaking Courses


  • Sip and Stitch

    • One sessions
    • Friday 27th April
    • 7-9pm
    • £28.00

    Sip and Stitch with Ruth Oliver from the Make Arcade. Choose a delightful cross stitch from one of Ruth’s gorgeous kits. Will it be More gin please, Pass the prosecco or it’s wine o’clock? Appropriate refreshments provided!

  • Macrame

    • 1 session
    • Thursday 19th April
    • 7-9pm
    • £35.00

    Macrame with James Meredith of Huiswerk Store. Learn this fabulous retro craft and make yourself a hanging plant holder. Includes all materials and refreshments

  • Parent and child machine sewing

    • One session
    • 28th April 1.30- 4 pm
    • As above
    • £60.00

    A number of you have asked whether we could offer a parent and child session where you can learn how to use a sewing machine with your child to help them when things go wrong at home.

    On this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to thread and use a sewing machine by making a tote bag. All materials and machines included. If you are bringing your own machine, please ensure that it has been serviced in the last 2 years and that you bring the operating manual.

    Suitable for complete beginners

  • Sewing for Home Educated kids

    • 5 weeks
    • Starts 21st Feb
    • 1.15-2.45 pm
    • £70.00

    Price includes all equipment plus refreshments. Fabric for dressmaking projects not included

    If you are aged 7-13 and would like to learn to sew, then this course is for you. Suitable for both beginners and those with a little more experience.
    The course is project based and will include a mixture of hand sewing and machine sewing to improve your skills.

  • Afternoon Tea and rust dyeing with Rob Jones

    • One afternoon
    • Sunday 25th March
    • 3-6.30pm
    • £75.00

    What could be better than a nice cup of tea, some elegant sandwiches and a slice of delicious cake?

    How about all of the above and the fun of using the tea and some rusty iron to make beautiful patterns on cloth and then dyeing a white cotton tote bag to take away with you!

    This 3.5-hour session will cover some basic Shibori binding and clamping techniques, which can be used to make marks on cotton samples. These will be dyed in three different types of tea with an assortment of unusual rusty objects to create interesting patterns.

    You will learn about shibori, iron and tea as mordants and dye a white cotton tote bag (included in the price) to take away with you.

    Workshop includes as much tea as you can drink, a selection of sandwiches and cake.

  • Make your own Espadrilles

    • One session
    • 20th May 2-5pm or 30 May 6.30-9.30
    • £45.00
    Spend a fun afternoon making your own espadrilles, in a fabric of your choice. Choose between standard espadrilles, or ones with ankle ties.

    You’ll walk away with one completed shoe, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one (and many more pairs!) at home. Imagine all the fabrics you could use!

    Over this 3 hour workshop you’ll master the following skills:

    – Adjusting a pattern for fit
    – Stitching corners and curved seams
    – Pinning the upper to the sole
    – Attaching ankle ties (optional)
    – Hand-stitching using blanket stitch

    Suitable for complete beginners. Just bring a fat quarter of fabric (approx 50cm x 50cm). Light to medium weight plain or printed cotton or linen work best. Suzie London fabrics will be available to purchase on the day. All other materials and tools are provided.

    Please let us know which size espadrilles you’d like to make when booking. The soles are available in EU sizes 36 – 45.

  • Teens Pattern Cutting

    • 5 sessions
    • Wednesdays from 21st February
    • 5.15-6.45 pm
    • £70.00

    Price includes all equipment plus refreshments. Fabric for dressmaking projects not included

    This course is designed for secondary school aged children and will teach you the skills needed for making your own pattern blocks – the basis for making patterns in exactly your size. A fantastic course for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills and those studying for textiles GCSE

‘Good class size allowing focus on each persons questions. Clear detailed instruction, a nice progression through the skills to more complicated techniques.’

‘Small class size so the tutor had plenty of time to give individual attention.’

‘I really enjoyed how practical the course was - guiding us to be able to make something, following a pattern, after just a few weeks.’