Sewing and Dressmaking Courses


  • Parent and child machine sewing

    • One session
    • 10th September 2-4pm or 1st October 10-12
    • As above
    • £25.00

    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 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

  • Hand Embroidery

    • One evening
    • Thursday 13th July
    • 6.30-8.30pm
    • £15.00

    Learn the basic stitches of hand embroidery in this relaxing 2 hour workshop led by Charlotte Newland. All materials and refreshments included

  • Make a skirt in a day

    • One day
    • Sunday 22nd October
    • 10-5
    • £75.00

    We are all made in different shapes and sizes so why not make a skirt that fits just you perfectly? In this day long course, you will learn to take your measurements to make your own skirt pattern. Taking this block, you will make a calico toile to fit. After a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon creating the “real thing” in your own fabric.

    The course is designed for those with some previous dressmaking experience.

    You will need to bring 1.5-2m of pre washed fabric (depending on fabric width and skirt length – we can advise), lining if required and a 7″ zip.

    All other equipment and materials are provided.

    Please bring a packed lunch

  • Fabric wreath

    • one session
    • Friday 24th November 6.30-9pm
    • 6.30-9.30pm
    • £35.00

    Turn scraps of fabric into a stunning wreath for your door or your wall. All materials and equipment are provided but people have also enjoyed bringing old, loved clothes and transforming them into a gorgeous decoration.

    No stitching required. Suitable for ages 7 to 107!

  • Shibori workshop

    • One Day
    • Sunday 17th September
    • 11-5
    • £85.00

    In the morning you will be taught the Itajime clamped resist technique, learning the three basic folding techniques for preparing fabric for clamp resist dyeing, known as “Kikko” – equilateral triangles, right angle triangles and squares. These can be varied in many ways to achieve different effects. You will then learn how to bind, stitch and clamp these prepared fabrics to product a variety of intricate patterns. A large choice of clamps are available to use singly or in combination. The traditional Japanese technique of “Sekka” or “Snowflake” pattern will also be demonstrated.
    Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat at home will be provided.
    You will be taught you how to unpick your finished work and reveal your designs. You will also learn how to dye with indigo using a pre-prepared vat using high quality Mayan indigo.

    After lunch you will learn Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing using indigo, the most magical blue in the world. Learn the basic binding and stitched techniques and then design your own pattern before dyeing your piece in the indigo vat. You’ll walk away not only with a stylish bag, but also the knowledge and skills to dye other fabrics at home. Imagine all the other things you can dye!

    During the workshop you’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo:
    – The basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work
    – How to make the kumo (spiderweb) and tesugi (stripes) patterns using binding
    – The three basic stitches – running stitch, ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (chevrons)
    – How to create filled shapes (maki-age) using stitching and binding

    Suitable for complete beginners. A good quality strong 5oz cotton tote bag is included in the price of the workshop. All other materials and tools are provided.

    Please bring a packed lunch. Other refreshments will be provided

  • Making Children’s Clothes

    • 6 weeks
    • Thursday 7th September
    • 9.30am - 12
    • £225.00

    During this 6 week course you will learn how to lay out, cut and construct patterns to make the small person in your life their own wardrobe.

    You will be provided with a copy of Emma Hardy’s “Making Children’s Clothes”. In week one you will be taught how to make a hat. Thereafter, you can choose garments from the book to make. We will provide equipment, expert tuition, refreshments and fabric for the hat. Fabric for the remaining projects will need to be brought by you – we will offer you a discount of 10% off fabric purchased at Nest for the course.

  • Introduction to Dressmaking

    • 3 weeks
    • 6th October
    • 9.30am - 12
    • £95.00

    During this 3 week course you will learn how to make the Ginger Skirt by Colette. You will discover how to correctly fit a commercial pattern, how to insert an invisible zip, attach a waistband and use French seams for a beautiful finish.

    Pattern, equipment and refreshments provided. You will need to bring 2m of medium weight cotton

  • Sewing with Jersey

    • 2 weeks
    • 8th and 15th September
    • 9.30am - 12
    • £75.00

    During this 2 week course you will learn how to sew with stretch jersey fabric on a domestic sewing machine by making the Mineta Dress by Colette.

    This simple, pull on, versatile dress is so comfy you will want to live in it.

    Pattern, equipment, refreshments provided. You will need to bring 3m of medium weight 2 way stretch jersey or double knit

‘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.’