Coming up over the Summer 2019 – Learn to Sew Dressmaking

by | Jul 18, 2019

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Hi Lovely,

I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far? Now the school holidays are nearly upon us, it’s a great time to think about your own learning.
My timetable of term time teaching eases off in summer, which means that I have time to offer something a little bit different than usual and can fit in more one to one students.

Let me tell you about what’s coming up…

Sewing School

Sunday Evenings (5 week dressmaking course) 5-8pm
Starting Sunday 21st July – Book Here

Summer Sewing School (5 day dressmaking course) Monday-Friday
Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August

Afternoon 1-4pm – Book Here

Evening 6-9pm – Book Here

Sewing school is my most popular course, it caters to all skill levels from complete beginners (never touched a sewing machine before) to more experienced dressmakers, who want to develop their skills further.
Class sizes are small (max 3 students) to ensure that you get the tutor time that you need.

You can choose from the learning areas listed below or you can choose your own and develop the dressmaking skills you want.

  • Measure yourself correctly
  • Select the right size for you
  • Read and understand the pattern
  • Pick the right fabric for your project
  • Sewing machine basics
  • Sew and finish different types of seams
  • Cut your paper pattern
  • Arrange your pattern to cut your fabric correctly
  • Pin and cut out your fabric
  • Stripe, check or pattern matching
  • Transfer pattern markings to your fabric
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Full or small bust adjustment
  • Garment construction
  • Understand the importance of interfacing, stay stitching, pressing and understitching
  • Make minor adjustments to the fit
  • Making a toile and making pattern alterations
  • Zip techniques & samples
  • Hemming techniques & samples
  • Hem your garment
  • Finishing off
  • Hand finishing
  • Sewing buttonholes
  • Jersey skills
  • Overlocker basics

You can join Sewing School using the links above for ยฃ129.


Young Dressmaking at StraightCurves in Chesterfield

Perfect for the young fashionista (11-16) in your life! Make a jumpsuit, dress or playsuit.
Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 4-5.30pm

Here’s what the students made last time…

Book a place on Kid’s Dressmaking at StraightCurves Here


There are two opportunities for Learn to Sew Your Own Project Workshops in Bawtry over the summer:

Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm
Saturday 17th August 10am-4pm

Bring along whatever you’re working on and get my expert tuition to help you progress.

Book a Learn to Sew your Own Project Workshop Here


You might have seen Solomon and his toile of his dress on Facebook. He designed and pattern drafted the dress from scratch in one to one lessons with me. Solomon is planning to study textiles in September and has been having lessons with me to increase his knowledge and skills.

If you would like to chat with me about how I can help you increase your knowledge and skills in one to one lessons, you can book a free 30 minute consultation with me by clicking on the link below.
If you’re just starting with a new Sewing Machine or Overlocker and need some help getting to grips with it, you can book a “Get to Know Your Sewing Machine (or Overlocker)” lesson with me to help you get the most out of it.

The last Tuesday Sewcial until September has already happened, but it will be back on Tuesday 3rd September 6-8pm.

Please get in touch if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, it’s always good to hear from you.

Hope to see you sewing soon,
Alison xx

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