Sewing and Dressmaking Classes

Our sewing classes typically follow a simple format; bring in your machine, projects, a pattern you would like to work on, or a repair job and our lovely tutor Jo will show you the ropes! You may be an absolute beginner, or a seasoned dressmaker, but we’ll meet you where you are at; our classes are inclusive and laid back!

Classes take place in our downstairs workshop area.

You might find it helpful to figure out what level you might be at currently by looking at the levels below. Let us know which level you fall under and we’ll cater to you.

LEVEL 1

Absolute beginner

Never used a sewing machine before

Never pinned or cut fabric 

LEVEL 2

Have used a sewing machine before

Can pin and cut fabric

Can thread a sewing machine

Can sew straight line and follow seam allowance

LEVEL3

Can thread a machine

Can sew to different seam allowances

Understand back stitching at the beginning and end of seams

Have made a range of basic sewn items

Have completed ‘Intro to Sewing’ Class

Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels

LEVEL 4

Completed ‘Introduction to Dressmaking’ or similar course

Can insert a zip and attach a waist band

Understand notches and grain lines

Confident sewing cotton fabrics

Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels

LEVEL 5

Made various garment to a good standard

Familiar with sewing cotton, occasionally used drapery or stretch fabric

Can cut, pin and sew fabric accurately

Know how to place and pin patterns on fabric without guidance

Can insert an invisible zip and sew darts without guidance

Can attach facings

Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels

LEVEL 6

Confident dressmaker

Can attach a sleeve

Has sewn with ‘difficult’ fabrics

Has a good understanding of cloth construction

Has an idea of fitting and altering a pattern

Can sew unaided at a good pace (can make a shift dress, if already cut in 3hrs)

Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels

LEVEL 7

Can carry out all skills mentioned in previous levels

Can cut and sew thicker fabrics independently and at a good pace

Some experience in fitting and pattern alteration

Want to learn more complicated construction skills e.g. working with lace and tailoring.

DATES:

19/01/20

01/02/20

22/02/20

21/02/20

More dates TBC

If you are interested, and would like to sign up call us on 02086603222. or email us at enquiries@acvalley.co.uk