Creative Pattern Alterations

  • The Stitchery 24 Sandyford Pl Glasgow, G3 United Kingdom

6 week course // Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm // Cost: £190 // Level: Intermediate // Instructor: Cassandra Belanger // Garment: Alder Shirt Dress 

About This Course

Not for the faint of heart, this course will be 6-weeks of some serious wardrobe customisation. Purposely designed for those with prior dressmaking experience, we'll be delving deeper into techniques to really make your garments your own. 

The course will be student led, with a chance to voice your opinions on techniques covered. Class time will primarily be focussed on mastering these skills, with students expected to work on their garments at home if necessary (or by renting a machine at our studio). Some suggested options for techniques include:

  • Button bands
  • Collars & collar bands
  • Bias binding used as facing
  • Inseam pockets & patch pockets
  • Sleeves with cuffs
  • Sewing a v-neck
  • Mandarin Collar

Alternatives may also be considered from the consultation in the first session. 

The Alder Shirt Dress is a splendidly versatile pattern, making it the perfect canvas on which to explore your imagination. As a pattern it is well drafted and easy to fit. It can also be made in a variety of fabric types and weights, depending on your mood and the time of year. 

This course is for those with previous dressmaking experience, such as students who have taken our Dressmaking for Beginners or Intermediate course. If you're not sure if you have the necessary skills in place already, feel free to get in touch. 

To sign up for this course, please use our online booking system below. 

Some variations on the Alder Shirt Dress, including one by course instructor, Cassandra Belanger, and one by Stitchery student Alison Drever. You can see Alison's sewing blog here. 

Booking Your Place

To book your place on this course, you can use our online booking system below. You can pay a deposit or, if you prefer, pay the full course amount. You can pay by Paypal or any major credit/debit card. (Note that the booking system uses PayPal to process payments, but a PayPal account is not required. Simply select to pay by credit/debit card without registering at the PayPal page). 

What Next?

If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Student Resources Page, where you can find useful insights on the course structure and what supplies you'll need to bring to class. If you don't find your course info is posted yet, don't panic, we'll be posting it in plenty of time before your first session. 

And if you have any further questions, then please feel free to contact us. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because of the popularity of our courses and the limited number of spaces available, we've now introduced a Cancellation & Refund Policy. The main aim of this is to make it fairer on those people who have signed up to the waiting list and to try and reduce last minute cancellations. Please familiarise yourself with this policy (below) before booking on this course. 

Non-Refundable Deposit

All of our courses and workshops require a Deposit to book your place. The cost of the Deposit may vary, but it will be stated on the online course literature or booking page. Please note that the Deposit is completely non-refundable. If you pay the full course fee at the time of booking, the Deposit portion of that fee is retained as your non-refundable deposit.

Cancellation & Course Fees Refund

If you cancel your booking 14 or more full days before the start date of your course or workshop, you will be refunded the balance of your fees. This is equivalent to your full course fees minus your non-refundable Deposit.  

If you cancel within 14 days of the start date of the course/workshop, a refund will only be issued if a replacement student can be found to take your place. 

If you decide to cancel your place once the course has started, a refund is not guaranteed. In this situation we shall review the circumstances of the cancellation before deciding on appropriate solution.