About This Course
Making your own clothing is all about being true to yourself: choosing your own fabric, fitting it to your own unique body, and customising it in your own unique way. And if you're tired of wearing generic, ill-fitting hi-street clothes, that never seems to last, then this course might just be your opportunity to break from the herd.
Over a span of 5 weeks you will be introduced to the basics of dressmaking: how to use a sewing machine, using a flat pattern, basic stitches and seams, and foundational sewing techniques. As you progress you'll be applying your new found skills to making your very own summer separate: either the Chardon Skirt or Chataigne Shorts by Deer & Doe.
This course is open to complete beginners and experienced sewers alike. And don't worry, you don't need to bring a sewing machine, as we have plenty at our studio.
What's The Difference Between This And Your 12 Week Course?
The short answer to this is that our 12 week course is more in-depth, with a greater focus on practicing techniques. The 12 week course revolves around making 'samples' (practice pieces), which can then be applied to your garment; whereas in the 5-week course the techniques are immediately applied to your garment. A 'toile' - a practice garment made from cheaper fabric - is often made as part of the 12 week course, but not as part of the 5 week course.
If you're not sure which of these courses would be more suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch.
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).
If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Course Information directory, 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 answer in either of these places, 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.
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.