Making your own clothes is about learning to BE YOURSELF. Choose your own fabric; fit it to your own unique body; express your own unique style. If you're tired of wearing low quality, ill-fitting and generic hi-street clothing, then this is your opportunity to break from the herd.
Led by Susie Haigh, this is a 10 week, in-depth introduction to making your own clothing. The course is intended to equip you with basic skills that you can develop and apply to a range of clothing types. Learn how to use a sewing machine, work with paper patterns, and understand different fabric types. Practice basic techniques on small samples, then apply them to constructing a 'toile' (a prototype garment). Finally, make your own unique garment from our pattern selection in a fabric of your choice.
This is a Pure Beginner level course, which means it's suitable for you if you're an absolute beginner, have limited experience, or just feeling a little rusty. Our studio has a sewing machine available for each student; although you can bring your own if you like. And don't worry if you might miss one or two classes: we've plenty of opportunities to catch up through our Sunday Sewing Sessions, machine rental, or private tuition.
- A basic set of sewing skills; a basic understanding of how to make clothes; and the confidence to go on and try more.
- An item of clothing made by you, to fit your body and in the fabric and style of your choice.
- A sample book, made by you and full of the techniques you've learned as part of the course. Use this for future reference.
- A Making Clothes for Beginners e-book for future reference.
Choosing Your Pattern
When you come to book, you'll be asked to select the garment you would like to make during this course. Take a look at our Pattern Selection Guide to help you decide. If you're not sure, just get in touch to discuss it with us.
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. Please familiarise yourself with our Terms & Conditions before making your booking.
You can pay by PayPal or any major debit/credit card. NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to make a booking. Simply click on the link which says "pay with a debit or credit card". It looks like this.
If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Student Resource Page, where you can find useful insights on the course structure and what supplies you'll need to bring to class (Note: If you don't see your course info up yet, don't panic, we'll have it up with enough time to get your supplies together before the course starts).
If you don't find your answer in either of these places, then please feel free tocontact us.