Cleo dress - Sunday 31st July 2022


Come and join us for our modern, fun sewing classes at Hollies Haberdashery! 

The atmosphere will be supportive and encouraging with the emphasis on relaxed learning.

During this class, we’ll ensure that everyone completes a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress in your size either with or without front patch pockets from a commercial pattern.

At Hollies Haberdashery it is important to us that you make your garment in a size to fit you. There is zero point in making a garment in a size from a pattern that won't fit you just because you don't fall within the designers measurements. We pride ourselves on spending the morning looking at your measurements, ease within the pattern and make adjustments to the pattern if needed either by grading between sizes or re drafting the pattern if required. (If you are worried about falling outside of the pattern measurements and would like to talk to us before you book please contact us on using the subject Workshop so we can talk you though our process - don't worry its our mission to make sewing accessible to all!)

Here’s what we’ll cover on the day:

    • How to measure yourself correctly.
    • How to read, understand and cut out a dress pattern.
    • How to alter your pattern to fit you either by re drafting or grading between sizes if applicable.
    • How to select and cut the correct fabric and interfacing for your projects.
    • How to construct a dress.
    • How to Top stitch.
    • How to add a bib and brace to your garment (the dungaree buckles)
    • How to finish seams and hem your dress.
    • How to add patch pockets to your dress.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout however as this is a full day course we would recommend that you bring some lunch with you.

    You will need to bring the following supplies to the class:

    • Your sewing machine (or you can hire one of ours for £5 please let us know in the comments when booking if you need one).
    • 1.5 metres of heavy or medium weight woven fabric 60'' wide or 2 metres of fabric 45'' wide to construct your dress. Your fabric will need to hold it's shape, such as a denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas or a wool.
    • Matching thread
    • Bib and brace (buckles)
    • 1/2 metre Iron on interfacing such as G700
    • Basic sewing kit, including thread, pins, tape measure, pencil, dressmaking and paper scissors and machine needles for your own machine suitable for your fabric choice.

    Whats included in the price of the workshop?

    • Full tuition and use of the workshop facilities
    • Commercial sewing pattern for you to work from and take home along with a full colour instruction booklet so that you can confidently make another one at home worth £15.50.
    • Pattern paper and tools if we need to re draft your patten to fit.
    • Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied throughout the day.

    Skills needed - This course is suitable for beginners who can thread a sewing machine, wind a bobbin and sew in a line.

    Workshop Times - 9am - 4pm

    Tutor - Sarah

    Availability - To ensure you have quality time with the tutor this class has been reduced to 4 people

    Workshops Location - Hollies Haberdashery, 19 Barracks Court, Barracks Road, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 1LG 

    There is FREE parking available within the barracks, visitors parking bays are clearly marked with a V please ensure that you are not parking in any of the numbered bays as these are for permit holders. 

    Have any questions?

    Pop us an email or phone us on 01782 610 241

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