Learn pattern construction and adaptation to produce a pattern for a classic shift dress which fits you perfectly. After making a toile based on your own measurements, you construct and sew a dress in your chosen fabric, that has a great fit and a professional finish.
Some sewing experience is essential; you need to have experience of dressmaking, even though you may be new to cutting your own patterns.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Please note: If you wish to use a College sewing machine, please email us to reserve one: email@example.com.
"A wonderful and inspiring introduction to creating your own patterns and to understanding what changes are required to make something fit."Kay, 2019
After graduating in 3D design from Kingston University in 1978, Maria I worked in London as a graphic designer until 1986 when she moved to Cambridge and set up a business designing and making dresses. In 1998, after gaining a PGCE, she taught textiles and art at a secondary school in Cornwall.