DRESSMAKING NEXT STEPS COURSE

Are you ready to take your dressmaking journey to the next level? The Dressmaking Next Steps 4-week course is designed to empower you with the techniques and expertise you need to create stunning, custom-made garments. Delve into a world of creativity and craftsmanship as you select from our curated collection of 12 exquisite patterns, including a variety of tops, dresses, skirts, and even simple trousers.

This is a confident beginners course and has been designed specifically for those who have just finished my Beginners Dressmaking course, or those who have made one or two garments, and would like to keep dressmaking and learning new techniques.

The course is not really suitable for those with intermediate dressmaking skills and is not a fit master class (although I do hope to offer this in the future so please keep an eye out for that!).

To take this course you must know how to read a sewing pattern, take your measurements accurately & choose your dress size, lay out & cut your fabric. You must have already made at least one or two garments. If you are a beginner, why not take our Beginners Dressmaking Course?

Full details below.

2024 workshop dates:

MAY/JUNE:

Mondays 10am – 12pm
Starting 3rd June

Wednesday 7-9pm
Starting 29th May

£145

Don’t forget to let me know WHICH pattern you will be making in the ‘Order notes’ box at check out!

**This course has been reduced to 4 weeks (previously 5) and the new price reflects this.**

If the class has sold out (the black box will say ‘Read More’ when sold out), or the dates don’t suit, you can join the waiting list. Be one of the first to hear when new dates for this class are added to the website, or if there has been a cancellation.

Welcome to the Next Steps Dressmaking Course, where your journey to becoming a skilled dressmaker takes centre stage! Once you have made your first garment (perhaps in the Beginners Dressmaking Course), I know you will be hooked and looking to keep learning more dressmaking skills! But sometimes it can be a bit daunting deciding what to make next, or perhaps you feel you would just like a little bit more help along the way before you brave a pattern on your own! That’s why I made this course.

Our carefully curated pattern choices encompass a diverse range of styles, ensuring that you’ll find something that resonates with your taste. Whether you’re drawn to classic elegance, contemporary chic, or eclectic individuality, you’ll discover a pattern that speaks to you.

But you won’t be alone on this journey. I will be your dedicated guide throughout the course, providing step-by-step instructions, valuable tips, and expert insights to help you navigate through each stage of the dressmaking process. From selecting the right fabric and understanding pattern markings to mastering intricate sewing techniques, I’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

Not sure which pattern to choose or concerned about the level of challenge? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. The pattern suggestions come with recommended skill levels, ensuring that you embark on a project that’s both enriching and attainable. I’ve chosen a range of patterns that offer different techniques and challenges, so you can choose which would work best for the current point in your own dressmaking journey. You are welcome to take this course again and again, should you wish, and make a new pattern each time, building on your skills!

So, are you ready to embark on a transformative dressmaking journey? Get ready to embrace your creativity, elevate your skills, and craft garments that truly embody your style. The Next Steps Dressmaking Course is your gateway to unlocking a world of sewing possibilities, and I am thrilled to be your companion on this exciting adventure. Let’s sew, create, and inspire together!

THE PATTERNS:

For this course you can choose one of the below patterns. As this course is suitable for those who have only made one or two garments, to those who have sewn more and want to push their skills, you should try and pick a pattern that is suitable for your own particular experience and skills (scroll down to see what skills you need to already have before taking this course! It is not for complete beginners).

I have listed the patterns below roughly in order of ease, including listing a few of the techniques each pattern offers. Please do take the time to click through the links next to each pattern to read more about them. I’ve also included a link to each pattern on Instagram so that you can see lots of examples – fabrics can make a big difference to the look of a finished garment.

You are very welcome to contact me either via email or on social media if you need guidance selecting your pattern.

Speaking of fabrics, this is is another area where you can tailor this class to suit your skill level. If you have only made one or two garments, then perhaps sticking with a cotton lawn, cotton poplin, canvas or denim will be easier. If you have a little more experience, then you might like to graduate on to trying to sew with a tricker fabric such as viscose.

I will post the pattern out to you when you book your class – please leave a comment in the ‘Order Notes’ box at checkout letting me know which pattern you would like.

Make sure to pick a pattern that is suitable for your size. Some of these patterns come in two size brackets, so I will need to know which one you need. Again, let me know this in the ‘Order Notes’ box.

SIZES:
Bust 30in / Hips 33in
to
Bust 60in / Hips 61in

Tilly & the buttons Stevie top or dress

A great pattern for beginners. This top or dress has ‘grown-on’ sleeves (meaning none to set in!) and an option of a tie or button closure at the back.

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Hips 33in
to
Hips 51in
(in my current stocked pattern – it also goes up to Hips 61in in the newer print run. Please let me know at check out if you need this)

tilly & the buttons cleo dungarees/pinafore

Another pattern perfect for beginners, or those who would like to try sewing with heavier weight fabric such as canvas or denim. Learn all about neat top stitching, making straps, using dungaree buckles and adding patch pockets.

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES;
Bust 31in / Hips 33in
to
Bust 46in / Hips 48in

closet core patterns cielo top or dress

Another perfect beginners pattern. Learn how to sew bust darts, set-in sleeves, interesting pockets and a bias bound neckline or facings.

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Waist 24in / Hips 33in
to
Waist 39in / Hips 48in

closet core patterns fiore skirt

Depending on which style you choose you will learn about patch pockets, buttonholes, invisible zip, interfacing and sewing waistbands.

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Waist 24in / Hips 34in
to
Waist 38in / Hips 48in

megan nielsen patterns wattle skirt

Depending on the style you pick you will learn how to sew slanted pockets, pleats, sewing ties, buttonholes, interfacing and sewing waistbands, working with fabric on the bias.

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Bust 30in / Hips 33in
to
Bust 48in / Hips 51in
(larger size up to Bust 60in / Hips 61in available as a PDF – please let me know at check-out)

tilly & the buttons indigo dress or top

Learn gathering, set-in sleeves, neck facings & bust darts. I can also show you how to add extra tiers to make a maxi dress.

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Bust 32in / Hips 35in
to
Bust 56in / Hips 59in

Chalk & Notch patterns fringe dress

Depending on the style you pick you will learn how to sew neck facings, gathering, buttonholes, curved necklines, waist-ties, in seam pockets and darts

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

Roseclair comes in two size brackets

CASHMERETTE ROSECLAIR DRESS

Learn to sew gathering, set-in sleeves, darts, waist ties and how to deal with a neckline on the bias.

Please let me know which size bracket you need:
Bust 33/Hips 35 to Bust 44/Hips 46
OR
Bust 40/Hips 42 to Bust 60/ Hips 62

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Waist 26.5in / Hips 34.5in
to
Waist 51in / Hips 59in

MADE BY RAE ROSE TROUSERS OR SHORTS

A flat front with elastic at the back. The perfect introduction to making trousers. Learn interfacing and sewing waistbands, slant pockets, inserting elastic and sewing pleats. 3 lengths.

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Bust 32in / Hips 34in
to
Bust 60in / Hips 63in

FRIDAY PATTERN CO. SAGEBRUSH TOP

A very popular pattern. You will learn set-in sleeves (with gathers!), sewing ruffles, yokes, bias bound necklines, adding elastic to sleeve hems and neck ties.

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Bust 31in / Hips 33in
to
Bust 46in / Hips 48in

Closet Core Patterns Nicks Dress or Blouse

A more advanced beginners pattern, the Nicks has lots of options. Learn set-in sleeves, gathers and ruffles (lots!), elastic insertion, neck facings or bias bound necklines, rouleux loop buttons.

Find out more about the pattern here.

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

SIZES:
Bust 30in / Hips 33in
to
Bust 60in / Hips 61in

TILLY & THE BUTTONS MARNIE BLOUSE OR DRESS

Another more advanced beginners pattern with lots of unusual techniques to master. Inserted ruffles, directional tucks, princess seams, yokes, ruffle collar, bishop sleeves, keyhole back opening!

Find out more about the pattern here

See photos on Instagram of this pattern here.

important:

Because we will (potentially) all be working on different projects, and everyone works at different speeds, you may or may not finish your project during the 5 weeks. Please be aware that the more complicated pattern options (particularly, those with extra gathered tiers, or lots of pattern pieces) will take a lot longer to finish. You will have the option to work on your project between classes (as long as you feel confident to do this) and then either feel happy enough to finish it off on your own after the course, or sign up for pay-as-you-go add-on sessions after the course (to be added to the website shortly).

Conversely, if you choose a relatively simple project, and are a quick sewist, you may finish your project early! If that happens you are very welcome to purchase another pattern from the list and start another project, again with my guidance along the way.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 4 weeks of expert guidance from an experienced dressmaking instructor
  • Access to sewing machines and equipment during class hours
  • 1 Pattern of your choice
  • Tea, Coffee & other refreshments
  • Small class sizes for personalized attention and support
  • A supportive and creative learning environment to foster your passion for dressmaking

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:

  • Fabric for your chosen project
  • matching thread & any notions (such as zips or buttons) for your project

Students will receive 20% off fabric from Threadquarters for their course (discount code emailed to you when you book). Or of course you are very welcome to purchase your fabric elsewhere.

You will need to have your fabric washed and ready for the first class.

who is this class suitable for:

Level 2-3
(click for details of our class levels)

You MUST know how to or understand about:

  • read a sewing pattern
  • take accurate body measurements, understand how important reading the FINISHED garment measurements is to choose the correct pattern size, cut out your pattern
  • grainline/bias/selvedges of fabric & how to correctly lay out your pattern (on grain!), pin and cut out
  • sew a seam and finish the edges with pinking shears – I can show you more advanced methods of finishing your seams on this course

This class is suitable for ages 13 and up! If you are booking for a teen who is perhaps a bit nervous to come on their own, they are welcome to bring a chaperone (please do let me know in advance so I can keep an eye on numbers). Or even better, why not book a spot for you to learn along with them! Please be aware of the pattern sizes and make sure it is a suitable size for the teen.

LOCATION:

Held in the lovely, bright and spacious Threadquarters studio! 49 Main Street, Bangor, NI. Located on the first floor.

Please click here for more details on the location and parking options.


PLEASE NOTE: The class requires a minimum of two people to go ahead.

Please check Terms & Conditions for cancellation policies.