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Interested in vintage fashion? Learn how to make your own stunning vintage style garment ready for your summer holidays.

What will you learn on this course?

During this course, participants will:

  • Learn how to sew a vintage style garment from a pattern
  • Understand the fittings techniques used in sewing
  • Continue to develop knowledge, precision, and accuracy in sewing

The tutor will give a small introduction about the class content and give a step by step demonstration. Following product development, this will become an individual project and attendees will be encouraged to work independently following the demonstrations, with additional support and guidance from the tutor when required. Step by step notes will also be provided.

At the end of this course, you will have developed the skills to make your own vintage style dress or other garment of your choice. This is an intensive two-day course so please consider that in your choice of pattern.

Who is this course for?

This two-day course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is advisable that students have some prior sewing knowledge.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities, including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. Dexterity in hands is essential. The course requires sitting at a machine or leaning over a table to cut fabric.

A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

A full health and safety briefing along with hand-outs will be given at the beginning of the workshop.

Do you need to bring anything?

A selection of essential sewing equipment will be provided.

Please bring in a vintage style dress pattern and fabric of your choice. We recommend Simplicity Pattern 8085 H5 Misses' Vintage 1950's Wrap Dress in Two Lengths, roughly £11 and available on Oh Sew Crafty, Sew Essential, and other online retailers.

We encourage you to bring your own sewing kit consisting of hand sewing needles, thread, tape measure, stitch ripper, pins, scissors (large and small), pens, pencils, ruler, and tailors chalk.

If you own a sewing machine and would prefer to use it you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it to use during class. Please pay at the welcome desk prior to your course and testing will take place at the start of class.

Are there any additional costs?

Participants will need to pay extra for:

  • Dressmaking Pattern – we recommend Simplicity Pattern 8085 H5 Misses' Vintage 1950's Wrap Dress in Two Lengths, roughly £11. Available on Oh Sew Crafty, Sew Essential, and other online retailers.
  • Coloured Cotton Fabric – dress = 2-3 meters (depending on length), fusible interlining (Vilene) and fastenings: concealed or open plastic zip, hook and eyes, buttons.

Who teaches this course?

Sian Riley 

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