INTRODUCTION TO SIZING, TRACING OFF A PATTERN & PATTERN ALTERATIONS with Helen Rhiannon – 11.15

Helen will discuss sizing and why it is so difficult to get the right size in dressmaking. You will learn how to measure yourself accurately to help you with your dressmaking projects. Helen will then introduce you to using a block to help draft your own unique patterns. You will learn how to trace off a block accurately, tackle some simple fit issues along with some more advanced techniques.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to draft dress patterns for themselves. 

All materials and equipment provided for use in the class.

Advisory Note:

All ages and abilities are welcome.

Meet the Tutor

Helen Rhiannon

Helen Rhiannon is a dressmaking expert and bestselling Author. Helen has gained extensive knowledge over the last 18 years from designing and creating bespoke clothing and bridal wear. Helen has also taught sewing and dressmaking for many years, which led her to publish her new book, ‘Dressmaking The Easy Guide’.  Helen is also a regular Guest Presenter on Sewing Street TV.

Through her new book, Helen will hand hold you through the basics of dressmaking and the skills you will learn to be able to create your own beautifully fitted dress. You will be able to choose the exact size that fits and flatters you from a bespoke sizing chart, which ranges from a UK 6 – 44.

INTRODUCTION TO SIZING, TRACING OFF A PATTERN & PATTERN ALTERATIONS with Helen Rhiannon – 11.30

Helen will discuss sizing and why it is so difficult to get the right size in dressmaking. You will learn how to measure yourself accurately to help you with your dressmaking projects. Helen will then introduce you to using a block to help draft your own unique patterns. You will learn how to trace off a block accurately, tackle some simple fit issues along with some more advanced techniques.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to draft dress patterns for themselves. 

All materials and equipment provided for use in the class.

Advisory Note:

All ages and abilities are welcome.

Meet the Tutor

Helen Rhiannon

Helen Rhiannon is a dressmaking expert and bestselling Author. Helen has gained extensive knowledge over the last 18 years from designing and creating bespoke clothing and bridal wear. Helen has also taught sewing and dressmaking for many years, which led her to publish her new book, ‘Dressmaking The Easy Guide’.  Helen is also a regular Guest Presenter on Sewing Street TV.

Through her new book, Helen will hand hold you through the basics of dressmaking and the skills you will learn to be able to create your own beautifully fitted dress. You will be able to choose the exact size that fits and flatters you from a bespoke sizing chart, which ranges from a UK 6 – 44.

Introduction to Making Dressmaking Patterns: Designing the perfect bodice with Sarah Laws, My Handmade Wardrobe ALL DAY MASTERCLASS

Explore the fundamentals of pattern making with pattern designer Sarah Laws. Learn how to manipulate darts to create a vast range of different design details. Starting with a half scale block you will experiment with different ways to move shaping around the bodice including pivoting and moving darts, creating gathers, pleats and contoured style-lines. In the afternoon you will move on to create a pattern and toile for your own unique bodice design in full scale using a pre-made bodice block. 

Bodice block sizing fits waist 66cm- 120cm, Bust 82cm-138cm. If your measurements fall outside of these, you will make a bodice that is the closest fit. In order to cover all the fundamentals of dart manipulation in this session, we will not have time to cover personalised fitting, but this is something, which can be studied at a later date in Sarah’s fitting courses held at Carolyn Rose School of Sewing in Leamington Spa.  

Full day Academy Masterclass tickets include:

Lunch and refreshments throughout day, all equipment and materials required.

Academy workshop tickets also include a Complementary ticket to visit the main show on another day.  

Important Note:

Suitable for over 16’s only, with some dressmaking experience and knowledge of basic garment construction. Not suitable for absolute beginners. 

Meet the Tutor

Sarah Laws

Sarah Laws, the creator behind My Handmade Wardrobe Ltd, designs dressmaking patterns tailored for contemporary sewists. Her mission is to empower mature modern sewists to create garments they genuinely enjoy making and wearing every day. Sarah will inspire a connection with and appreciation for your body, encouraging individuals to view it as a canvas for expressing their distinct style. She aims to help people reflect their unique personalities through fashion and dress with confidence.

Advisory Note:

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable