Learn to Sew a Dress - Beginners class

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Sew This Pattern Sewing Studio

27 Horne Street

Elsternwick, VIC 3185


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Learn more sewing skills and give your confidence a boost in this fun beginner course.

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Do you want to start making your own clothes? Have you done some sewing in the past or made some PJ's and are ready to learn new skills?

Learn more sewing skills and give your confidence a boost in this fun beginner 3 week course. Using the Tilly and The Buttons Lotta dress pattern we will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to make your own easy-to-sew, easy-to-wear dress.

Learn as you sew while making a pretty, versatile and wearable dress using the Lotta sewing pattern, which you get to take home.

This easy-peasy, throw-it-over-your-head dress is a versatile wardrobe builder with a choice of on-the-knee or midi-length skirt, short or bracelet-length sleeves, with optional large turnover patch pockets. You’ll want to make and wear Lotta again and again.

This course is perfect if you have taken the Learn to Sew PJ's class or Learn to Sew Clothes Course or have had similar experience.

Skill Level: Beginner

What you will learn:

Measure yourself and identify your pattern size

Make simple fitting alterations

Lay out your pattern and cut fabric accurately

Transfer pattern markings

Pin and stitch together seams accurately

How and why to trim down seam allowances

Neaten and strengthen seams using overlocker

How to press seams for a professional-looking finish

How and why we use staystitching

Fuse interfacing to fabric

Attach drop shoulder sleeves

Make an elasticated waist channel

Batch sewing tasks together to save time and energy

Hem the dress and sleeves

Make a facing and attach it to your dress

Use trimming and clipping to help the neckline sit flat

How and why to understitch a facing

“Stitch in the ditch” to secure the facing to the inside of the dress

What to Bring

Fabric (Wash and Dry before class)

Thread to match

20cm of iron on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)

1 meter of 10mm elastic

Sewing Kit if you have one


- Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics such as chambray, viscose (rayon), Tencel (lyocell), double gauze, brushed cotton or crêpe. The short sleeve version can also be made in less drapey fabrics such as linen, cotton lawn, and seersucker. More experienced? Try single knit drapey jersey, stretch velvet or light-weight French terry.t

115cm wide fabric.150CM (60in) WIDE

Knee Length 2.5m Midi Length 3m

115CM, (45in) WIDE (sizes 5-10 won't fit on 115cm wide fabric)

Knee Length - Bracelet length sleeve 3m

Short sleeve 2.5m

*All sizes of the knee-length dress and sizes 1-6 of the midi-length dress will also fit on 140cm (56in) wide fabric. Sizes 7-8 of the midi-length dress will fit on 145cm (58in) wide fabric.

SIZE RANGE - UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)


Lotta Dress Pattern by Tilly & The Buttons

Sewing Machines

Pins, scissors and tools are provided if you have your own

Coffee and tea and yummy biscuits

The maximum number of students is six so each student will get personalised instructions and plenty of time to practise on the sewing machines supplied.

A little housekeeping

  • Please arrive on time. It isn't fair to your fellow participants for us to have to start the class over if you arrive late The studio will be open 10 minutes before class.
  • Workshops and courses are often sold out weeks in advance. It isn‘t always possible to transfer you into another workshop or makeup lesson If you miss your class. If we have an available session where you can attend a missed class we will try to our best to fit you in but if that isn't possible, you will need to book another class or private lesson.
  • Vaccination certificate will be required for any adult entering the premises. You can add your digital certificate to the Service Victoria app so that when you check in to the studio it will give you a green tick. If you don't have a smartphone, you can provide a printed certificate. If you have a medical exemption you will need to provide a medical certificate from an approved practitioner.

Please read the Cancellation policy before booking

Please read the COVIDSafe plan here before attending.

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Sew This Pattern Sewing Studio

27 Horne Street

Elsternwick, VIC 3185


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Organiser of Learn to Sew a Dress - Beginners class

Hi, I’m Annie!  

A sewer, designer, mum & partner. I live in St Kilda ,Melbourne with my partner and two tweenage boys.

I  have been sewing and designing since I was a teenager. Being one of seven children my mum thought it would be a great idea to teach me how to sew at a very early age and I’m so happy she did. I developed a love for fashion immediately and have never looked back working most of my life in the Fashion Industry.

In my twenties I moved to Canada for a few years where I studied Fashion Arts in Vancouver and  was really inspired by the street style and unconventional designers there.

In 2015 I created "Sew this Pattern"  a website providing downloadable sewing patterns for sewers that are exciting and directional. 

After many enquires about sewing lessons, I opened my sewing studio in Elsternwick where I teach sewing lessons and workshops from beginners to the more advanced sewers.  

You can see more of my work on my website www.sewthispattern.com or check out my instagram page to see what I've been sewing lately @sewthispattern

I hope to sew with you soon!



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