Your Essential Dressmaking Workshop – The Sheath Dress weekend workshop 2 day course

Your Essential Dressmaking Workshop – The Sheath Dress

About the sewing class:

Our brand new Essential Dressmaking Workshop has been designed for beginner sewists looking to develop their dressmaking skills. The workshop will feature our popular sewing pattern, The Sheath Dress, which is is an every-day, lovely dress that you’ll find yourself wearing throughout the year. Taking place over a whole weekend, the Essential Dressmaking Workshop promises to be a fun, inspiring day of sewing with Lisa Falconer, the owner of The Avid Seamstress.







 One of the key requirements in sewing is preparation. Lisa will teach you the sewing skills you’ll need, from preparation to constructing your first garment, for all your future sewing projects - such as:

·         how to take your measurements correctly (plus you get to try on The Sheath Dress in various sizes to see the fit)

·         how to make adjustments to the paper pattern according to your measurements

·         how to position a paper pattern on fabric

·         a great pinning method

·         the importance of cutting correctly and key cutting skills

·         how to use an overlocker

·         seam allowances and how to use your sewing machine for accuracy

·         invisible zips – using a method that will change the way you look at zips forever. You don’t need to be a master seamstress to put zips in garments. Lisa has an incredibly easy method.

·         How to put a ‘facing’ into a garment to create a professional finish

When you have prepared for your project properly and accurately, you’ll find that the sewing part is a total joy.

This workshop has been spread over two weekend days to maximise the amount of amazing sewing that you can learn and to reduce any pressure and time-constraints. We want you to relax and enjoy the art of sewing and not feel rushed or upset if you don’t finish on time.  

About the pattern – The Sheath Dress

The Sheath Dress is one of our most popular sewing patterns. Many of our customers tell us it’s their go-to dress because it’s flattering, comfortable and looks great.

The Sheath Dress features a flattering round neckline, elasticated waist and invisible zip at the back. The entire front of the dress is cut as one piece of fabric, including the sleeves which the back is cut as two pieces, making the construction of the dress so easy! The neckline is finished with a facing.

You can decide to make this dress with stylish and practical inner pockets or without. You can even add outer pockets or omit the elasticated waist to change the style of the dress. There are so many options as well as customising the dress construction to suit your skill level.  You could even complete the dress with a tie waist band for an on-trend look.

Lisa will take you through the construction of The Sheath Dress and will show you valuable sewing methods you’ll use time and again in your home sewing. Together with your new preparation skills and Lisa’s sewing techniques your dress will be a fully finished garment that you’ll be proud of.

What type of fabric?

Your fabric choice will have an impact on finished style of this dress. For example, a light cotton or linen fabric will make it a beautiful spring, summer dress while a thicker fabric such as a wool crepe will make this the perfect autumn/winter dress.

About your teacher:

Lisa Falconer is a self-taught seamstress having fallen in-love with sewing when she was very young. Lisa has a true passion for the skill of sewing and always teaches her students to slow down and enjoy the entire process.

Lisa launched her The Avid Seamstress in November 2015. Her range of sewing patterns receive great reviews due to their simple yet beautiful styles, which are especially aimed at beginners. Lisa’s vision was to create a portfolio of sewing patterns with unfussy details and clear, easy to understand instructions. Her instruction booklets take you on the journey of sewing and help you learn the incredible art of sewing.

Who is this class for?

You must have basic sewing skills and have used a sewing machine. This is not a class for absolute beginners. We would you to be able to know how to thread your sewing machine, wind a bobbin with thread, as well as use the machine to make basic stitches such as a straight stitch. We will help you with more complicated issues such as machine tension. 

Class size: 8


Cost: £200


Timings: Both days 10h00-17h00


Also included in the course:

·         Tuition from Lisa Falconer, owner of The Avid Seamstress

·         The Sheath Dress paper sewing pattern to take home with you

·         Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

·         A weekend of learning and fun


What you need to bring:

·         Your sewing machine or you can use one of ours. Please ensure that if you are bringing your own sewing machine that it has a zipper presser foot. If you have a concealed zipper foot we advise to bring it or if you can, to purchase a concealed zipper foot in advance of the workshop. The finish of an invisible zipper is excellent when using a concealed zipper foot.

·         2.5m of fabric – it’s crucial to note that your fabric must be at least 128cm wide – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need help or suggestions on which fabric to use

·         Invisible zip - the zip must be an invisible zip and not a standard zip

o    light weight fabric 20cm/8” invisible zipper

o    heavy weight fabric 40cm/16” invisible zip

·         1 metre elastic (maximum 25mm wide)

·         A spool of thread matching your fabric (250m Gutermann thread is advised)

·         Pins or pattern weights (if this is what you’d use at home for cutting out)


Got any questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or if you are not sure if this course is for you.

Course Details

Course Date 27-Apr 10:00 am
Course End Date 28-Apr 5:00 pm
Spaces Remaining 8
Individual Price £200
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