We are not currently running a full 8 week beginners course, but keep your eyes peeled for dates for the Beginners Crash course which is a 2 week or 1 day intensive get to know your sewing machine, alternatively you can book on to our General Dressmaking courses.
Here are a few pieces of information which might be of interest to you regarding the Introduction to Dressmaking Course:
When and where will the lessons take place?
This course will take place on a Monday or Thursday evening at either Grange Farm Hobbies Centre, Wesley Rd, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN16 1SA St Mary’s Hall, 12 Barnard Avenue, Brigg, DN20 8AS from 6:30pm until 9pm. Please check the latest course dates to find out when the course is running and at which venue.If you need directions to find the venues, please contact The Party Frock on 01652 658516 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How long does the course run for?
The course runs for 8 weeks. Please see course date information sheet for exact dates.
What will I be learning?
- How to set up and use a sewing machine
- Basic sewing techniques
- Creating simple items on your sewing machine, such as cushion covers and aprons
- Developing your sewing techniques using a commercial pattern
Throughout the course you will gain further knowledge on how to look after your sewing machine, how to use an overlocker, measuring & fitting, creating a small portfolio and keeping a reflective journal of your work.
How much does the course cost?
This 8 week course costs £120. A deposit of £30 must be paid when booking to secure your place, as there are only 10 places per course. The remaining balance of £90 must be paid 2 weeks prior to starting the course. Please see terms and conditions on the enrolment form for further information and get in touch if you wish to discuss payment options.
What if I miss a week?
Please, where possible attend each session, as there will not always be time to catch up in further sessions. The course will run for 8 weeks, then a new one will begin, so if you know you may not be able to attend all sessions, please consider booking a course you will be able to fully attend.
Do I need my own sewing machine?
It is advisable to bring your own sewing machine as it is better to learn on the machine you will be using at home as there can be a lot of variety between different machines. The Party Frock does, however, have a limited supply of sewing machines available during lessons for students that do not own their own. Please note that Party Frock sewing machines cannot be taken home with students.
Will there be a break and refreshments during class?
Yes we will have a 10-15 minute break at an appropriate stage in the lesson. There will be teas and coffees available, as well as biscuits!
Is this an accredited course?
There is no qualification at the end of the course, but you will learn skills for life. This means students get to have more of an input into the course, as there is no set criterion that you must follow.
What do I need to bring with me to class?
Your sewing machine if you have one and a pair of fabric scissors. A notebook, pen and pencil would be handy too. For your first lesson you will need 1 metre of fabric of your choice, I recommend fabrics such as cottons, wool, polycottons, rather than stretch/jersey fabrics or chiffons for beginners as these can be more difficult to manage, along with a reel of thread. Please refer to the kit list of other suggested items that you may need.
Basic sewing kits will be available to purchase no less than 2 weeks in advance of the sewing class start date, allowing time to receive orders from my wholesaler. I will endeavour to have items such as sewing machine needles and bobbins available to purchase during each lesson at minimal cost.
Fabric, notions (e.g. thread, interfacing, buttons, zips) and patterns are not provided as standard, but they will be discussed with you at least one week before you need them, so that you can purchase them before the next lesson. I will have a selection of dressmaking patterns available for use during classes, but this is a limited stock and they are not current patterns.
This is a suggested list of kit you may need during your sewing classes and beyond:
- Fabric scissors
- Unpicker/seam ripper
- Pin cushion
- Safety pins
- Machine needles
- Hand sewing needles
- Needle threader
- Tailor’s chalk
- Sewing machine oil
- Loop turner
- Folder with punch pockets for your portfolio*
- Paper scissors*
- Tape measure
- Ruler and set square*
A kit can be purchased through The Party Frock for £19, or £13.50 without fabric scissors.
If you would like to order a wooden metre ruler at £7.50 please make a note of this when booking the course and pay for it along side your kit and enrolment fee. This is not a necessity but will come in handy when working on some projects
*Please not the kit to order does not include a folder & inserts, ruler & set square or paper scissors.
Please tick the relevant box on your enrolment form and pay the additional fee alongside your enrolment fee.