Want to learn how to make your own dress? In this course you will make your first dress. Chose between the classic Shift Dress or a modern boxy dress.

What will you learn?

In the first session, we will trace and alter the pattern and make toile (test garment) to check if any further alterations are necessary before cutting into your fabric.

In the second session, learn how to sew darts to shape a garment (for the Shift Dress) and start the construction of your dress.

In the third session, finish the armholes and neck facing, and hem your dress.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is suitable for adults who have basic knowledge of sewing and have previously attended the beginner course or made similar projects. I like to keep workshop sizes small, giving you lots of one on one time and the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like. The maximum workshop size is 4.

What is included in the course? And what do I have to bring?

We will be using the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern from Sew Over It or the Stevie Dress from Tilly & The Buttons. You'll get to take the pattern home to replicate the dress or top version as many times as you like. You will trace of the pattern and tracing paper is included.


Please bring fabric. Both dresses are extremely versatile patterns when it comes to fabric. Most light or medium weight woven fabrics, such as cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, wool, crepe or even silk (if you’re feeling adventurous!) will work. Just remember that slippery fabrics are harder to sew! The fabric shouldn’t be sheer as we won’t have time to sew a lining.

View fabric requirements here.

Take a look at the fabrics I carry which are suitable. Did you know that course attendees get 20% for their fabrics? Message me for the discount code.

Level: Confident Beginner

  • have used a sewing machine before

  • can cut or pin fabric

  • can thread a sewing machine

  • can sew straight lines and follow a seam allowance

  • made projects such as pillow cases and tote bags

Course Length: 3 sessions of 3 hours

Price: AED 900 per person

ThreadWerk | Learn to Make Your Own Dress in Dubai


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Jebel Ali Village, Dubai, UAE     |     maria@threadwerk.com    |     +971 58 576 2739