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Are you attending a wedding sometime soon? Or just feel like dressing up? Take the plunge and make your own fancy frock.

What will you learn?

In the first session, we will find your size and try on a sample bodice to decide if any fit adjustments to the pattern are necessary. We will also trace the pattern.

In the second session, we will cut the fabric, sew all darts to shape the garment and finish all side seams (this might be home work in case we won't finish it during the session).

In the third session, we are going to sew all side seams of the bodice and the skirt part, attach the skirt to the bodice and insert an invisible zip.

Now the dress needs to hang for at least 24 hours (before hemming). I'll explain you the reason for this in the third session.

In the last session, we will finish the neckline and armholes by attaching the facing and adjust the hem, if necessary, before hemming the skirt.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is suitable for adults who have good knowledge of sewing and has previously sewn simple garments or home decor projects and is confident with a sewing machine. We 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 6.

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

We will be using the Betty Dress pattern from Sew Over It or the Appleton Dress from Cashmerette, optional for anyone with C-cup and above. You'll get to take the pattern home to replicate the dress as many times as you like. You will trace of the pattern and tracing paper is included. I can provide you with invisible zips in white, grey, black or navy. If you prefer a different colour, please bring a 16'' invisible zip.

Please bring fabric and matching thread. Both dresses work beautifully in a variety of different fabrics, including light to medium weight cotton and cotton lawn, rayon, crepe and even lightweight wools. 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. Because of the nature of the circle skirt, it is recommended to avoid any strong one-way directional prints. 

Fabric Requirements:

Depending on the fabric width, the following fabric is required:

Fabric width 1.15m, you will need 4.5m
Fabric width 1.40m, you will need 3m

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

Level: Intermediate

  • can thread a sewing machine

  • can sew different seam allowances

  • understands backstitching at the start and end of seams

  • Has made a range of sewn items similar to those in my Beginner Course and had a go at a skirt and simple dress before

  • If you have completed the Beginner Course and Dressmaking 2, or similar.


Course Length: 4 sessions of 3 hours

Price: AED 1,200 per person

ThreadWerk | Learn How to Make a Fancy Dress in Dubai

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