The new season starts and I am super excited about our new dressmaking classes. Sandesh, the talent behind the sewing blog Bedlam and Bird, will be teaching how to sew these fabulous garments, from beginners to advanced, to suit a wide range of skills and abilities.
If you would like to learn how to read and follow a commercial pattern, how to choose the right fabrics – type and prints, how to sew a garment so it flatters your figure and how to add your own touches to make it your own, these are the classes for you.
I met Sandesh almost a year ago, being a local mum she came to the craft club and we talked about teaching and working together at The Old School Club. Time flies and we have now managed to set up the dates!



Her style is modern, with simple but stylish lines. Her passion is to sew for herself, she is able to add a personal & fun touch to common patterns, with a great eye for fabric and prints. If you would like to see her projects, please pop over to her blog. I bet you will be booking a class with her soon. I am!
We have set Tuesdays for our Dressmaking classes, fun and relaxed, although Sandesh will make sure your learn all the technical tips too. The pattern is included, so you can take it home and make other versions, use other fabrics or just frame it for future reference .. saying, oh, I made this one!!
These are the classes currently scheduled (more to come soon). You will get a 10% when you book a second dressmaking class, 15% when you book a third dressmaking class, and a 20% when you book your fourth dressmaking class with us.
Let’s have a close look ..GINGER SKIRT BY COLETTE – BEGINNERS


Making an skirt is ideal class for those new to dressmaking but with some experience of using a sewing machine and ready to get started making their own clothes. You’ll finish the class with a new set of skills and a unique skirt, made to your measurements.
In this class you’ll learn:
  • to read, follow and alter a basic sewing pattern,
  • how to sew darts,
  • how to attach an invisible zip.
This chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. Making a simple dress is an ideal way to begin dress making and learn new skills and you’ll come away with an elegant dress made to your measurements. Ideal for those with some sewing experience but new to pattern reading or dressmaking. 
In this class you’ll learn:
– how to read, follow and alter a basic sewing pattern,
– how to sew darts and pleats,
– how to set in a sleeve.



An effortless dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.

The pattern is Intermediates to Advanced, the class can be taken by someone who has made a few dresses before.
For more information about these classes, dates and how to book online, please check our website. 
We hope to see you soon!
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