Dressmaking Course: 1950s Prom Dress

Learn how to make your own 1950's style prom dress at this course in Manchester!

My Sewing Box

My Sewing Box

5.0 (2)

5 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 3     label £230 - £360 (£360 per guest when you book for 1 guest, £230 for 2+ guests)

Learn a new skill and make something truly beautiful with this dressmaking course in Manchester!

During this course, you will learn how to make a 1950's style made-to-measure prom dress from scratch.

With the help of your friendly teacher (who has over 25 years of experience in the fashion and textile industry), you will learn how to take measurements to choose the right size pattern, alter it, cut the dress out making the best of the fabric, serge and sew it from beginning to end. Finally, you will learn how to fit it properly.

The dress you will be making will have a beautiful fully lined corseted top with boning, a concealed side zip and a semi-circular skirt — this timeless piece is sure to turn heads!

Total beginners are welcome to come and learn this incredible life skill and make a stunning treasured garment perfect for special occasions and of course, prom. Participants will be guided from start to finish, learning all sorts of dressmaking tips, tricks and useful techniques.

At the end of this dressmaking course, students will have honed important skills ideal for not only dressmaking but also altering clothes and more. You'll walk away with a stunning bespoke handmade 1950s style prom dress and a newfound hobby and skill!

Knowledge required
Completely beginner-friendly.
What you'll get
  • Everything included (patterns, fabrics and haberdashery, tools, sewing machines).
What to bring
Just themselves!
Session repeats

After the first session, subsequent sessions can be arranged with the teacher, at a time that suits you.

My Sewing Box is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.


Thorniley Studios - 12-22 Thorniley Brow, Manchester M4 2AJ

Your teacher
My Sewing Box
My Sewing Box

5.0 (2)

I started learning sewing at seven years old from my mum, who worked in couture, and drawing from my grandad, who was an artist. I then got into bespoke dressmaking class with grown-ups at 11 (I was the youngest student!), starting a professional career in fashion design, graduating in 1992 (Madrid) and 2000 (Manchester).

I hold two BA (Hons), one in industrialised fashion design and pattern cutting and another in fashion design with styling. I have had my own fashion company and fashion brand of my own name since the early 90s and I have released numerous collections from vintage styles to streetwear and couture, some for my company and others for other companies.

I have also taught fashion design BA (Hons) at Donghua University in Shanghai (PR China) for three years full time, but I missed designing and making so I decided to only teach occasionally now, so I can mainly create, but I have since taught workshops in anything fashion design related, from sewing to dressmaking, pattern cutting and fashion upcycling. I have taught and tutored thousands of students that have successfully accomplished a career in fashion and many who just wanted to learn to make their own clothes.

I have a lovely and quirky studio in Manchester's Northern Quarter where I create lovely bespoke clothes and you are welcome to come and learn from me on a one-on-one basis.

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