Dressmaking Course: One-to-one

Enjoy one-on-one tuition with this dressmaking crash course in Manchester.

My Sewing Box

My Sewing Box

5.0 (2)

4 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 3     label £300

Searching for fun things to do in Manchester or a new hobby to get stuck into?
Come and learn how to make your very own made-to-measure shift dress with this four-session dressmaking course!

In a beautiful studio in a mill in Manchester city centre, just on the edge of the Northern Quarter, you will learn step-by-step essential dressmaking skills and techniques with the help of your talented textile teacher.

During this course, you will learn how to make your own shift dress tailored perfectly to your own measurements as well as honing key skills such as garment cutting, using a sewing machine, seaming, hemming, finishing garments and adding zips.

Don't worry if this is your first foray into dressmaking, your friendly teacher will be there every step of the way. Plus, you will benefit from one-to-one tuition and expert guidance and advice.

At the end of this dressmaking course, you will have a skill for life as well as your very own bespoke shift dress!

Knowledge required
Completely beginner-friendly!
What you'll get
  • All materials and equipment is provided — including machinery, tools, patterns and fabrics.
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, Thorniley Brow, Manchester

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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