Andycraft Retreats

Dressmaking and Bag Making

The objective of the course is to make (and perhaps re-make) at least one or two garments that fit you perfectly and that you will be proud to wear, and/or a bag or two, under your tutor's expert guidance.

Your tutor will have patterns and suggestions for things to make; the basic options are to make a dress, a jacket, and/or one of several bag designs, but you may bring your own pattern and whichever fabric you would like to work on. (You will also need to bring any “notions” that are listed on the back of your paper pattern, i.e. zips, buttons, lining, interfacing etc.)

To join this workshop you don't need any experience of sewing as we can start from scratch, but if you are more experienced your tutor can help with tips and general fitting etc.

If possible, bring your own sewing machine; it's much easier and more practical to use your own machine, but there will be a spare machine or two if required.

A basic sewing kit would be useful; thread, scissors, needles, pins and a tape measure. There will be some items available to borrow if you need them.

You will need to bring some fabric, preferably a non-stretch fabric if you are a beginner, and you will need to make sure that your fabric is appropriate for the designs that you want to work on. (Stretch or silky fabrics can be harder to manage; it is easier to learn with a simple pattern and fabric, maybe a cotton or lightweight wool, or a mixed fibre fabric with good “drape”.)

Your tutor can teach you how to make your garment or garments of choice in a friendly and creative environment. You could also bring something that doesn't quite work for some reason, and we can help to give it a new lease of life.

Do come and join us, learn a new skill, have some fun and a chat and make at least one beautiful item of clothing that's just as you want it to be and actually fits you.

Because there are several options it is not possible to set a single price for materials to be included in the course fee. If you enrol on this course and choose to make one of your tutor's designs, we will send you a list of requirements which you can then either bring with you, or arrange for the tutor to provide for you (charges will apply).

As a guide, to make the dress or jacket your tutor offers in size 8 through 20 you will need between 2 and 2.75 metres of fabric 60" wide (2.5 to 3.6 metres 45" wide). The pattern for the dress costs £15, for the jacket £18. Your tutor offers her own range of unique fabric designs on her website from £7.50/half metre.

For the backpack, the pattern costs £9. Packs of laminated fabric from her range of unique designs, webbing, D-rings and Zip for the bag can be provided for £30 to £40, depending on fabric and size.

The cost of this course including accommodation is between £430.00 and £455.00 depending on your choice of room.

The course tutor is Sarah Patterson

There are places available on this course.

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