Summer Top/Dress

Top/Dress dates

  • Saturday, 13th June

What to expect...

Full day session from 9:30am to 4pm.

You will spend the day making a simple top or lengthen it to make a dress in your chosen size, following a pattern from cutting out to making the garment. You will finish seams and edges in a professional way. This is a great class to take the first step in making your own clothes, or clothes for lucky people you know. You will need to know how to straight stitch, and if you have been on our Beginners Sewing Class this is a great class to follow up with. Each step of techniques you learn will be detailed in a step by step handout for you to refer back to when you make another dress or top another day.

The style of the top/dress is unfitted with a drop sleeve and popper fastening at the back.

We provide the pattern in your size and you will need to bring 1.5 metres for the top and 2.5metres of non-stretchy fabric.

Cotton, poly-cotton, tartan, linen, light-weight tweed, or light-weight denim fabric are all suitable options.

Bring your own sewing machine, if you have one. If you need to borrow a machine just contact us and we will reserve one for you. You will be able to walk out of the class with a stunning dress/top to be proud of... handmade by you!

Beginners Sewing Session Images

You will Learn...

  • Start at the pattern
  • Introduction to the sewing basics. Pattern envelope - size checking, Pattern markings and tailor tacks. How to press and the importance of pressing. Which type of needle to use in your machine and why.

  • Making the dress
  • Stitching shoulder seams and side seams and finishing them professionally Adjusting the fit of your dress if necessary.

  • The Professional Finish
  • Cutting bias from scraps of fabric. Adding bias to neck edge. Stitching your hem.

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The Course is £49 for the day (9:30am - 4:00pm). Paypal is our preferred method of payment. We also accept postal cheques, please send to

44 Newbury Rd Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5EX

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Top/Dress Session

By purchasing a Sewing Session you are agreeing to our Cancellation Policy above. Once payment is received you will get a confirmation via email from The Sewing Sessions. If you wish to borrow a sewing machine please let us know so we can pop your name on one!