Ministry of Craft Sew a Gorgeous Girls Dress

​​​​​​​Make a little girls day with a gorgeous A- line dress! Perfect for the princess in your life or as lovely gift, you’ll get started in dressmaking in a mini size...

Sessions: 1

Tutor: Alison Leese

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Venue: Bamber Sewing Machines


Make a little girls day with a gorgeous A- line dress! Perfect for the princess in your life or as lovely gift, you’ll get started in dressmaking in a mini size - all great skills to learn before you move onto adult sizes.

Based at Bamber Sewing Machines, you’ll find like-minded classmates; expert tutors and all the fabrics, trims, patterns and sewing tools you could wish for (plus sewing machines and overlockers for those wishing to invest heavier)!

Get to grips with understanding and using pattern blocks and learn the secrets of cutting your fabric correctly, before moving onto constructing your dress.

Our expert tutor Alison, will guide you through seams, hems and facings and you’ll learn how to sew perfect buttonholes, which sit prettily on the shoulders. What’s more you’ll get a truly professional finish while learning to use one of our Janome overlockers.

Leave with a great little make, for a great little girl!

Book on DRESSMAKING IN A DAY and start the day by understanding the ‘jargon’ used within a sewing pattern, learn how to take body measurements to establish your pattern size, how to lay out pattern pieces and transfer markings, as well as the basics of shortening, lengthening, enlarging and reducing patterns. 

As this is not a beginner’s workshop, you must already have some experience on a sewing machine or have attended one of ourBeginner sewing workshops.

Ministry of Craft customers get 10% discount on the wide range of fabrics, haberdashery and sewing patterns at Bamber Sewing Machines and there are various discounts available on their sewing machines and overlockers. Discount codes and other offers from our other crafty friends will be emailed with your booking confirmation.

If the above date is not suitable or sold out, please have a look at our alternative dates or contact us with the course name and we will get in touch if a place becomes available or when the next date goes on sale. 

What to bring for Sew a Gorgeous Girls Dress

If you order fabric from our online fabric shop, it will be waiting for you in our classroom on the day of your course or buy from Bamber Sewing Machines and get 10% off.

You will need 70cm of fabric for the dress and 30cm of fabric for the facing (this can be the same as the dress fabric or a contrast in a similar or lighter weight fabric), please avoid bulky, stretchy or slippery fabrics; light to medium weight woven cotton is ideal.

Sewing thread to match the main fabric. 

Two 1.5-2cm buttons.

Ministry of Craft will supply the interfacing needed.

Patterns are available in sizes 12-18 months (49-51cm chest), 2-3 years (53-55cm chest) or 4-5 years (57-59cm chest).

You are welcome to take a copy of your pattern so you can make the item again. 

This workshop is part of a Sew Social day, there may be a short wait if the tutor needs to demonstrate a technique required for a different garment. It is, however, a great opportunity to pick up additional skills and chat about what others are doing. 

Our sponsors, Janome, supply computerised sewing machines (CLX301) and where required overlockers (6234XL). Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring in your own machines.

Tea and coffee will be available at the workshop and you are welcome to bring something to eat for lunch.

Bamber Sewing Machines Venue Information including directions and parking. 


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