Ministry of Craft Sew Your Own Doris Dress or Sweater

Want a dress with a bit of stretch but lots of oomph? Lusting after a sweater that’s comfortable but still oh-so-chic? Then book now to sew your own ‘DORIS’, either a Short 1960's style...

Sessions: 1

Tutor: Jeanette Archer

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Venue: Bamber Sewing Machines


​​​​​​​Want a dress with a bit of stretch but lots of oomph? Lusting after a sweater that’s comfortable but still oh-so-chic? Then book now to sew your own ‘DORIS’, either a Short 1960's style shift dress, or perfect weekend sweater, with our very own Lazy Seamstress, Jeanette Archer (FYI- she’s not AT ALL lazy! She’s a mother of 6 and busy running her own sewing business too!).

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)!

Jeanette will coach you through every step of sewing your pull-on tunic dress or sweater. You’ll get to grips with soft and stretchy fabric, learn to sew raglan sleeves and patch pockets, add neat neck and cuff bands, AND you can choose to make your garment on either the sewing machine or the overlocker. PHEW!

As this is not a beginner’s workshop, you must already have some experience on a sewing machine or have attended one of our Beginner 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 your own Doris Dress or Sweater 

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 2m of medium weight knit fabric or 1.5m of the main body fabric and 1m of contrasting fabric for arms and pockets

Matching sewing thread. 

Contact us before the course if your measurements are outside the below ranges so we can ensure there is a pattern block made in your size and so we can advise how much fabric to bring.

Bust 88cm-117cm

Waist 68cm-97cm

Hips 93cm-122cm

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 there will be a break to eat, so please bring along some lunch or pop out to a local cafe. 

Bamber Sewing Machines Venue Information including directions and parking.


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