Sew a Summer Dress
Ready to take your sewing skills to the next level? Learn to sew a simple summer dress from a pattern in this advanced-beginner workshop!
If you want to learn to sew from a pattern, gain an understanding of garment construction, and begin sewing your own clothes, this is the workshop for you!
In this two-session workshop, you'll gain an understanding of sewing from a purchased pattern, AND you'll sew a super-cute dress, custom made to fit your body. You'll leave this class with the skills and confidence to tackle more garment sewing on your own.
You'll learn how to:
- Measure the body accurately to create a perfect fit
- Work from a commercial pattern, including size selection, deciphering instructions, cutting from tissue paper pattern pieces, and more
- Understand garment sewing basics such as proper fabric prep, pinning, cutting, ironing and trouble shooting
- Cut fabric and assemble a garment the right way
- Sew darts, sew a hem, create a faced neckline, and more.
The dress pattern will be provided in class and is yours to keep! We'll be working with the Willow Dress pattern from Grainline Studios in this class. This pattern also includes instructions for a tank, which you will be quite capable of making on your own after completing your class. :)
Skill requirements: This is a beginner garment sewing workshop; you do not need to have any experience sewing clothing, but you must have basic machine-sewing skills. Our Sewing 101 class (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this class. (The next session of Sewing 101 is being offered August 15; you can register here.) If you're unsure whether you have enough sewing experience for this class, please send a brief email summarizing your sewing experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Note on Class Dates:
This is a two session workshop being held 6:30pm-9:30pm on Wednesdays 8/23 and 8/30. You must be available to attend both sessions.
Date & Time: Please select start date above
Location: Brooklyn Craft Company’s NEW LOCATION, 165 Greenpoint Avenue (here’s where we’re located)
Cost: $125 includes dress pattern, 6+ hours of instruction, and use of our BERNINA sewing machines. Does NOT include fabric-- All required materials will be available for purchase during class at a 10% discount.
All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.
Meet Your Instructor
Nicole Smith is an author, designer, and teacher living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of several sewing books; her latest, Skirt-A-Day Sewing, is available now. After working as an editor for many craft magazines including Stitch, Threads, and SewStylish, she now works full-time at Etsy where she helps designers across the globe promote their shops.