Sewing Clothes for Beginners


Tuesdays: 10 Sept - 26 Nov, 6pm - 9pm

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1st installment : £188 (non refundable)

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Tuesdays: 10 Sept – 26 Nov
6pm – 9pm
(10 weekly classes, no class 15 or 22 October)
Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane

Workshop Description:
Led by Stitchery Founder Cassandra Belanger, this is a ten week, in-depth introduction to sewing clothes for beginners in our welcoming and well equipped Dunblane Studio. The course is intended to equip you with a comprehensive set of basic skills that you can develop and apply to a range of clothing types. Learn how to use and maintain a sewing machine, work with paper patterns, and understand different fabrics. We’ll practice basic techniques on small samples, then apply them to constructing a simple top – a versatile pattern that can be customised in many ways to suit your style, in a fabric of your choice. Please let us know your UK dress size in the comments section at checkout so that we can order you a pattern to fit. Students will be walked through the process of making a garment with sustainability in mind. We’ll talk about fibres, textile production, and textile waste amongst other important topics. You will be encouraged to develop a practice of zero waste sewing.

Sewing clothes for beginners is suitable for complete beginners, or anyone with limited experience who wants to firm up the basics. We have a sewing machine available for each student; but you can bring your own if you like. And don’t worry if you might miss one or two classes: we’ve plenty of opportunities to catch up through our additional Sunday Sewing Sessions or private tuition.


  1. A basic set of sewing skills; a basic understanding of how to make clothes; and the confidence to go on and try more.
  2. A beautiful top made by you, to fit your body and in the fabric and style of your choice.
  3. A sample book, made by you and full of the techniques you’ve learned. Use this for future reference.
  4. An understanding of how to make clothes that consider the impact on people and the planet.
  5. A Making Clothes for Beginners e-book for future reference.

Course cost includes: 

  • 10 x 3-hour lessons
  • Use of 230DC Janome computerized sewing machine each
  • Use of 6234XL overlocker (shared between students)
  • Top pattern (please let us know your UK dress size in the comments section at checkout so that we can order you a pattern to fit)

Course cost excludes:

  • Cost of fabric and haberdashery

Topics Covered:

  • How to use a sewing pattern (including zero waste sewing patterns)
  • Taking body measurement and determining pattern size
  • How to cut fabric
  • Parts of the sewing machine
  • Sewing basic stitches and  seams
  • Fitting tips
  • Darts, gathering and pleats
  • Seam finishes
  • Hems

About Your Tutor

Cassandra Belanger has 13 years of experience hosting workshops in sustainable design, textiles and garment construction. Her work is an invitation to a more sustainable future and education is at the centre of her creative practice. She is the founder of The Stitchery Studio, is co-founder and Director of the Zero Waste Design Collective and a founding member of Sustainable Fashion Scotland. She is the Resident Sewing Instructor at the Central Scottish School of Craft and a Fashion and Textile Lecturer at Glasgow West College. Her research interests center around sustainable fashion and textile design education and fashion systems for a post growth economy. Her design and teaching practice explores issues such as zero waste, waste colonialism, transparency, colour therapy, feminism, sizeism, and body image.

More Info:

  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 18s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know
  • All of our workshops are held at Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0EE
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your workshop we need at least three weeks notice. Please read our cancellation policy before booking
  • You can pay for this course in two instalments. A non-refundable 50% deposit will be taken at the time of booking and you will be invoiced for the remaining balance which must be paid three weeks in advance of your course starting.

Pattern Credit: LB Pullover by Paper Theory

Additional information

UK Dress Size:

6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28

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