Suitable for all.

4 day workshop

Monday – Thursday

1st School – 5th – 8th August


26th – 29th August

10am – 3pm each day

Tutor: Claire Tyler

£190 including all materials for the skills session

£350 for both weeks.

You will need to provide a pattern and fabric for what you would like to make.  Included in the cost is a free consultation prior to the start of the Summer School with Claire, who can help and guide you as to what you might want to make and what you will need.


For this 4 day summer school you can make a garment of your choice – a skirt, shirt, dress or even a jacket or a pair of jeans.  Bring along your pattern and fabric and learn all the skills you need.

Each day we will start with tuition and discussion on techniques, you will see examples of simple and couture finishes which you can use in your garment construction. The rest of the day will be spent working on your garment under expert guidance.

Day 1 – Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

The more time you take at the beginning the better finished garment you will make.  Learn about fabric preparation, using a commercial pattern, pinning, cutting and sewing.  We will also cover machine skills for those who need it – both sewing machine and overlocker.

Day 2 – Stitching and Shaping

Choosing the correct seam finish and shaping for your garment and fabric is very important.  Learn about different styles from French seams to balanced darts.

Day 3 – Fastening

Inserting a zip or making buttonhole is easier than you might think, choosing the right one makes all the difference to your finished garment.  From concealed zips to bound buttonholes all are covered.

Day 4 –Finishing

Facings, Interfacing, linings and hems – all the skills you need to master to complete your garment.

The Summer School is designed for students of all ability – for beginners come along and learn the basics, for the more experienced student improve your skills and take advantage of our space and equipment.

Click the Add to Cart button to book your place on the workshop.

Please state week 1 or week 2 in notes for seller during checking out.  Any problems then just drop me an email with the week you are choosing.

If you would like to book for both weeks then please email me a telephone number and I will contact you immediately!

After your payment is received we will email you confirming your booking and look forward to seeing you.