Make a Dress Workshop

Improver’s Sewing: One-Day Workshop

Sunday 6 Oct 2019 | Bow, East London

We will be making the popular ‘Stevie’ tunic dress from Tilly & The Buttons. It is their best seller and perfect for beginner and improver sewers. A simple boxy shape, the dress has no darts or inset sleeves. Making it possible to complete in one day.

This workshop is suitable for beginner sewers who have already attended one of my workshops or are comfortable using a sewing machine. The workshop combines the key elements of following a pattern and using a sewing machine. Everything is provided for you to leave the day with a finished dress made from vintage fabric.

Cost is £100 for a full day, 10am to 5pm.

Using vintage fabric is a fun way to create a sustainable dress by using pre-loved fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfill. The fabrics have all been pre-washed and will be pressed ready for the workshop. The class is taught by me, Sarah Richards. Click here to read my sewing journey. It is a small class with only 3 participants, giving you opportunity for 1:1 tuition.

Included in the price:

  • Reusable Tilly & The Buttons ‘Stevie’ pattern (dress and top) (sizes are 8 to 20, please let me know if you need an alternative size)
  • 2.5m of vintage fabric (click the above button to see the selection)
  • Button and sewing thread
  • Use of basic sewing kit and equipment
  • Lots of sewing hacks, tea, coffee and cake

During the workshop you will learn:

  • How to read and follow a simple pattern
  • How to measure yourself and select the correct size
  • How to prepare the fabric ready for cutting
  • How to stitch straight lines, pivot and adjust stitch types
  • How to hand finish and topstitch
  • You will take home a finished dress made from vintage fabric

How to book: Click the button above to choose from a selection of vintage fabrics. The price is for the fabric, pattern, one day tuition and use of sewing equipment. The fabric selected is suitable to make the ‘Stevie’ dress. Payment is taken securely via PayPal, a PayPal account is not required for payment. Places are limited to 4 people. Any problems with your booking, please email me on

Where: Snap, 465 Roman Road, London, E3 5LX. Closest tube is Mile End or Bethnal Green. Buses 8 and 339. There is a car park on the corner of St Stephen’s Road and Roman Road which is free on Sundays. Snap is a card and gift shop, we use the back of the shop for workshops when the shop is closed. Wheelchair access is available.

When: Sunday 6th October 2019, 10am to 5pm

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given in full if cancellation is sent via email 14 days prior to the workshop. No refunds for cancellations within 14 days of the workshop. I will try my best to re-sell your place. If successful, I will issue you with a refund minus any advertising costs to sell the space (up to £10). No refunds for no shows. Email address:

The workshop is suitable for adults over 18. Not suitable for children under 18.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information. Hope to see you at a workshop soon! | 07774 255134