Introduction to Sewing – Dressmaking

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The Trapeze dress is the perfect introduction for those wanting to get into dressmaking. This course is aimed at complete beginners, or people that haven’t touched a machine in a good while!

You have the option of making your Trapeze sleeveless, short sleeved, or 3/4 sleeved. Please note you will not be able to make the Trapeze dress with the button back version, as this is a little more involved and time doesn’t allow.

We will cover the following:

  • Getting to grips with the sewing machine, how to thread and find your way around all the nuts and bolts.
  • How seam allowances work and why we use them.
  • Pairing fabrics to projects for a successful outcome by looking at several fabric options for your Trapeze.
  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a lay plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • How to finish your seams.

What is included in your class:

  • Lunch on both days.
  • 1 x Trapeze pattern.
  • Machine threads.
  • A Bernina sewing machine. We ask that you don’t bring your own sewing machine please.
  • 10% discount in the Rye shop for the duration of your class.
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.



Because of our vast range of fabrics, we have decided not to include fabric for this class.We encourage you to come 20 mins earlier to browse the range and select something.

Ideally it is best to prewash your fabric before your class, as all fabric will shrink a little on the first wash. However if you go for our laundered linens these have already been pre washed. We are happy to send fabric swatches out if you'd like to look at some fabrics first.

Sleeveless Dress

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.5M2.65M2.65M*
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.15M2.3M2.4M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.15M2.35M2.4M*
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.65M1.85M2.15M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Dress with Short Sleeves

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.6M2.65M2.75M*
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.15M2.35M2.5M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.1M2.25M2.4M
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.6M1.8M2.1M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Dress with Long Sleeves

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.9M2.95M3M
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.3M2.65M2.8M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.45M2.55M2.75M*
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.9M2.1M2.35M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Finished Measurements

 Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18

UK Sizing

 Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18



6th April 12 - 4.30, 7th April 11 - 5 £145 ADD

13th May 12 - 4.30, 14th May 11 - 5 £145 ADD

Our courses are non refundable unless we have a reserve list, and we can fill your space.

We reserve the right to cancel the class giving you a two weeks notice. You will receive a full refund if your class is cancelled.