Make a Dress – Level 1

Availability: in-stock

This class is designed for those who want to start dressmaking with little or no experience, or simply want to take a weekend to themselves to do some sewing! We do ask that you have used a sewing machine before.

We will cover the following:

  • 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.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

You will have the option option of making one of these patterns:

  • Trapeze
  • Top 64
  • Gyo (top or dress version)

The likelihood is that you will only get one dress made, but if you are speedy you are welcome to start work on another!

What is included in your class:

  • Lunch on both days.
  • 1 of the patterns listed above, any extra patterns are an additional cost.
  • Machine threads.
  • A Bernina sewing machine and overlocker. 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.
  • Lunch
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.

Please note you have the option of having the pattern posted to your before the class to cut out. If you know the size you are going to make this will give you more sewing time in the class!


Fabric is not included in this class.

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.

If you want to select your fabric on the day of your course, please come approximately 20-30mins early to give you enough time to select something.


 120cm sleeveless/short/long140 - 150cm sleeveless/short/long
Size 81.90/2.00/2.25M1.45/1.75/1.75M
Size 101.90/2.00/2.25M1.50/1.75/1.80M
Size 122.10/2.00/2.25M1.70/1.75/1.90M
Size 142.25/2.00/2.25M1.90/1.75/2.00M
Size 162.25/2.00/2.25M1.90/1.75/2.00M
Size 182.25/2.00/2.25M1.90/1.75/2.00M

Top 64:

 120cm wide140 - 150cm wide
Size 81.75M1.50M
Size 101.85M1.50M
Size 122.00M1.70M
Size 142.00M1.80M
Size 162.00M1.90M
Size 182.00M2.00M



TopSize 6Size 8 - 12Size 14 - 18
110cm wide with or without nap1M1.30M1.35M
120cm wide with or without nap0.95M1.15M1.35M
140cm wide with or without nap0.75M0.90M1.05M
150cm wide with or without nap0.75M0.75M0.95M
Fusible Interfacing0.50M0.50M0.50M


DressSize 6Size 8 - 12Size 14 - 18
110cm wide with nap2M2.15M2.20M
110cm wide without nap1.80M2.10M2.20M
120cm wide with nap1.85M2M2.15M
120 wide without nap1.60M2M2.10M
140cm wide with or without nap1.15M1.55M1.85M
150cm wide with or without nap1.15M1.25M1.85M
Fusible Interfacing0.50M0.50M0.50M

2nd, 3rd May 10 - 4.30pm £170 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.