SEW YOUR OWN
KNOCKOUT DRESS

Get the satisfaction of saying, “Thank you, I made it myself!”

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Learn fundamental dressmaking skills that you’ll use again and again

 

Develop your sewing skills and boost your creative confidence with this essential online workshop. Join award-winning sewing author, pattern designer and teacher Tilly Walnes as she guides you step-by-step through everything you need to know to make your own elegant fitted dress. You’ll learn indispensable sewing skills, such as:

How to shape a fitted dress with darts

Tips and tricks for inserting a tidy invisible zip

How to match up seam lines perfectly

Creating set-in sleeves and self-lined cap sleeves with bound armholes

Make striking details such as a V-back collar, faux pockets and kick pleat

… and more!

Fitted dress sewing classSew Your Own Knockout Dress!

This isn’t just the theory – you’ll put these techniques into practice while making yourself a drop-dead gorgeous dress with the Etta sewing pattern. This classic fitted dress is great for turning heads at parties and making an impression at the office. Choose from a PDF or printed sewing pattern, included in the course materials.

Finish with a beautiful fitted dress…

…as well as the skills and confidence to make many more things in the future

No need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary. With our online video workshops, you get a front row seat from your laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Your sofa is your classroom!

“I really enjoyed Tilly’s enthusiasm and knowledge. It wasn’t like school! She explains thing very clearly and also says why certain things are done.” – a happy workshop participant

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module1
SEW YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL DRESS
  • Step-by-step lessons on making an elegant fitted dress from start to finish – pattern included in the course materials
  • Choose from three-quarter length darted sleeves or self-lined cap sleeves with bound armholes
  • Choose from high back or V-back neckline, both shaped with shoulder darts
  • Create a surprise when you turn around with a stunning V-back collar
  • Add cute faux pocket flaps at the waistline
  • Learn to make a kick pleat at the back for ease of movement
Module2
FIT THE DRESS TO YOUR SHAPE
  • Find out how to choose your pattern size and combine sizes to fit your body’s proportions
  • Understand why and how to make a toile (AKA “muslin”)
  • Learn how to adjust the toile to fit your unique body shape
  • Find out how to make common fitting adjustments to your pattern
Module3
CUT AND STABILISE YOUR FABRIC
  • Cut your fabric – both on the straight grain and bias grain
  • Learn to cut out fabric without messing up the pattern
  • Stop curved and diagonal edges stretching out of shape with staystitching
  • Add structure to the parts that need it with interfacing
Module4
GARMENT CONSTRUCTION
  • Pin and stitch seams together accurately
  • Practise sewing softly shaped darts on the bust, waist, shoulders and elbow
  • Tips for matching up seam lines perfectly
  • Neaten the inside of your dress using the zigzag stitch
  • Create a tidy neckline finish with a facing
  • How to “stitch in the ditch” to hide stitches within a seam
  • Learn to understitch facings to keep them hidden on the inside of your dress
Module5
GET TO GRIPS WITH ZIPS
  • Learn to insert an invisible zip that’s truly invisible
  • Find out how to avoid rippled zip seams and bubbles
  • Learn tricks for keeping waistline seams neatly aligned
  • Overcome your fear of sewing zips forever!
Module6
INSERT TWO TYPES OF SLEEVE
  • Create shaping at the shoulder with ease stitching
  • Learn to “set in” sleeves neatly
  • Find out how to construct elegant self-lined cap sleeves
  • Finish armholes with bias binding
  • Learn to sew barely visible slip stitches

WHY TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP?

  • #1
    STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO COURSE

    Follow an in-depth structured programme, developed by an experienced course designer and sewing teacher. The video lessons give you a front row seat to watch the sewing in action.

  • #2
    24 / 7 / 365 ACCESS

    Too busy to attend a face-to-face class, or wish it went a bit faster/slower? Learn at a time that suits you, at your own pace, with no deadlines.

  • #3
    YOUR SOFA = YOUR CLASSROOM

    No need to travel – you can take the workshop from the comfort of your own home, using your own sewing machine… in your PJs if you like!

  • #4
    GREAT VALUE

    Revisit the lessons as often as you like, whenever you need a refresher. And it’s a fraction of the price of attending a face-to-face class!

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is for you if you are comfortable using a sewing machine, have made at least a couple of simple things before and want to develop your sewing by learning essential dressmaking skills.

CONFIDENT BEGINNERS – You’ve sewn a few simple things before and are itching to learn new skills!

DRESS LOVERS – You’ve made dresses before and want to pick up extra tips and improve your techniques

LEARNERS – You’ve attended a dressmaking class in the past and want a helpful resource you can refer back to at home

SEWING ADDICTS - You're hooked on sewing and fancy taking a class for inspiration and fun!

TURN HEADS IN YOUR HANDMADE DRESS

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WHO'S LEADING THE WORKSHOP?

Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons – named ‘Best Pattern House’ at the British Sewing Awards 2016. She has been writing about sewing for more than seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade. Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. She is currently working on her second book. Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons – named ‘Best Pattern House’ at the British Sewing Awards 2016. She has been writing about sewing for more than seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade. Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. She is currently working on her second book. Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons – named ‘Best Pattern House’ at the British Sewing Awards 2016.

She has been writing about sewing for more than seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade.

Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014. She is currently working on her second book.

Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

IF YOU'RE WONDERING...

I’m in! How do I access the workshop?

Awesome! Sign up below to purchase your place. You’ll then be able to sign in to the workshop site immediately. You’ll also get an email in your inbox with a direct link – bookmark this link for later so you can come back whenever you like.

How much is it in US dollars or Euros?

It’s approximately $58 USD or €53 Euros, or $71 USD or €65 EUR if you’d like us to send you a printed sewing pattern in the mail. These numbers are correct at the time of writing – please check an online currency converter if you’d like the exact price at current exchange rates.

How long does the workshop take to complete?

That’s up to you! The course is broken down into manageable, bitesize lessons that you can take at a pace that suits you. It includes thirteen succinct videos, from 3 to 35 minutes long (we don’t include the boring bits!), plus extra written tuition and downloadable checklists. You may like to spread the lessons out over ten evenings, or set aside a weekend for a binge sewing session.

Is there a deadline for finishing the workshop?

No deadline – you can go as fast or as slow as you like, and come back to the lessons whenever you want. Just log in to the site anytime you feel like a sewing fix! We can’t promise “lifetime access”, you know, in case of a digital apocalypse or something, but we don’t plan to take the content down any time soon. If for any reason we do decide to take the workshop down in the future, we’ll give you a few months’ notice, so you’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

I’m new to sewing - is this workshop suitable for me?

The workshop is suitable for people who are comfortable using a sewing machine and have made a few things before. If you’re a complete beginner, we recommend our Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop and Learn to Sew Skirts workshop instead.

How is this different from watching tutorials on YouTube?

This is a specially structured course developed by an experienced course designer. It takes you step-by-step through how to make a dress from start to finish, with tips and tricks for all the techniques, from inserting an invisible zip to setting in sleeves and making a kick pleat. It’s like attending a sewing class, but it’s cheaper and you can do it from home!

What size is the Etta sewing pattern?

The pattern includes eight sizes – from a UK 6 to 20, US 2 to 16, EUR 34 to 48. Take a look at our measurements chart.

How do I get the sewing pattern?

The PDF version of the Etta sewing pattern is included in the course materials for you to download, print and assemble at home immediately.

Don’t have a colour printer or can’t be bothered to piece together a PDF pattern? No problem – choose the second option when you sign up below, and we’ll put a beautiful printed pattern in the post to you, with full size pattern sheets, gorgeous colour instruction booklet and spacious envelope. You’ll get the printed pattern at a 20% discount PLUS free shipping!

Factoring in processing and delivery, UK participants should receive their pattern in the post within 2 to 4 working days, EU participants within 5 to 10 working days, the rest of the world within 7 to 12 working days. (Sometimes international delivery can take longer depending on different countries’ post and customs service, so please be patient…)

What if I buy the workshop and then change my mind?

We’re happy to give you a refund or exchange within 14 days of your order, as long as you haven’t already signed in to the course site (it’s kinda hard to return a digital product!). If you’d like further details, please see our returns policy under ‘Returning digital products’.

What if I get stuck during the workshop?

There’s a discussion area in many of the lessons, where you can ask questions, share photos of what you’re making, and chat to other enthusiastic stitchers. We’ll drop in every so often to answer questions and join in the discussion. If you’re having a technical issue, you can email us and we’ll be happy to help.

What equipment do I need?
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing toolkit – a supplies list is included in the workshop
  • Fabric and supplies for your Etta dress – listed here if you want to get a head start
  • Computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access to watch the lessons on

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SEW YOUR OWN KNOCKOUT DRESS
£45

Approx $58 USD / €53 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 13 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ETTA DRESS PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you already have the Etta pattern or want to print your own at home

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SEW YOUR OWN KNOCKOUT DRESS
+ PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£55

Approx $71 USD / €65 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 13 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ETTA DRESS PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a gorgeous pattern in the post with full colour instruction booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

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WHAT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...

“The workshop was so helpful! Every video, photo and instruction was clear and well explained. Tilly is so calm and reassuring, it's great to be able to watch the videos at your own pace and see exactly how to do each step. My dress came out absolutely perfect first time, even those tricky bits that look really impressive!”

"Tilly and the Buttons always make lovely, easy to follow instructions, but I think that I may have been stuck in a few places if it hadn't been for the online workshop - I feel like it really helped, especially to learn new skills."

"The video tutorials were a great confidence boost. Tilly's knowledge shone through and put me at complete ease. I thought, 'I could do that' and it turned out I could. I'm so happy I took this workshop!"

SIGN UP TODAY

SEW YOUR OWN KNOCKOUT DRESS
£45

Approx $58 USD / €53 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 13 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ETTA DRESS PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you already have the Etta pattern or want to print your own at home

SIGN UP
SEW YOUR OWN KNOCKOUT DRESS
+ PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£55

Approx $71 USD / €65 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 13 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ETTA DRESS PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a gorgeous pattern in the post with full colour instruction booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

SIGN UP