LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS!

GET THE SKILLS TO START MAKING YOUR OWN CLOTHES

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Want to start sewing your own handmade wardrobe?

 

If you can use a sewing machine and are ready to start making your own clothes, this online workshop will take you step by step through what you need to know:

From working with sewing patterns to cutting fabric accurately … pinning and stitching seams to creating a neat finish … hemming techniques to adding design details.

This isn’t just the theory – you’ll learn as you sew, making the Dominique sewing pattern – the pattern is yours when you register for the class.

Learn to sew skirts class - Beginners sewing online workshop

No need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary. With our online workshops, you can watch the video lessons from home on your laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Your sofa is your classroom!

Learn to sew skirts class - Beginners sewing online workshop

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“I found that creating this skirt has boosted my sewing confidence tremendously – I am jumping up and down already just thinking about my next project!” – a happy workshop participant

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module1
START USING SEWING PATTERNS
  • Find out how to take your measurements and choose your size
  • What to do if you’re between sizes, a different proportion, or need a bigger size
  • Understand pattern markings such as notches and grainline arrows
Module2
MARK + CUT FABRIC ACCURATELY
  • Lay out the fabric and pattern – both on the straight grain and on the bias
  • Get tips on cutting fabric accurately
  • Learn to cut fabric without messing up the pattern
  • Find out how to transfer pattern markings and notches
Module3
THE ESSENTIALS OF CLOTHING CONSTRUCTION
  • Get your head around how garments come together
  • Gain techniques for pinning and stitching seams together
  • Find out how to stabilise bias-cut edges to stop them stretching out
Module4
FINISH YOUR SEAMS
  • Make the inside of your skirt look neat and tidy
  • Learn to finish seams on your regular machine, using zigzag stitch
  • Practise pressing techniques to give your skirt a professional finish
Module5
MAKE YOUR OWN SKIRTS
  • Sew an easy peasy straight skirt – free pattern included in the workshop materials
  • Progress to making a bias-cut flared skirt
  • Find out how to make an elasticated waistband – no need for fiddly zips or buttonholes!
  • Learn two methods of hemming – including how to ease in a flared hem
Module6
FASHION ADDITIONAL DESIGN DETAILS
  • Make a matching sash to tie around your skirt
  • Find out an easy peasy way of making belt loops
  • Learn to create, topstitch and reinforce turnover top pockets

WHY TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP?

  • #1
    STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO COURSE

    Follow an in-depth structured programme, developed from the popular, tried-n-tested classes we run in London. 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 WORKSHOP FOR?

You’ll need to be comfortable using a sewing machine for basic stitching. If you’re a complete novice, sign up for our bundle offer which includes the introductory Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop - scroll to the bottom right of the page to sign up for the bundle.

This workshop is suitable for…

BEGINNERS - You’ve just learnt to use a sewing machine and are ready to start making clothes!

RETURNEES - You’ve sewn a few things in the past and fancy a refresher to get you back into it

QUILTERS – You love making quilts and cushions but are scared of sewing clothes!

LEARNERS - You’ve attended a beginner clothesmaking class and want a helpful resource you can refer back to at home

START MAKING YOUR OWN CLOTHES TODAY

REGISTER NOW

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. She has been writing about sewing for 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. 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. She has been writing about sewing for 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. 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. She has been writing about sewing for 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. 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.

She has been writing about sewing for 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.

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 WANT IN! HOW DO I ACCESS THE WORKSHOP?

Yay! Sign up below to purchase your place. You’ll then be able to sign in to the workshop site immediately and start taking the lessons whenever you’re ready. 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?

The following conversions are correct at the time of writing – please check an online currency converter for the exact price at current exchange rates:

  • Learn to Sew Skirts + PDF Sewing Pattern – $57 USD or €51 Euros
  • Learn to Sew Skirts + Printed Sewing Pattern -$70 USD or €63 Euros
  • Two Course Bundle + Printed Sewing Pattern – $90 USD or €80 Euros
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 eleven succinct videos, from 3 to 13 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.

There’s no deadline, so you can fit it around your other commitments. And you can go back to the lessons any time you get stuck or feel like a refresher.

IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR FINISHING IT?

Nope, 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'VE NEVER USED A SEWING MACHINE BEFORE - IS THIS WORKSHOP SUITABLE FOR ME?

If you haven’t used a sewing machine before, you’ll need to take our Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop first to get yourself comfortable with threading and basic stitching. We have a bundle offer, giving you access to both courses for a discount if you buy them together – scroll to the bottom right of the page if you want to register for the bundle.

I’VE BEEN TO A BEGINNER CLOTHES-MAKING CLASS – CAN I SIGN UP FOR THIS TOO?

You’d be very welcome to! The workshop may cover similar content – from choosing your size and cutting fabric, to finishing seams and hemming – so it’s a helpful resource you can refer back to at home if you want a refresher. You’ll also get the Dominique skirt sewing pattern, which you can make multiple times in different variations.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WATCHING TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE?

This is a structured programme, developed by someone with over a decade’s experience designing training courses. It takes you step-by-step through how to get started making your own clothes, when you don’t necessarily know what you need to know.

The course has been developed based on tried-n-tested workshops that we have run multiple times in London. It’s like attending a sewing class, but it’s cheaper and you can do it from home!

WHAT SIZE IS THE DOMINIQUE SEWING PATTERN?

The pattern includes eight sizes – from a UK 6 to 20. Take a look at our measurements chart. If you need a bigger size, we’ll show you an easy way of making the pattern larger in the workshop.

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 your sewing, 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 accessing the class, you can email us and we’ll be happy to help.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing toolkit – a supplies list is included in the workshop
  • Fabric and supplies for your Dominique skirt – listed here if you want to get a head start
  • Computer / tablet / smart phone and an internet connection to stream the videos from

SIGN UP TODAY!

LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS

£45

Approx $57 USD / €51 EUR

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

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

SIGN UP
LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS + PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD / €63 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 11 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour 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
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£70

Approx $90 USD / €80 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS
  • PLUS INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP – MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE – WORTH £25
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Choose this option if you need some help with your sewing machine and want to take our beginners sewing class too

SIGN UP

WHAT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...

"The workshops are perfectly structured and so much fun! Thank you Tilly for taking me through the first steps of my sewing journey - who knew that just a few months later I would be making beautiful dresses and skirts!"

"The workshop is so clear and helpful. I needed a lot of hand holding to feel confident sewing, and all the extra information you gave has made me feel like I can create nice clothing - and know what I am doing! Great pattern, fabulous teacher, awesome feeling."

"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

LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS

£45

Approx $57 USD / €51 EUR

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

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

SIGN UP
LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS + PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD / €63 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 11 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour 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
TWO COURSE BUNDLE
+ PRINTED SEWING PATTERN
£70

Approx $90 USD / €80 EUR

  • FULL ACCESS TO LEARN TO SEW SKIRTS
  • PLUS INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP – MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEWING MACHINE – WORTH £25
  • INCLUDES DOMINIQUE SKIRT PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll post you a beautiful printed pattern with colour booklet (price includes shipping)
  • 19 VIDEO LESSONS
  • WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

Choose this option if you need some help with your sewing machine and want to take our beginners sewing class too

SIGN UP