Make a beautiful Kimono sleeve dressing gown / robe. Perfect first dressmaking project! Learn to follow a pattern, sew french or ordinary seams (you choose), stitch patch pockets & construct a garment with our full support
Level: Improver + Above
Class options: 4-6 Stitch Classes or 4-5hrs of 1-2-1 lessons
What to bring:
See our fabric shop suggestions below. Find out the washing and ironing instructions for your fabric when buying it. Wash and iron (on the reverse side) your fabric before the course.
Should be lightweight, not too stiff*. Cotton is best if you are quite new to dressmaking, or if more experienced try viscose or satin - lightweight, printed.
Buy 4 metres of fabric - width needs to be 112cm or more (or buy 3 metres if your fabric is 150cm/60" wide or wider AND your bust is smaller than 36" & your hips smaller than 38.5" - if unsure just buy 4 metres & make a bag or cushion with the leftover bit!).
n.b. You'll have enough in these main fabric amounts to make the neck band & belt too if you don't want to make it in a contrast fabric.
CONTRAST NECKBAND & BELT FABRIC:
If you do want your neck trim and band in a contrast fabric (of contrast fabric in plain fabric e.g. cotton, silk, taffeta, cotton or polyester - should be a similar weight to the main fabric), you need to bring this additional amount in the contrast fabric:
If your contrast fabric width is 130cm or wider, bring a 70cm length
If the contrast fabric width is narrower than 130cm, bring a 130cm length
A 100m reel of all purpose polyester sewing thread, coordinating colour with the contrast fabric + 50p if you want to keep the bobbin we provide you with if using our machines
GLASSES: if you wear glasses for close up work please bring them
FINDING US INFO: see your booking confirmation's link to how to find us & bring your phone in case of last minute emergency.
SNACKS or LUNCH: you are welcome to bring food for lunch & snacks or bring money to pop out to the numerous local cafes & bakeries at lunchtime. Teas, cordials and coffee are provided all day.
We provide or bring your own: sewing machine (or bring your own - with all accessories, spare bobbins and pedal - please note, we are on the 3rd floor), scissors, pins, chalk, tape measure, unpicker etc.
Where to buy fabric:
We suggest having a browse of (non stretch) fabrics here:
Fabric Land in Brighton have a great range of printed cottons, plus some cotton viscose prints.
Head down to Ditto Fabrics in Kensington Gardens Brighton and ask them which of their fabulous fabrics would be suitable for this style.
Josie, owner of Fabric Godmother says: we have got loads of lovely cotton lawns that would make stunning dressing gowns
Or for other shops see our list of local fabric shops. These options will also be on your booking confirmation.