Make Clothes From A Shop Bought Pattern

Do you want to make your own clothes from shop bought patterns? We can help you make ANY garment from a pattern in our weekly Sewing and Dressmaking classes, or in our One-to-One lessons at a time that suits you!

We love to teach tissue fitting in particular, which is a method of fitting the paper pattern to your body on the half, to get a much closer fit before cutting up ANY fabric! I means you end up with a much better fitting final garment as you work out the fit as you go along

Read our guide below for making dresses, trousers and tops + download our guide to buying your own pattern & fabric for any type of garment here. Don't cut out your pattern before your classes as you may be surprised to be a different size to the one you expected! We will show you how to choose the right size.

Great patterns for beginners to make at home or in our Stitch Classes:

Make these in our Stitch Classes, or we offer Zoom one to one lessons if you need a hand at home!

  • New Look 6730 is a good beginner pattern to try the skirts or trousers
  • for an easy to make simple coatigan style with raw cut edges in sweatshirting - try our Coatigan in sweatshirting or a lightweight boiled wool for summer, and a heavier weight boiled wool for winter. If your fabric doesn't have non-fray edges when cut, you could bias bind the edges - we can help on Zoom or in Stitch classes
  • If you want to try a zipped garment try this pencil skirt or New Look 6346 for a flared version 
  • or New Look 6843 for A-line or pencil skirts with waistband
  • This Simplicity 1563 pattern has a range of simple lounge and sleepwear