Join us for a week of sewing in Brighton and make a garment (or garments) of your choice.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience of dressmaking you will spend the week cutting and stitching your way to a new summer wardrobe (although maybe not a whole one!)

The course will take you through the entire process from cutting to completion.

Please come to the first session with a pattern and fabric for a garment (or garments) you’d like to make.



TUTOR:            Jo Bunner

DURATION:     4 days

DAY:                Monday – Thursday

WHEN:             5 August – 8 August 2019

TIME:               10.30am – 4.30pm                                                    

WHERE:           Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE:   £150 / £90 / £15


Please note that concessions are not available online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.





This course aims to:

Teach students how to make a garment using a commercial pattern. Beginners are advised to start by making a skirt or pyjama trousers as these are generally the simplest garments to make. Those with experience of using commercial patterns can bring a pattern for a garment of their choice including swimwear.


Who this course is for?

Beginners or improvers with little or no experience.


What will I be able to do by the end of the course?

  • How to accurately measure yourself
  • Selecting the correct pattern size
  • Tissue fitting for sizing accuracy
  • Making basic pattern alterations for a better fit
  • Creating a toile and the reasons to do this
  • Following pattern markings, fabric layout, pinning and cutting out fabric
  • Following pattern instructions & deciphering their terminology
  • A wide range of sewing techniques including darts, pleats, seams, inserting zips, sleeves, stitching hems and more.
  • Professional finishing techniques


What materials will I need?

Please come to the first session with a pattern and fabric for a garment (or garments) you’d like to make.

Important! Do read the advice on patterns following – in particular that about sizing – before you buy your pattern.


Janome and Bernina sewing machines and overlockers are available to use at the centre although you can bring your own if you would prefer.


Basic sewing kit – Pins, fabric scissors, tape measure – we have spares of everything in our sewing room.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Simple sewing kit can be from £1 depending on shop/quality of items

Patterns cost from around £5

Fabric costs from £1 per metre and students will require 1 – 3m dependent on pattern and size.


How will I know I am making progress?

Peer assessment, appraisals and tutor feedback.


Who is the tutor?

Jo Bunner spent 10 years as Fashion Designer/Pattern Cutter, specialising in ladies tailoring and outerwear: coats, suits and jackets following her graduation from the London College of Fashion. She is now a qualified Personal Image Consultant as well as teaching sewing and pattern cutting skills at local sewing schools. She has found that in helping others understand their own body characteristics it greatly enhances their sewing satisfaction. 


What next?

Further dressmaking courses at Friends Centre

Pattern Cutting Summer School – 12-16 August 2019

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2 from September 2019

Pattern Cutting courses from September 2019

Monday 5 August 2019 - Thursday 8 August 2019
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 4

Full price: £150
Concession rate (if available): £90
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


Book online or more information: Click here for more information or to book online (if available)

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