Learn to Sew a Dress – Beginners Plus Classes



Thursday Jan 13th -27th, 6-9pm  SOLD OUT

Tuesday Feb 8th – March 1st, 6-9pm

Do you want to start making your own clothes? Have you done some sewing in the past or made some PJ’s and are ready to learn new skills?

Learn more sewing skills and give your confidence a boost in this fun beginner 3 week course. Using the Tilly and The Buttons Lotta dress pattern we will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to make your own easy-to-sew, easy-to-wear dress.

Learn as you sew while making a pretty, versatile and wearable dress using the Lotta sewing pattern, which you get to take home.

This easy-peasy, throw-it-over-your-head dress is a versatile wardrobe builder with a choice of on-the-knee or midi-length skirt, short or bracelet-length sleeves, with optional large turnover patch pockets. You’ll want to make and wear Lotta again and again.

This course is perfect if you have taken the Learn to Sew PJ’s class or Learn to Sew Clothes Course or have had similar experience.

Please read the Cancellation policy before booking

Vaccination certificate will be required for any adult entering the premises. You can add your digital certificate to the Service Victoria app so that when you check in to the studio it will give you a green tick. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can provide a printed certificate. If you have a medical exemption you will need to provide a medical certificate from an approved practitioner.


Skill Level: Beginner
What you will learn:
  • Measure yourself and identify your pattern size
  • Make simple fitting alterations
  • Lay out your pattern and cut fabric accurately
  • Transfer pattern markings
  • Pin and stitch together seams accurately
  • How and why to trim down seam allowances
  • Neaten and strengthen seams using overlocker
  • How to press seams for a professional-looking finish
  • How and why we use staystitching
  • Fuse interfacing to fabric
  • Attach drop shoulder sleeves
  • Make an elasticated waist channel
  • Batch sewing tasks together to save time and energy
  • Hem the dress and sleeves
  • Make a facing and attach it to your dress
  • Use trimming and clipping to help the neckline sit flat
  • How and why to understitch a facing
  • “Stitch in the ditch” to secure the facing to the inside of the dress

What to bring:

  • Fabric (Wash and Dry before class)
  • Thread to match
  • 20cm of iron on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
  • 1 meter of 10mm elastic
  • Sewing Kit if you have one

SIZE RANGE – UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS – Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics such as chambray, viscose (rayon), Tencel (lyocell), double gauze, brushed cotton or crêpe. The short sleeve version can also be made in less drapey fabrics such as linen, cotton lawn, and seersucker. More experienced? Try single knit drapey jersey, stretch velvet or light-weight French terry.


Note: Try to find 150cm wide fabric as some of the sizes and variations won’t fit 115cm wide fabric.

150CM (60in) WIDE

Knee Length 2.5m

Midi Length 3m

115CM, (45in) WIDE (sizes 5-10 won’t fit on 115cm wide fabric)

Knee Length – Bracelet length sleeve 3m

Short sleeve 2.5m

*All sizes of the knee-length dress and sizes 1-6 of the midi-length dress will also fit on 140cm (56in) wide fabric. Sizes 7-8 of the midi-length dress will fit on 145cm (58in) wide fabric.


  • Lotta Dress Pattern by Tilly & The Buttons
  • Sewing Machines
  • Pins, scissors and tools are provided if you have your own
  • Coffee and tea and yummy biscuits
  • Lessons are run in our cool studio in Elsternwick right near the train stations, free parking is available in the train station car park.




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