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Dressmaking for Beginners

Dates will be posted here soon.

A 5 week course, Tuesdays 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

at Herringswell Village Hall, The Street, IP28 6ST


This is the perfect sewing course for you if you are a complete beginner wishing to have an introduction to using a sewing machine, learning different sewing techniques and understanding basic sewing patterns.

The course consists of five two hour sessions in which you will be taken from the very basics of setting up and threading a sewing machine to making either a simple skirt or summer dress to show off your newly acquired sewing skills by the end of it. You can choose to use one of the machines available in the village hall, or you can bring your own if you would like to learn to use it.

You can bring an easy made for beginners pattern, such as those by McCalls learn to sew for fun - with sufficient suitable fabric and matching all purpose thread or we have a selection of patterns and fabrics to choose from if you prefer.

Cost: £90 per person for 5 weeks.

BACS, cheque or cash payment..

Booking Form

6 people per course (age 16 or over)

Please book quickly to confirm your place. Everyone welcome from Herringswell and the surrounding area.

What you will learn:

  • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern
  • How to thread the machine and wind a bobbin
  • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them
  • How to understand and demystify sewing patterns
  • How to correctly take your measurements
  • How to alter the pattern and skirt/dress to your perfect fit

and more................


The course will be run by Herringswell resident Gloria Hicks who has a passion for anything sewing and has been sewing all her life. Gloria can make a wide range of different outfits from every day casual wear to formal wear for special occasions

Gloria Hicks, SAC Dip (Dressmaking and Fashion Design) with Distinction,
ABC Awarded Quality Licence Scheme, Dress Making and Fashion Design Level 3


Please use the Booking/Contact Form or call 01638 750610

Download PDF Sewing Poster


5 Ways Sewing improves your Life!

Sewing is an amazing hobby and practical skill

  • Sewing - makes you smarter: it uses maths and engineering skills
  • Sewing - improves fine motor skills and requires focus
  • Sewing - it’s screen-free time where you can create
  • Sewing - reduces anxiety - it’s a theraputic activity
  • Sewing - gives you a boost - it builds self esteem

Above all it should be fun!

Thank you to:

Cllr Robin Millar, Suffolk County Council Suffolk County Council
Cllr Carol Lynch, Forest Heath District Council west suffolk
Cllr Lance Stanbury, Forest Heath District Council  
sewing pattern
jaycotts No 1 for all sewing supplies - pins, needles, machines, ribbons, zips etc

Suggested on-line fabric shops:








weir machine

Image: James Weir Sewing Machine c.1872

Don't worry you won't be learning on this machine !