Introduction to Dressmaking: Lotta Dress

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Is this workshop for me? 

If you’d class yourself as comfortable on a sewing machine but keen to get to grips with the world of dressmaking, then this is a great place to start. This workshop is an introduction to dressmaking, using the Tilly and the Buttons Lotta Dress Pattern – an easy wear, easy fit, firm favourite at The Sewing Cafe dress. A simple blousy top (with no zips or fastenings) with either a short sleeve or a bracelet length sleeve, nipped in at the waist with a comfortable narrow elasticated waistband. A flared skirt glides over the hips, you can pick your perfect length and add pockets, if you wish.

If you’ve already dabbled in the world of dressmaking, and really like the look of this dress, then you’re also welcome to join us for a lovely day of sewing, hints and tips, chatting and cake!

You’ll find all the sizing and style details here – but please get in touch if you have any questions.

What will this workshop cover? 

- Taking your measurements and selecting the correct pattern size

- Understanding a dress pattern, and tracing off the size you require (this means you can make alterations and still have your original pattern intact)

- Pinning your pattern, transferring markings and tips to make cutting out a breeze

- Constructing your garment – first the top, adding sleeves if you wish and finishing the neckline with bias binding

- Finishing your seams (we’ll have overlockers set up for you to use) and the importance of pressing

- You’ll create your skirt and have the option to add pockets, with tips for getting the correct placement

- Finishing off your dress with a channel for the elasticated waist and finally hemming! 

This workshop is your opportunity to really get to grips with dressmaking with the chance to ask questions, build confidence and just have a good play under the watchful eye of your tutor, Vicky. 

What's included in this workshop?

Most importantly tea, coffee and cake! There will be a break for lunch plus an afternoon break to refuel with a piece of cake, if you have any dietary requirements then please let us know.

Your Tilly and the Buttons Lotta Dress pattern (click here for full style and sizing details)

Any haberdashery items you’ll need.

10% OFF any supplies needed for the workshop, plus 10% OFF any treats you'd like to buy on the day (excluding sewing machines and workshops).

Use of our Janome Sewing Machines and Overlockers.

Your own sewing kit to use on the day plus any threads required. 

What do I need to bring with me? 

Your fabric – a light to medium weight drapey fabric, such as chambray, viscose, double gauze, linen or cotton lawn.

For the Knee length version, you’ll need 2.5 metres (based on a fabric 150cm/60” wide)

For the Midi length version, you’ll need 2.8 metres (based on a fabric 150cm/60” wide)

If you're at unsure about fabric choice, then please give us a call (01455 698034) 

*Please note: due to time allowed we're unable to make major pattern alterations during the workshop - please double check the pattern and finished garment measurements and if you have any questions ahead of booking on to this then please get in touch at 01455 698034 or email

Lunch – there will be a short break for lunch so we recommend bringing something along with you to keep you stitching throughout the day.

How long is this workshop? 

6.5 hours  

How many people will be in this workshop? 

We run our workshops for just 4 people, meaning that you're able to get the hands on support you need, whilst also sharing in the experience and picking up hints, tips and inspiration from others. 

Please read our booking and cancellation policy just here. By booking on to a workshop you're agreeing to the terms of these policies. 

If the date you'd like to attend is fully booked then please email and we can add you to our waiting list.