At Love Dressmaking we offer a range of workshops throughout the year in Newport and Shrewsbury.


One-day workshops are planned so that everyone makes up the same design / pattern in their own choice of fabric.


Half-day workshops give learners the chance to learn specific dressmaking techniques.


‘Sewing on Saturday’ workshops are general dressmaking or sewing sessions that run monthly in Newport.


Refreshments are included in all workshops. You will need to bring your own lunch to full day workshops.

Skill Levels

1.BEGINNERS: You can use a sewing machine and have experimented with making simple items

2.BEGINNERS Plus: You have made a simple garment or two but are ready to experience new techniques such as setting in a sleeve or creating pleats

3.INTERMEDIATE: You have made several garments and are ready to handle more challenging fabrics and style details such as collars, cuffs & concealed zips

* NOTE: These skill levels are a guide only - if you have any questions about which course will be relevant to you, please contact Catherine

Please note that there may be occasional changes of venue during courses or for workshops, should the planned location become unavailable.  The classes will still be run in the same way with the same high quality tuition.  You will be given as much notice as possible if this is the case.

Sewing on Saturday

March 7, April 4, May 2, May 30

Cosy Hall, Newport


These creative workshops will give you the chance to spend some time working on your own dressmaking or other sewing projects with plenty of help and advice provided.  Sewing machine skills are necessary but those new to dressmaking or with some experience will be welcome to come and enjoy the fun of sharing ideas while learning some new skills

Cost: £30 if booked individually or 3 for £84

Dates: March 7, April 4, May 2, May 30

Location: Cosy Hall, Newport

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Learn to Use Your Overlocker

June 06



Are you afraid to take your overlocker out of its box? If so, at this workshop will learn that it is not as scary as you may think.  It is a fantastic machine that will make a huge difference to the quality of your dressmaking.  You will learn how to:

  • thread your machine & set the tension

  • easily change to a different thread colour without completely re-threading

  • sew with 3 or 4 threads

  • change & replace needles

  • sew different types of fabric, including wovens & knits

  • do basic maintenance & cleaning

Cost: £40 (including some materials)

Date: June 06

Location: Newport

Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Knits - Make a Jersey Cardigan

February 15



This relaxed style of cardigan will expand your skills in sewing knitted fabrics using both your sewing machine and the Overlocker. An easy fitting design, it has long sleeves, a front/neck band, optional fastenings and pockets set in the seams. The length can be adjusted to suit you.

You will learn how to:

- make adjustments to your pattern if necessary

- handle stretchy fabric while cutting and sewing

- use stretch stitches on your sewing machine

- adjust your overlocker to sew knit fabric without stretching it 

- use a twin needle for hemming

Cost: £75 including pattern

Dates: February 15, 2020

Location: Newport

Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Raw-Edged Jacket

February 21 , Shrewsbury


This stylish jacket is easy to wear and will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

Made in a boiled wool that doesn’t fray, it has unfinished edges and visible seams.  You will learn how to:

  • prepare & adjust your pattern to fit if necessary

  • attach a collar

  • make two piece sleeves

  • finish and trim seams that will be visible

Cost: £75 (including pattern)

Dates: 21/02/2020,

Location: Shrewsbury RCC

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Beginners - Make a 'Rae Skirt'

March 14



One day Beginners workshop making ‘Rae’ skirt by Sewaholic patterns. An excellent first dressmaking project. It is specifically designed for complete beginners. The design is a slightly flared, panelled skirt which can be made to finish just above the knee or at a length to suit you.


You will learn how to -
- prepare and cut your pattern, adjusting it if necessary
- lay your pattern on the fabric correctly and cut it out
- follow pattern instructions
- sew, neaten and press seams
- turn and stitch a hem
- turn and stitch a casing for the elastic
- thread elastic through casing

Cost: £75 including pattern

Dates: March 14th, 2020

Location: Newport

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

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