Beginners Sewing Summer School

Join CSSC for a back-to-basics yet in-depth Beginners Sewing Summer School in their well equipped Dunblane Studio.

9 Aug - 11 Aug 2024


Organised by:
Central Scotland School of Craft scottishcraftschool.com
Adult £310 Book Now
Central Scotland School of Craft
Craft Central
Riverview Building
High Street
FK15 0EE

The course is intended to equip you with a comprehensive set of basic skills that you can develop and apply to a range of clothing types. Learn how to use and maintain a sewing machine, work with paper patterns, and understand different fabrics. We’ll practice basic techniques on small samples, then apply them to constructing a simple top – a versatile pattern that can be customised in many ways to suit your style, in a fabric of your choice. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of making a garment with lots of demonstrations and sample making as we go, always with sustainability in mind.

Our Beginners Sewing Summer School is suitable for complete beginners, or anyone with limited experience who wants to firm up the basics. We have a sewing machine available for each student but you can bring your own if you like. This course is a perfect jumping off point for anyone looking to start sewing at home, or who would like to join and of our ‘Beyond Beginners’ level weekly classes to explore their sewing journey further with more new skills.


  • A basic set of sewing skills; a basic understanding of how to make clothes; and the confidence to go on and try more

  • A beautiful top made by you, to fit your body and in the fabric and style of your choice

  • A sample book, made by you and full of the techniques you’ve learned. Use this for future reference

  • An understanding of how to make clothes that consider the impact on people and the planet

  • Making Clothes for Beginners e-book for future reference

Course cost includes: 

  • 3 x 6-hour lessons
  • Use of 230DC Janome computerized sewing machine each
  • Use of 6234XL overlocker (shared between students)
  • Top pattern (please select your UK dress size from the dropdown menu so that we can order the correct size of pattern for you)

Course cost excludes:

  • Cost of fabric and haberdashery

Topics Covered:

  • How to use a sewing pattern
  • Taking body measurement and determining pattern size
  • How to cut fabric
  • Parts of the sewing machine
  • Sewing basic stitches and  seams
  • Fitting tips
  • Darts, gathering and pleats
  • Seam finishes
  • Hems

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