Dressmaking & tailoring courses, sewing workshops & holidays



Anglia Leisure Learning Limited

based: East Anglia, UK

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Weekend residential leisure courses with top quality tutors, comfortable venues and good home cooking. Improve your skills while making new friends and enjoying achieving more than you ever thought possible. Courses are held north and south of London, and in East Anglia, Bristol and The Midlands. See Answers to 101 Questions on the website.

| patchwork/quilting | textiles | dressmaking/tailoring | felt making | beadwork | lace making | embroidery | mixed media | painting/drawing | knitting/crochet | jewellery | calligraphy | paper crafts | England |


Roisin Cross Silks

based: Co. Dublin, Ireland
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Offering a range of dressmaking, pattern drafting and soft furnishing courses as well as demonstrations and an introduction to sewing course – all using the beautiful sumptuous silks imported and supplied by the company.

| dressmaking/tailoring | England |


uk flagSchool of Sewing

based: Leicestershire, UK
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Sewing school offering two to five-day workshops on dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry. Subject covered include pattern drafting, bridal bodices, use of the overlocker, stretch fabrics, winter coat couture, jackets and lingerie. Also a sewing retreat in the English Lake District.

| dressmaking/tailoring | England |


usa flagSewing Holiday

based: Iowa, USA
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A 3-day sewing event in Sioux City, Iowa, packed with sewing related activity it includes: sewing classes, a kids sewing camp, a charity sewing program, contests, sewing machine give aways, master classes, appearances by TV sewing program presenters, catered lunches, evening banquets, concerts.

| soft furnishing | USA |


uk flagSewing Tuition

based: Oxfordshire, UK
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Textile and sewing holidays in the UK and France with sewing expert and sewing machine demonstrator Sue Hazell Holiday courses may cover: basic sewing skills, using a sewing machine, use of an overlocker, inserting zips, free motion embroidery, and the making of curtains, cushions, roman blinds, appliqué, quilting and bags.

| dressmaking/tailoring | England | France |


uk flagTextile Holidays France

based: Charente, France
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Creative holidays in SW France, surrounded by beautiful countryside. A range of textiles courses for all interests and abilities, taught by a qualified, experienced tutor who's passionate about textiles. Learn a new skill on a structured (but relaxing) holiday retreat or bring your own project and work independently in the light, spacious well-equipped studio.

| dressmaking/tailoring | embroidery | patchwork/quilting | soft furnishing | fashion | lacemaking | retreats | singles | tailor made | women | France |


uk flagGill Arnold Dressmaking Training

based: West Midlands, UK

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A comprehensive programme of hands-on beginners and couture dressmaking courses in the Solihull area.

| dressmaking/tailoring | UK |


uk flagGower View

based: Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

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Residential sewing courses in Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Learn a new sewing skill, with 1-to-1 tuition at all levels from sewing machine basics to making your own soft furnishings.

| dressmaking/tailoring | Wales |


uk flagImtaz Khaliq Bespoke Tailor

based: London, UK

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Group or one-to-one tailoring courses and workshops for all levels, from complete beginner through to advanced level; 1, 5 and 10-day courses available.

| dressmaking/tailoring | England |


uk flagJanet Moville Sewing Workshops

based: Lancashire, UK

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Wide range of dressmaking and sewing courses and workshops, plus all-inclusive sewing breaks.

| dressmaking/tailoring | embroidery | UK |


usa flagSewing Arts (The)

based: Washington, USA

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Workshops and seminars by Shirley Smith, author of 'The Art Of Sewing', 'Basics & Beyond' and contributor to 'Threads Magazine'.

| dressmaking/tailoring | USA |


usa flagSew Many Options Tours

based: Oregon, USA

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Travel agendas for women who love sewing, fashion, sight-seeing and having fun.

| dressmaking/tailoring | textile tours | USA |






About this section

This section focuses on sewing, both by hand and by sewing machine. It specifically covers dressmaking and tailoring on holiday courses and residential workshops where you can go away for a few days to learn new skills, it also covers the use of a sewing machine and courses devoted to sewing machine skills.


We have separate sections covering soft furnishings and other specific needle crafts such as quilting or embroidery. Also closely related is our fashion section.



Travel sites and destinations for dressmakers, tailors and sewers

Build sewing and dressmaking into your holidays and vacations! The suggestions below will help you include your interest in your travels; we list permanent exhibitions, collections and attractions; museums and sewing and dressmaking related events and shows, for those who want to create a DIY holiday or vacation.

Sewing for Pleasure: a sewing show, with a strong emphasis on dressmaking, held at the NEC in Birmingham. Also featuring knitting and patchwork. The event showcases fabrics, yarns, patterns and threads, as well as offers hands-on workshops and demos.

Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Washington: billed as 'the largest consumer sewing show in America' with 'something for every sewing enthusiast'. With daily seminars, hands-on workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations.

American Sewing Expo, Michigan: another huge US show, offering classes, make-and-takes, fashion shows, lectures, demonstrations, contests, give-a-ways, sew party cafe and lots of shopping! There are also details of 'Sewcial' which is a 3-day sewing retreat.

London Sewing Machine Museum: with over 600 sewing machines on display, this fascinating collection has been gathered over the last 50 years by the MD of the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company and includes many rare machines.



Singer Sewing Machine Collection & Archive: on the same theme, the West Dunbartonshire Council's Singer Sewing Machine Collection and Singer Archive is an outstanding collection of machines and artifacts relating to the famous Singer company.