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Get Started in Dressmaking

Create custom clothing to suit every season, occasion or mood! Dressmaking is the perfect way to put a unique spin on every item in your wardrobe, enabling you to transform fabrics you love into wearable fashion.

How to Use a Sewing Pattern

To begin any dressmaking project, you’ll need to learn how to use a sewing pattern to bring your design to life and make sure it fits just right.

Step 1

Measure the body and match with the size guidelines. Mark the correct size line on the pattern with a coloured pen, then cut out following these lines.

Step 2

Begin pinning your pattern pieces to your fabric. The grain line should be parallel with the selvedge edge. Measure to ensure the grain line is straight.

Step 3

Cut out pattern pieces using fabric scissors or a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Snip in your notches. Cut out any pieces you may need in interfacing too.

Step 4

Iron on the interfacing pieces to the matching fabric pieces.

Step 5

Following the instructions, sew your fabric pieces together. Before you complete your pattern, check the measurements again the body again.

Sewing Machines

Our range of sewing machines allows you to find the perfect match for you! From basic stitches to elaborate, computerised features, there’s one for every skill level.

Choosing a Sewing Machine

If you’re just getting started, it’s easy to find a reliable machine suited to beginners. Enjoy simple sewing with all the essential stitches.

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Choosing a Sewing Machine

Sew Simple

Sew Simple

With Sew Simple, you can discover online sewing tutorials or head into store for help from our expert colleagues. Discover handy guides to choosing your machine, setting it all up and getting your first projects started. Find out more

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Looking After Your Machine

Keep your machine in good working order by following a few handy hints and tips!

Sewing with Jersey

Sewing with Jersey

Working with jersey fabric may seem daunting to some sewers but, with this easy-to-follow guide by Sophia Palmer from Sew Jessalli, you'll fall in love with this comfortable and versatile fabric. Discover tips on how to sew stretchy jersey fabric as you make a basic jersey t-shirt.

Video Guides

Discover sewing machines that are ideal for dressmaking beginners with video introductions to a few of our favourites!