Dressmaking skills with Bette Love

Bette Love returns to Unravel & Unwind

Bette Love
Bette Love (click on photo to visit Bette’s website)

In July & August we welcome back Rachel from Bette Love, to pass on her skills in dressmaking. These skills range from made to measure pattern drafting through to the completion of an item of clothing, ready to wear.

Rachel is offering two classes in the coming months. She will be repeating the pencil skirt made to measure class, as this is a popular addition to our program of events and sells out very quickly.

The class is small, limited to 4 people, and affordable at just £45 for the whole day (11am to 5pm) and includes all the materials needed to go home with a very smart pencil skirt ideal for formal occasions.

During the class Rachel will guide you through the process of taking individual measurements and drafting a personalised pattern. She will take you through the process of laying out fabrics ready for cutting, guide you through using the sewing machine and each step of putting together the elements of the pencil skirt, so that you leave with a finished product and some new skills that you can easily replicate at home.


Hard at work
Hard at work

New to our workshop program is Rachel’s Dressmaking for Beginners. This is a 3 week evening class taking place on Tuesday evenings in July.

Over the three weeks, Rachel will help us to understand a store bought pattern, such as all the symbols and notes that you find on those confusing large pieces of tissue paper.

The other evenings will cover knowledge such as loading and using sewing machines and some simple tips on how to become confident at a machine, resulting in getting a professional finish quickly.

In addition to these sessions Rachel will also give us some guidance on purchasing the correct fabrics and notions needed to complete the garment.

This series of classes is limited to just 6 places, and is already proving to be a big hit with our Facebook followers, leaving just 2 places available.

In the event of the classes selling out we do have a waiting list available, just email us with “Bette Love classes” in the subject line and we will then contact you with future dates at the time of publication.


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Finished Pencil Skirts
Finished Pencil Skirts
An example of a store bought pattern
An example of a store bought pattern

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