Sewing and Dressmaking with Zoe - Thursday Afternoon

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  • Regular price £20.00
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 Zoe has been sewing since she was six years old, following in the footsteps of her Mother who worked for Singers and her Grandmother who was a milliner. 

She trained in Textiles at Manchester University and after graduation ran a business making wedding dresses, evening wear and bespoke commissions. 

Zoe then started teaching Textiles in 1991 and until recently was still involved in education, training teachers in all aspects of Art/ D&T.   

Zoe’s classes are suitable for any ability and any project, whether it is making something from scratch and learning how to use a pattern, customising a vintage garment or mending a treasured pair of jeans (she LOVES working with denim!)



  • Learn how to set up and use a sewing machine.     
  • Make a simple item of your choice to get you started – we have ideas and suggestions to help you if needed.        
  • You are welcome to bring any project along that you may want to start with on your first lesson. It could be anything that you feel would be a good starting project, eg Home Interiors such as a   cushion cover or bunting or maybe simple dressmaking such as a top or plain skirt.
  • Make clothes from commercial paper patterns.


  • Learn how to read and work from a paper pattern including help with sizing and all the terminology used.     
  • Learn more advanced skills and techniques as your sewing skills progress.      
  • Work with a variety of different fabrics and learn how to handle some of their different properties.

CLASS TIMES: Thursday 1.30-4.30
COST :  £20.00 Per Session  
LEVEL : Absolute Beginner +

All our classes are now sold individually allowing more flexibility when making your bookings. You do not have to book consecutive weeks and you can book  as many or as few as you like, just remember to allow enough sessions to enable you to finish your project. All bookings will be on a first come first served basis and places are only fully secured once full payment has been made.   


  • We have our own sewing machines in our sewing studio for your use. We provide up to date Janome sewing machines, however if you particularly want to learn on your own machine then you are more than welcome to bring it with you (don’t forget the lead and instruction manual!).
  • A basic sewing kit containing – pins, fabric scissors, tape measure, seam ripper.
  • Any project which you may have started on and require help with or an idea of what you would like to work on during your classes. We sell everything you need from patterns to fabrics and notions and our teachers and staff are happy to help you with advice so don't panic if you're not sure where to start. 
  • Everybody who participates in a sewing class with us receives a 10% discount on any purchases made in Kayes Textiles. The discount applies for the duration of your course with us.
  • If you need them then please don’t forget your glasses! 
  • We provide Tea, Coffee or cold drinks however please feel free to bring along your own refreshments if you prefer. 

    If you have any questions regarding any of our Courses or
    Workshops please call us on (01702) 344955
    Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions.