Sew Professional!

These day workshops are suitable for those who have already completed a beginners’ dressmaking course or those who may be self-taught and have equivalent experience. The aim is to build your confidence to take on more challenging projects. The exercises are demonstration-led, fast-paced, and will require accurate machine stitching. I assume knowledge of certain basic dressmaking principles. To get most out of the day, participants should bring their own sewing machine. The object is to create sample work that participants can refer to during future dressmaking projects. Complete beginners should book either my 6-day “No Fears, No Failures” or, if you can already use a sewing machine, the 4-day “Kick-start Dressmaking” course. 

Love your overlocker



One-day workshop (10am – 5pm)

Saturday, 9th February 2019

Fee €55 (includes necessary materials, lunch and refreshments)

Learn to use an overlocker by making a simple t-shirt in white cotton jersey. The workshop will cover

  • Threading an overlocker
  • Changing threads
  • Tension and stitch adjustment
  • Engaging and disengaging the blade
  • Differential feed
  • 3 and 4-thread sewing
  • Rolled hem and flatlock


Dressmaking Skills

Essential dressmaking skills such as zip instalations, custom pockets, and tailored lapels and collars that will give your future dressmaking projects a bit of professional polish.

One-day workshop (10am – 5pm)

Sunday, 10th February 2019

€55 per single day (includes necessary materials, lunch and refreshments)



The main focus of the day will be putting together a small sample jacket from pre-cut calico pieces. Amongst other skills, you’ll practice:

  • Darts
  • Double welt/jet pocket
  • Notched lapel/revere collar
  • Set-in sleeves
  • Blind hem

Depending on the speed and ability of the group, we may also finish the afternoon with one or two of the following sample pieces:

    • Seam finishes
    • Zipper installation
    • In-seam pocket
    • Buttons and buttonholes

Overlocker and Skills Development classes can be booked by email to or call 087 669 3331. Individual class sizes are limited to 4 people and fill quickly. Book early to accommodate any existing diary commitments.