Classes - What to Bring (Requirements List) - Dressmaking (Simple Trousers)

Requirements List - Dressmaking (Simple Trousers or Shorts)

Fabric - we recommend cotton or cotton blends; linens and linen blends. Your fabric needs to be at least 140cm wide (110cm wide quilting cotton is not wide enough for this pattern). 

Fabric Requirements:

  • Shorts -1m
  • Culottes - Hip Size 34"-40" 1m; 42"-50" 1.3m
  • Trousers - Hip Size 34"-40" 2.2m; 42"-50" 2.5m


  • Matching Thread
  • 1m of 40mm elastic

What to Bring

  • Sewing Machine, Foot pedal and Power Lead (see our info on transporting your machine to class)
  • The Instruction Book
  • Bobbins loaded with the correct thread (must be the correct bobbins for your machine) plus spare bobbins
  • All the feet and accessories that came with the machine 
  • Sewing Machine needles appropriate for the fabric you are using
  • Unpicker
  • Machine sewing thread to match and to contrast
  • Fading/Iron off/Wash off Pen in a contrast colour to your chosen fabrics
  • Tailors Chalk or Chalk Wheel
  • Pen, pencil and notebook 
  • Pins (Long fine ones are best for dressmaking)
  • Fabric scissors for cutting out 
  • Dressmaker's Tissue / Tracing Paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Small pair of scissors with sharp points
  • Tape measure

Machine Sewing Classes



We do not provide sewing machines for classes as we believe that you will learn more from using your own machine. If your machine is too heavy to lift; let us know before the class and we can make exception by prior arrangement.

We can help you to get your sewing machine from your car to the workshop space upstairs if you pull up outside the shop on the double yellow lines to drop it off. Then you can go and park in the car park behind the shop (see directions here).

Lunch Breaks

If your class goes over lunchtime you can either:

  • Bring your lunch with you
  • Pre-order your lunch from the lovely cafe opposite the shop (The Commute).

Our classes generally only break for a maximum 30 minutes so there isn't really time to go out and buy lunch during the day.

We have tea and coffee available all day free of charge. In classes less than 3 hours we ask that you come early and make a drink before we start.