Dressmaking Workshops

Dyane Offers:

Monthly Dressmaking Technique Workshops

Stitch Kidz - after school clubs

Sew Social Clubs for hobby Sewers

Plus one off  Garment making Workshops for small groups (between 3 - 7 people).


Dressmaking Techniques Workshops 2017

New for 2017 - Bishop Auckland 

Last Saturday of each month 10.30am - 12.15pm

Ideal for beginners or those wanting to refresh an old skill or build on current ability.

Workshops are for 3 - 5 people. £12.50 per session if you commit to (and pay for) attending at least three sessions over the year or £15 per session if you just want to dip in for a particular skill.

Saturday 28th January -  SEWING MACHINE BASICS - how to thread, how to wind a bobbin, how to maintain your machine and how to do the basic stitches.

Saturday 25th February - SEAMS and HEMS - Flat seam, Zig Zag seam, Plain Hem, Rolled Hem

Saturday 25th March - MORE SEAMS and HEMS -  Overlocked seam, Bias Bound Seams & hems, Blind Hem, Twin Stitch Hem

Saturday 29th April - ZIPS - centered Zips, Invisible / concealed Zips

Sunday 29th May - WAISTs - traditional waistband, waist with facing, elasticted

Saturday 24th June - BUTTONs and BUTTONHOLES



Saturday 28th October - SLEEVES - Classic, Insert, Raglan

Saturday 25th November - Pockets: In-Seam, Trouser

Minimum 3 people for a workshop to go ahead. £5 booking fee required via paypal.me/dyanesstitchintime

Please Book: 07977719782 or email dyanesstitchintime@yahoo.co.uk or via messenger Dyane Cakebread



Stitch Kidz

Stitch Kidz

A certificated sewing curriculum / fun club for 7 - 14 year olds.

Fridays - my workshop, Bishop Auckland 3.15 - 4.15 pm

£25 per half Term 


Level 1 Hand sewing pincushion and appliqued mini cushion.

Level 2 Hand Sew a doll and its wardrobe, plus babies and machine sew a bag to keep your doll family in :-)

Level 3 Machine sewing - making their own top :-)

Level 4: Strip Patchwork bag or cushion cover

Level 5: Independant Choice, must include zip

?Community Certificate - Making Garments for a community Project such as dress a girl around the world or Kynryn.

Please Book via myself on 07977719782



Sew Social

Small friendly group for those who already sew and would like to do so in company and skill share. Participents bring their own projects to work on, with a tutor on hand to help with any tricky bits.

Sewing Machines provided by funding from Teesdale Action Programme (TAP)

Sew Social - Bishop Auckland £5 per session (some teaching given) 

Every Tuesday Morning 10.30 am - 12.30pm                                                                                                                   a minumum of 2 participents required, Space for 5 participents :-)                                                                                                                             




Simple T-Top 1/2 day Workshop for Groups

Sew a simple feminine T-Top,

Ideal workshop for small groups of three to eight people.

This will teach basic dressmaking skills for confident beginers or those wanting to refresh an old skill.

Each person will need 1/1/2 metre of own choice of fabric, 1.75 metres of matching or contrasting bias binding, 1 reel of thread.


Patterns, machines, haberdashery and tuition supplied.

Workshop Tutor costs £60,

So the more people you have the less cost to each individual person, i.e if three book it will cost you £20 each if six book only £10 each

Please book via

email; dyanesstitchintime@yahoo.co.uk

or text; 07977719782, call; 01388 718696





Half Day workshop for groups - kimono shrug

Make an elegant wrap in just three hours, learning many basic dressmaking skills along the way.

Ideal workshop for small groups of between 3 - 8 people

I will travel to groups within county Durham - Tutor cost £70

split the fee between participents to reduce individual cost.

1 day group workshop, Girls Summer Dress
Girls Summer Dress

Make a pretty Girl's Dress;

Ideal workshop for small groups wishing to build on existing sewing skills, developing the skills needed for many dresses but on a smaller scale to fit into a one day workshop.

Tutor Fee £80 (split the cost between 4 only £20 each for 8 only £10 ea for a whole day workshop)

Please Book via text/calling 07977719782

or email dyanesstitchintime@yahoo.co.uk



Soft Lounge Pants 4 hour group workshop

Ideal confident beginners, refreshers 4 hour workshop,

Loose elasticated trousers, ideal for lazy days or as PJ bottoms.

1 - 1 1/2 metre of fabric needed, 1/2 metre of elastic.

£75 workshop tutor - price can be shared between 2-6 people.

Will travel to places within County Durham


Make a Girls Dress - Uk Sewing Shop - Darlington
Girls Dresses made in worshop April 2015

All completed in 2015, some lovely dresses were made, photos on my facebook page :-)

 half day small friendly workshop held on various Saturdays Mornings 10am - 2 pm this year in the Old Tailor above the UK Sewing Shop in Bondgate, Darlington, led by Dyane Cakebread, qualified textiles tutor. Ideal for confident beginners and those with a little more sewing experiance.

During this workshop  you will make a winter or summer sleeveless girls dress (depending of fabric chosen), based on a pattern by 'The Great British Sewing Bee' sizes from age 3 - 10 years. Skills learned will enable you to make a basic dress in any size. Skills covered will include layout, cutting, seams, bodice lining, standard or revealed zip, hem.

Please bring 1.5 metres of your choice of fabric, 4" zip, 2 buttons and matching thread.

Drinks, biscuits or fruit provided

Half day workshop only £25


Make a Shift Dress at UK Sewing Shop - Darlington
our lovely new dresses made in the may 21015 workshop

These all happened 2015 and were very succesful - photos on my facebook page :-)

A full day / or weekend small friendly workshop held 10am - 4.30 pm on various Saturdays this year in the Old Tailor above the UK Sewing Shop in Bondgate, Darlington, led by Dyane Cakebread, qualified textiles tutor. Ideal for very confident beginners and those with more sewing experiance wanting to extend their skills.

This workshop will equip you with all the skills needed to make a Classic Shift Dress, based on a pattern by 'The Great British Sewing Bee' sizes from 8 - 18. Skills covered will include altering pattern to ensure a good fit, layout, cutting, shaping, facings, invisable zip, blind hem etc.

Please bring 2.3 metres, 2.5 yards of cotton or linen, 14" invisable zip and matching thread.

Drinks, biscuits or fruit provided, plenty of local shops for lunch or bring your own