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Learn How to Make “The Ruby Dress”

Learn How to Make “The Ruby Dress”

This beautiful pattern is classic and timeless – and perfect for beginners to dressmaking.

It has a bateaux neckline, nipped in bodice with a full skirt.  It can be made woven fabrics, cotton, satin – and for a special occasion silk !!  Once made it can be customised in so many ways. 

The pattern is sized from 8 to 18. However, if you don’t fit conventional sizes, we can teach you techniques to regrade a pattern - and how to make adjustments for smaller or larger busts, waists and bums – so that you leave with a pattern for a dress made entirely to your measurements.

We have a created 30 page manual with full sewing instructions and pictures that can then be used at home when you have finished the course.


This is a full day course and can be taken over 1 day or 2 – and the charge is £80 per day.

Tracing paper, calico for a toile, zips and bias binding can be supplied for a small fee.


Directions to The Sewing Lab, Pig Sty, Kynnersley

We are based in a village called Kynnersley – which is North of Telford – approximately 10 minutes drive from the M54 and also 10 minutes drive from Telford Central train station. There is ample on street parking here.

The Pig Sty is a purpose converted building at the rear of my house with stunning views across the Shropshire countryside while you sew and a patio at the rear for taking lunch.

Our address is:

                The Pig Sty

The Villa, Kynnersley, TF6 6DY

The Villa has a red door ~ access the Pig Sty at the rear of the house through the white garden parliament gate walk past the chicken house ~ and you will see the Pig Sty at the rear of the garden on the left hand side – please feel free to let yourself in.

All houses in the village have the same postcode so if you are using sat nav you will be taken to the church. If you think about the middle of the village as a circle and clock face – the church is at 9 o’clock and we are at 3 o’clock.

There are only three roads into the village, one from the South and two from the North.

If you are coming from the South through Preston upon the Weald Moors when you enter Kynnersley your sat nav will tell you to turn left towards the church – but when you see the red telephone box and post box – ignore your sat nav and turn right instead – this will then take you around the corner and you will see The Villa on the Right hand side.

If you are driving from the North – you will come into Kynnersley along either of two roads – The Wall or The Rodway – please be aware that these are narrow roads with passing places and verges. Again, your Sat nav will take you to the church – so please ignore it and go to the left when you enter the village

If you are lost – head towards the church and call me ~ 07472 722287 ~ the church is only two minutes walk away so I will be able to find you very easily.

An Introduction to Corset Making; Corsets, Stays & Bodices - New Course !!

corsetAn Introduction to Corset Making:  Corsets, Stays & Bodices

          Learn the Basics of Corset Pattern Drafting & Making in a Day

          This can be Exteneded into a Two or Three Day Course on Request


Pattern Drafting & Understanding Sizing & Fit

We will discuss commercial & historical patterns, drafing a pattern block & how to style a corset to exactly the look and fit you want

Tools & Materials

We will teach you the types of steel, plastic & textiles that you need for construction

Building a Corset

Everything you need to know about working with bones & busks; setting grommets & eyelets & creating a finished corset

Construction Techniques

All of the steps, including making a modesty panel, creating a tiolle, building a single or double layer corset

The one day course is the perfect timescale to make an underbust corset that will will suit those without prior corset making experience - the perfect introduction to corset making.  We provide extensive notes  for this course - approx., 60 pages that you take home to help with your sewing & corset projects.

The extended course will suit those wanting to make an overbust corset & corsets with straps and embellishments.

We do ask that you can use a sewing machine before you attend this course.

There my be extra costs for bones, stays, rivets and lacings.




Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Silk & Lace

Lingerie Making ~ Learn How to Make Beautiful Lingerie in Cotton, Silk or Lace

          Make Sumptuous Lingerie - This can be a One or Two Day Course           


This course will teach you how to make a simple pair of knickers and a top in cotton; or you can use laces and silks to make the most sumptuous set of lingerie.

We can also teach you construction techniques for bras and how to use powermesh.

You will learn how to use a lingerie pattern, how to work with fine fabrics & the tips and tricks of couture sewing.

We can also teach you how to make corsets, stays and bodices or boned underwear.

This class is suitable for beginners, but you should have some basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine - plesase feel free to talk to us about if you need a quick refresher class beforehand.

You will take home all of your samples along with an extensive 20 page illustrated manual so that you can continue sewing confidently at home.


This can be a one day course for knickers, tops & bras, or you can book for two days and extend your lingerie skills. 

This class is suitable for beginners, but you should have some basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine.


One Day or a Two Day Course Course ~ 10 am to 5 pm ~ refreshments provided, but not lunch.

£80.00 per day

home Interiors Curtains Cushions

Interiors, Curtains & Cushions

We professionally make curtains and soft furnishings to the highest standards in our dedicated workrooms.

 Additionally, if you would like to learn make curtains or need help with a home furnishing project, we can offer bespoke one-to-one tuition tailored to your requirements, or see our Courses for learning in small groups.

 We also offer an intensive Two Day Course that is taliored for those that want to learn home furnishing in a short space of time, and for those that want to turn their hobby in a business.

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