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Retro dressmaking course at Collette Costello in Manchester


Well, actually, that should be Manchester area, as the course takes place a short tram ride out of the centre at Salford Quays, but it is definitely a retro dressmaking course at Collette Costello.

It's one of three courses being run, the other being a skirt and a handbag course. But let's look at the dressmaking. All course run for a week, with a qualified fashion teacher at the helm, providing the pattern, cloth, equipment and (eventually) the skills to make the dress pictured above. Once you've made it, you should have the skills to convert any other pattern into a wearable dress for yourself or anyone.

The week-long course runs through summer and costs £175, with a hefty discount if you book as a pair.

Find out more at the Collette Costello website

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Mad Men Dress Course

If you know your way around a sewing machine then why not run up your very own sixties-style dress with a bit of help from passionate stitchers Sew Over It?

Their Mad Men Dress Course will see teacher Lisa Comfort take you through altering a pattern, cutting your fabric and sewing and finishing your dress in three four-hour sessions. At the end of it, not only will you have a unique and lovely summer dress but also a good knowledge of the basics of dress-making.

The course costs £165 and you can book it and find out more about their other courses here.