Bodice Fitting with Charlotte Newland

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April 28th , 10.30am – 17.30pm

7 hours

This intensive one-day class is designed for students who know how to sew, but want to learn how to make a dress that fits beautifully. Working with the dress pattern of your choice (for woven fabrics only), our experienced instructor will teach show you tips and techniques for taking accurate measurements, making a muslin, evaluating fit, basic pattern adjustments (blending between sizes, bust adjustments, lengthening/shortening) and altering your pattern. You'll leave class with a finished muslin and a corrected pattern so you can make the dress of your dreams at home!

We keep this class to just six students to ensure you will receive plenty of one on one time with Charlotte and fitting advice tailored specifically to your body.

Students are requested to bring a dress with a bodice
 without a button front. Please email to confirm the suitability or to get some advice on choosing a pattern. 


Please contact us if you would like to pay in instalments and we can discuss options. 


Who is the class for?  

This class is suitable for advanced beginners. You should already know how to sew and work with a commercial dressmaking pattern.


What will you learn?  

  • Taking accurate measurements 
  • Grade between sizes if needed
  • Make simple lengthening adjustments if needed
  • Make a bust adjustment if needed. 
  • Fitting and making adjustments to a toile. 


What will you need?

  • You'll need to bring or buy your own dress pattern. Your pattern should have a separate bodice and skirt - no shift dresses for this class - and be designed for woven fabrics (not knits). All other materials and tools will be provided. 


What is included?

  • Use of our sewing machines and overlockers 
  • Use of a number of high cutting tables  
  • Use of any equipment you might need  


Class size  




Charlotte Newland is an all-round crafter who loves dressmaking, quilting, and knitting. She was taught to sew as a small child by her mum, grandma and school teachers, and now loves to pass her knowledge on to others. Charlotte believes that crafting is a wonderful escape from the stresses of daily life, as well as giving a sense of achievement from creating something handmade. Charlotte was the winner of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee 2016, and lives in London with her husband, kids, pets and sewing machines.


Please read our cancellation policy



Tea, coffee and biscuits/snacks will be available throughout the class. We recommend that you bring lunch with you as there are not many options to purchase lunch nearby.

We have a kitchen with a fridge and microwave here at the studio.



Photographs are sometimes taken during the class for promotional purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please let us know.


About Our Studio

Our Sewing classes are all held in our spacious sewing studio in Brighton & Hove. Our Sewing studio is easily accessible by train (nearest station Fishersgate) or bus from Brighton. We also have parking on site.

How to find us



Our studio is only accessible by stairs.


For those who wish to purchase fabric on the day, we offer a 10% discount. If you would like to order your fabric before the class, please email us for a discount code.

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact us