On this wedding dress making course you'll explore the specialist techniques you need to create contemporary bridalwear. You will begin by discussing current trends and with the guidance of the tutor, create a bodice design of your choice. By working from either a block or working on the stand you will complete a toile for a fitted bodice, refitting where necessary and then making up in your chosen fabric. You will move on to discuss skirt and dress patterns such as fishtail or bias cut before completing various toiles. During the course you will investigate different types of surface decoration such as lace, piping and bias frills as well as discussing veils and petticoats.
The course includes:
- Contemporary and historical inspiration for making wedding dresses
- Pattern alterations
- Surface decoration options
- Lining and boning
- Rouching and draping
- Bodice detail - lace and beaded fabrics
- Integrated trains
This is an intermediate to advanced level course, so you should have sewing skills to the level of our ‘Professional sewing skills' course and pattern-cutting skills to the level of our ‘Introduction to womenswear pattern cutting' course, or already be able to produce wearable garments.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Christina Sesay trained at London College of Fashion and went on to design eveningwear and wholesale designer lingerie. She has been designing and making bespoke wedding dresses for 25 years. Her first business was in Notting Hill, from where Sesay Bridalwear moved to Belsize Road 12 years ago. Christina particularly enjoys working with brides to create unique one-off dresses. Her studio and shop are an oasis of calm.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- H Pencil
- Fabric shears
- Small sharp pointed scissors or stitch ripper
- Fine steel pins
- Tape measure
- Tailors chalk
- Large set square
- Hand sewing needles
- Paper scissors