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London College of Fashion
Taught by
Annie Shellard, Christina Sesay


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
  • Interlining
  • Surface decoration options
  • Fastenings
  • Seams
  • 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.

Tutor Description

Annie Shellard has 30 years experience of working in womenswear as a designer and pattern cutter. Her current professional practise specialisms are lingerie and bridalwear. Annie’s first design job was for a small London based manufacturer and wholesaler. Due to the size and nature of the business, she became skilled in all areas of the design and production processes. This experience has underpinned her approach to working within the industry and in her own businesses. Annie first began her teaching career at London College of Fashion in 2002. She has been teaching at FE and HE levels since that time and became a member of the Higher Education Academy in 2012.  

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
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Fabric shears
  • Small sharp pointed scissors or stitch ripper
  • Fine steel pins
  • Tape measure
  • Tailors chalk
  • Large set square
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Paper scissors
  • Selotape
Students will need to purchase their own fabric during the course. This will be discussed with the tutor during the first week.

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