Smile & Make

Sat 23 September - Make a "Cleo" Dungaree Dress by Tilly & The Buttons Workshop


Make a Tilly & The Buttons "Cleo" dungaree dress with Smile & Make!
Saturday 23 September, 10am to 5pm


Join us for a beginners' dressmaking workshop and make a Cleo dungaree dress using the fabulous pattern by Tilly & The Buttons! The Cleo is an excellent pattern for beginners as there are no fiddly zips and minimal fitting required. Choose from mini length or knee length with optional patch pockets on front or back. You can wear the Cleo all year round, layered over a t-shirt, shirt or sweater – the relaxed style makes it oh so comfortable!

This workshop is suitable for beginners, but you must be confident using a sewing machine. You will learn beginner dressmaking techniques and be guided through the process by Lucy of Smile & Make. We only offer 2 places for each of our dressmaking workshops so you will have plenty of support to help you sew up your fabulous dungaree dress!

The price of the workshop includes use of a sewing machine and all required tools, dungaree buckles and interfacing, plus afternoon tea served on beautiful vintage china. You will also receive a copy of the Cleo pattern by Tilly & The Buttons, including a paper pattern and instruction booklet packaged in a beautiful envelope, for you to take away.

Fabric and matching thread will need to be purchased separately. You will need:

Mini length - 1.2m (1¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.8m (2 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
Knee length - 1.3m (1 3/8 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.9m (2 1/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Heavy or medium weight woven fabrics that hold their shape, such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas, wool.

You could use a classic blue denim, or something a little more bold and colourful! If you need some inspiration, take a look at the Cleo gallery on Pinterest. We are happy to advise on fabric choices. We also have a beautiful fabric shop, Hollies Haberdashery, located directly across the courtyard from our workshop who stock a range of suitable fabrics.

All of our workshops take place in our colourful creative space in the Barracks Workshops in the lovely market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. We aim to create an inspiring and happy environment to enjoy a lovely day full of tea, cake and craft! And when you've finished your masterpiece, why not pose for a photo in our sparkly photo booth area to show off what you've made! 

You can find us at 11 Barracks Workshops, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 1LG. The Barracks Workshops are located directly opposite the bus station in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Come in through the main archway and you'll see us in Unit 11 straight across the courtyard. There is a very limited amount of visitor parking available within the narrow courtyard (please use only those spaces marked as "Visitor"), but there is ample public parking just a few minutes walk away on either Windsor Street, Hassell Street or School Street (see here).

A £2 donation from each booking will be made to The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund in memory of my husband Michael to fund vital research.

Afternoon tea (including sandwiches and cakes) will be provided as part of the workshop - please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements in the section marked "Leave a note for Smile & Make" at checkout.

*Please note - the sample Cleo dungaree dresses shown for this listing are embellished with patches, which will not be included as part of the workshop.
65 GBP
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