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Sew a Dress - Next step beginner

Sew a Dress - Next step beginner

Make your own Fawn Dress

Over 10 people have attended this class


Now that you have a few garments and projects under your belt (pardon the pun), let's tackle Dresses, The Fawn Dress by Common Stitch.

As this is a next step beginner lesson, we will still take it slow but we will focus more on pattern cutting, construction, sewing skills and finishing garments.

This is a super comfy dress - easy to sew and easy to wear! Two bodice styles and two skirt lengths, these patterns are the perfect staple for your wardrobe. Beginner friendly and super versatile, mix them up with plain or printed fabrics and get creative! These dress's are designed to be oversized, so there is no need to 'size up' at all!

The Fawn Dress Set of patterns includes 2 different dress designs, each with two length styles (4 dress combinations).
With Sleeves: Short + Long Lengths
Without Sleeves: Short + Long Lengths

See some versions here.

Size guide:  6 - 22

Skill Level: If you have taken a beginner workshop or weekender with us, this is perfect next step.


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What you will learn

  • How to improve those straight seams with the correct seam allowance and zig zag the edges
  • Pattern layout and jargon. Plus Construction and putting the pieces together in what order.
  • Trouble shoot basic machine problems and some basic fitting advice

What you will get

  • 7 hours of expert tuition with only 5 students in the class
  • Sewing Pattern with instructions to take home
Parking Info

Venue Map here 


During the week, parking can be tricky.  It is often best to stop at our door and bring your machine in and then find a park.  

During the weekend, there is usually lots of parking on Jabez Street or Shepherd Street. 


We are serviced by the M30, 423, 426 and 428 bus.


We are approx 20min walk from Sydenham or Stanmore Station

What to bring

  • Your machine (nice and clean with all it's power cords and the foot pedal) & your fabric scissors and sewing kit
  • Your lunch - a fridge, microwave and sandwich is available
  • Your fabric - between 2 to 3.5m depending on size. More info in booking confirmation

What to wear

Wear comfy clothes and shoes!

Appropriate for

Beginners, Adult, 18yrs+

Usefulbox Sewing School

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Sewing classes for adults and kids in Marrickville.  Join us to begin your sewing journey or continue learning.  

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5.0 (7 reviews)
Kitrated it
15 Feb 2023
Really good class. I am so proud of myself of making a dress. The instructor was really patient and helpful. Kelda gave us lots of tips. This was my second class with the usefulbox sewing school and I will definitely come back. If you are new to sewing, then I highly recommend it. There were others in the class that were more experienced at sewing and they still learnt new things too.
Susanrated it
11 Feb 2023
I learnt so much from this warm, skilled teacher. Can’t wait to practice my new skills!
Tararated it
18 Sep 2022
I have done quite a few classes with the Useful Box and each class is better than the last! Kelda and Caz are beyond helpful, so very kind with their instructions and the copious tea and coffee is the best! Cannot wait to get back there again soon xxx
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 2 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 48 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 48 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Usefulbox Sewing School or organised by Usefulbox Sewing School must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Usefulbox Sewing School


I agree to give Usefulbox Sewing School unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Usefulbox Sewing School classes and events or on Usefulbox Sewing School premises. (For use of Usefulbox Sewing School marketing materials).

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