The Dillington House Sewing Bee – Dress Block and Toile


Two Day Course

Jenny Harrison

10 October 2020 to 11 October 2020


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A series of sewing courses, each one building your skills and confidence.

Dress Block and Toile.

A block is a basic starting point for pattern making. It is a fitted darted shape to fit the figure, from which paper dressmaking patterns are made.  The course begins by taking body measurements working in pairs, then constructing the block from the body measurements. Initially this will be made on pattern paper, then transferred to card once the block is confirmed as being the correct fit.

On the second day you will be making up the toile in calico, then making any alteration necessary to the block to ensure a correct fit, as the block will be used thereafter to make a dress, skirt or blouse pattern from.

You will need to bring your sewing machine to the course.

Accommodation can be booked, subject to availability.


Tutor information

Jenny Harrison has been a tutor of Soft Furnishings for more than 15 years, she has a Certificate in Education and has taught to Level 3 City and Guilds at local colleges. In the past she has written articles for Sewing World Magazine. Currently she runs her own classes privately for dressmaking and also offers a bespoke soft furnishing design service to private clients.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.