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Fit Buddy Class - make your mannequin fit you!



Learn how to tailor your very own fit buddy with an adjustable mannequin and begin making garments exactly the way you want.

Frustrated that you can never find patterns in styles you like, or do you find your body is not a standard size?
Why not learn the art of pattern draping and make a torso block tailored exactly to your own fit buddy.

Over the 2 day course you will measure yourself and create your own body double mannequin based on your measurements. Bring your own mannequin along with you as the first part of the course will be to dedicated padding and shaping your mannequin to become your body double fit buddy that you can take home with you. 

The second part of the class will be where you learn the basics of draping to create your own dress block tailored specifically to your body shape. Any tweaks or alterations will be made to this to ensure you get the perfect fit. 

You will then be able to use your own personally tailored body double mannequin to help you create better fitting clothes that you really want to wear. It will also help you to adjust commercial patterns too. 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to take your own accurate body measurements
  • How to pad out your mannequin to reflect your own body shape
  • The basics of draping to create a torso/dress block based on your own unique measurements
  • Simple pattern adjustments and manipulations

Our Workshops are friendly and relaxed and held in our spacious Studio where there is ample parking right outside. Students will be able to use our fabulous Janome sewing machines and overlockers and class sizes are capped at 6 to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. 


  • This class includes expert tuition, use of our Janome machines, equipment and tools, thread, wading and calico. Plus plenty of tea coffee and cake!


  • Your mannequin / dressmakers dummy and a well fitting spare bra, as well as your lunch. 


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