Pattern Cutting : Easy pattern drafting for Bralettes and Briefs : Date to be confirmed. Please email if you are interested in attending this course

This 2 day course will take you to the next level up from the 3 day Lingerie course.  It is a great course for those of you who want to  add to their lingerie sewing ability and work at the next level of designing knicker patterns for all sizes and sew the finished designs.  Perhaps you want make them for yourself or as gifts, you may even want to start up your own lingerie business and do not and need to know how to design patterns for your collections.  make your own  and for people who want to start their own lingerie business.  You will learn how to draft basic patterns and how to design  your own patterns for knickers, French Knickers,  briefs and thongs and finally how to sew them.    You will learn about the different types of lace including stretch lace,  you will produce samples of  ways to apply different elastics and we will discuss various trims.    If you have already attended the 3 day lingerie course and want to move up to the next level then this course is especially for you.

You will leave with the knowledge of how to make patterns for a whole variety of knickers, support knickers, briefs, thongs, stretch lace knickers, French Knickers.  You will have a range of patterns for the different styles of knickers, you will have learned the skills to design your own knickers for any size.  You will produce samples and designs and make up at least one of your designs, time permitting you will make up a second pair or third pair (depending you your sewing machine skills)!

You must have attended the 3 day Lingerie Course in order to attend this advanced one

All equipment and materials are provided.

Maximum 5 places available                  Click here for more information and to book

Award Winning Bridal Course in Birmingham : 10am-4pm : Mon/Tues/Wed 9th/10th/11th July 2018

3 day bridal courses


On this award winning course you will learn all about making bridal gowns from Sheila-May,  who has been making bespoke bridal gowns for over 30 years and had her dresses featured in various articles, including on the cover of ‘You and Your Wedding’ magazine!  This is also an ideal course for those of you who want to make prom dresses and ball gowns.

Small classes, only six people

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3 Day Bridal Course
Thank you very much for everything you have taught me over past few days it’s been brilliant and you have converted me to an invisible foot too.  You are a very talented lady and should you hold any more advanced bridal courses I would very tempted to join you again.  Thank you very much for sharing some of your knowledge with me.
Kind regards Sheena.


3 Day Bridal Course
I would like to say that you so much for the course that I recently attended with you.  This is one of the few times that I realised that I was at the right place doing the right thing for me. First of all, I enjoyed myself so much.  It didn’t feel like learning yet I learned so much.  I enjoyed the environment as it was student friendly. You went over and above your call of duty to clarify to me some questions I had about my own projects. Thank you for the invaluable advice on business especially on pricing.One thing for certain, you will see me again this September for the Pattern Cutting course. I look forward to it. Sue

Lingerie Courses at Birmingham School of Sewing

Learn to sew lingerie courses in Birmingham

Naomi attended the 3 day Bra and Lingerie making course and also the 2 Day Advanced Lingerie course.  She too left inspired and ready to sew her own projects.  Naomi made this lovely kimono as one of her first projects after the course.  Keep on sewing and keep on sending me the photos, I love to see them

Lingerie Courses at Birmingham School of Sewing

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A student who attended  the Advanced Lingerie course (and had previously attended the 3 day Bra and Lingerie course has sent is some photos of thongs and bras she has made since she attended.   She is keeping herself very busy sewing, she must be inspired

More Advanced 2 day Lingerie Course – Bralettes

What a lovely day today with the students on the More Advanced Lingerie course.  They all successfully made patterns for their bralettes and then made them up in stretch lace, followed by making beautiful stretch panties.  Well done everyone, looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow where we will  discover how to design patterns for knickers, briefs and thongs and make a design a pair for yourselves, oh yes and we will be learning how to make a padded bra!

Chanel lookalike Jacket Course

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I have had lots of requests to put up a course for making an easy Chanel lookalike jacket course.  I have now designed a pattern for you to use on the course, I have produced a toile and am now in the process of testing the jacket in the actual fabric. This is a sneak preview and obviously I still have a long way to go.  When I am happy with the jacket I will produce the pattern in a variety of sizes and will be ready to put up the course.  It will be a two day course where you will make a jacket, learning lots of techniques along the way.   I would love to hear your opinions.  If you are interested in attending the course, send me over an email and I will notifiy you when the dates become available.  Look forward to hearing from you.  Sheila-May

Wedding Dress Alterations Service Birmingham

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I made this wedding dress for my daughter.  I am a retired wedding dress designer.  I no longer make bespoke dresses however I offer a wedding dress alterations service.  For more information or to book an appointment please either email or call 07920031744

Learn how to sew bridal wear


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Learn to sew bridal techniques at the Award Winning Birmingham School of Sewing next course starting on  Monday 15th January 2018.  Only 6 places available on the course.

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Learn how to make a bra making course – looking back at photos


We have had great fun at our one day bra making courses, and 3 day lingerie courses over the years.  Here are a few of the memories.  If you would like to learn how to make lingerie at the Award Winning Birmingham School of Sewing, then join us on our next courses starting on Monday 26th March.

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Bra Making Course : Learn how to sew an underwired bra in only one day.

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The lovely ladies were pleased to finish their bras today, proving once again that it is possible to make an underwired bra in a day!   Well done ladies!

If you would like to learn how to make a bra the next one day bra making course is on Monday 26th March

If you would like to learn more aspects of lingerie including making knickers and camisoles, sew lace etc see our 3 day lingerie course.