Our Workshops & Courses

Jane White Couture Tuition workshops and courses

All of our in-person workshops and courses are held at our airy and spacious studio within The Ropewalk Arts Centre in Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire.

We have added a range of on-line live Zoom workshops and courses to our programme to reach those of you further afield.

You can join us in a wide range of sewing, dressmaking workshops and needlecraft activities for fun, to gain skills, and to achieve an academic qualification if you wish. Our groups are renowned for being welcoming and friendly where everyone is here to learn from each other bound by a common passion for dressmaking and fashion. The kettle is always ‘on’ and there’s no such thing as a daft question or a dressmaking disaster!

Our programme of workshops, classes and sewing sessions offers flexible and affordable dressmaking and pattern cutting tuition from absolute beginner to professional Couturier standard that you can fit around your family and work commitments.

Our programme includes:

Sewing Bee workshops – a small group of up to 6 people who are all working on their own projects. Either bring the piece you are working on to develop and progress during the session, or I can help you choose something appropriate to your skill level and get you started with a project of your own.

Sew personal sessions – one to one practical tuition on any dressmaking or pattern cutting subject of your choice.

Sew Short Courses – more than 20 individual courses covering a wide range of topics and ability levels from basic sewing machine skills through to extreme tailoring technique. These courses vary in length from 1 day through to 4 days and are limited to 5 people per session. I am often asked how much will you achieve at a workshop. I am passionate that you will achieve skills by working at your own pace within the session plan so you go home not just with a sample or garment but an understanding of what you achieved and how you can use it in all your sewing.

Our City & Guilds Equivalent Course – closely follows the recently withdrawn 7160 programme with our Award, Certificate and Diploma options. The Award scheme is for sewers who are new to dressmaking who need additional skills. The Certificate is for sewers to want to explore fashion design (no artistic skills required!) and construction. The Diploma scheme introduces pattern cutting and couture sewing skills.osen experts in other fields of needlecraft to offer seasonal treats and one-off creative experiences.

To make it easier to match your level of sewing skill and experience to the right courses, there is a guide on each course page:

* beginner
Ideal if you’re new to dressmaking, or have made very basic garments in the past, if you’ve no machine skills or don’t feel confident using a sewing machine.

** intermediate
Perfect if you have a good grasp of basic skills, are confident using a sewing machine and have produced a range of garment types.

*** advanced
Excellent for skilled dressmakers who are confident on the sewing machine and have experience of complex garment construction.

This guide should give you an ‘at a glance’ idea of which course or workshop session may be your ‘level’, but please get in touch to discuss your individual situation and for advice on which courses may suit you best.

What you need to bring

Many of our students bring their own equipment to the sessions, however our studio is fully equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and sewing equipment so you do not need to buy anything before you come to a class. This is particularly useful if you are just starting out and would like to try a few different machines before you think about buying one of your own. We also stock a range of patterns, fabrics and haberdashery to buy on the day to set you off with a project if you wish.

Our kettle is always on, and refreshments are included in the cost of your session, however you will have to make your own arrangements for lunch. You can either bring a packed-lunch, buy something from Tesco’s next door, or visit the Ropewalk’s lovely on-site café.

The Ropewalk has ample free parking and disabled access and facilities.