Our Workshops & Courses

Jane White Couture Tuition workshops and courses

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

We have added on-line live Zoom classes and Sewing Bee workshops to our programme to reach those of you further afield.

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 couture standard that you can fit around your family and work commitments.

Our programme includes:

Sewing Bee workshops – work on your 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, pattern cutting, sewing machine or overlocker subject of your choice.

Sew Short Courses – covering basic dressmaking and sewing machine and overlocker skills through to more complex techniques and pattern cutting.

We have changed the format of our Sew Short Course programme to make it more flexible for you. Instead of specific course dates you can now book any of the courses as a Sew Personal session or a shared Sewing Bee workshop. This also gives you more tutor time because the session is limited to one or two sewers.

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.

Baby lock workshops and tuition – as an official supplier of baby lock overlockers and cover stitch machine, I am trained by baby lock. I want you get the most from your fabulous baby lock machine. You might be a new owner, have had your machine for a while but feel a bit intimidated by it or thinking of buying one. Come along to the studio or book an online session.

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.