Collar, buttonhole and pockets

Preparation: 1st March 10am - 5pm  See here if you can't attend

Sewing weekend: 14th - 15th March 2020  9.30 -5pm

Location: The barn, SA44 5HE

I have safeguarded the last 6 copies of this timeless (but discontinued) pattern from Merchant and Mills. Join me for the last sewing weekend of its kind to make this remarkable design that features some of my favourite sewing techniques.


What you will make:

The Union dress from Merchant & Mills. This dress features both side pockets and in-seam front pockets and is finished with small side splits.


With a nod to traditional workwear the Union Dress is a versatile pattern that works with many fabrics. Showcase your top stitching in utilitarian denim, make it more relaxed in laundered linen or go smarter with a seasonal wool flannel. The waist seam allows you to pick contrasting fabrics or different colours of the same fabric. The sleeves can be rolled ready for work!


What you will learn:

  • how to choose your pattern size.

  • how to trace and make simple fit adjustments.

  • tips for neat cutting and interfacing.

  • how to sew perfect darts.

  • how to construct both side seam pockets and front pockets.

  • topstitching techniques for a professional look.

  • setting sleeves in.

  • construct a button band.

  • sewing buttonholes.

  • constructing a collar.

  • quality finishing options from french seams to bias binding


Before the weekend

On the preparation day you will be able to trace your pattern, address fitting adjustments if necesary and cut your fabric. 

If you can't attend the preparation day, don't worry!

We can arrange a 3 hour one to one to help you prepare on another day.

If you live far, I will send you the course pattern by mail and  book you for a video call to ensure you are fully prepared for the sewing weekend ahead.

The sewing weekend

On the first day will be all about sewing beautiful darts, constructing pockets and learning to set sleeves in. We will pay close attention to the finishes on both the inside and the outside throughout the garment construction.


On the second day you will construct a button band with perfectly spaced buttonholes, securely sew buttons by hand and acquire the necessary techniques to  achieve a neat collar.

All the while there is tea flowing and we take the time to share a delicious lunch.

Each class is held in a small group of 6 (max) so there is plenty of time for personal fitting and support.




The two day course is £320. Payment plans are offered. Follow here.


What's included

A beautiful last-of-its-kind Union dress pattern from Merchant & Mills.

Two home cooked lunches (on sewing weekend dates).

Teas and coffee on tap, fruits and snacks.


What's not included

An overnight stay. You can book it seperatly for an added £35 (includes dinner and breakfast)

Sourcing your own material  is part of the learning and  the fun. I'll leave that to you.

Cancellations and refunds

Please note that due to the small amount of spaces on each course, bookings are definitive and non refundable. 

In the unlikely  event I have to cancel the class, your course will will be fully refunded.

Have you got more questions? No problem, tell me how can I help.

This sounds like a good fit?  Great let's save you a space!

The Union dress weekend
Beginnt am 14. Mar 2020

Payment plans


Would you prefer to spread the course cost? No problem, you can spread the cost over two or three months. Go cardless is a third party website I use to manage payment plans. Simply register your details when prompted after clicking below.




Spreading the course cost further is possible. Get in touch to arrange.

Registering will automatically enroll you on the course and so the same cancellation policy applies.

Missed classes cannot be reimbursed or deducted from the course price.

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