Cambridge Sewing & Dressmaking

Welcome to Cambridge Sewing



Cambridge Sewing Studio
Coles Lane, Oakington, Cambridge

(4 miles from Cambridge Town Centre).


Has your sewing machine been gathering dust? Are you having problems setting up your machine?
Grow your confidence and learn to sew in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
The Best advice for sewing is to relax and enjoy the process of creating something made by you just for you.

Sewing and dressmaking courses/classes
Beginners to Advanced
The studio is located in the Cambridge village of Oakington.
 Fabulous opportunity to work in a purposely designed and fully equipped  studio
Small class sizes - six per class
Lots of individual help and support
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
Come and join, I love to help you get creative…..


Upcoming Courses and dates:

Please contact us on our contact page or call 07551 436 383 with any questions. 

To book and secure your place on one of our courses please call Tamsin 07551 436383/01223 234447

To book a place online please  go direct to our course/classes bookings page.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.




level 1 sewing for adults


Absolute beginner Sewing, Level 1
Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington. Cambridge. 

£90.00  per person £40.00 deposit required to secure your place

Saturday 21st and 28th March - FULLY BOOKED - CANCELLED

Sunday 26th April and 3rd May ( 2 week course) TWO SPACES

Are you looking for a new hobby?  Wind down after a hectic working week, learning to sew , it is relaxing and  very rewarding! 

This is our best selling adult course.

The absolute beginner class is a path onto all sorts of different exciting sewing/dressmaking or crafting projects, we love to show you the basics, take home  your finished projects you are sure to be very proud of.

Skill Level - No Sewing machine, fabric or pattern cutting experience needed.
Setting up your  sewing machine, learn all the basic stitches, reverse, using a pattern make an envelope cushion (cushion pad is included in class) Make a reversible Tote bag, introduction to dressmaking, make PJ shorts. 

All patterns are provided in class and you can take them away to make lots more at home, handmade gifts for your family and friends.

You can borrow a sewing machine(if you do not own one yet) at no extra costs.
(For more details please look on our class information page)



Level 2 Sewing for adults

level 2, confident beginner sewing 2020
Add zips, pockets and button holes to your sewing journey

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Coles Lane, Oakington. Cambridge

Saturday 4th and 18th April  10am-3pm(2 week course)   SORRY FULLY BOOKED

£90 per person, £40 deposit required.

Sewing machines are available to borrow free of charge.
Skill level - This course is for beginners who have a few sewing projects behind them, you can thread and use a sewing machine with confidence or you will have completed our level 1 beginner sewing course.
All patterns are included in each class, you can take them home to keep to complete more homemade wonderful gifts for your friends and family, spread your sewing love around!

You will learn a huge amount during this course, you will be making a Cushion with a lapped zip, a bespoke Mini Tote handbag with a zip closure and pockets, a zipped Washbag with pocket, to finish off the course you will have a masterclass on buttonholes.

For more details on this course please take a look at the Level 2 sewing course information page from the drop down menu above.  Thank you x





Boys and Girls 8yrs+ beginner sewing

 Boys and Girls Sewing machine class 8yrs+
Cambridge sewing studio, Oakington, Cambridge.

Level 1 -  Beginner
Skill Level - Have never used a sewing machine before
Have never pinned or cut fabric - Child 8yrs+

Half term - Tuesday 26th May 10am-12.30pm SIX SPACES

£35 per person
A £10.00 deposit is required to secure your places.

Sewing machines are available to borrow free of charge.

Our best-selling course for children! 
We love nothing more than introducing smaller hands to the wonderful world of sewing, we want to guide you onto your wonderful sewing journey!

This course is for complete beginners, even if you have never used a sewing machine before, learning together will be so much fun, this course will give you the confidence to work and progress onto lots of different sewing projects.

6 Students per class

All fabrics and treads are provided by Cambridge Sewing.

What you will learn:

Set up your machine correctly
Thread machine and wind bobbin properly, practice straight stitch and zigzag, check the tension is correct, practice your stitches and learn how to reverse.

learn how to make a tote bag from scratch.
You will take home a finished tote bag to show off to all your friends and family.


Roman blinds

Roman blind By Tamsin Whitmore

£60 per person

Saturday 25th April 10am-3/4pm SORRY FULL

Love the look of Roman blinds, but never thought you could sew them yourself?

Now you can learn to make your own and dress your windows with style.
With Tamsin at Cambridge Sewing you’ll not only complete your own blind but you’ll have the skills you need to make more Roman blinds in future.

Some sewing classes only teach you to make a sample, but with us you’ll make a complete Roman blind for a small window at home, giving you a much better understanding on how they are created and put together.
(window size must be no wider than 100cm) if you do not have a small window at home, you can make a sample blind.

Classes are limited to 4 students.

You’ll leave with one finished blind, in your own choice of fabric

You’ll go away with instructions so you can ‘go solo’ at home.

Learn how to make professional roman blinds. You will learn how to measure the window correctly, square off the fabric, fully line the blinds, attach the necessary parts to make the blind functional and how to fit it to the window.

Skill level: You will expected to be able to use a sewing machine, sew and cut confidently (ideally be at same level as someone who has completed the level 1 beginner sewing course).



Curtain Day

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington. Cambridge. 

Sunday 29th March 10am -3pm SORRY FULL BOOKED - CANCELLED

£50.00 per person, £20.00 deposit required to secure your place.

Skill level - You will need to be confident with your sewing machine.
Learn how to make a fully lined curtains for a small window from your home (width of wi dow no wider than 100cm) if you do not have a small window you will make a sample pair.

You will learn how to measure the window correctly, square off the fabric, add the lining  and attach the header tape.
You will make a pair of small curtains in this class and have instuctions to take away with you, you will gain the skills and knowledge to be confident to make another pair of curtains at home.




Level 1 Tunic

Beginner Dressmaking, Level 1
The Tunic Dress

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Coles lane, Oakington, Cambridge.
 £100.00  per person £40.00  deposit to secure your place

Saturday 30th May and 6th June (2 week course) FOUR SPACES

An excellent progression  from level 1 beginner sewing
You must be able to thread and use your machine with confidence, pin and cut fabric.

NO Dressmaking experience required.
Stevie has a modern, boxy fit, with round neckline and kimono sleeves, closing at the back with pretty ties or button loop. This dress can be shortened or lengthened to suit, above-the-knee, on-the-knee, below-the-knee, with optional turn-up cuffs and patch pocket. Throw it on with a statement necklace and you're good to go!
At the end of your course you will have your Lovely bespoke Tunic dress to show off  handmade by you!
Depending on the class pace the last week may run past 2pm at no extra cost.




Rope baskets

Cotton rope baskets

Sunday April 5th 10am-2pm.

Itroduction special offer £30.00 per person.

Learn how to make these lovely rope baskets with your sewing machine.

Easy once you know how - In class you will make a place mat and a basket.

Handy accessory to your bathroom, bedroom, Kitchen, sewing room etc.

Level 1 beginner free motion embroidery

Introduction to Free motion sewing machine embroidery beginner Level 1
Cambridge sewing Studio, Coles Lane, Oakington, Cambridge.

£30.00  per person, £10 deposit required.

The joys of free motion embroidery,  machine stitching with your feed dogs down and an embroidery/darning foot on means exactly that FREE to be as creative as you dare.

You can use you normal domestic sewing machine, no special fancy machines needed.

Skill level - You must be able to thread and use a sewing machine,  NO free motion embroidery experience needed.
Experimenting is exciting, drawing with stitch takes practice and takes a little courage for first timers. Start with a blank piece of fabric and doodle; continuous lines, swirls, circles, curves, zig zags, this will loosen you up, then move onto a picture creation. 


Level 2 free motion machine embroidery

Level 2 Free motion embroidery
Sewing room basket tidy

£50,00  a deposit of £20.00 is required.

Skill Level - You will have completed our level 1 beginner free motion embroidery class or you will have some free motion embroidery experience behind you.

Gorgeous personalised baskets to brighten up any room, great storage for your Sewing room, bedroom, bathroom etc..

We will be making a free motion embroidered/quilted basket tidy, approx. 10/12" in height and 31.5" circumference!  It will be padded with fleece and quilted with straight stitches or if you're feeling fancy you can choose a decorative stitch!
Several different picture designs to choose from or you can bring/draw your own.



Make friends with your overlocker

Get to know your overlocker a bit more
£50.00 per person £20.00 deposit required.

Dates coming soon

Are you still a little scared of your overlocker?  let's get to know it a bit more.
Get to know your overlocker a bit more class.

Let's gain more experience together whilst, making a versatile Jumper.
You will take home a finished overlocked jumper.
Skill level - You will have a few simple dressmaking project behind you or you will have completed our beginner overlocker class.  You will need to bring your own overlocker machine.
For more information please click on the image above.





The Trow on and go coat course

The ‘Throw on and go coat’ Level 3, dressmaking course

4 week Sunday course £140.00 per person

No New dates just yet

The Cocoon Coat is an on-trend, easy-to-wear coat, perfect for keeping cosy throughout Autumn and Winter. It features a shaped collar stand, drop shoulder sleeve and a full lining. Optional welt pockets can be added for those who want to keep their hands cosy and test their skills. There are no fastenings but the coat wraps closed at the front. The gently oversized look and comfy fit mean you’ll be reaching for it all season.
Skill level – Improver dressmaker – You will have a few dressmaking projects behind you, including pattern cutting and fabric cutting.

The Coat Pattern and instructions are included in the 4 week course fee and will be provided by Tamsin in week one.




Improver dressmaking, The shirt dress


Make your own stylish shirt dress
Level 3 improver dressmaking, 4 week course 10-2/3pm.
Cambridge sewing studio, Oakington, Cambridge.
£140.00 per person
£50.00 deposit required to secure your place


Skill Level – You will be able to use your sewing machine with confidence and have several dressmaking projects behind you or you will have completed our level 1 and improver dressmaking course.

Rosa has a flattering semi-fitted shape, gently curved princess seams on both front and back. A great feature is the pointed back yoke, which looks stunning highlighted with decorative topstitching or piping.

Princess seams, fittings, colar, cuffs, buttonholes, pockets, hems and more.

Wear your Rosa dress for work or play, and let the compliments come flooding in.




Piped cushion with a back lapped zip

A Masterclass in Making Piped Cushions

A next level cushion
New dates coming soon.
£50.00 per person, a £20.00 deposit is required to secure your place.

Cushions are expensive!  No need to shop for cushions again!
Cushions add comfort and style to your home, in this class you will learn how to make a fantastic looking piped cushion with a back centre lapped zip.

Skill level – You will be able to thread and use your sewing machine with confidence.



Social Sewing and clinic


The Next Social Sew and clinic

No Dates just yet

To book a place please email me  or text 07551 436383

£7.50 per hour, payment is due in class

A sewing group for you to come along, with your own projects and sew whilst chatting and enjoying a cuppa. You get to talk about sewing (and any other lovely stuff) with other creative people, share ideas, learn from, inspire and motivate each other.

 Bring anything you are working on, especially unfinished projects, or something new to begin Tamsin is here to help with a  particular problem you would like help or advice on.




Bespoke tweed bag

Bespoke Handbag Sewing class.
Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington, Cambridge.
New dates coming soon

£50.00 per person, £20.00 deposit required to secure your place.

Skill level – You will be able to use your sewing machine with confidence or you will have completed our Level 1 beginner sewing course.

A beautifully spacious tweed tote Handbag with square corners and two shoulder straps which fit comfortably under or over the arm.

A practical yet stylish size - Adorned with a self-covering button, a quirky asymmetric flap is secured with a buttonhole, lined with fusible wadding to give the bag structure and fully lined inside with complementary fabrics, internal mobile phone  and car keys lined pockets are a must,  35cm (reducing to 22cm at the base).  Handmade by you to make a beautiful gift, if you can bear to give it away!



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