Cambridge Sewing & Dressmaking

Welcome to Cambridge Sewing


Thank you very much for all your custom and support during 2018.


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.


What's New for 2019?

Fabulous Hen Parties @ Cambridge Sewing!

The Perfect group activity – Make a Kimono dressing gown

Bride to be, are you looking for something different for your hen Party?

For more information please take a look on our Hen Parties information page.





Social Sewing and clinic


The Next Social Sew and clinic

Thursday evening 6pm-8pm

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.




Beach cover up dress

Summer is on its way 'Sun, Sea and Palm Trees'
Beach coverup
£65.00 per person, £30.00 deposit required.
10am-3.30pm - Saturday 22nd June

Summer beach dress with waist tie closure, 'own it' with your choice of lace trim and tassels.  Perfect for wearing over your swimsuit as you are walking over the beach or around the pool.

All made to measure patterns and instructions are included in the class fee - These patterns are for you to take home to make many more year after year.
Skill level
- You must be able to thread and use a sewing machine with confidence or you will have taken our level 1 beginner sewing course, ideally you will have a small dressmaking project behind you.



Level 1 beginner free motion embroidery

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

Sunday 2nd June 10am-1pm FOUR SPACES
£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. 


Bespoke tweed bag

Bespoke Handbag Sewing class.
Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington, Cambridge.
Saturday 10am-3pm 13th July

£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!

level 1 sewing

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

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

Saturday 1st and 8th June 10am-2/3pm (2 week course) SORRY FULLY BOOKED


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



The Ultimate A-Line skirt

Make a simple A-line skirt 'The Ultimate wrap around skirt'
Easy Dressmaking

£90.00 per person, £40.00 deposit required

Saturday 27th April and 4th May 10am-2/3pm TWO SPACES

Skill level - You will be expected to be able to use a sewing machine with confidence.

This is a simple and pretty skirt
Learn how to make Miette, a gently flared wrap around skirt that ties at the front in a bow. The skirt has a wide overlap at the back (no danger of flashing!) and front lined pockets.



Level 1 Tunic

Beginner Dressmaking, Level 1
The Tunic Dress

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Coles lane, Oakington, Cambridge.
 £90.00  per person £40.00  deposit to secure your place

Thursday evening 6.30-8.30pm April 11th,18th, 25th May 2nd SORRY FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 9th and 16th June 10am-2/3pm TWO 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.




Level 1 pinafore

The Ultimate pinafore dress
Level 1 improver dressmaking

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington. Cambridge  £90.00 per person.
£40.00  deposit required to secure your place.

2x week course, Saturday 10-3pm 9th and 16th March SORRY FULLY BOOKED

2x week course, Saturday 10-2/3pm 11th and 18th May ONE SPACE

One of our most popular patterns, oh so comfortable to wear. Make it dungaree-style with buckles or as a pinafore with buttons, with mini- or knee-length hem, optional centre front split, choice of patch pockets and contrast topstitching.
Skill Level –  Beginner dressmaker, You will have completed our Level 1 beginner sewing course OR you will be able to thread and use your machine with confidence.
No Dressmaking experience required.






Level 3 dressmaking, Holiday dress.

The Holiday Dress
Level 3 dressmaking

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


3x week course, Sunday 10-2pm 5th, 12th and 19th May SORRY FULLY BOOKED

3x week course, Sunday 10-2pm 23rd, 30th June and 7th July ONE SPACE

This flirty button-down dress is perfect for picnics in the park or cocktails under the stars. Choose from a pretty neckline flounce or tie-front bodice, with knee-length or midi hemline. Seren has bust darts, wide shoulder straps, a separate waistband for a flattering fit, flowing into a seventies-inspired A-line skirt. Just add Wedge sandals and a sunhat! 
Skill Level – Improver  - You will have completed our Level 2 dressmaking course OR you will have a few simple dressmaking project behind you.



Adult and Child beginner sewing

Adult and child Sewing class

Level 1 - Absolute beginners
Skill Level - Have never used a sewing machine before
Have never pinned or cut fabric - One adult and one child 8yrs+

Cambridge sewing studio, Oakington, Cambridge.


£100.00 per couple (£50 each).
A £40.00 deposit is required to secure your places.

Sewing machines are available to borrow free of charge.

Our best selling course!  We love nothing more than introducing people to the wonderful world of sewing.
This course is for complete beginners for one adult and one child, 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  (Three couples)

Two Tutors for individual attention- Tamsin Whitmore and Gillian Cockley

All patterns are included in each class and a cushion pad is included for your cushions.
A list of items needed for each class will be sent to you 2/3 weeks beforehand.
What you will learn:
Set up your machine
Thread machine and wind bobbin properly, check straight stitch and zigzag, stitch tension is correct, practice your stitches and how to reverse. learn how to Pin  patterns to fabric, cut out accurately,  learn how to make a cushion and reversible Tote bag from scratch.

You will take home a cushion and a Tote bag each.

Level 2 Sewing

Brand new course for 2019 'How exciting'

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

Cambridge Sewing Studio, Coles Lane, Oakington. Cambridge

2 x week course, Sunday 10-2/3pm  March 24th and April 7th (miss a week due to mothers day) ONE SPACE

£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 others, spread your sewing love around!
You will learn a huge amount of skill during this course, you wil be making a bespoke Tote handbag with a zip closure and buttonholes, learn how to make piping and sew piping into the bag straps, a zipped makeup bag with pockets.
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





Level 3 dressmaking, the jacket.

The Jacket
Dressmaking Level 3
New dates coming soon.

Cambridge Sewing studio, Oakington, Cambridge.
£120.00 per person, £40.00 deposit required.

Skill Level - You will be confident with your sewing machine, you will have a basic dressmaking project behind you or you have completed our level 1 dressmaking course.
You will be surprised how many different looks you can achieve using different fabrics.





Make friends with your overlocker

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

10am-3pm Sunday 17th March SORRY FULLY BOOKED

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.





Level 1 Quilting

Level 1 beginner quilting 'A Patchwork quilted cushion'
Cambridge Sewing Studio, Coles lane, Oakington, Cambridge

2 week evening course 6.30pm-8.30pm March 28th and April 4th
£40 per person, £20 deposit required on booking.

Would you love to learn the art of quilting?  Making the large quilted patchwork  cushion cover, during the workshop you will learn all of the stages and skills required to turn patchwork into a quilt while working on a more manageable project. You can then use the skills learned to make a full sized quilt, we would love you to join our level 2 quilting course.
You will learn:

How to arrange your fabric squares and design your cushion front.
How to stitch your patchwork together, then back it with wadding.
How to quilt using straight stitch and stitch in the ditch
How to cut out your cushion backs, sew binding, sew your cushion together.

Skill level -You should already know how to thread and use a sewing machine.  No patch work or quilting experience required.




Get to grips with zips

Saturday sewing - Get to grips with zips.
New dates coming soon

Cambridge sewing studio, Coles lane, Oakington, Cambridge.

£25,00  a deposit of £10.00 is required.

Do you get stumped on what zip to put in and how?
In this class you will learn how to sew in 3 different types of zips, how to sew them in neatly.

Inserting a Standard zip, Lapped zip, an invisible zip, Shortening your zips.



Curtain Day

Curtains Workshop
Cambridge Sewing Studio, Oakington. Cambridge. 
£40.00 per person.

£10.00 deposit required to secure your place.


Some sewing machine experience required.
Learn how to make fully lined curtain sample. 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 sample  curtain in this class and have instuctions to take away with you.




Level 3 improver dressmaking, The shirt dress


Make your own stylish shirt dress
Level 3 improver dressmaking, 3 week course 10-3pm.
Cambridge sewing studio, Oakington, Cambridge.
£120.00 £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 2 or 3 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.

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




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