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Learn How to Make “The Ruby Dress”

This beautiful pattern is classic and timeless – and perfect for beginners to dressmaking.

It has a bateaux neckline, nipped in bodice with a full skirt.  It can be made woven fabrics, cotton, satin – and for a special occasion silk !!  Once made it can be customised in so many ways. 

The pattern is sized from 8 to 18. However, if you don’t fit conventional sizes, we can teach you techniques to regrade a pattern - and how to make adjustments for smaller or larger busts, waists and bums – so that you leave with a pattern for a dress made entirely to your measurements.

We have a created 30 page manual with full sewing instructions and pictures that can then be used at home when you have finished the course.


This is a full day course and can be taken over 1 day or 2 – and the charge is £80 per day.

Tracing paper, calico for a toile, zips and bias binding can be supplied for a small fee.

Bespoke Drapery and Furnishings


The Sewing Lab creates luxury curtains to the highest standards in their dedicated workrooms. With over 25 years of experience of making soft furnishings and also teaching professional curtain making skills The Sewing Lab provides customers with curtains made to their taste and style along with sheers, voiles, room dividers and matching accessories.

We know that made to measure drapery and soft furnishings are an investment in your home and business. Therefore, we ensure that we sew to your exacting standards and take our time to produce a quality product that will exude elegance and style and bring any room to life.

Curtains can be made with a customer’s fabric or sourced from our trusted suppliers at the best price using designs to suit an individual’s preference. Choose from eyelet headings for a more contemporary look, or a more traditional pencil pleat and pinch pleat headings. We also offer specialist thermal and black out curtains designed to regulate the temperature of the room, reduce noise and block out light for a restful night’s sleep, or for a home cinema.

Directions to The Sewing Lab, Pig Sty, Kynnersley

We are based in a village called Kynnersley – which is North of Telford – approximately 10 minutes drive from the M54 and also 10 minutes drive from Telford Central train station. There is ample on street parking here.

The Pig Sty is a purpose converted building at the rear of my house with stunning views across the Shropshire countryside while you sew and a patio at the rear for taking lunch.

Our address is:

                The Pig Sty

The Villa, Kynnersley, TF6 6DY

The Villa has a red door ~ access the Pig Sty at the rear of the house through the white garden parliament gate walk past the chicken house ~ and you will see the Pig Sty at the rear of the garden on the left hand side – please feel free to let yourself in.

All houses in the village have the same postcode so if you are using sat nav you will be taken to the church. If you think about the middle of the village as a circle and clock face – the church is at 9 o’clock and we are at 3 o’clock.

There are only three roads into the village, one from the South and two from the North.

If you are coming from the South through Preston upon the Weald Moors when you enter Kynnersley your sat nav will tell you to turn left towards the church – but when you see the red telephone box and post box – ignore your sat nav and turn right instead – this will then take you around the corner and you will see The Villa on the Right hand side.

If you are driving from the North – you will come into Kynnersley along either of two roads – The Wall or The Rodway – please be aware that these are narrow roads with passing places and verges. Again, your Sat nav will take you to the church – so please ignore it and go to the left when you enter the village

If you are lost – head towards the church and call me ~ 07472 722287 ~ the church is only two minutes walk away so I will be able to find you very easily.

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