Studio Courses at Couture Charlee Studios in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Design courses, sewing courses and pattern cutting courses.

Come and have fun while you are learning - don't worry, be happy and enjoy your course.

Choose from a variety of courses which are all flexible and affordable.
Each cousre is for12 weeks at £15 per week for 3 hours per session on Wednesday or Thursday

Sewing Courses

Sewing for complete beginners
  • How to choose a pattern, how to measure yourself or someone else and check for the right size for you.
  • How to choose the right fabric and cutting out the right paper pattern pieces
  • Knowing your sewing machine and correct tensions and then how to sew your garment together

Sewing for the more advanced
  • This course teaches the more advanced techniques of dress making and it allows the more confident dress maker to improve their skills.
  • You will learn detailed and more complicated patterns as well as zip placement, button holes, hems, sleeves, French seams, rouleau loops, rolled hems, sleeve placement, seam finishes.
  • How to finish a garment to an Haute Couture standard.

Please see below for the Connoisseur 3 day courses

Pattern cutting courses

Trace off your favourite garment from your wardrobe
  • Tracing off from your favourite garment
  • Understanding your commercial pattern -
  • Seam allowance, grain line and the bias of the fabric

Pattern cutting for beginners
  • Taking measurements correctly, how to do fittings and toiles and why
  • Pattern cutting taster day make a skirt block and then make a toile, this is to make sure  fit, design and cut are correct.

Please see below for the Connoisseur 3 day courses

Upholstery courses

Upholstery for beginners
  • Make a scatter cushion
  • Which will teach you howto put a zip in
  • How to to sew straight
  • How to put piping cord into your cushion
  • How to use sewing machines and overlockers

Upholstery for the more advanced
  • How to recover a dining chair
  • It will show you how to firstly strip the chair
  • How to make a pattern for the chair
  • How to sew it together
  • How to finish it

Please see below for the Connoisseur 3 day courses

About our courses

All of our courses are graded by the following classification.
Beginners-These courses are suitable for people who have had no experiences with design, pattern cutting or sewing or have had a little dabble with them and need to be given guidence which in turn will give you confidence to achieve what you would like to achieve.
Intermediate-These courses are suitable for people who have had experience with design, pattern cutting or sewing but need to improve their skills to give them confidence to achieve beautiful garments.
Advanced-These courses are suitable for graduates or people who have had training within design, pattern cutting and sewing but would like to achieve an exquisite garment of their choice. These courses are are also only run over a minimum of a three day period.
 Connoisseur 3 day courses
Design and Pattern cutting day
On the first morning you will design your own choice of garment depending on which course you choose.
Design and Pattern cutting Day
Over the next day and a half you will create the pattern for your design and then go on to make a toile and do a fitting. Then you will cut out your design ready to sew.
On the last day you will sew your design and complete it as far as you are able too .
  • Design, pattern cut and sew your own Chanel style jacket
  • Design, pattern cut and sew  your own basque
  • Design, pattern cut and sew your own evening gown
  • Design, pattern cut and sew your own lingerie

What you need to bring?

All equipment is suppied by us.

I will provide you with all the equipment you will need for any one of the categories of course available to you. This includes the smaller equipment like pins, scissors etc. The paper for pattern cutting is also included in the price and the samples of fabrics and any art equipment you may need for the design category.
You will however have to provide your own fabrics, some patterns and notions on certain courses but this will be written in the course description and in the welcome pack you will receive from us, you can contact me to ask advice before  attending the course, if you so require.
Design, pattern cut and then sew your own design.
Come and have a wonderful time doing what you love the most!
Design is the foundation of creating a haute couture garment from the creation you have in your mind to wearing that design and looking in a mirror.  I know you will be saying what most people  tell me, that they can't design, but the truth is everyone can design if they learn and enjoy the basic principles. Please press the button below to choose and book one of our courses.
Pattern cutting is a wonderful skill to have because you can create any design you choose to. It also gives you a set of skills that give you an  understanding of how your garment goes together and more importantly why it goes together in a particular way. Please press the button below to choose and book one of our courses.
Sewing skills can be used in many different formats like garments made of both woven and stretch fabrics, Upholstery, curtains, blinds, tailoring and haute couture. You can learn basic skills and progress to the more advanced courses.  So long as you enjoy what you are doing you will achieve your goals. Please press the button below to choose and book one of our courses.