Practical Sewing Skills: Tea Party Wrap Dress (5-week course)

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Practical Sewing Skills: Tea Party Wrap Dress (5-week course)

16 March, 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

With Karen Odinga.

A five-week course, meeting on Wednesday evenings: 16th and 23rd and 30th March, 6th and 13th April.

Please note there will be an additional charge of £3 for the pattern, to be paid to the tutor at the first session.

No wardrobe would be complete with a lovely dress which you can wear casually or style it up.

This wrap style has semi fitted bodice, flared skirt and collar. The hem falls below mid knee and ¾ length sleeves (which can be altered as desired)

Session dates (5) March 16,23,30 April 6, 13

This session is suitable for confident beginners who have already sewn a simple, basic item (like a bag or other simple pattern) and are familiar with their sewing machine operations.

Please look at the size charts and determine your size. Please  let Karen know at least a week before the first session what pattern pack size you need.

There will be a nominal charge of £3.00 for the pattern.

If you have any queries about the garment, fabric requirements, sizing etc. e-mail Karen at and help is always at hand!


Additional Requirements:

  • Sewing machine with all attachments, leads and manual
  • Thread to match fabric
  • 1 pack hooks & eyes
  • 1 meter of lightweight fusible interfacing


Suitable Fabrics:

Soft Linen & linen blends, Cotton & cotton blends, medium weight viscose and viscose blends. Allow for extra fabric for one way designs.


Sizes and Material Requirements.

Pattern Pack A to include sizes101214
Bust (in)32.53436
Waist (in)2526.528



Fabric Requirements

45 in wide

3.25 meters3.25 meters3.25 meters
Fabric Requirements 60 in wide2.25 meters2.5 meters


2.75 meters


Pattern Pack B to include sizes16182022
Bust (in)38404244
Waist (in)30323437
Hip (in)40424446
Fabric Requirements 45 in wide3.5 meters3.5 meters3.75 meters3.75 meters
Fabric Requirements 60 in wide2.75 meters2.75 meters2.75 meters2.75





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    Unlined Wrap Jacket (9th Feb - 9th Mar. 2022)Tea Party Wrap Dress (16th Mar. - 13th Apr.)Cross Over Apron (27th Apr. - 4th May)Dressing Gown (11th - 25th May)Cross Over Apron (10th Aug. full day)Children's Capsule Wardrobe (Date TBC)

    Thank you for registering your interest in one of our classes. Our admin team will be in touch to confirm your attendance. In the meantime, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us by email at or telephone 01376 323280.


    16 March, 2022
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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    Information for Students

    Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

    If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

    Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

    Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!


    Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

    We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

    There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

    Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.