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Primadonna: Half-Scale Dressmaking Sewing Course

The evening gown sewing course with the convenience and budget friendly use of Half-Scale patterns.
Britney King
6 students enrolled
Analyze paper sewing patterns for markings and their meaning
Use a half-scale pattern to properly cut out fabric
Understand the construction process of an evening gown
Learn how to sew on boning
Learn how to sew and construct pleats
Learn the difference and purpose of the layers of a structured fitted bodice
Learn how to attach and finish a lining
Learn specific hand sewing stitches valuable to dressmaking
Learn how to sew an invisible zipper
Have a complete miniature gown to use for reference or scale up in future

Half-Scale Dressmaking Sewing Course : 

My name is Britney, designer for Threadora Gowns. I create half-scale evening gown patterns and teach you modern and couture dressmaking skills in half the time and half the material cost.

Designing and sewing a garment in half-scale first gives you great practice and it’s very freeing when you lose the pressure to please a client or stress about perfecting the fit. You allow yourself to focus on perfecting your skill, instead. As a solo fledgling designer, I found creating mock-ups very time-consuming and costly so I wanted to create dressmaking courses that solve that very problem.

In this dressmaking course, you will learn and practice traditional sewing techniques using the method of half-scale construction! The smaller size will be easier to handle, use less material and take less time. Focus on improving your sewing without the stress of having it fit yourself or a live model.

First, you might want to take my previous course, The Magic Mini Mannequin for a beautiful display of your miniature dress!



  • sweetheart neckline
  • underlining/interlining foundation
  • off-the-shoulder straps
  • draped side skirt with pleats
  • boning
  • subtle bust shaping with horsehair braid
  • lining
  • invisible zipper


General Sewing Tools and Supplies:

  • Fabric shears
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Pinking Shears
  • Pins, glass head heat resistant
  • Pattern Weights (optional)
  • Marking Chalk
  • Hand-sewing needles (like in this complete hand-sewing kit!)
  • Thread snips
  • Seam ripper
  • Seam gauge
  • Steam Iron + ironing board
  • Tailors ham
  • Tape measure
  • Paper scissors
  • Clear Scotch Tape


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Half-Scale Dressmaking Sewing Course


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