Bodice Fitting Masterclass with By Hand London

We're excited to be restarting our workshops after a hiatus during lockdown! Please read our Workshop Corona Policy before booking to ensure you are happy with the additional safety measures we will be taking during the class.


Various dates available, 11am - 5:30pm both days. 


6 Broadway Market Mews, London, E8 4TS

The workshop will take place in our shop behind Broadway Market. It's about 15 minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station, 5 minutes from London Fields and Cambridge Heath Overground stations. 



If you've ever struggled to get a bodice to fit you just right, and found the idea of pattern alteration more than a bit daunting, then this class is for you! During this two-day intensive class, Elisalex of By Hand London sewing patterns will guide you through the fitting and alteration process for 2-3 common bodices: a regular darted bodice, a princess seamed bodice and - if we have time! - a bodice with grown on sleeves. By the end of the class you will not only have 2-3 new bodice blocks that fit your body like a dream, but all the tools and confidence to tackle the fitting of other patterns as well! 


+ To accurately take their own and others' body measurements
+ Full bust adjustments for a darted bodice
+ Small bust adjustment for a darted bodice
+ Full bust adjustment for a princess seamed bodice
+ Small bust adjustment for a princess seamed bodice
+ Full bust adjustment for a bodice with grown on sleeves (if we have time)
+ Small bust adjustment for a bodice with grown on sleeves (if we have time)
+ Lengthening and shortening a bodice
+ How to raise and lower bust darts
+ How to fix a gapey back neckline
+ How to fix a tight back rounded shoulders
+ How to alter for a swayback
+ How to raise or lower a neckline
+ How to diagnose fit issues that can't be spotted on measurements alone
+ How to make pattern alterations to the paper pattern
+ How to make pattern alterations to a toile
Please note that this class will end up being structured according to the individual needs of the students; not everyone will have to make the same alterations, and some other fit issues not mentioned above may come up, and will be addressed. The aim of the class is to arm each student with the tools and know-how in order to make bodices to fit their own body, plus a broader understanding of pattern alteration in general from seeing other alterations being performed.


+ The bodice pattern pieces of three BHL patterns within the following categories: Flora OR Holly, Elisalex OR Kim, Anna OR Zeena (please let us know in advance your choice of three)
+ A complimentary download of the three patterns they worked on during class
+ A complimentary download of the BHL sewing planner 
+ Cocktails and snacks on Saturday afternoon after class!
+ Toile supplies: calico, pattern paper, tape, pens & pencils, scissors, rulers etc (if you have your own portable tool kit, please feel free to bring it along)
+ Sewing machine and the usual dressmaking tools such as tape measures, fabric scissors, thread, pins etc
+ Access to the Bodice Fitting Masterclass Alumni facebook group - lots of extra resources and fitting chat! 


+ A notebook and pen to take notes
+ A camera / phone to take process pictures (optional, but helpful!)
+ Stamina!


This class is for confident beginners who have previous experience working from a sewing pattern, and have already made a few garments.


Elisalex is one of the gals behind independent sewing pattern house By Hand London. Passionate about empowering women with the tools and skills to make great clothes that fit and flatter, she has been teaching students to sew and adjust their patterns for five years, both in person and through their extensive online sewalongs. This class focuses exclusively on fitting techniques for multiple bodice constructions, something that Elisalex has been excitedly dreaming and scheming for a while. 


"Thank you for teaching a class that make women appreciate themselves and understand how our bodies are built, without judgement."

"The best course I have ever done."

"This is by far the BEST workshop I've attended. I cannot recommend this masterclass enough."

"The Bodice Fitting Masterclass was one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done for myself. Elisalex was such an amazing and patient teacher, The New Craft house were the perfect hosts and everyone in our little class felt like friends by lunch."

Payment plans available! Please email at to be added to the list and reserve your spot.

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