When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code VFC338A

What you will learn

Make a unique sustainable silk camisole dyed and patterned with botanicals with Alice Holloway and Zoë Burt Day 1 - with Alice - learn useful tips and tricks for working with fabrics like silk and create a simple, elegant camisole top ready for dyeing. We will look at luxury/couture finishes that utilise natural fibres so the garment remains safe for composting after use. You will be able to create a garment in your size, completing samples in the class ready to make up your finished garment before the dye workshop, should you require extra time for a toile and fitting. Day 2 - with Zoë, explore natural dyeing using a heritage dye plant - madder root - or seasonally foraged plant material. We will test colours and patterns to design decisions for your own unique silk top. Students will be introduced to concepts of sustainabilty and ethical fashion in business and localism. Participants will be sent silk to make the camisole and 2 test silk squares and swatches to explore colour and patterns. Together with some other ingredients (soda ash and iron). The silk will be pre-mordanted and prepared for dyeing, The silk is Majestic silk, grown and woven in UK for a truly sustainable and bespoke experience. The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn useful tips and tricks for working with fabrics like silk and sample techniques
  • Make a bespoke and elegant camisole silk top in your size using silk grown and made in UK
  • Explore natural dyeing using a heritage dye plant - madder - rubia tinctoria - and seasonal and locally foraged plant matter
  • Experiment with ways to extend the colour palette and play with resist pattern
  • Be introduced to current thinking in luxury sustainable and ethical fashion through presentation and discussion with links to further development


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The course will be online via a digital learning platform. This enables live camera connection via your computer or phone or tablet. There will also be links, book recommendations and suppler recommendations, There will be constructive feedback and support from your tutor and group work to share learning.

    Entry requirements

    Ability to confidently use your own sewing machine

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Prepare your workspace and gather course materials

    What you need

    Internet connection a PC or laptop or a smart phone or a tablet .You will be sent details of how to join prior to the class start date. For the first day : a sewing machine, hand needle, fabric scissors, thread and for the second day a dye pot (not used for food), 2 pots ideally, a heat source, a kettle, string, 3 bowls, vinegar or a lemon. A notebook and pen