Sew a Classic (Fully Lined) Child’s Dress and Coat

April 20 – April 23, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


In this workshop you will construct a classic child’s dress and coat, both fully lined. The size of the dress and coat is your choice and there are three color options to choose from for the coat and dress. All supplies are provided (fabric, interfacing, thread, buttons, piping, Sewing Machine needles) and will be given to you at the workshop. You will cut out the dress and coat and learn step by step how to construct them. Students are expected to have intermediate sewing skills. It is not necessary to know the skills and techniques that will be taught, but the student must have used a sewing machine successfully to construct clothes or home decor items. This workshop is not for beginners. If you have any questions as to whether or not you would be a good fit for this workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact Sanborn Mills Farm who can put you in contact with the instructor. Joyce will work with each student at their own pace to master the techniques used in the garments so that they will go home with a beautiful heirloom dress and coat to be enjoyed for years to come.

Skills and Techniques:

Learn how to do pintucks
Learn how to custom make and apply piping
Learn how to do precise topstitching
Learn how to line a dress and coat
Learn how to make french seams
Learn how to make swing tacks
Learn how to make buttonholes
Learn the use of a clapper and bristle brush
Learn techniques to work with wool and Tana Lawn

Materials Fee: $195.00 Includes: Pattern for coat and dress, Wool, Liberty of London Tana Lawn for lining, Liberty of London Tana Lawn for dress and Batiste for dress lining, Interfacing for coat and dress, thread, buttons, piping, sewing machine needles for wool and Liberty fabric. Paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment:

Please note: If you do not have the sewing machine and 3 feet listed below the instructor has a few to loan on a first come first served basis. Email to reserve.

Sewing machine – preferably one that has the ability to move the needle position.
5 groove pintuck foot
Piping foot
‘Stitch in the Ditch’ foot
Steam iron
Clapper sewing tool
Ironing board is a help.
Cutting mat
Rotary cutter, or good sewing shears
Tape measure

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop. Masks are not required, but please do not attend if you are sick, or been exposed to sickness close to the workshop dates.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.