Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
Add to Favourites

Sew Your Dream Dress Retreat

19 November 2021

3 days from £499pp

Learn to create the perfectly fitting dress on this fantastic dressmaking UK retreat with two full days of tuition from dressmaking expert Charlotte Newland – winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee in 2016.

  • Enjoy inspirational dressmaking workshops with expert Charlotte Newland
  • Stitch in our lovely workshop room, using Bernina sewing machines
  • Create a customised pattern for the perfectly fitting dress
  • Limited to a small group to allow personal tuition from Charlotte

Sew Your Dream Dress Retreat

Join us for a fantastic weekend of dressmaking where under the expert guidance of Charlotte Newland you’ll learn to create a dress that fits you perfectly! Dressmaker, quilter, knitter and all-round crafter, Charlotte Newland - the winner of 2016’s Great British Sewing Bee, will host the first of our Stitchtopia dressmaking retreats. This UK retreat, staying in the carefully chosen Alexandra House hotel, is a fantastic opportunity for advanced beginners with some dressmaking experience to gain new skills, share tips and most importantly learn how to customise a pattern for that perfectly fitting dress. The weekend includes two full days of workshops in a private room at the hotel, your own work station and sole use of a Bernina 500 series sewing machine! Places are strictly limited to ensure Charlotte can give time and attention to every dressmaker ensuring you come away with a great sense of achievement and some wonderful memories!

Including Workshops with Charlotte Newland

Charlotte Newland will guide you every step of the way in making a perfectly fitting dress. A shortlist of dress patterns will be sent after booking, from which you can choose one and bring with you.

SKILL LEVEL: This is an advanced-beginners retreat. You will need to be able to use a commercial dressmaking pattern. You may progress more quickly with the project if you have some dressmaking knowledge and have completed a couple of projects already. All students must be comfortable with sewing machine basics: threading, seams, hems etc.

Note: The focus of the sewing sessions will be on creating a dress that will fit you perfectly. You may not 100% finish your dress, depending on how quickly you sew. You will leave with a pattern that is customised to you which you can make over and over again, and all the knowledge to finish your dress off at home.

Your Accommodation

Alexandra House, Swindon


On the edge of the Cotswolds, close to Swindon and easily accessible from the M4 motorway, Alexandra House - a contemporary hotel and conference venue, is beautifully set in 20 acres of green, landscaped grounds. The hotel has 152 modern guest rooms, each with stylish furnishings and all the facilities needed for a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the stylish, contemporary Tempus Restaurant. Using locally sourced products wherever possible, the hotel’s chefs prepare fresh dishes inspired by some great British classics. The Tempus Bar is a relaxing place for drinks, and also offers a range of deli sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and classic mains.

Hotel facilities include a Fitness Club with fully equipped gym, indoor heated swimming pool, steam room and spa pool. There is ample complimentary parking at the hotel.

Room Facilities & Amenities

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • En-suite bathroom 
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary Wifi
Room Types
Choose our standard room type for an enjoyable stay in comfortable surroundings, or upgrade to add a little extra luxury to your holiday.

Standard Room
Standard rooms are thoughtfully furnished, with modern amenities. Available as a twin share or for sole use.



Superior Room
These spacious rooms are luxuriously appointed with the perfect balance of comfort and convenience. Available as a twin share or for sole use. (Please call to request a superior room)