For anyone who wants to learn a lifelong skill or brush up on existing dressmaking techniques this summer, Perth Theatre has got it all sewn up with its sewing and pattern drafting workshops.

The theatre’s resident costume maker, Liz McCafferty, is running two week-long courses in July – An Introduction to Basic Sewing Skills from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July and An Introduction to Basic Pattern Drafting from Monday 23 to Friday 27 July. Open to all, no matter what skill level, both workshops will take place in Perth Theatre’s wardrobe department.  

An Introduction to Basic Sewing Skills, from 10am to 5pm from Monday 16 to Friday 20 July, is an introduction to sewing using a variety of domestic and industrial machinery. Participants will spend the week honing a range of sewing techniques to produce a skirt or a pair of trousers.  An Introduction to Basic Pattern Drafting from Monday 23 to Friday 27 July from 10am to 5pm introduces basic pattern cutting construction methods. The course will teach the creation of a basic body and sleeve block which can be manipulated into a style of choice.

Liz McCafferty trained in fashion at the outset but was inspired by historical influences when designing her collections. This lead her to Liverpool City College, where she trained in Theatre Costume. Liz moved to Scotland in 1994 as a wardrobe assistant in Perth Theatre. She continued to work in regional theatres such as Pitlochry Festival Theatre, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews and Dundee Rep on seasonal posts for many years in addition picking up freelance work from all around Scotland. Liz is currently a Lecturer at Edinburgh College where her subjects include Pattern Cutting, Fitting Skills and Costume Construction on HND Costume for Stage and Screen and NC Theatre Design, Costume, Set and Props.

She said:

“This is a first for the newly fitted out wardrobe department, the idea came about when the theatre re-opened, we thought it would be nice to use the space in different ways. I am looking forward to the workshops which will be a good introduction to both theatre and fashion avenues.”

To book a workshop place call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 or visit