Sewing Retreat: Sew your Dream Dress with Charlotte Newland at Muncaster Castle



Escape with MAKE! The Lakes to a Cumbrian Castle for a weekend and sew your dream dress.

kym and charlotte castle view

Special guest, BBC Sewing Bee Champion, Charlotte Newland will join Kym to guide you every step of the way in making a perfectly fitting dress.

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Make yourself at home and spread out in our beautiful sewing studio with your own workstation for the whole weekend – no need to tidy away between sessions, hooray!

MAke the lakes sewing studio the old dairy muncaster

Round off the weekend in style with an extra special Afternoon Tea Party in the Castle!

afternoon tea in the castle cheers. DC

Enjoy some Cumbrian home comforts while staying in the Coachman’s Quarters accommodation in the Castle grounds.

coachmans quarters bedroom

With plenty of home cooking to keep you going throughout the weekend, what more could you want!

pennington food

What is included:

  • Sewing sessions led by expert Charlotte Newland to fit and make your dress. (Max. 8 students so lots of 1-2-1 attention).
  • Dress Pattern.
  • Two night stay in the Coachman’s Quarters at Muncaster Castle.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and light refreshments throughout the weekend.
  • Afternoon Tea Party in the Castle.
  • Guided tour of the Castle’s State Rooms to see some of the amazing historic textiles in the Muncaster Collection.
  • Explore the castle, grounds and Hawk and Owl Centre.

You will need to bring your own sewing machine and the materials for your finished dress. All other materials and tools will be provided, however, do feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you prefer.


make the lakes sewing retreat sewing studio Muncaster Castle

A shortlist of dress patterns to choose from will be sent out after booking. A copy of your chosen pattern is included and will be waiting for you in the sewing studio.

SKILL LEVEL: This is an advanced-beginners project. It is best if you already know how 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.

Please 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 in the sessions, 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 off any bits on your dress at home.

Bring a sewing (or non-sewing) buddy! Non-sewists tickets include everything except the sewing sessions, they will find plenty to occupy them at Muncaster and in the nearby village of Ravenglass whilst you are busy in the sewing studio.

Non-residential options are also available. Get in touch to find out more about this option.

Find out more about Muncaster Castle on their website!

MAKE! The Lakes creative dressmaking retreats take place in the stunning surroundings of The Lake District, Cumbria.