Introduction to Sewing with Stretch Course - 6 Morning Sessions

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Introduction to Sewing with Stretch Course - 6 Morning Sessions

Begins: Wednesday 13 September 2017

Ends: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Session: 6


Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

Our Introduction to Sewing Stretch is an intensive six-week programme for a beginner plus level, if you have already tried making garments using woven fabrics and would like expert guidance for your first few stretch projects, then this is the course for you.

Most basic items of clothing are more commonly made using jersey, such as leggings, T-shirts, casual dresses etc. Yet novice seamstresses are commonly nervous about exploring the possibilities of sewing with stretchy material. Our course schedule not only teaches you the skills and tips unique to working with jersey but you will also come away with 3 finished garments for you to wear and be proud of. Completing this course will open up a whole new spectrum of commercial pattern options and you will leave with the confidence you need to work with any fabric without limiting yourself to woven fabric only.

We will also give you a short induction on the overlocker (serger) in week 3, with these machines you will have the option of overlocking seams to give your garments an industry style finish. However, as this skill that is not versatile for those who don’t own an overlocker we will show you several alternative stitches that are achievable on your domestic sewing machine, including using a double needle, that will help you to gain a professional looking finish on all your future jersey garments.

The six weekly sessions are grouped into 2 classes per garment, the following schedule will give you an idea of what you will achieve by the end of the course:

Weeks 1 & 2

  • A brief discussion about using commercial dressmaking patterns and marking the fabric, straight of grain in knits and cutting.

  • Make a simple stretch top with your choice in sleeve length and neckline.

  • Explore the range of stitches available on a domestic sewing machine to finish your jersey appropriately.

  • Weeks 3 & 4

  • Make a pair of jersey sweat trousers with either a slim or wide leg, drawstring waistband, faced pockets and ribbed ankle cuff.

  •  Demonstration on the over-locking machine (serger) for the option to finish your garments with an industry style finish.

  • Weeks 5 & 6

  • Make either a Wrap Dress, Drapey Cowl or Twist Dress or Raglan with patch pockets.

  • Put all the skills you’ve learnt into practice to produce a more complex final garment.

  • The patterns are complimentary and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garments, . All tools and refreshments will be provided in the class.

    Students for this course should be competent basic sewers and as a minimum should have completed our Next Steps session or equivalent, it is preferable that you have already had some dressmaking experience. Please get in touch if you have any queries about your starting level.
    Some homework will be required during the course.


    “I absolutely loved this class! It is the first sewing class I’ve done where I will actually wear what I made. Moyna was such a great teacher, and the class size was great. Thank you!” - Jane

    “I chose this course to revive my latent sewing skills and am SO delighted that I did. It’s given me the confidence to sew again. The teaching was first class, I’d recommend this course to my friends 100%” - Liz

    “I have loved every minute of this course. I have learnt loads and my sewing confidence has soared. I can’t stop sewing now! Moyna is a fab teacher, really knowledgable but also with a relaxed approach. Such a nice atmosphere. Lovely tea & cake too!” - Ingrid

    “It was an absolutely fantastic course. I learned a lot and had A LOT of fun too!”

    “What a lovely respite from this busy city! The teacher explains everything fully and inspires the group to make further projects” - Marietta


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.