Intermediate Menswear & Womenswear - 6 Evening Sessions

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Intermediate Menswear & Womenswear - 6 Evening Sessions

Begins: Monday 30 October 2017

Ends: Monday 04 December 2017

Session: 6


Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Our Intermediate Menswear and Womenswear Course has been designed for competent machine sewers who have already made clothes using a pattern and would like to extend their knowledge beyond the basics to get a more professional finish to their garments.

We have chosen variations on two more challenging garments; a coat/jacket and pair of fly front trousers, these offer you the chance to build on your essential sewing skills with a set of advanced garment construction techniques that will help you become a proficient and better accomplished clothes maker. We hope that after finishing this course you will feel boundless in your techniques and have the confidence to make up any garment you wish.

If you have already completed our Introduction to Dressmaking course, then this course follows on from that. Over six consecutive weeks you will learn how to make a pair of front fly trousers and an unlined coat or jacket. You can see a brief overview of these garments below.

In class you will cover the following techniques plus many more:

  • French Seam

  • Flat Felled Seam

  • One Step Buttonhole

  • Constructing a Collar

  • Lapped Zip

  • Some homework will be required during the course.


    Womens Trouser: Butterick 5818 (Five style options)
    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.1m-2.9m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 1.4m-2.3m

    Mens Trouser: Butterick 6873 / 6933 (Four style options)
    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2m-2.4m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 1.6m-2.05m

  • Semi-fitted, tapered, boot-cut, straight or wide leg trouser

  • Contoured tab waistband

  • Side-faced pockets

  • Fly-front zipper with hook/button closure.

  • Fabric Recommendations: Cotton blends, drill and twill work perfectly, cotton sateen, something with a little bit of stretch


The Foreman Jacket by Merchant and Mills
    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.7m-3.6m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2.2m-2.8m

  • French Workwear Jacket (unlined)

Set-in sleeves

Convertible collar (optional)

  • Top-stitching detail

  • Patch side pockets

  • One-step buttonholes


Pavot Coat by Deer and Doe
    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 3.2m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2.3m

  • Mid season jacket (unlined)

Retro inspired round collar (optional)

  • Top-stitching detail

  • In-seam side pockets

  • One-step buttonholes

  • Strand Coat by Merchant and Mills
    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.7m-2.9m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2m-2.6m

  • Simple unlined coat

  • Set-in sleeves and elbow darts

Top-stitching detail

  • Side pockets and in-seam waist pockets

  • Hook and eye fasten

  • Fabric Recommendations: Heavy cotton canvas, drill and twill work perfectly, but it would also look fantastic in denim or corduroy! If you would like to make The Foreman jacket up so that it is suitable for women then you can choose a softer fabric such as medium weight twill or washed linen.

    The patterns are all included but you will need to buy fabric for your projects. Please see fabric requirements above.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in store and we are happy to help with any of your inquiries.


    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.

    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.

    Rosie Boycott-Brown developed an interest in fashion whilst at school, she grew up in a very creative environment and was taught the technical skills involved in dressmaking and pattern cutting from her mother who worked in the industry. She went on to study Fashion & Knitted Textiles at Winchester School of Art and enjoyed a career in the knitwear industry, designing commercially for several High Street retailers. She has always enjoyed making her own clothes in her spare time. In 2013 Rosie made an impulsive decision to start her own label and now enjoys a full time career designing and making her own range of knitwear & homeware under the brand name Rose B. Brown.