Make a Stretch Top

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Make a Stretch Top

Begins: Thursday 04 May 2017

Ends: Thursday 11 May 2017

Session: 2


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus


Maximum Class Size: 6

This workshop will introduce you to sewing with stretch fabric, if you have already tried making garments using woven fabrics and would like expert guidance for your first jersey project, then this is the class 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. This class not only teaches you the skills and tips unique to working with jersey but you will also come away with a simple very wearable t-shirt. 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), 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.

This long or 3/4 length sleeve top is the perfect garment to introduce you to sewing with jersey fabrics. It's an easy fitting pattern with two neckline options, either boat neck or shallow 'V' neck.

Level: 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.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

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

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

  • How to choose the right fabric for future projects

  • Laying the pattern and cutting

  • Stabilising stretchy material

  • Tips on attaching sleeves and easing

  • Fabric recommendations: Medium weight knit fabric without too much stretch – interlock, double knit, single jersey sweat or ponte di roma work best.

    The pattern is included but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the top. All tools and refreshments will be provided in the class.


    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.