Make A Stretch Top

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Make A Stretch Top

Friday 21 April 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus


Maximum Class Size: 6

Learn how to sew with stretch fabric on a domestic sewing machine, no overlocker or serger required!

A favourite from ‘Tilly and the Buttons’ dressmaking patterns, 'The Coco' is the perfect garment to introduce you to sewing with jersey fabrics.

It's an easy fitting pattern with several variations, so you can create the perfect top or dress to suit your style and shape. The Coco is a year-round wardrobe staple, it makes a great spring marinière top, summer tunic, autumn funnel neck or cosy winter dress. The style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets.


  • How to choose the right fabric for future projects

  • Laying the pattern and cutting

  • Stabilising stretchy material

  • Tips on attaching sleeves and easing

  • Lunch and refreshments are included and the pattern is yours to keep, so you can make it again and again, but you will need to bring your own fabric.


    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:-
    2.7m for dress or funnel neck (2.2m for the plain top)

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:- 
    2m for dress or funnel neck (1.5m for the plain top)

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


    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.