Make a Custom Circle Skirt with Gertie!

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Make a Custom Circle Skirt with Gertie!

Begins: Monday 10 April 2017

Ends: Tuesday 11 April 2017

Session: 2


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

Join Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch for this two part workshop to make you very own perfect fitting, custom, lined Circle Skirt perfect for twirling and a staple in your wardrobe! Using the basic bodice from Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, students will learn invaluable skills on taking body measurements, drafting patterns and much more.

In these two consecutive three-hour evening classes, you will learn how to draft a custom circle skirt pattern with a waistband. After making skirt and waistband patterns to your specific measurements, we will cut your fabric and start sewing. You'll learn many techniques including how to achieve the perfect narrow hem.

Other topics covered in class will be:

  • Lapped zippers

  • Waistbands

  • Various seam finishes

  • Trims

  • Edge-stitching

  • Level: This class is suitable for a Beginner Plus-Intermediate level, students should already have some experience in making garments but Gertie will guide and tutor you through any new techniques involved in this fabulous skirt.

    All tools, materials and refreshments are provided however you will be required to bring your own fabric to class.

    Fabric Requirements:

    3.5m of Main Fabric AND Lining for all sizes

    1m fusible interfacing

    7-9" (18-23 cm) zip and thread to match

    Fabric recommendations: Light - medium weight Cotton, Cotton blends, Linen, Sateen, Poplin, Chambray, Rayon, Challis, Shirting.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off all fabrics in-store prior to the course.


    Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing bookVogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia–esque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender.

    Gretchen is now the author of four sewing books, including Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book and Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. Gretchen is the designer of Patterns by Gertie, a line of retro sewing patterns with Butterick, as well as the Gertie fabric line, sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. She lives in Beacon, New York with her two favorite creatures, Henry and Hattie.