Make a Kimono Style Top or Dress

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Make a Kimono Style Top or Dress

Sunday 03 September 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this full daytime class you will make this kimono style top with waist tie designed by Named Clothing, a brand famous for it’s sleek and trend driven style. This top can be lengthened to make into a dress and is brilliantly simple and comfortable to wear.

Level: This class is suitable for anyone who already has a good grasp on basic sewing projects (cushions, tote bags, pencil cases etc.) and has already completed our Next Steps class or equivalent. This class is an ideal starting block to begin your dressmaking journey, if this will be your first made garment we recommend that you choose a plain, easy-to-sew fabric (not silk!)

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Understanding dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • How to lengthen a pattern to make a dress

  • How to prepare the fabric for cutting

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • Finishing seams & hemming

  • Tools are provided and a traced version of the pattern in your size is included but you are required to bring your own fabric. Lunch and refreshments are also included!

    Fabric Requirements: Fabric width should be 140cm for sizes 12+
    Small (UK 6-10) 1.2m
    Medium (12-14) 2m
    Large (16-20) 2.05m

    Fabric Recommendations: Knit Fabrics, Seersucker, Poplin, Cotton Voile, Tana Lawn, Laundered linen, Cotton Chambray, Medium Weight Cotton, Double Gauze, Dobby Weaves, Chiffon ... We made ours in Japanese Seersucker

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store and our team are happy to help and advise on fabric choice and requirements for either pattern.


    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.

    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.

    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.