Make a Smock Dress - The Ellis & Hattie by Merchant & Mills

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Make a Smock Dress - The Ellis & Hattie by Merchant & Mills

Sunday 25 June 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am-5.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

This is a full day class where you will make up either Ellis or Hattie, two variations on a pattern designed by Merchant and Mills, a brand famous for their no-fuss style and ultimate comfort. With both these styles you will have the opportunity to add your own personal touch to make the style completely unique to you.

Ellis and Hattie feature four delicate neck darts, which can be top stitched in a contrasting thread to create a feature of this detail. Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.

Neither dress has zips, so they just slip on over the head and are wonderfully comfortable. Both styles have waist seams which mean you could colour block the skirt and bodice for a two tone dress. You will have the opportunity to learn a range of making-up techniques which ever you choose.

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are already competent sewers and have had experience in using simple commercial dressmaking patterns. This class is ideal for those who are looking to advance their garment construction techniques or for self taught dressmakers who would like some expert guidance.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Sizing & body measurements

  • Understanding more complex commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • Gathering

  • Darts & Top Stitching

  • Set in Sleeves

  • In Seam Pockets

  • Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern and lunch is included but you are required to bring your own fabric.

    Fabric Requirements:


    Fabric 120cm Wide:
    Size 8 & 10 - 2.8m
    Sizes 12 & 14 - 2.9m
    Sizes 16 & 18 - 3m
    Lining: 60cm - 1m

    Fabric 140 + cm
    Size 8 & 10 - 2.5m
    Sizes 12 & 14 - 2.6m
    Sizes 16 & 18 - 2.8m
    Lining: 60cm


    Fabric 120cm Wide:
    Size 8 & 10 - 2.8m
    Sizes 12 & 14 - 2.9m
    Sizes 16 & 18 - N/A

    Fabric 140 + cm
    Size 8 & 10 - 2.6m
    Sizes 12 & 14 - 2.7m
    Sizes 16 & 18 - 2.9m

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered or lightweight linen, fine wool, cotton chambray, medium weight woven cotton, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different blends and washed denim. Our Ellis sample is made in a lightweight linen wool blend.

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


    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.