Make a Top in 3.5 Hours

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Make a Top in 3.5 Hours

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Session: 1


Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this single session class you will uncover how to use commericial dressmaking patterns and start to understand basic garment construction. In three (and a half) hours you will make up this very stylish and simple top with back button fastening and bias bound trim. This pattern is one that you will want to make up again and again in all those fabrics you just can't resist!

This class is suitable for sewers at a beginner plus level, and is ideal for those who have completed our Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns to create your own clothes. This pattern is the perfect introduction to your dressmaking journey.

In class you will cover the following techniques:


  • Understand commercial patterns and their notations

  • Fitting & adjustments

  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain

  • Marking the fabric

  • Attaching bias binding

  • Tips and techniques on making up

  • Finishing


    Fabric Requirements:

    Fabric 110cm wide
    Size 10-14: 1.3m
    Size 16-22: 1.4m

    Fabric 150cm wide
    Size 10-16: 0.8m
    Size 18: 0.9m
    Size 20: 1m
    Size 22: 1.1m

    Fabric Recommendations: washed linen, medium weight cottons, tana lawn, poplin, khadi cotton, washed silk or rayon.

    Tools and refreshments are provided & the pattern is yours to keep.


    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.