Make a Top in 3.5 Hours

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Make a Top in 3.5 Hours

Thursday 07 September 2017

Session: 1


Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sewers who haven't yet tried making their own clothes, it is ideal for those who have completed our Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns. This pattern is the perfect introduction to your dressmaking journey.

During this class you will uncover the mysteries of how to use commercial dressmaking patterns and start to understand basic garment construction. If you are already a competent sewer, the most complicated part of starting to use patterns is translating the very limited instructions and understanding the notations printed on the pattern pieces. In three and a half hours you will be introduced to the basics of dressmaking, be shown how to read patterns and make up this very stylish and simple top with back button fastening and bias bound trim.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns and their notations

  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain

  • Marking the fabric (notches, tailor tacks)

  • Attaching bias binding

  • Tips and techniques on making up

  • Finishing

  • This pattern comes with a selection of other garment patterns (trousers, skirt and kimono) for you to try at home. The top is so comfortable and requires very little material, it's a pattern that you will want to make up again and again in all those fabrics you just can't resist!

    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.