Make a Fitted Shift Dress

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Make a Fitted Shift Dress

Begins: Thursday 08 June 2017

Ends: Thursday 15 June 2017

Session: 2


Time: 2.30pm - 6.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

During these two Thursday afternoon sessions you will learn how to make this stylish, vintage inspired, shift dress.

This New Look pattern is a simple shift dress with sleeves and french darts (sleeve lengths are optional - long, 3/4 or short.) It also has the option of a high-neck collar or simple boat neck with a center back seam and zipper. The pattern has back darts for shaping, so you can achieve the perfect fit! It is a classic, timeless silhouette that looks beautiful in any variation and could be made in a multitude of different fabrics to suit the right season.

Level: Students for this course should be competent basic sewers and as a minimum should have completed our Next Steps session or equivalent and had some experience with using a commercial pattern. Some homework will be required in between classes.

The pattern is included however you will need to bring your own fabric for the dress, please see requirements below.

Fabric Requirements:

Fabric 45”/115cm wide:-
Size 8-12 = 2.6m
Size 14 = 2.8m
Size 16-18 = 2.9m

Fabric 60"/150cm wide:
Size 8-10 = 1.7m
Size 12-18 = 1.8m

Recommended fabrics: Cotton and cotton blends, Chambray, Lightweight wool, Wool blends, Silk, crepe,

All tools and sundry materials will be provided and lunch is included


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.

Rosie Boycott-Brown developed an interest in fashion whilst at school, she grew up in a very creative environment and was taught the technical skills involved in dressmaking and pattern cutting from her mother who worked in the industry. She went on to study Fashion & Knitted Textiles at Winchester School of Art and enjoyed a career in the knitwear industry, designing commercially for several High Street retailers. She has always enjoyed making her own clothes in her spare time. In 2013 Rosie made an impulsive decision to start her own label and now enjoys a full time career designing and making her own range of knitwear & homeware under the brand name Rose B. Brown.