Two Shirt Dress Styles

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Two Shirt Dress Styles

Begins: Friday 28 April 2017

Ends: Friday 05 May 2017

Session: 2


Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Over two consecutive Friday's you will make either of these gorgeous utilitarian dresses. Both patterns are designed by Merchant and Mills, a brand famous for their no-fuss style and ultimate comfort, add your own personal touch to make the style completely unique to you. Both styles give you the opportunity to learn a wide range of  making-up techniques.

The Factory Dress was inspired by working women with a dash of Twenties style, this utilitarian style dress slips over the head and features bust darts, breast picket, front skirt pleats, in-seam pockets, a revere collar and ready turned-up sleeves. No zips or buttons this comfortable dress opitimises understated elegance and works well in most fabrics.

The Union Dress has a straight silhouette with long straight sleeves (which you could shorten.) The Henley style neckline is complemented by a button-through front placket. This drop-waist dress has in-seam pockets both at the front and sides, and is finished with small side splits for ease of wear. With a nod to traditional workwear the Union Dress is a versatile pattern that works with many fabrics and can look very soft and feminine in the right material. The waist seam also allows you to pick contrasting fabrics or different colours.

This workshop is suitable for those who are already competent sewers and have had experience in using a commercial dressmaking patterns. For those wanting to make The Union Dress, please be aware that there will be some homework to complete before your second session as this style takes a little longer to make up than The Factory Dress.

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

  • One Step Button Holes

  • Constructing a Collar


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

    Fabric Requirements:

    The Factory Dress

    120cm wide = 2.3m - 2.5m

    150cm wide = 2.25m - 2.35m

    The Union Dress

    120cm Wide = 2.9m - 3m

    150cm wide = 2m - 2.35m

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered linen, fine wool, cotton chambray, medium weight cotton, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different blends and lightweight corduroy.

    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.


    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.