The Next Step - Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners

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The Next Step - Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners

Monday 15 May 2017

Session: 1


Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Level: Beginner

Maximum Class Size: 6

If you have completed one of our Introduction to Machine Sewing classes or if you can already use a sewing machine but want to develop your technical skills further, it's time for the 'next step'. During this 3 hour session you will accomplish all the essential processes that you need to know in order to start dressmaking. In class you will practise these techniques and produce a small scale skirt from calico as well as a few separate test samples.

In this class you will learn the following techniques:

  • Lay up and cut a pattern

  • Notches, grainline and seam allowance

  • Straight darts

  • Insert a channel zip

  • Basting/hand tacking

  • Finishing edges (zig zag and turning under)

  • Three types of pleats (box, inverted & side)

  • Piping and gathers

  • Hemming

  • Mastering these essential skills will give you the confidence to start more advanced sewing projects and will give you a good foundation to begin making up garments using level 1 commercial dressmaking patterns. It will also give you the skill set needed to join one of our Introduction to Dressmaking 6 week courses.

    This is a Beginner Plus class, you must have used a sewing machine before.

    All tools, materials and refreshments are provided. 

    Class Testimonials:

    "I loved the Next Step class at Ray Stitch! The class size was small, so we got lots of one-on-one tuition and attention, and it was really satisfying to make a miniature skirt. I'm looking forward to making a full-sized version now!" - Kayla

    “Very clear and easy to digest!” - Oliver

    “I absolutely love the courses at Ray Stitch, I have learned so much and instructions are very clear” - Margaret

    “I attended Introduction to Machine Sewing in the morning then The Next Step in the afternoon and time passed very quickly, both teachers were very helpful and instructions were easy to follow, will definitely book another class” - Milly


    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.