Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 1

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Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 1

Friday 26 June 2020

Session: 1


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Complete Beginner

Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - PART 1

Maximum Class Size: 8

If you are an experienced dressmaker or enjoy the art and mindfulness of making things by hand then this is the class for you! In these three hour sessions you will have the opportunity to develop your technical skills even further. You will accomplish several hand sewn techniques that will allow you to finish garments to a couture standard. The hours will pass calmly while your teacher will guide you through each seam and stitch, by the end of the class you will have your own test samples to take away and refer back to.

Level: This is a Beginner Plus class, you must have sewn by hand before.

In this class you will learn the following techniques:

  • Mitering a Corner for hemming

  • Abutted seam (hand & machine)

  • Braced Seam (hand & machine)

  • Bias Bound Seam

  • Binding a curve/corner

  • There are two different sessions available to book onto separately and in any order, they cover different techniques. Below is a list of what is covered in the other session. Please take note of which session you are booking onto.

    Part 2 includes the following techniques:

  • Bound Button Hole

  • Blind Catch Stitch

  • Blind Hem

  • Pin Hem

  • Slip Stitch

  • Catch Stitch

  • Mastering these skills will change the way you make clothes and give you a better understanding of garment construction. You will have the confidence to produce professional looking formal evening wear and maybe even discover a slower pace to your projects for a mindful experience!

    All tools, materials and refreshments are provided.  


    “Fantastic! Class was well paced, very informative and teacher was well prepared, Love the teaching space too, spacious and very ‘zen’ (also your loo is very smart.) I’ll be back, hoping to book onto part two! Thank you!”

    “It was a very good useful session. Thank you. We learned just enough for 3 hours - not too rushed”

    “Luisa is so patient and a wonderful teacher. I’ve taken a number of classes this year all over London. She is the best!”

    “Excellent. Very good to have a written handout with thorough instructions to take away, detailed & well organised class and very good pacing too. I will take more classes at Ray Stitch” 


    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.