Introduction to Sewing with Stretch Fabric Course - 6 Evening Sessions

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Introduction to Sewing with Stretch Fabric Course - 6 Evening Sessions

Begins: Thursday 02 November 2017

Ends: Thursday 07 December 2017

Session: 6


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Beginner Plus

Maximum Class Size: 6

Our Introduction to Sewing Stretch Fabric is an intensive six-week programme for a beginner plus level, if you have already tried making garments using woven fabrics and would like expert guidance for your first few stretch projects, then this is the course for you.

Most basic items of clothing are more commonly made using jersey, such as leggings, T-shirts, casual dresses etc. yet novice seamstresses are commonly nervous about exploring the possibilities of sewing with stretchy material. Our course schedule not only teaches you the skills and tips unique to working with jersey but you will also come away with 3 finished garments for you to wear and and add to your handmade wardrobe. Completing this course will open up a whole new spectrum of commercial pattern options and you will leave with the confidence you need to work with any fabric!

Level: Students for this course should be competent basic sewers and as a minimum should have completed our Next Steps session or equivalent, it is preferable that you have already had some dressmaking experience although this is not essential. Please get in touch if you have any queries about your starting level.

The Overlocker: We will give a short induction on the overlocker (serger) in week 3, with these machines you will have the option of overlocking seams to give your garments an industry style finish. However, as this skill that is not versatile for those who do not own an overlocker we will show you several alternative stitches that are achievable on your domestic sewing machine, including using a double needle, that will help you to gain a professional looking finish on all your future home made jersey garments.

This course is grouped into 2 classes per garment, the following schedule will give you an idea of what you will achieve by the end of the course:

Weeks 1 & 2: Make a simple jersey t-shirt

  • A brief discussion about how to use commercial sewing patterns.

  • Learn about marking the fabric, straight of grain in knits and cutting.

  • Explore the range of stitches available on a domestic sewing machine to finish your jersey appropriately.

  • How to use a double needle.

  • Make a simple jersey t-shirt with raglan sleeves and your choice in neckline & sleeve length.

  • Weeks 3 & 4: Make a pair of jersey sweatpants

  • Demonstration on the over-locker (serger) for the option to finish your garments with an industry style finish.

  • Make a pair of jersey sweatpant trousers with either a slim or wide leg.

  • Learn how to finish a drawstring waistband, create faced pockets and attach ribbing to the ankle cuff.

  • Weeks 5 & 6: Make a Dress or Sweatshirt (choose from the following styles...)

  • Wrap Dress - this style lends itself perfectly to working with stretch fabric and is a popular dress to make for casual or formal wear. With several style options included you can choose the length of sleeve and either a fitted pencil or A-line skirt.

  • Cowl Neck or Twist Dress - if you would like to work with lightweight, drapey jersey this clever pattern lets you explore a more complicated construction.

  • Raglan Dress - this style works best in a heavy weight jersey, you have the option to make this style into a sweatshirt or add a band to the hem and patch pockets. We colour-blocked our version so that the sleeves matched the pockets!

  • During these last two sessions you will put all the skills you’ve learned over the past four weeks into practice to produce a more complex final garment.

  • Materials: The patterns are complimentary and will be yours to take away to try making up again but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garments. You will need approximately 1m for the top and 2m for the trousers and dress, exact fabric requirements will be sent to you before you start the course. All tools, equipment and unlimited refreshments will be provided in the class.

    Some homework will be required during the course.


    “I absolutely loved this class! It is the first sewing class I’ve done where I will actually wear what I made. Moyna was such a great teacher, and the class size was great. Thank you!” - Jane

    “I chose this course to revive my latent sewing skills and am SO delighted that I did. It’s given me the confidence to sew again. The teaching was first class, I’d recommend this course to my friends 100%” - Liz

    “I have loved every minute of this course. I have learnt loads and my sewing confidence has soared. I can’t stop sewing now! Moyna is a fab teacher, really knowledgable but also with a relaxed approach. Such a nice atmosphere. Lovely tea & cake too!” - Ingrid

    “It was an absolutely fantastic course. I learned a lot and had A LOT of fun too!”

    “What a lovely respite from this busy city! The teacher explains everything fully and inspires the group to make further projects” - Marietta


    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.