Shirt Making Workshop

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Shirt Making Workshop

Begins: Thursday 07 June 2018

Ends: Thursday 21 June 2018

Session: 3


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

On this three part course you will add many new skills to you repertoire and, in the process, learn how to make this beautiful shirt using the Melilot shirt pattern by Deer and Doe. This casual drop sleeve shirt comes with several style options, you can choose short or long sleeves, concealed or visible placket and rounded collar or mandarin collar. This beautiful blouse also has bust darts for a more flattering and feminine fit.

Our expert sewing teacher will always be on hand to guide you through the intricate garment construction process involved with making a shirt. You will start the workshop by cutting and preparing your fabric, afterwards you will focus on a wide range of making up techniques to get the most professional finish for this advanced garment. During the workshop you will be helped with getting the right fit and demonstrated a skill set that will enhance your sewing and make you feel more confident when using other sewing patterns.

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sewers who are already experimenting with making their own clothes using commercial sewing patterns. Students for this course should already have experience in sewing darts. This course is ideal for students looking to develop their technical skills in making clothes.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • French seams

  • Constructing a collar

  • Making a concealed placket & cuffs

  • Patch pockets

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • One-step button holes

  • Curved hems

  • Finishing

  • Preparation:We ask that students for this class cut their paper pattern out at home and arrive to class ready to cut their fabric, this will mean you have more time in class for sewing! You are welcome to come by our shop to collect the pattern or we can send one to you in the post. Fabric should be pre washed to avoid shrinking once it is made up!

    Materials: The pattern is included in the price as well as refreshments. Tools, equipment and sundry notions are provided also however you are required to bring your own fabric.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Long Sleeves
    140cm wide - 1.6m
    110cm wide - 2.5m

    Short Sleeves
    140cm wide - 1.15m
    110cm wide - 1.8m

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered linen, cotton chambray, satin, poplin, organic crossweave, bamboo drape, double gauze, brushed cotton, flannel, dobby weaves.

    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.


    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.