Sew A Tiered or Pleated Dress

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Sew A Tiered or Pleated Dress

Friday 26 June 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

This is a day long workshop where students will learn to make up either a tiered or pleated dress. Throughout the day you will learn new skills and techniques to improve your dressmaking and make you more confident in garment construction.

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are already competent sewers and have had experience in using simple commercial dressmaking patterns. This class is ideal for those who are looking to advance their garment construction techniques or for self taught dressmakers who would like some expert guidance.

The two style variations both come with sleeve options, choose to go sleeveless, short, or mid length, you could also add a frill to complete the look! With both these styles you will have the opportunity to add your own personal touch to make the style completely unique to you.

Neither dress has a zip, so they just slip on over the head and are wonderfully comfortable, but they do have feminine shaping from the addition of bust darts, and waisted skirts.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • How to take the correct measurements in order to choose the right size pattern to cut

  • Reading commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • Gathering skirts

  • Bust darts & Top Stitching

  • How to attach a facing for a neat & professional looking neckline

  • Attach set in sleeves

  • Plus learn a range of a garment construction processes

  • Preparation: We ask that students prepare for this class by cutting out the paper pattern in your size before arrival. It's vital that you measure your bust and waist to choose your size as pattern sizing doesn't correspond with shop sizing. You can either pick your pattern up from our shop or we can post one out to you.

    Materials: Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric, which should be pre washed to avoid shrinkage.
    Lunch and light refreshments are also included with afternoon tea & cake!

    Fabric Requirements:

    Tiered Dress With / Without Sleeves

    Fabric 115cm Wide:
Sizes 6-12 : 3.1m/2.8m
    Sizes 14-22: 3.8/3.1m
    Fabric 150 cm
Size 6-10: 2.4m/2.2m
    Sizes 12-14: 2.8m/2.7m
Sizes 16-22: 3.2m/2.7m

    Pleated Dress With Short Sleeves (+ frill)

    Fabric 115cm Wide:
Sizes 6-8 : 2.4m (+ 50cm)
    Sizes 10-14: 2.6m (+ 30cm)
    Sizes 16-22: 2.8m (+ 20cm)
    Fabric 150 cm
Size 6-12: 2m
    Sizes 14-22: 2.1m (+ 30cm)

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered or lightweight linen, needlecord, cotton chambray, medium weight woven cotton, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves or printed light to medium-weight cotton. Our sample pictured is made in a cotton blend needlecord.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store where 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.

    Jess R has been sewing for several decades having taught herself on an old hand-turned Singer machine, she learned how to make clothes by taking apart old garments, making patterns from them and re making them. Jess has more recently done formal training in men's tailoring at CityLit and in producing digital drafts of her hand drawn patterns at London College of Fashion. Her current sewing passions range from made-to-measure men's shirts to baby clothes and quilts and she's also designing a range of sewing patterns. Jess loves to pass on her sewing and pattern making knowledge to others by teaching our fledging students.