Make 'The Fielder' Sweater or Dress

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Make 'The Fielder' Sweater or Dress

Sunday 26 August 2018

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

The Fielder can be made as a dress or lightweight sweater, it is a style designed by Merchant and Mills that is beautifully functional and versatile. As the weather starts to turn this is the perfect time of year to make up this garment and can be made using a wide range of fabric, from light double gauze to a drapey wool blend. Choose either a matching or contrasting cotton rib for the neckline and cuffs to create something really unique.

There is the option to make the Merchant & Mills 'The Tee' in this class instead. These two styles follow very similar making up techniques and share similar processes, if you would like to read more about this pattern click here

Level: This class is suitable for sewers at a beginner plus level, and is ideal for those who have completed our Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns to create your own clothes.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns

  • Fitting & adjustments

  • Pattern lay plans

  • Marking the fabric

  • Sewing ribbing to woven fabric

  • Tips and techniques on making up

  • Tools and equipment will be provided and the pattern is your to keep but you will need to bring your own fabric and ribbing.

    Fabric Requirements


    Fabric 110-120cm Wide: Size 6 = 2.3M / Sizes 8-10 = 2.4M / Size 12 = 2.5M / Size 14-18 = 2.7M


    Fabric 140 Wide: Size 6-8 = 2.1M / Sizes 10-18 = 2.3M


    Fabric 110-120cm Wide: Size 6 = 1.3M / Size 8 = 1.4M / Size 12-18 = 1.5M


    Fabric 140 Wide: Size 6-8 = 1M / Sizes 10-18 = 1.3M

    Suitable Fabrics: Double Gauze, Washed Linen, Brushed Cotton, Lightweight Denim, Drapey Wools, Crepe & Bonded Jersey

    This is a two session evening workshop, light refreshments will be provided. You are also entitled to 10% off anything in store should you wish to purchase your fabric from us either before or on the day of your class. Our team will be happy to help you choose something suitable!


    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.

    Rosie Boycott-Brown developed an interest in fashion whilst at school, she grew up in a very creative environment and was taught the technical skills involved in dressmaking and pattern cutting from her mother who worked in the industry. She went on to study Fashion & Knitted Textiles at Winchester School of Art and enjoyed a career in the knitwear industry, designing commercially for several High Street retailers. She has always enjoyed making her own clothes in her spare time. In 2013 Rosie made an impulsive decision to start her own label and now enjoys a full time career designing and making her own range of knitwear & homeware under the brand name Rose B. Brown.