Make A Women's 'Fielder' Sweater or Men's Tee

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Make A Women's 'Fielder' Sweater or Men's Tee

Sunday 07 June 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

Are you a confident machine sewist looking for guidance with your first self made garment? Are you looking for a sewing class that will teach you some essential garment construction techniques, while giving you an introduction to using basic sewing patterns? Then this is the class for you! During this workshop you will learn how to sew either a women's lightweight woven sweater or mens classic T-shirt, also in woven fabric. There is the option to make the Fielder Sweater longer so that it can be worn as a dress too. Both patterns are designed by Merchant and Mills, a brand that epitomizes functionality and style.

These two garments are simple and very wearable which makes them perfect as a first project, you will come away from class with a finished garment as well as valuable new sewing skills. 

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sewers with little to no experience in making clothes, it is ideal for students who have completed our Intro Part 2: Essential Skills for Beyond Beginners class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns to make their own clothes.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • How to take body measurement to choose the right size to cut

  • Understand how to ready commercial sewing patterns

  • Fit & adjustments

  • Pattern lay plans

  • Marking the fabric in preparation for sewing

  • How to attach stretch ribbing to woven fabric

  • Tips and techniques on garment construction

  • 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.

    Tools and equipment will be provided and the pattern is your to keep but you will need to bring your own fabric and ribbing. Light refreshmets and lunch will also be provided for you.

    Fabric Requirements

    Fielder Sweater Dress

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

    Fabric 140cm Wide: Size 6-8 = 2.1m Sizes 10-18 = 2.3m

    Plus 25cm of Cotton Ribbing

    Fielder Sweater Top

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

    Fabric 140cm Wide: Sizes 6-8 = 1m Sizes 10-18 = 1.3m

    Plus 40cm of Cotton Ribbing

    Suitable Fabrics: Medium weight woven fabric, washed linen, poplin, shirting, cheesecloth, brushed cotton, barkcloth, chambray, crepe, cotton prints, double gauze, lightweight denim, drapey wools & bonded jersey.


    Size 36: 1.2m (All fabric widths)

    Size 38-40: 2m (Fabric 110cm/120cm wide) or 1.2m (Fabric 140cm+ wide)

    Size 42-46 - 2.1m (Fabric 110cm / 120cm wide) or 1.25m (Fabric 140cm+ wide)

    Plus 10cm of Ribbing (all sizes)

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered linen, soft cottons, chambray, cotton poplin, lawn, shirting, quilting or medium weight cotton prints.

    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! Please note that our shop opens at 11.00am on Sunday's so we recommend that you come in prior to your class so that you have a chance to browse.


    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.