Sewing with Stretch - Make a Sweatshirt

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Sewing with Stretch - Make a Sweatshirt

Thursday 19 December 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

This workshop will introduce you to making clothes using stretch fabric, you will learn how to handle jersey using a domestic sewing machine and try a twin needle hem for finishing. During the class you will practise your new skills and in the process make the Toasty Sweater a pattern by Simplicity, this style offers four mix and match options including funnel or classic crew neck & ribbed hem or side splits. We can also offer a men's crew neck T-shirt option, with long or short sleeves.

Basic casual items of men's, women's and children's clothing are more commonly made using jersey, such as Leggings, T-shirts, Hoodies etc. This workshop will teach you transferrable techniques that you will be able to take forward into future projects, and hopefully leave you feeling confident with sewing with stretch fabrics!

Level: Students for this course must be confident machine sewers who have some experience in making simple projects such as tops, bags or soft furnishings. This course is ideal to follow on from our Introduction to Machine Sewing Course. It is the perfect follow on workshop for men interested in learning how to make clothes. This workshop also follows on from our Introduction to Dressmaking Course as you will learn a new skill.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Measuring up and choosing the right size to cut.

  • Using commercial sewing patterns and 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.

  • Garment construction techniques & order of work.

  • The pattern are complimentary and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garment. All tools, refreshments and lunch will be provided in the class.

    Overlockers: This workshop will focus on how to gain a professional looking finish on jersey garments using your domestic sewing machine. We will show you several alternative stitches that are achievable on your domestic machine including using a double needle. If there is time your teacher a short demonstration on the overlocking machine, which will enable you to have the opportunity to try finishing your seams professionally. This might be a good way for you to decide whether you would like to invest in an overlocker, and explore sewing with jersey further.  If you are thinking about buying an overlocker after this course, then we also offer a class to show you in more detail how to work and trouble shoot these machines called Introduction to The Overlocker.

    Fabric Requirements For Fabric 150cm Wide:

    Womens Sweater (Simplicity 8529) XS / S / M / L / XL

    Funnel Neck & Side Splits: 1.4m / 1.4m / 1.4m / 1.8m

    Funnel Neck & Ribbed Hem: 1.2m / 1.3 / 1.5m / 1.5m / 1.7m

    Crew Neck & Side Splits: 1.3m / 1.3m / 1.3m / 1.3m / 1.6m

    Crew Neck & Ribbed Hem: 1.1m / 1.1m / 1.3m / 1.5m


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion and immediately started her career in the fashion industry after she graduated working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from independent designers to high street suppliers. After having children, she successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently Moyna has been teaching sewing in different schools around London and has been with us now for over 6 years! She is pleased to be combining her years of teaching experience with her extensive knowledge in clothing to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and dressmaking.

    Jess Radley 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.