Adapt Sewing Patterns For a Better Fit

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Adapt Sewing Patterns For a Better Fit

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

This one day workshop which will teach you how to make adjustments to commercial dressmaking patterns so that you can create a better style and fit for your body shape.

Level: Students should already be proficient machine sewers and have experience in using sewing patterns. You will get the most from this class if you are aware of a problem area that could always do with adjusting to make the pattern a perfect fit. For example: the shoulders are always too narrow.

This is a skills and techniques class, you will not come away with a finished dress, instead you will produce a toile and come away with a finished pattern ready to cut and make in your own fabric.

For this class you will be working with a sewing pattern by New Look, style number 6262. The main reason we chose this pattern is that it has a fitted bodice with bust darts, four waist darts and optional sleeves. The skirt is gathered, therefore will fit all shapes which means we can focus on the fit of the bodice, the style of the neckline and the shape of the sleeves (if you want them.)

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • How to change the shape of the neckline and make new facings

  • Shorten/lengthen sleeves and skirt

  • How to move darts

  • Shorten/lengthen the bodice

  • Constructing a toile 

  • Transferring alterations to your pattern

  • Once you have learned these invaluable skills you will want to adapt all your patterns, and finally your wardrobe will be truly bespoke!

    All tools and materials are provided and lunch is included


    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.