Introduction to Handling Bias Cut Silk - Make a Camisole

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Introduction to Handling Bias Cut Silk - Make a Camisole

Sunday 31 May 2020

Session: 1


Time: 11.00am - 4.30pm

Level: Made Two or More Garments

Maximum Class Size: 6

Bias cut garments are synonymous with flowing gowns and expensive, delicate intimates, but this technique does not need to be reserved for only evening wear and lingerie. You can bring a bit of everyday luxury to the simplest garment just by cutting it on the bias. Bias cut garments are figure flattering and hang delicately.

During this workshop you will uncover a new cutting method as well as learn a few tips on how to handle silk. In the process of learning this new skill you will make a camisole top using the 'Ogden Cami' pattern by True Bias. This top is perfect for everyday wear or nightwear.

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sexists who have previous experience in making sewn projects including a couple of simple garments. This workshop is an idea follow of from our Introduction to Machine Sewing 6 Week Course or Introduction to Dressmaking 6 Week Course.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • The rule of thumb for how much fabric to buy

  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain

  • Marking the fabric

  • Learn how to cut patterns on the bias and

  • How to sew french seams

  • How to make narrow straps

  • Tips and techniques on garment construction

  • Hemming delicate fabrics

  • Fabric Requirements:
    Fabric 120cm wide: 1.5m

    Fabric Recommendations: Bamboo Silk and other silk or satin like fabrics.

    The pattern is yours to keep and tools will be provided.

    Lunch, snacks and refreshments are all provided during the day.


    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.