Make A Pencil or A-Line Skirt

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Make A Pencil or A-Line Skirt

Begins: Monday 01 April 2019

Ends: Monday 08 April 2019

Session: 2


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

Are you looking to build on your sewing and dressmaking skills? Or maybe you are a self taught dressmaker and want to learn how to successfully use sewing patterns? If you have made a couple of simple sewn projects already and need some guidance with how to make your first successful skirt, this is the class for you!

Level: This class is suitable for anyone who already knows how to thread up and use a sewing machine proficiently. Students for this class should have already completed our Intro to Machine Sewing Part 2: Essential Skills class or equivalent.

During this two-part workshop you will make a Straight or A-line Skirt with centre back zip. To begin you will focus on how to read and comprehend sewing patterns and their instructions. With the help and guidance from our expert sewing teacher you will learn essential garment construction techniques to help tackle future projects with ease and confidence!

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Sizing & body measurements

  • Comprehend commercial sewing patterns

  • Transfer pattern notations to fabric

  • How to use fabric lay plans and cutting the fabric

  • How to insert an invisible zip

  • How to attach a waistband

  • Neat & professional finishing

  • All tools and sundry materials are included and the pattern will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric. The pattern ranges from size 6-22, please see below for how much fabric you will need to bring to class.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Straight Skirt (New Look 6843 - fabric requirements below are for knee length skirt)

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide:-
    Size 8-10 = 0.8m
    Size 12-14 = 1.2m
    Size 16 -18 = 1.3m

    Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide:-
    Size 8 -18 = 0.8m

    9” Invisible Zip

    You could make this versatile skirt style the whole year through, with a vast array of fabric options, you can make it in anything from a lightweight denim to drapey wool blends and wear with tights in the Autumn.

    Recommended fabrics: Cotton and cotton blends, needlecord, chambray, denim, laundered linen, twill, linen, linen blends, light weight wool.

    Snacks & refreshments are provided and booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store where our team are happy to help and advise on fabric choice.


    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.

    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.

    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.