Introduction to Sewing Stretch Jersey Tops & Trousers - 4 Week Evening Course

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Introduction to Sewing Stretch Jersey Tops & Trousers - 4 Week Evening Course

Begins: Thursday 07 May 2020

Ends: Thursday 28 May 2020

Session: 4


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

Our Introduction to Sewing with Stretch Fabric is an intensive four-week programme making jersey garments for both men and women. Students on this course will come away with two completed garments.

Level: Students for this course must be confident machine sewists who have some experience in making either garments, bags or cushion covers etc.

Basic casual items of men's, women's and children's clothing are more commonly made using jersey, such as Leggings, T-shirts, Hoodies & Sweatshirts etc. yet novice sewists are commonly nervous about exploring the possibilities of sewing with stretchy material.

This course not only teaches you the skills and techniques unique to working with jersey but you will also come away with a finished top/sweatshirt & a pair of joggers. Completing this course will open up a whole new spectrum of commercial pattern options and you will leave with the confidence you need to make clothes from any fabric without limiting yourself to woven’s only.

Four weekly sessions are grouped into 2 classes per garment:

Weeks 1 & 2

Make a long sleeved raglan top/t-shirt or sweatshirt for either men or women with an option of necklines including simple round crew neck neck, turtle neck or polo. You can also choose to make this top longer and adapt the pattern to turn it into a jersey dress.

Measuring the right size pattern to cut.
Brief introduction to commercial sewing patterns & marking jersey 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.
Raglan sleeves
How to attach a neckband
Using a double needle
Using Overlocker / Serger for an alternative way to finish seams (optional)

Weeks 3 & 4

Make a pair of sweatpants with either a slim or wide leg, drawstring waistband, faced pockets and ribbed ankle cuff.
How to measure elasticity to make a pattern for ribbing (all ribbings have different elasticity!)
Work with different weight jersey fabrics.
How to attach ribbing to fabric.
Sew in pleats
Insert faced pockets
Attach and finish a waistband
Put all the skills you’ve learned so far into practice

Materials: The patterns are included and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garments.  All tools and equipment will be provided in the class.

Overlockers: This course will focus on how to gain a professional looking finish on jersey garments using your domestic sewing machine. In the second class we will give you the option to try using the overlocking machines to finish seams however, as this skill that is not versatile for those who don’t own an overlocker we will show you several alternative stitches that are achievable on your domestic machine.

If you are thinking about buying an overlocker after this course, then we also offer a class to show you how to work and trouble shoot these machines called Introduction to The Overlocker.

Fabric Requirements:

Women's Long Sleeved Top or Sweatshirt

All Fabric Widths
Size 8-20 : 1.6m
Size 18-20 : 1.8m

(You will need more fabric in order to make a dress)

Men's Crew Neck T-Shirt / Sweatshirt (Burda 6602)

Fabric 140cm Wide: 1.2m / 1.7m

Women's Trousers (Simplicity 2061)

Wide Leg
Fabric 150cm wide
Size 6-10: 1.5m
Size 12-14: 1.7m
Size 16-18: 2m

Tapered Leg (with or without cuff)
Fabric 150cm wide
Size 6-10: 1.2m
Size 12-16: 1.6m
Size 18: 1.9m

Ribbing: 20cm

Men's Sweatpants (Burda 6719)

Fabric 140cm wide
Size 36-38: 1.6m
Size 40-42: 1.8m
Size 44-46: 2.1m

Ribbing: 20cm


“I absolutely loved this class! It is the first sewing class I’ve done where I will actually wear what I made. Moyna was such a great teacher, and the small class size was great. Thank you!” - Jane

“I chose this course to revive my latent sewing skills and am SO delighted that I did. It’s given me the confidence to sew again. The teaching was first class, I’d recommend this course to my friends 100%” - Liz

“I have loved every minute of this course. I have learnt loads and my sewing confidence has soared. I can’t stop sewing now! Moyna is a fab teacher, really knowledgeable but also with a relaxed approach. Such a nice atmosphere. Lovely tea & cake too!” - Ingrid

“It was an absolutely fantastic course. I learned a lot and had A LOT of fun too!”

“What a lovely respite from this busy city! The teacher explains everything fully and inspires the group to make further projects” - Marietta


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.