Shirt Making Workshop

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Shirt Making Workshop

Begins: Friday 09 August 2019

Ends: Friday 16 August 2019

Session: 2


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this weekend shirt making workshop you will learn how to make a classic shirt with all the details such as cuffs, collar, yoke and placket.

Level: This class is suitable for experienced, confident machine sewers who are already experimenting with making their own clothes. This course is ideal for students looking to develop their technical skills in making clothes.

You can choose either the Archer Shirt pattern for women designed by Grainline Studios or All Day Shirt for men by Liesl & Co. After you have cut the pattern out in your fabric you will focus on a wide range of making up techniques. You teacher will explain how to get the most professional finish for your garment and demonstrate a skill set that will enhance your sewing and make you feel more confident when using other sewing patterns.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Constructing a collar, placket & cuffs

  • General garment construction techniques and tips

  • French seams

  • Run & Fell seams

  • One-step button holes

  • Curved Hem

  • Prep: We ask that students for this class cut their paper pattern out at home and arrive ready to cut their fabric, this means you will have more sewing time in class. You are welcome to come by our shop to collect the pattern or we can send one to you in the post.

    Materials: The pattern is included as well as refreshments. Tools, equipment and sundry notions are provided also however you are required to bring your own fabric

    Fabric Requirements:

    Fabric 110cm wide
    Mens Shirt XS/M 2.8m L/XXL 3.2m
    Womens Shirt size 0-10 2.4m or size 12-18 2.6m

    Fabric 140cm wide
    Mens Shirt XS/M 1.8m L/XXL 2.3m
    Womens Shirt size 0-18 2m

    Fabric Recommendations: Laundered linen, cotton chambray, satin, poplin, organic crossweave, bamboo drape, double gauze, brushed cotton, flannel, dobby weaves.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store and our team are happy to help and advise on fabric choice.


    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.