Make a Simple Tunic Top or Dress

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Make a Simple Tunic Top or Dress

Friday 11 January 2019

Session: 1


Time: 1.30pm - 5.30pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sewers who haven't yet tried making their own clothes, it is ideal for those who have completed our Intro Part 2 - Essential Skills class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns. This pattern, by Merchant & Mills is the perfect introduction to your dressmaking journey.

During this class you will uncover the mysteries of how to use commercial dressmaking patterns and start to understand basic garment construction. If you are already a competent sewer, the most complicated part of starting to use patterns is translating the very limited instructions and understanding the notations printed on the pattern pieces. In three and a half hours you will be introduced to the basics of dressmaking, be shown how to read patterns and make up this very stylish and simple tunic in either top or dress length with assymetric straps.

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns and their notations

  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain

  • Marking the fabric (notches, tailor tacks)

  • Attaching bias binding

  • Tips and techniques on making up

  • Finishing

  • The top is so comfortable and requires very little material, it's a pattern that you will want to make up again and again in all those fabrics you just can't resist!

    Tools and refreshments are provided & the pattern is yours to keep.


    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.

    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.