Sewing With Silk - Make A Kimono

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Sewing With Silk - Make A Kimono

Friday 28 February 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Used A Machine Once or Twice

Maximum Class Size: 6

We have designed this workshop especially for learning how to handle those hard to sew, shiny, slippery fabrics such as silk. During this workshop you will make a simple Kimono finished with french seams.

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are competent machine sewists who have experience in simple sewn projects such as bags, cushions or garments.

The kimono pattern you will use in class features styles for every occasion. choose either draped kimono in short, or long with contrast bands, straight floor length kimono, or short kimono with or without trim. you could wear this versatile garment as an evening cover-up or make one to wear as a dressing gown!

With the help and guidance of our expert sewing teacher this class will teach you additional garment construction techniques to help with all your future projects. And show you top tips unique to working with silk and satin.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • How best to cut silk fabric

  • Transferring different pattern notations to the fabric

  • Which tools to use for a professional finish

  • How to make bias binding

  • French seams

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Short Draped Kimono
    Fabric 115cm wide: 3.8m - 4.3m
    Fabric 150cm wide: 2.3m - 3.6m

    Long Draped Kimono
    Fabric 115cm wide: 2m - 3.2m
    Fabric 150cm wide: 1.5m - 1.9m

    Straight Floor Length Kimono
    Fabric 115cm wide: 3m - 3.8m
    Fabric 150cm wide: 2.3m - 3.2m

    Straight Short Kimono
    Fabric 115cm wide: 2m - 2.1m
    Fabric 150cm wide: 1.1m-1.8m

    Fabric Recommendations: light to medium weight silk, crepe de chine, chiffon, satin, georgette, charmeuse, batiste.

    Lunch and refreshments are included & 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.


    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.