Make a Simple Sheath Dress

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Make a Simple Sheath Dress

Friday 27 October 2017

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Beginner Plus


Maximum Class Size: 6

During this Friday daytime class you will cut and make this simple fitted ‘Sheath Dress’, perfect for a summer wardrobe! The workshop will be taught by designer of The Avid Seamstress sewing patterns, Lisa Falconer. The Avid Seamstress is a London based pattern company dedicated to helping modern women enjoy the art of sewing, bringing together a community of women to empower and inspire each other.

The Sheath Dress is a gorgeously draped garment with a flattering round neckline. There is an elasticated waist which makes this dress extremely comfortable and easy to wear and an invisible zip at the back to help you build upon your skills and master a new technique. You will have many options to add a personal touch and make this style unique to you, make this dress with short or mid length sleeves, with inner pockets or without, contrast colour feature zip or concealed

Level: This class is suitable for anyone who has a good grasp on basic sewing projects (cushions, tote bags, pencil cases etc.) and has already completed our Next Steps class or equivalent. This dress is an ideal starting block to begin your dressmaking journey. If this will be your first made garment we recommend that you choose a plain, easy-to-sew fabric.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Sizing & body measurements

  • Reading and understanding commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • How to transfer pattern information to fabric

  • Insert a zip

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • Finishing seams

  • Tools, equipment and sundry notions are provided and your own copy of the pattern and lunch is included, however you are required to bring your own fabric.

    Fabric Requirements:

    115cm wide (Short sleeve, sizes 8-12 only*) : 2.2m

    145cm wide plain fabric (short / long sleeve)
    Sizes 8-12: 1.5m / 1.8m
    Sizes 14-18: 1.65m / 1.8m

    145cm wide patterned fabric (short & long sleeve)
    Sizes 8-18: 2.1m

    41cm concealed/standard zip

    (Due to the shape of the pattern it does not work with narrow fabric in sizes 14-18)

    Fabric Recommendations: Light to medium weight fabrics. Laundered linen, cotton chambray, medium weight cotton prints, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different blends.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store and our team are happy to assist you with any questions about which fabric to choose