Make a Simple Sheath Dress

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Make a Simple Sheath Dress

Saturday 19 January 2019

Session: 1


Regular Price: £120.00

Special Price £98.00

Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Level: New To Making Clothes


Maximum Class Size: 6

During this daytime class you will cut and make this simple fitted ‘Sheath Dress’, perfect for wearing in any season layered up with a light sweater or cardigan! This pattern is designed by The Avid Seamstress, 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 simple sewing projects (cushions, bags, pencil cases etc.) and has already completed our Intro to Machine Sewing Part 2 class, where you learn how to insert a zip amongst other basic dressmaking techniques. This dress is an ideal starting block to begin your dressmaking journey.

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

    For light weight fabrics 20cm concealed zip
    For heavy weight fabrics 41cm concealed zip41cm concealed 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 woven fabrics such as laundered linen, cotton chambray, medium weight cotton prints, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different blends. If this will be your first made garment we recommend that you choose a plain, easy-to-sew fabric.

    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


    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.