Make a Modern Shirt Dress or Blouse

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Make a Modern Shirt Dress or Blouse

Friday 27 September 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 5.30pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this dressmaking workshop you will make a beautiful, adaptable and wearable modern shirt dress or blouse. This dress could be the perfect addition to your homemade wardrobe and our class will teach you a few more techniques to help with your future projects.

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are competent machine sewists and have had some experience in using a commercial sewing pattern.

This pattern, designed by Closet Case, has a loose, body skimming silhouette and a number of interchangeable features. Choose from three different lengths, the top length is inspired by classic men's oxford shirt with back pleat. All versions feature a subtly curved yoke, kimono sleeves with arm cuffs, and a dramatically shaped hem. You could also personalise your shirt/dress with a standard or band collar, an optional breast pocket, an inverted or box pleat, and button, popover or hidden placket. Each style offers you the opportunity to learn a range of sewing processes and will improve your confidence in using a sewing machine and in reading commercial sewing patterns.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Understanding more complex commercial dressmaking instructions

  • How to construct and attached a collar

  • How to make a patch pocket

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • How to get a smooth curved hem

  • One-step button holes

  • Preparation: We ask that you cut out your paper pattern at home in preparation for the class, this will mean you get more sewing time! You can either come in to our shop to collect your pattern or we can send it to you in the post, just let us know what you prefer.

    Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric. We also recommend that you pre wash fabric on 30-40 degrees in the machine, this is to avoid shrinkage after making up your garment!

    Fabric Requirements:

    Version A Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

    Sizes 0-6: 1.4m / 1.85m

    Sizes 8-14: 1.6m / 2m

    Sizes 16-20: 1.85m / 2m

    Version B Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

    Sizes 0-6: 1.6m / 2.3m

    Sizes 8-14: 1.85m / 2.3m

    Sizes 16-20: 2m / 2.5m

    Version C Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

    Sizes 0-6: 1.85m / 2.5m

    Sizes 8-14: 2m / 2.5m

    Sizes 16-20: 2.25m / 2.75m

    Fabric Recommendations: We've made ours in a drapey viscose. You could also choose laundered linen, fine wool, cotton chambray, medium weight cotton, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different blends and lightweight corduroy.

    This is a full day workshop and lunch & 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.


    Jess R 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.

    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.

    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.