Sewing With Stretch - Make a Knit Jersey Dress

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Sewing With Stretch - Make a Knit Jersey Dress

Begins: Monday 10 February 2020

Ends: Monday 17 February 2020

Session: 2


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

This class is the perfect introduction to sewing with knit fabrics and while you learn new techniques you will put them into practice by making a new dress for your wardrobe! The jersey dress you will make in class has a fitted bodice and a waisted, shirred skirt which can be cut at any length you desire. You can also choose from several neckline variations and sleeve lengths so you can make this style your own. There's either a boatline or gently curved neckline at the front, with the option to make it backless. And you can choose either sleeveless, short, 3/4 or long sleeves. This comfortable dress is one that you could wear casually or, with the right jersey, would make a good work outifit. You will find yourself making over and over again until your wardrobe is full!

Level: This class is suitable for confident machine sewers who have a good grasp on basic sewing projects (cushions, bags, pencil cases, simple tops etc.) This class follows on well from our Introduction to Machine Sewing / Dressmaking 6 Week Courses.

In this class you will learn the following techniques:

  • Sizing & body measurements

  • Understanding commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations

  • Lay plans and cutting the fabric

  • Order of construction

  • Sew techniques that are unique to sewing with stretch fabric

  • Using a double needle

  • How to gather a shirred skirt

  • Fabric Requirements:

    Above the knee & short sleeves

    Main Fabric 140cm wide

    Sizes 4-14: 1.4m

    Sizes 16-22: 1.5m

    Sizes 24-26: 1.8m

    Above the knee & long sleeves

    Main Fabric 140cm wide

    Sizes 4-14: 1.4m

    Sizes 16-22: 1.5m

    Sizes 24-26: 1.8m

    Version 2

    Main Fabric 140cm wide

    Sizes 4-10: 2.3m

    Sizes 12-22: 2.4m

    Sizes 24-30: 2.7m

    Version 3

    Main Fabric 140cm wide

    Sizes 4-6: 2.3m

    Sizes 8-18: 2.4m

    Sizes 20-30: 2.6m

    Fabric Recommendations: Medium to lightweight jersey knit, baby rib knit, light sweatshirts or ponti di roma. We have a range of Art Gallery printed cotton jersey's  and organic jersey's to choose from, or you could make your dress in one of our bamboo knits and enjoy the natural properties of bamboo's slinky drape. Lining fabric must be a lightweight jersey knit.

    We will provide lunch and refreshments throughout the day.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion and after completing she immediately started a 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.