Sewing With Stretch - Make a T-Shirt or Dress

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Sewing With Stretch - Make a T-Shirt or Dress

Begins: Thursday 08 August 2019

Ends: Thursday 15 August 2019

Session: 2


Time: 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Level: New To Making Clothes

Maximum Class Size: 6

This workshop will introduce you to making clothes using stretch fabric, you will learn how to handle jersey using a domestic sewing machine and try a twin needle hem for finishing. Basic casual items of men's, women's and children's clothing are more commonly made using jersey, such as Leggings, T-shirts, Hoodies & Sweatshirts etc. In this 5 hour workshop you can make the Coco top by Tilly & The Buttons which is a great basic long sleeved top or dress or a classic unisex t-shirt. You will leave this workshop with the skills to make many other basic items to fill your wardrobe!

Level: Students for this course must be confident machine sewers who have some experience in making simple projects such as tops, bags or homeware. This course is ideal to follow on from our Introduction to Machine Sewing Course, especially for men who new to making clothes. This workshop also follows on from our Introduction to Dressmaking Course as you will learn a new skill.

You will cover the following techiques in class:

  • Measuring up and choosing the right size to cut.

  • Using commercial sewing patterns and marking the fabric, straight of grain in knits and cutting.

  • Explore the range of stitches available on a domestic sewing machine to finish your jersey appropriately.

  • Garment construction techniques & order of work.

  • The pattern are complimentary and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring your own fabric for the garment. All tools, refreshments and lunch will be provided in the class.

    Overlockers: This workshop will focus on how to gain a professional looking finish on jersey garments using your domestic sewing machine. We will show you several alternative stitches that are achievable on your domestic machine including using a double needle. If you are thinking about buying an overlocker after this course, then we also offer a class to show you in more detail how to work and trouble shoot these machines called Introduction to The Overlocker.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Crew Neck T-Shirt (Burda 6602)

    Fabric 140cm Wide: 1.2m


    “I absolutely loved this class! It is the first sewing class I’ve done where I will actually wear what I made. Moyna was such a great teacher, and the small class size was great. Thank you!” - Jane


“I chose this course to revive my latent sewing skills and am SO delighted that I did. It’s given me the confidence to sew again. The teaching was first class, I’d recommend this course to my friends 100%” - Liz

    “I have loved every minute of this course. I have learnt loads and my sewing confidence has soared. I can’t stop sewing now! Moyna is a fab teacher, really knowledgeable but also with a relaxed approach. Such a nice atmosphere. Lovely tea & cake too!” - Ingrid

    “It was an absolutely fantastic course. I learned a lot and had A LOT of fun too!”

“What a lovely respite from this busy city! The teacher explains everything fully and inspires the group to make further projects” - Marietta


    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.