Make a Smock Dress

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Make a Smock Dress

Friday 06 July 2018

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

During this two-part dressmaking workshop you will make a reversible loose fit blouse or gathered waist smock. This very wearable dress could be the perfect addition to your homemade wardrobe and with the help and guidance of our expert sewing teacher this class will teach you additional garment construction techniques to help with all 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 my Megan Nielsen, features keyhole cut out, ties, a peter pan collar and three sleeve lengths. This comfortable and adaptable design can be worn with keyhole in the front or back. Both styles offer you the opportunity to learn a range of sewing processes that will improve your confidence in using a sewing machine and reading commercial sewing patterns.

You will cover the following techniques in class: 

  • Understanding more complex commercial dressmaking patterns

  • Transferring different pattern notations to the fabric

  • Lining a bodice

  • Adding a bias trim

  • Gathering skirts

  • How to insert a pocket (optional)

  • Garment construction techniques and tips

  • Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric.

    Fabric Requirements:

    Version 1 - Top with peter pan collar and 3/4 length sleeves.
    Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide
    All sizes: 1.5m / 2m

    Version 2 - Top with simple neckline and short sleeves.
    Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide
    All sizes: 1.3m / 1.5m

    Version 3 - Dress with with simple neckline and 3/4 length sleeves.
    Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide
    All sizes: 2.2m / 2.6m

    Fabric Recommendations: Light to mediumweight woven fabrics that have some drape and a soft look... Choose a lawn, voile, silk satin, habotai, charmeuse, georgette, chambray, double gauze, viscose, linen. Our samples are made up in a cotton-linen Japanese lightweight canvas print with silk lining, a linen double gauze, and a quilting-weight cotton.

    This is a two-part workshop and 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.


    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.