Dressmaking - Shirt Making - 2 week course

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Learn essential shirt making techniques to make a shirt in a style of your choice. 

Choose from the following patterns to create your shirt:

Womens Patterns:

Make a fitted shirt using the fantastic Sewaholic Granville shirt pattern which is shaped to fit modern women or the casual. Suitable for Sizes UK 8-22. 

The Kalle by Closet Case Patterns to make a cool and casual modern shirt or shirtdress in sizes US0-20

Make a fun western-style shirt or shirtdress using the Rosa pattern by Tilly and the Buttons in Sizes UK8-18

Mens Patterns: 

The cool Negroni shirt pattern by Walden Patterns is ideal to make a casual shirt

The Fairfield button-up by Thread Theory is a button-up shirt with all of the classic details and a modern, moderately slim fit.  This design features a slim collar with collar stand, an optional chest pocket and a yoke

Please let us know which pattern you would like to make when you check out so we can ensure we have this in stock

In the Workshop:

Make a smart or casual shirt in this workshop using a selection of pattern produced by independent pattern designers. 

This course is run over 2 full days to allow you to fully understand and enjoy the process. We will take a short break for lunch so please bring provisions or money to buy lunch in one of the lovely cafes nearby. Each day consists of a 6.5 hour class that runs from 10am-5pm with a 30-minute lunch break.

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Measure your body and select the correct size to cut out. 
  • Lay and cut your pattern pieces following the lay plans
  • Make up the shirt following the detailed and clear pattern instructions with extra explanation and demonstration of specific techniques where required. 
  • Check the fit of the garment throughout the process
  • Sewing, finishing and pressing techniques for a professional finish

What is included:

  • Use of all machines and equipment
  • Your choice of pattern 
  • Expert tuition and guidance throughout
  • Tea and biscuits

What you need to bring:  

  • 2 to 3m medium weight cotton or lightweight denim or chambray fabric - the amount will depend on your pattern choice 
  • If you are an experienced dressmaker you may also use more drapey fabrics including viscose, satin, cotton lawn
  • Matching thread
  • Buttons

You are welcome to buy fabric from our range or bring your own. 
We recommend that all fabrics to be used for dressmaking are pre-washed to avoid shrinkage so please buy your fabric ahead of the class to allow time for this. 

Suitable for: Level 4 (Beginner Dressmaker)Level 5 (Advanced Techniques)

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