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Book classes online or call 020 7704 1060.

Booking entitles you to a 10% discount off fabric in the Ray Stitch shop.

Complimentary drinks and snacks are provided at all our classes.

Machines are provided in all our classes but are available to hire separately for £10 per hour.

We can also offer one-to-one tuition with our experienced tutors by arrangement. Call the shop to discuss.

Introduction to Men's Clothes Making

Level - Beginner Plus

Class Size: 6 Max

Classic Men's Shirt: 4 Sessions. £160.

Learn how to use a commercial pattern and construct a shirt from scratch.

The Negroni by Colette is a classic men's shirt with a modern cut. You will make your own version of this flattering shirt and be taught all the skills necessary - including how to properly lay out pattern pieces, top-stitch pockets, attach sleeves and collars and make button holes. Other invaluable construction techniques will be covered in the class, such as felled seams, plackets, buttonholes and topstitching. You will also learn about different fabrics, their uses and treatments - there's a lot to learn but the rewards will be high!
- PLease note - because of time constraints in this class you will be making a short sleeved version of the shirt.

You need to bring:
The pattern is complimentary and will be yours to take away but you will be required to bring 3 - 4m fabric for the shirt. Choose medium weight cotton, cotton shirting, chambray, brushed cotton, linen or needlecord. Please avoid checks or stripes if possible. (Booking the class entitles you to 10% off in the Ray stitch shop where the staff will be happy to help with your choice).

- Basic haberdashery and refreshments are all provided in class.
- Students for this course should be competent basic sewers and should ideally be at a level equivalent to the completion of a Next Steps class.
- A small amount of homework will be required during the course.

Classic Men's Shirt: 4 Sessions - Weds 18th, 25th March, 1st, 8th April. 7pm - 10pm, £160

About Your Teachers

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.

Rebecca Evans-Merritt started sewing clothes at fifteen when frustrated by the lack of textile classes offered at her school. She has been sewing ever since! A degree in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts utilized her textile manipulation skills and since beginning work in the Fashion Jewelry sector, Becki has developed her design and craft-based processes to an exceptional standard. Her passion for sewing remains a constant and she has built up a multitude of skills over the years. These include drafting patterns, re-working vintage pieces and following many a commercial pattern. She believes spending time hand-making garments is extremely rewarding and never tires of turning a length of fabric into something unique and wearable.


I've just finished my four week men's shirt course with Moyna and just wanted to pass on my thanks and really positive feedback on the whole experience. Moyna is a fantastic teacher - patient, approachable yet clearly very experienced and a great motivator - I think we all achieved much more than we thought we would. And it was a real pleasure to do the class at Ray Stitch too - really fantastic facilities and stylish surroundings. And great cake!
Thank you!