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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

Genevieve Smith, local crafter and teacher has been creating for as long as she can remember. Having completed her textile studies at school, she has gone on to follow courses at Central St Martins in bag making, studied crochet with Rowena Luke King, pattern cutting in Spain and numerous other short courses in London. Obsessed with fabric and yarn, Genevieve has worked on commissions ranging from silk wedding dresses to knitted bouquets. As a busy working mother of 3 children, she understands the need for “me” time and appreciates the sense of both relaxation and achievement that crafting can provide. She has taught a diverse range of skills to a wide age range and loves sharing her passion for craft.

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.


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!