Intro to Garment Making - Men's or Women's Top - 2 Sessions or One Day

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Maximum Class Size: 6

Begin your garment sewing journey by understanding how to read and use commercial patterns and unravel the language of dressmaking. You will be shown how to read a pattern and how to prepare your fabric for sewing. You will then learn and use your new skills to make a simple but stylish top and make it your own by choosing between the several different style options available, including neck + sleeve variations. 

Level: This class is suitable for sewers at a beginner plus level, and is ideal for those who have completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 2 - Essential Skills class and would like to start using commercial dressmaking patterns. 

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns and their notations (darts, notches etc.)
  • How to choose the right size to cut
  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain
  • Marking & cutting the fabric
  • Different ways to finish seams
  • Tips and techniques on garment construction
  • Hemming


Materials: Your choice of pattern is included but you will need to bring fabric. Fabric requirements and suggestions are below - we would suggest avoiding any fabric with patterns that require matching.

Women’s Top - New Look 6543 

Fabric 45”/115cm wide: - All sizes 1.6m 
Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide: - All sizes 1.1m 

Plus 10mm button 

Unisex Top - Merchant and Mills - The Tee 

Size 36: 1.2m (All fabric widths)
Size 38-40: 2m (Fabric 110cm/120cm wide) or 1.2m (Fabric 140cm+ wide)
Size 42-46 - 2.1m (Fabric 110cm / 120cm wide) or 1.25m (Fabric 140cm+ wide)

Plus 10cm of Ribbing (all sizes)

Fabric Recommendations: Laundered linen, soft cottons, chambray, cotton poplin, lawn, shirting, quilting or medium weight cotton prints.

Please take a moment to read our cancellation policy before you book: Unfortunately our classes are non refundable. Due to our small class sizes it is also very difficult to transfer your booking to a different date. If you cannot attend a class and are able to notify us at least two weeks before the class starts, it may be possible to fit you in on another date but this is not guaranteed so please give us as much notice as possible to increase your chances.

In the event that we are forced to cancel a class, we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and offer either a full refund or swap your booking to another suitable date.