Intro to Garment Making Course - 6 Weekly Sessions or 3 Day Intensive

  • Make a Selection

Every year we guide and teach hundreds of fledgling sewists and equip them with the skills and confidence to progress to more advanced dressmaking and feel they can work through sewing patterns without assistance.

This course will enable students to complete a minimum of 2 garments and, if time allows, start a third project of their choice.

Learn or cover in class: 

  • How to read and use commercial patterns and unravel the language of dressmaking. 
  • How to use pattern sizing and fabric guides
  • How to prepare fabric 
  • Necklines - attach facings or ribbing.
  • Set-in Sleeves
  • Waistbands 
  • Zips
  • Finishing hems and seams

Level 3: Students for this course must already know how to thread up a sewing machine and have experience making a couple of simple sewn items such as tote bags, cushions, pencil cases etc. This course can follow on from any of our Level 2 classes.

Materials: All sewing patterns are included, and each pattern has other garments and variants of style which you can try at home after you complete your course. For this course you are only required to bring fabric for the garments. The machines, equipment & sundry materials, such as basic thread colours and interfacing are provided. 

Fabric requirements for your first project - a choice of top with set in sleeves - are below. 

WEEKS 1 & 2: Top 

Top Option 1: Women’s New Look 6543 

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

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

Plus 10mm button 

Top Option 2: Women’s Top - New Look 6582 

Fabric 45”/115cm wide: - 2.2m - 2.5m 
Fabric 60”/ 150cm wide: - All sizes 1.5m 

Top Option 3: 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: Linen, soft cottons, chambray, cotton poplin, lawn, shirting, quilting or medium weight cotton prints.

WEEKS 3 - 6: Discuss options with your teacher in class.

Homework: Some homework may be required during the course, this will involve cutting the paper patterns & fabric and catching up on a bit sewing if needs be. 

Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store for one week where our team are happy to help and advise on fabric.

What next? Upon completing this course, we offer a range of advanced dressmaking classes including; various day dress and trouser making classes, sewing with silk, jacket making, Introduction to Overlocker and Sewing with Stretch courses for those wishing to learn to use stretch fabrics. We also teach advanced techniques classes, couture and tailoring techniques workshops, for those who would like to extend their knowledge and achieve a professional finish. 

We also run regular freestyle sewing and dressmaking; for those who either need some help with a project they have on the go or want to make or learn something specific that we don’t cover in any of the group classes. 

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.