Couture Hand Sewing Techniques - Part 1

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Maximum Class Size: 6

If you are an experienced dressmaker or enjoy the art and mindfulness of making things by hand then this is the class for you! In these three hour sessions you will have the opportunity to develop your technical skills even further. You will accomplish several hand sewn techniques that will allow you to finish garments to a couture standard. The hours will pass calmly while your teacher will guide you through each seam and stitch, by the end of the class you will have your own test samples to take away and refer back to.

Level: This is a Beginner Plus class, you must have sewn by hand before.

In this class (Part 1) you will learn the following techniques:

  • Mitred Hem/Corner
  • Draw Stitch
  • Hong Kong seam finish (also known as bound seams) 
  • Balancing Darts (two ways)
  • Petersham 'Peek' fell seam 
  • Blind Hem Stitch

There are two different sessions available to book onto separately and in any order, they cover different techniques. Below is a list of what is covered in the other session. Please take note of which session you are booking onto.

Part 2 will cover the following techniques:

  • Bound buttonhole
  • Blind catchstitch
  • Blind hem stitch 
  • Couture waistband with hanger loops
  • Lined & bound skirt panels 

Mastering these skills will change the way you make clothes and give you a better understanding of garment construction. You will have the confidence to produce professional looking formal evening wear and maybe even discover a slower pace to your projects for a mindful experience!

Materials are provided. 



“Fantastic! Class was well paced, very informative and teacher was well prepared, Love the teaching space too, spacious and very ‘zen’ (also your loo is very smart.) I’ll be back, hoping to book onto part two! Thank you!”

“It was a very good useful session. Thank you. We learned just enough for 3 hours - not too rushed”

“Luisa is so patient and a wonderful teacher. I’ve taken a number of classes this year all over London. She is the best!”

“Excellent. Very good to have a written handout with thorough instructions to take away, detailed & well organised class and very good pacing too. I will take more classes at Ray Stitch” 


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