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.


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