One Day Workshop - Dress - Choose Your Own Style

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Maximum Class Size: 6 

Using two of our favourite patterns as a basis, choose from the many style variations in either:

A. The Assembly Line Balloon Sleeve Dress

B. McCalls 7948 Tiered or Pleated Dress

Plain, tiered, pleated, balloon sleeves, straight sleeves, no sleeves... take your pick! We'll guide you through all the steps and teach you new skills and techniques to improve your dressmaking and gain confidence in garment construction. 

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are already confident sewers and have had some experience making simple garments. Ideal for those who are looking to advance their garment construction techniques or for self taught dressmakers who would like some expert guidance.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Reading and understanding commercial dressmaking patterns and their notations.
  • Gathering/Pleating.
  • Attaching facings for a neat & professional looking neckline.
  • Attaching set-in sleeves.
  • Finishing seams and hems.
  • Inserting an invisible zip (Dress A)

Materials: The pattern is included but you will need to bring your own fabric, ideally pre-washed.

Preparation: We ask students to prepare for this class by cutting out the paper pattern and fabric in your size before arrival. If you need help choosing your size or selecting fabric please let us know. You can either collect the pattern from our shop or we can post one out to you - we'll contact you after booking.

Fabric Recommendations: Laundered or lightweight linen, light needlecord, cotton chambray, medium weight woven cotton, double gauze or printed light to medium-weight cotton. *For the ballon sleeve version choose a lighter weight fabric.

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

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.