One Day Workshop - Tiered or Pleated Dress

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Maximum Class Size: 6 

Spend the day making this super-versatile dress and choose from the very many style variations to make it your own. In this day long workshop you will learn new skills and techniques to improve your dressmaking and gain confidence in garment construction. 

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are already competent sewers and have had experience in using simple commercial dressmaking patterns. This class is ideal for those who are looking to advance their garment construction techniques or for self taught dressmakers who would like some expert guidance.

The two style variations both come with sleeve options, choose to go sleeveless, short, or mid length, you could also add a frill to complete the look! 

Neither dress has a zip, so they just slip on over the head and are wonderfully comfortable, but they do have feminine shaping from the addition of bust darts, and waisted skirts.

Choose from a wide range of possible fabrics to make it light and summery or warm and wintry :-)

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Taking correct measurements in order to choose the right size pattern to cut.
  • 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.

Preparation: We ask that students prepare for this class by cutting out the paper pattern and fabric in your size before arrival. It's vital that you measure your bust and waist to choose your size as pattern sizing doesn't correspond with shop sizing. If you need help with this please get in touch after booking. You can either pick your pattern up from our shop or we can post one out to you.

Materials: The pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric, which should be pre washed to avoid shrinkage.

Fabric Requirements:

Tiered Dress With / Without Sleeves

Fabric 115cm Wide:
Sizes 6-12 : 3.1m/2.8m
Sizes 14-22: 3.8/3.1m
Fabric 150 cm
Size 6-10: 2.4m/2.2m
Sizes 12-14: 2.8m/2.7m
Sizes 16-22: 3.2m/2.7m

Pleated Dress With Short Sleeves (+ frill)

Fabric 115cm Wide:
Sizes 6-8 : 2.4m (+ 50cm)
Sizes 10-14: 2.6m (+ 30cm)
Sizes 16-22: 2.8m (+ 20cm)
Fabric 150 cm
Size 6-12: 2m
Sizes 14-22: 2.1m (+ 30cm)

Fabric Recommendations: Laundered or lightweight linen, needlecord, cotton chambray, medium weight woven cotton, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves or printed light to medium-weight cotton. Our sample pictured is made in a cotton blend needlecord.

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.