Intro to Sewing Patterns - Make a Simple Top

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Maximum Class Size: 5 (reduced due to social distancing measures)

During this class you will uncover how to read and use commercial dressmaking patterns and start to understand basic garment construction. If you have already mastered the basics of machine sewing and want to start to make your own clothes then this is the class for you!

In just 4 hours you will be taught the language of dressmaking in the way that it is commonly written on sewing patterns and learn basic garment making. You will shown what the markings mean on the pattern itself and out to prepare your fabric for sewing. You will then learn and use your new skills to make this stylish and wearable top with back button fastening and bias bound trim. This pattern (in sizes 10-22) is the perfect introduction to your dressmaking journey.

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
  • Attaching bias binding
  • Tips and techniques on garment construction
  • Hemming

Fabric Requirements:

Pattern - New Look 6217

Fabric 110cm wide
Size 10-14: 1.3m
Size 16-22: 1.4m

Fabric 150cm wide
Size 10-16: 0.8m
Size 18: 0.9m
Size 20: 1m
Size 22: 1.1m

Fabric Recommendations: washed linen, medium weight cottons, tana lawn, poplin, khadi cotton.

The pattern is yours to keep and comes in a pack with three other garments, a skirt, kimono style top and trousers. The top is one of our favourites and only uses around one meter of material so you can make it up again and again in all those fabrics you just can't resist!

Please bring with you: A sewing machine and scissors will be allocated to you. We also recommend you either bring with you, or purchase from Ray Stitch, small tools such as pins, a tape measure, unpicker, needles, and thread snips.