Make a Shirt Dress or Tunic

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

During this dressmaking workshop you will make a beautiful, adaptable and wearable modern shirt dress or blouse. This dress could be the perfect addition to your homemade wardrobe and our class will teach you a few more techniques to help with your future projects.

Level: This workshop is suitable for those who are competent machine sewists and have had some experience in using a commercial sewing pattern.

This pattern, designed by I AM Patterns, has a loose, boxy silhouette. You can choose from three different lengths, top, tunic or shirt dress option. All versions feature loose sleeves with arm cuffs, and a hem with side splits. This style offers you the opportunity to learn a range of sewing processes and will improve your confidence in using a sewing machine and in reading commercial sewing patterns.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Understanding more complex commercial dressmaking instructions
  • How to construct and attached a collar
  • How to make a patch pocket
  • Garment construction techniques and tips
  • One-step button holes

Preparation: We ask that you trace your paper pattern at home in preparation for the class, this will mean you get more sewing time! You can either come in to our shop to collect your pattern or we can send it to you in the post, just let us know what you prefer.

Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you are required to bring your own fabric. We also recommend that you pre wash fabric on 30-40 degrees in the machine, this is to avoid shrinkage after making up your garment!

Fabric Requirements:

Top Length Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

All Sizes: 2.1m / 2.5m

Tunic Length Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

All Sizes: 2.6m / 3m

Shirt Dress Fabric 150cm / 110cm wide

All Sizes: 3.1m

Fabric Recommendations: We've made ours in a medium weight printed cotton. You could also choose laundered linen, fine wool, cotton chambray, drapey viscose, double gauze, brushed cotton, dobby weaves, different light-medium blends and lightweight needlecord.