Shirt-making Workshop – £90

Thursdays 22nd February and 1st March: 10am – 3pm

There are some sewing projects which many sewers, even those with dressmaking experience, are a little nervous to tackle. Things like making a coat, or trousers with a zip fly. And I’m sure that shirt-making is fairly high up that list! At this workshop I’ll help you get to grips with collars, button stands, sleeve plackets, pockets and yokes.

As with all dressmaking workshops, places are limited to just three students to ensure ample space, and plenty of one-to-one assistance.

To attend this two-day shirt-making workshop you need to have a reasonable amount of sewing experience. Ideally you will have done some dressmaking, but if you have other skill such as more advanced bag making then you should be fine.

You will need to bring your own sewing pattern to this workshop, with all the supplies listed on the pattern envelope – fabric, buttons and thread to match your fabric. I always have interfacing to hand which students are welcome to use.

When choosing your pattern, any shirt or shirt-dress is fine. Bear in mind that some commercial patterns include a ‘one-piece’ collar – this means that it doesn’t have the collar stand. This is fine, but it’s something to be aware of as you will miss out on the full collar technique and the result sits quite differently.

When choosing fabric, I would recommend something stable like a cotton poplin or a lightweight denim or linen. If this is your first shirt it would be best to avoid anything too slippery or sheer.

Here are a few patterns suggestions, but please feel free to email me for any further advice:

The Archer by Grainline

The Kalle shirtdress by Closet Case

McCall’s shirtdress M6696

The Melilot shirt by Deer and Doe

The Granville by Sewaholic

shirtmaking collage

granville shirt

Shirt-making Workshop

Thursdays 22nd February and 1st March