Date - 09/11/2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Knowle Village Hall, Solihull
Duration – 7.5 hours
This workshop is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before and can confidently thread the machine and bobbin. If you need a beginners class or a refresher then have a look at beginners classes available.
Come and learn how to sew with knit/jersey fabrics and make the perfect knit top/dress.
“Simple to sew, Coco is easy fitting, with no fiddly fastenings. The classic design features boat neckline, choice of top or dress length, ¾ or long sleeves, side splits on the top version, optional sixties-style funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets”.
You will learn:
- How to take essential body measurements and select your pattern size
- How to identify pattern pieces required
- How to lengthen/shorten pattern pieces if required
- How to accurately cut out pattern pieces
- How to identify the grainline of the fabric and lay out pattern pieces correctly
- How to cut stretch fabric accurately
- Top tips on how to sew with stretch fabric on a regular sewing machine
- How to stabilise necklines and hems on stretch garments
- How to top stitch using a twin needle
What is included:
- Full individual use of Janome sewing machines
- Use of sewing tools
- Full tuition to make your garment
- Paper pattern and step by step instruction booklet worth £14.50
- Tea/coffee and cake!
You will need to bring:
- Fabric : – 2.3m x 150cm wide i.e. if the fabric is 150cm wide you will need a maximum of 2.3m
or 3m x 115cm wide i.e. if the fabric is 115cm wide you will need a maximum of 3m
- Matching thread
- Lunch – please bring your own packed lunch with you or feel free to pop to the local shop/cafe in Knowle to buy something.
Medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch.
Look out for interlock knit, double-knit, ponte di roma, or feel the fabric to check it’s not too fine or stretchy.
Please give me a call if you are in any doubt about fabric choices or suggestions of where to buy from.
It is recommended to pre wash your fabric before the workshop as it is likely to shrink a little in the first wash. Dry the fabric flat – do not hang or peg as it will stretch out of shape.
(This includes a paper pattern worth £14.50 to use in the class and take home with you to use again)
“I absolutely love the Coco pattern. The Coco top was the first jersey garment I made and it is a really great pattern for those starting out in dressmaking. Don’t be put off by working with stretchy fabrics – its not as hard as you might think. I could wear a Coco every day literally – they are so comfortable! I have made 1 top and 3 dresses and have another dress in the pipeline. The dress is perfect over tights with boots in the Winter or choose a Spring/Summer print and wear with pumps. Make sure you don’t get fabric that is too stretchy – the dress in particular needs to have enough weight in it to hold the A line shape. Also if you don’t want to stress about matching up stripes/patterns then choose a plain fabric or a pattern with small print!”
Parts of descriptive text and images from Tilly and The Buttons with permission.
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