Level 4 - Advanced Beginner Dressmaker

Learn to Sew Stretch - T-shirts and Jumpers

Do you love making your own clothes but haven't yet tried working with stretchy fabric? Stretchy jersey fabric is so comfy to wear and suitable for lots of different garments so having the skills to tackle this fabric can really widen your project choices and handmade wardrobe!

Choose from the following popular classic patterns in this workshop, depending on what type of garment you would love wearing the most!

The Tilly and the Buttons Billie Sweater - Cool, casual and modern, Billie is an ultra-comfy sweatshirt or sweater dress that you can whip up in an afternoon. It has a relaxed shape, crew neckline and classic trim details. Keep it effortless with cuffed, straight sleeves, or add some drama with on-trend balloon sleeves and deep cuffs.

The Grainline Studio Linden Sweater - The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for layering.

The Grainline Studio Lark Tee - With a modern, slim fit ideal for layering, the Lark Tee is your closet's new best friend. It's great on its own or under your favourite button up, sweater, or blazer. All four sleeves are interchangeable with each of the necklines resulting in 16 potential different tees in one pattern!

The Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ostara top - Ostara’s classic and comfortable silhouette is the perfect base layer for any outfit. Elbow-length or long sleeves will take you from day to night, through all of the seasons of the year. The elegant wide set neckline is designed to keep bra straps hidden, whether you choose to keep it simple with the U-shaped neckline, or go a little more nostalgic with the sweetheart neckline.

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on info@guthrie-ghani.co.uk and we can check availability. Sometimes we can experience a glitch in the website where the workshop appears as fully booked when it is not. We are fixing it as soon as possible.

Running Time
9.30am - 4pm

Further Information

  • Tips for cutting out and finding the grain of the fabric and direction of stretch
  • How to use a pattern to cut out your fabric
  • How to sew the garment together using a regular sewing machine - type of stitches and needle
  • How to use a twin needle
  • How to stabilise the shoulder seams
  • How to add a stretch neckband
  • How to insert a sleeve on the flat

Level 4 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you.

Please note that the V-neck option in the Lark pattern is the trickiest choice. Only opt for this if you have some experience using stretch before and are a more experienced dressmaker. If you are looking for a further challenge opt for a stripy fabric.

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • Your very own copy of your chosen sewing pattern (the Ostara Top will be a PDF print out and will include future access to the PDF files)
  • Use of all machines, tools and equipment
  • Stabilising tape for the shoulder seams
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)

Please get in touch and we can advise on what you'll need to bring, depending on your pattern of choice and which version you would like to make. This will include fabric and matching thread.

Cotton jersey fabrics are generally easier to work with so if you are still fairly new to dressmaking this will be a better choice. If you are generally a more experienced dressmaker, then a viscose or modal jersey fabric will pose an extra challenge.

* Please note - we would recommend you pre-wash all knit fabrics prior to attending the workshop! *

Charlotte Stacey

Charlotte is a fashion and textiles lecturer with experience of teaching a variety of levels and age groups. She graduated with a BA (hons) Fashion Design from Middlesex University London in 2014 and is currently studying a Masters in Textiles for Fashion in 2019 at Birmingham City University. She is interested in pattern making and garment construction and works freelance making bespoke clothing for clients and sample collections for small clothing companies. Charlotte believes that sewing and textiles should be accessible to everyone as it can contribute positively to wellbeing and confidence.

Claire Heath

Sewing has always been a huge part of Claire's life. She has been sewing & making things since was little & her passion has grown & grown. She loves working with a range of fabrics, making clothes, adapting commercial patterns and developing her own patterns.

After graduating from Leeds University in Textiles and Fashion Design, Claire has worked in womenswear design, accessories design, textiles print design, modern textiles research, retail management, visual merchandising for some of the top high street brands. Claire also loves to share her passion, creativity and skills with others. When she is not sewing or creating something, Claire loves to travel, take photos and cook.

Dates & Times

Sorry there are no sessions planned in at the moment, but do get in touch and we’ll let you know about future dates.