Sewing With Stretch - Make a Comfy T-Shirt

Learn how to sew with knitted and jersey fabric in this one day workshop and make either the popular Grainline Lark Tee or Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top.

The Lark Tee, a modern, slim fit ideal for layering, is a true wardrobe staple. 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 Agnes Top is a fitted t-shirt with a neckband, you can also add an optional rouched sweetheart neckline or rouched sleeves. You can also vary the length of the sleeve to your preference.

During the workshop you will learn how to cut, sew and stabilise stretchy fabrics using the choice of patterns.


Running Time
10am - 4.30pm

Further information

You will learn

  • 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

Skill level

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.

What's included

  • 10% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • Your very own copy of the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes or Grainline Lark Pattern
  • Use of all machines, tools and equipment
  • Stabilising tape for the shoulder seams
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch of visit one of the lovely local cafes)
  • A special 15% off voucher for lunch at local cafe, Damascena, for use on the da

You will need to bring

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! *

Your tutor

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.

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