Sewing With Stretch - Make a Cosy Jumper

Learn how to sew with stretchy sweatshirt fabrics in this one day workshop and choose from three, popular jumper patterns!

The Grainline 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 Sew House Seven Toaster is fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and then swings out at the underarms and hem. It features a semi-high-neck that takes its inspiration from funnel and boat necks. It also has mitered side vents with a hi-low hem that is 1” shorter in the front than the back. The front hem falls just below the high hip.

The Tilly and the Buttons Nora is a modern style sweater with a boxy, oversized shape, drop shoulders and wide sleeves. Choose from slouchy high neck or narrow neckband; short, elbow-length or extra-long sleeves; with longline hem or cropped and stepped deep hem with side splits.

The workshop will focus on skills and techniques for sewing with sweatshirt fabric, along with construction skills such as the raglan sleeves, inserting a neckband and adding a cuff.

Workshop attendees are currently restricted to a max of 5, which means additional 1:1 help from the tutor. Further information on how we are running workshops to ensure the safety of attendees and staff can be found in this link.


Running Time
9.30am - 4.00pm

Further information

You will learn

  • How to choose your size and interpret the pattern
  • How to cut out sweatshirt fabric and assess the stretch
  • How to stretch fabric on a regular sewing machine
  • How to construct a raglan Sleeve
  • How to add a neckband and cuff using the same or a ribbed fabric
  • How to sew and optional regular hem in a stretch fabric
  • How to use a twin needle on a stretch fabric
  • How to create mitred corners

Skill level

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

What's included

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • Your own copy of the pattern you choose to make at home again and again
  • Use of all sewing machines, tools and equipment
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit some of the lovely local cafes)

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.

This will include fabric and matching thread.

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

Your tutor

Claire Heath / Charlotte Stacey


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.


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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