Simple Top

If you are looking to expand your sewing skills and try dressmaking for the first time then this workshop is for you. During this one day workshop you will have the choice of two, simple patterns.

The Stevie Top from Tilly and the Buttons is an easy-fitting modern tunic with round neckline and grown-on sleeves, closing at the back with a button loop or neck ties. Easy to make, with no darts, fiddly fastenings or set-in sleeves, this is a great project for sewing newbies.

The second option is a lovely sleeveless top that's neatly finished around the neck and arm holes with a facing and has little side vents. It's a great wardrobe staple and perfect for warm summer days or layering up in winter.

"Wonderful environment, Dee has given me the confidence to do more in the future!" - Sarah

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
Dates & Times

Further information

You will learn

Depending on your choice of pattern, you will learn:

  • How to take key body measurements and choose a size
  • How to make simple pattern adjustments
  • How to interpret pattern symbols and markings
  • How to accurately cut out your fabric
  • How to sew seams and finish off the inside edges
  • How to attach an all in one neckline and armhole facing
  • How to add in a vent at the side seam
  • How to hem the top
  • How to attach sleeve cuffs
  • How to attach a neck facing
  • How to sew a yoke
  • How to create a tie

Skill level

Level 3 - 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
  • A paper pattern in your chosen size that you can take home to make more tops with
  • Interfacing
  • Instruction sheet
  • Use of all top tools, equipment and machines
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)

You will need to bring

  • Light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn or voile. Some medium weight cottons are also suitable - please get in touch to check before hand
  • For the sleeveless top, Size 8 - 20 you will need 1.7m of 115cm (45") wide fabric or 1m of 150cm (60") wide.
  • For the Stevie, Sizes 6 - 14 you need 1.7m of 115cm (45") wide fabric or 1.2m of 150cm (60") wide and for sizes 16 - 20 you will need 1.7m of 115cm (45") wide fabric or 1.5m of 60") wide.
  • Matching thread

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like some help choosing your fabric.

Your tutor

Dee Cain

When Dee's parents realised that she adored all things sewing related, they gave her an electric sewing machine for her 9th birthday and her first sewing teacher was her dear mum who just happened to be a seamstress.

Dee has had a lengthy career in the clothing industry working as a sample machinist, sample cutter, pattern drafter and bridal alteration specialist before she decided to become a mature student and study for a BSc in Clothing Management and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Valuable teaching experience was gained as a visiting tutor for BA fashion students at Birmingham City University. In 2017 she also taught in Haiti as the lead tutor for an oversees aid work charity (LVE Haiti) where she successfully set up a sewing school.

Hobbies include sewing her own tailored clothes, knitting baby cardigans, travelling to tropical destinations, shopping and going to the gym.