Intro to Drapey Fabrics #1: Silk Cami or Kimono

Learn how to sew tricky lightweight drapey fabrics such as silk, crepe de chine or rayon and make a beautiful cami top or kimono whilst doing so.

Silk Cami

Learn how to attach a neckline and armhole joined facing (there’s a special technique!), how to sew french seams, and how to do a rolled hem on an overlocker as well as lots of tips and tricks for sewing and cutting slippery fabrics. We will provide you with a pattern to take away with you but you will need to bring your own fabric.

You will need 1m if you are size 8-10 and 1.5m for bigger sizes, unless your fabric is 140cm wide then 1m should be fine for all sizes.

We have the perfect fabric in our online fabric shop.


In this class you will learn how to lengthen or shorten the pattern to the desired hem and sleeve length. You will then learn how to insert a kimono sleeve and bind the neckline edge using a mixture of hand and machine sewing skills.

This Kimono Jacket could be made out of crepe, rayon, stable jerseys (nothing too thin or with too much stretch), and chiffon or georgette (for the more experienced dressmaker).

You will need 2m of 1.4m fabric or 2.5m if you are making a longer version.

We have the perfect fabric available on our online fabric shop.

Cake and tea will be provided to help the sewing process along!

Pattern sizes: UK 8-18. If you are outside or may be bordering on this range of sizes, please contact us a week before the class as we will need to grade a pattern especially for you. If it is just one size up or down, we will do this free of charge, but if it is more then there may be a small fee. Please be aware this pattern is dartless so if you have a larger bust you may find it tricky to fit.

Level: 5

  • Have made various basic garments to a good standard
  • Very familiar with sewing cotton, may have occasionally used drapey or stretchy fabrics
  • Can cut, pin and sew fabric accurately
  • Know how to place and pin patterns on fabric without guidance
  • Can sew darts without guidance

Class length: Two 3 hour sessions

Max in class: 8

Teacher: Dominique Davant, Alice Kornicki or Julie Johnston

Price: £99


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Islington dates:

Session: Sunday 19th February 2017, 10:00-17:00, Book Now

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