Ultimate Shift Dress Class

Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress Sewing Class | part of our Intro to Dressmaking class | learn to sew in London!

Want to learn how to make your own dress? Then the Ultimate Shift Dress class is the perfect course for you!

Extremely versatile, the Ultimate Shift is a staple, everyday dress with three different variations: full sleeves, sleeveless or pretty frill cap sleeves. You can even make it in a top or tunic length. Simple to wear and easy to style, it’s a real wardrobe workhorse!

Your pattern will have every variation so you can mix it up and make as many as you like. Lisa has filled her handmade closet!

On this course you will learn:  to alter your pattern before cutting it out and how to accurately cut your fabric. Learn how to sew darts to create shape in a garment, before you sew up the side seams. Finish the armhole and attach a neckline facing. Hem your dress and sew on a hook and eye to close the dress at the back.

Please note: if you are taking the evening version of this class there may be time to complete the sleeved version of the Ultimate Shift Dress, however this will require homework to be completed between the sessions as there is more sewing to do! In the day version of this class there isn’t time to complete the sleeved version of the Ultimate Shift Dress, you will however go home with a pattern for sleeves and full instructions on how to insert them (after a little more practise!).

You will leave with your finished Ultimate Shift Dress and your own pattern that has been altered to fit you, so you can make the dress again.

Your sewing level

This is a class for a confident beginner. You will need to have taken the Intro to Dressmaking 1 class beforehand or be at the equivalent level.

Tea and cake are provided to help the sewing process along!

Level: 4

  • Have completed Intro to Dressmaking 1 or similar
  • Can insert a regular zip and attach a waistband
  • Understand notches and grainlines
  • Confident in sewing cotton fabrics

Class length: Two 3 hour sessions

Materials required:

115cm wide fabric : 2.60m

140cm wide fabric: 1.50m

If you are taking the Ultimate Shift Dress class that is not part of the Dressmaking Weekend and want to add sleeves. please add another 0.5m. You can use almost any woven fabric for the Ultimate Shift Dress, such as wool crepe, rayon, viscose or peachskin, but for beginners we strongly recommend a light to medium weight woven cotton or linen. Remember, slippery fabric are harder to sew!

We have the perfect fabric available on our online shop.

Pattern sizes: 8-20. 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.

Max in a class: 8

Teacher: Dominique Davant, Ellen Bartels, Julie Johnston, Alice Kornicki, Kate Underwood

Price: £99 (Ultimate Shift Dress)

Price: £195 (as part of the Dressmaking Weekend)


Clapham Dates:

Session: Thursday 8th & 15th June 2017, 18:30-21:30, Book Now

Session: Sunday 23rd July 2017, 10:00-17:00, Book Now

Islington Dates:

Session: Tuesday 20th & 27th June 2017, 18:30-21:30, Book Now

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