Intro to Dressmaking #4: Zoe Dress

Intro to Dressmaking: Zoe Dress :: Learn to sew a skirt in this beginner dressmaking class in London
With a focus on fitting and beautiful construction details, the Zoe Dress will end your Intro to Dressmaking journey in style! Made up in denim, she’s the perfect day dress for trips around town and try her in a stretch cotton or suiting fabric and she’ll be your new favourite work dress.

The Zoe Dress is a semi-fitted shift dress with innovative design lines. To create Zoe’s gentle fit, the side seams have been brought forward and allow perfectly placed in seam pockets within a slim, flattering silhouette. French darts at the bust add additional waist and bust shaping. The neckline is finished with a facing and the princess seamed back with a neat concealed zip.

Whilst sewing up your Zoe Dress, you’ll learn to:

  • use toiles to help you alter your dress pattern
  • make flat paper pattern alterations
  • sew princess seams and french darts
  • construct in seam pockets
  • insert a concealed zip, into a dress & facing

You will leave with the finished 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 an advanced beginner. You will need to have taken the Intro to Dressmaking #3 class beforehand or be at the equivalent level.

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

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: Three 3 hour sessions (or two 5 hour sessions on a weekend)

Material required:

Add 40cm to all fabric costings if you are over 5’7″ and would prefer a longer dress.

Short sleeve variation        3/4 sleeve variation
115cm wide fabric                  115cm wide fabric
Sizes 8-10: 2m                         Sizes 8-10: 2.2m
Sizes 12-16: 2.3m                    Sizes 12-16: 2.5m
Sizes 18-20: 2.8m                    Sizes 18-20: 3m

140cm wide fabric                    140cm wide fabric
Sizes 8-12: 2m                          Sizes 8-12: 2.1m
Sizes 14-20: 2.1m                     Sizes 14-20: 2.3m

The Zoe Dress works best in light to medium weight woven cotton. Think denim and structured cottons for your weekend version, or stretch cottons & suiting fabrics for workwear Zoe.

We have the perfect fabric available on our online shop. You’ll also need a 22″ concealed zip.

Pattern sizes: 8-20. If you are outside or may be bordering on this range of sizes, please contact us two weeks 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: Julie Johnston, Layla Totah

Price: £150

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