Intro to Drapey Fabrics #1: Silk Cami or Kimono

Intro to Drapey Fabrics: Learn to sew with slippery fabrics and make a cami top or a 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

Incredibly versatile and a favourite in the Sew Over It wardrobe, the Silk Cami is the perfectly simple sleeveless top you’ll reach for time and time again. It makes a great base layer for cooler months, and shines in summer when worn on its own. Make yours fun, bright and jazzy in a print, or sleek and understated in an exquisite plain black for work.

With this pattern, you will 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.

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.


Kimono Jacket

The Kimono Jacket is the ultimate throw-on for all occasions. Loose and comfy yet stylish, you’ll always look put together. Wear over a plain cami and jeans for an effortless look, or dress up a little black dress with a special fabric and belt. With few seams, large scale prints will make a big statement, but if the subtle look is more your thing, choose a delicate print or plain fabric for an elegant Kimono Jacket.

With this pattern you will learn how to lengthen or shorten the paper 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.

Try your hand at working with lightweight crepe, rayon, and chiffon or georgette, as you master slippery fabrics and make your lovely Kimono Jacket.

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 the Silk Cami 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: Kate Underwood, Layla Totah, Julie Johnston

Price: £99

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