Grow Your Sew - Sew a Classic Shirt

Grow Your Sew - Sew a Classic Shirt

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Kurui Cottage

73A Cooroy Mountain Road

Lake Macdonald, QLD 4563


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Learn and practice construction techniques for sewing your own bespoke classic shirt

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Held over two consecutive days (Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July), in this class you will learn skills, tips and tricks of shirt making in the studio while making your own shirt. The perfect chance to learn to create unique and individual fashion items that reflect your personality!

This workshop is suitable for those who are confident using the sewing machine, and have advanced beginner - intermediate sewing experience. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself!

While sewing your chosen variation of a classic man's shirt you will learn & practice the following shirt-making techniques:

  • pattern layout & cutting out
  • fabric pattern matching techniques
  • stay-stitching
  • Front self facings and variations
  • Patch pocket
  • Double-pointed darts
  • Yoke - Burrito method
  • Top stitching
  • Collar & Collar stand
  • Adding collar stays
  • Flat fell seams
  • Placket opening
  • Cuffs, including French cuffs
  • Buttonholes and attaching buttons
  • Using a buttonhole cutter

You will need to bring along:

  • Your sewing kit: scissors, tape measure, pins, tailors chalk etc.
  • Your sewing machine, power cord, bobbins & accessories or if you prefer, use one of our lovely computerised machines
  • Sewing machine needles to suit your fabric
  • A copy of your chosen pattern. We will email you a list of suitable patterns, including commercial printed patterns as well as downloadable PDF patterns for you to choose from but some examples are: Simplicity 8753; McCalls 6044; Kwik Sew 4075; Thread Theory - Fairfield Button Up (great for that 'portly' man in your life); Elbe Textiles - Cornell Shirt (a gender neutral style with grandpa collar); Common Stitch - Finch Button Up. We include a couple of options in case you'd like to make a woman's shirt or shirt dress.
  • Fabric, interfacing, thread and buttons as per the pattern requirements. Recommended fabrics for shirt-making include light to mid-weight woven fabrics such as linen, cotton and rayon (viscose). If you need help or advice with this please do contact me for assistance.

The class will be held over two Thursdays (July 14th and 15th 2022 from 9am) and are subject to our terms and conditions found on our website

This workshop is also available in your own space anywhere within the greater Sunshine Coast/Gympie regions as our studio is fully mobile. For further information please contact me at for further information

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