Stretch Sewing Workshop - T-Shirt or Casual Knit Top Sewing Class - Men's and Women's Garments

Stretch Sewing Workshop - T-Shirt or Casual Knit Top Sewing Class - Men's and Women's Garments

The workshop is designed to introduce sewers to stretch sewing techniques using an overlocker and sewing machine to obtain a professional finish. Students will make a T-shirt and learn the edge finishing and sewing techniques required to achieve a professional finish.

Students are given a range of commercial patterns to choose from that include patterns for a basic T-shirt, easy design variations that suit different body shapes, and T-shirts for men and children. It is easier if the sewer is sewing a garment for themselves during the course as fitting stretch fabrics is part of the workshop.

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Quality equipment selection
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing stretch fabric
  • What correct garment fit entails
  • Interpretation of the pattern envelope information for stretch fabric
  • Taking body measurements
  • Adjusting patterns for fit
  • Understanding the pattern instructions on the pattern leaflet
  • Pattern layout and cutting
  • Garment construction techniques which may include:
  • Stretch seams using an overlocker or sewing machine
  • Application of facings, bands and collars for edge finishing
  • Twin needle and cover stitch hems
  • Use of fusible interfacing to improve finishes

Course Outcome

  • The ability to confidently achieve professional finishes to using stretch fabic.

What to Bring

  • Pattern and fabric
  • Thread matching the fabric and any other items (e.g. buttons) required to make the chosen pattern
  • Pen and notebook
  • Paper and material cutting scissors
  • Basic sewing equipment such as pins and tape measure
  • Overlockers will be used to sew the T-shirt and students may bring an overlocker (with manual please) if they wish but it is not necessary.

Important Information

  • Information sheet provided on enrolment. Some sewing equipment is available for purchase at the college.

Prerequisite: Desirable

  • Students should be able to sew a three or four thread overlock seam. It is an advantage to have undertaken our Taming Your Overlocker course but not a prerequisite.

Delivery Mode

  • The course is delivered in a workroom.