Simple Shift Dress Course ✄

Simple Shift Dress Course ✄

A great project for beginners to build skills!

Over 100 people have attended this class

Description

In this Simple Shift Workshop, you will make a gorgeous dress over 7.5 hours. A shift dress falls from the shoulders, with limited waist shaping. With only 4 pattern pieces, this is a great choice if you are looking to make your first garment and have taken our Sewing Basics Course (or similar).


COURSE PLAN (this course may be scheduled over 2 or 3 sessions)

Workshop 1:

  • Taking measurements and size selection
  • Lay up pattern pieces and cut out the fabric
  • Fill a bobbin, set up and adjust the sewing machine
  • Learn to sew French darts

Workshop 2:

  • Fuse interfacing
  • Finish edges with an overlocker
  • Sew an invisible zip in the centre back

Workshop 3:

  • Attaching the all-in-one beck and armhole facing, including understitching 
  • Constructing side seams
  • Hemming

This dress features: French darts, an invisible zip and an all-in-one-facing. While making the dress you will learn to use overlockers to finish fabric edges and use an invisible zip foot.


Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

What to wear it with: Layer this dress with Leggings for warmth - click to view.


We have all the tools you'll need. Each participant is setup with fabric shears, pinking shears, thread snips, unpicker, hand needles, tape measures, pins, tailor's chalks, hem guides, ironing/pressing tools, rulers, stationery... there is no need to lug around your whole sewing kit. We've taken care of it all.  

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What you will learn

  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Finishing seams with an overlocker, and pressing for professional results.
  • Stitching darts. Sewing an invisible zip. All-in-one neck/armholes facing.

What you will get

  • A shift dress made by you!
  • Instructions and a copy of the pattern to make many more shift dresses
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • 55+cm invisible zipper
  • Matching sewing machine thread
  • 2.5 metres of woven fabric (more details in your confirmation email)

What to wear

Casual

Appropriate for

✄ Budding Sewing Enthusiasts: You've been dipping your toes into the seductive world of sewing by making accessories and homewares from stable woven fabrics. Threading your sewing machine is getting familiar (maybe you are still double checking a couple of things in the manual). Sewing at seam allowance isn't a foreign concept. You have followed basic patterns and instructions. Terms like grainline and selvedge are not unfamiliar to you.

Suggested Fabric

Light to heavy weight woven apparel fabrics: lawn, rayon, drill, denim, linen, wool blends. This pattern is not suitable for knits.


Thread Den

4.9
(1794 Reviews)

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.


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5.0 (32 reviews)
Annarated it
19 May 2024Simple Shift Dress Course ✄
I loved this class so much! There were so many new techniques I learnt, and I refined many others. The best things is, I have an amazing dress!
Emmarated it
14 Feb 2024
Thread Den run great classes that I would highly recommend! The teachers are super helpful and patient, and the end product of the dress is beautiful.
Barbararated it
03 Nov 2023
This was a great class. The teachers were patient, friendly and very helpful. The dress was easy to make by a beginner - even the hidden zip.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - info@threadden.com .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 


Thanks for sticking with us and reading through those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.


Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course.


This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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