Sew a Shirt Dress and learn basic pattern hacks ✄✄


Coming to the Class Calendar in Sweet 2016!

Pattern Design: In this class we will show you how to hack a pattern to give you variations and allow you to take some design control. You'll learn how to make this shirt dress utilising only a shirt pattern. This style features a sassy collar with ties, buttons up the centre front and back yoke. 

Photographed Sample: This shirt dress has been made from a sheer black woven with pink feature flower buttons.  We've made long collar ties for a cute bow. Ours would need to be worn with a slip!  

Notes on styling and supplies: You can choose the length of your dress as well as the width and length of the collar ties.  It is also possible to make this pattern with short or long sleeves (you may need to allow for some homework if you do choose to have sleeves).  This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. For directional prints, large prints and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric.  For best results - pre-wash your fabric to reduce shrinkage.  This pattern is designed for making an unlined shirt. With a heavier weight fabric you would not need to wear a slip underneath.

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Class Schedule

8 hours in duration. Wednesdays 7th & 14th September from 6-9pm, Wednesday 21st from 6-8pm

What you will learn
  • Measurements, choosing the right size, pattern markings, placement, transferring markings
  • How to hack a shirt pattern into a dress
  • Stitching bust darts, finishing seams, checking your fit, sewing a collar, using the one step buttonhole and hemming
What you will get
  • A super versatile shirt dress with ties at the collar
  • Instructions to make the shirt dress
  • A copy of the pattern

What to bring
  • Women's Shirt: 8 or more x 1cm to 2cm buttons
  • 200metres + of matching sewing machine thread
  • 2.5 metres of fabric - nearly any lightweight woven fabric will look fantastic: cotton shirting, lawn or crepe
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ for sewing students - who have made a couple of garments, are familiar with sewing jargon and using patterns.


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Have you played with the idea of learning to sew? Do you day dream about making your own clothes? 

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. 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. Everything is right here. Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  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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On occasion, Thread Den is forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We really don't like to do this as we love to teach people to sew, knit and crochet, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where Thread Den must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  • If you provide notice seven or more days prior to the start of your course, you will need to pay an administration fee of $10.
  • Cancellations or changes made with less than seven days notice before the start of a course, will forfeit 50% of the paid class fee.
  • Cancellations or changes made less than 48 hours prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.

If you miss the second or subsequent sessions of course, you cannot be reimbursed for that session. You are encouraged to come in and use the Sewing Lounge during hours so you hopefully still finish your project.

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Classes at Thread Den frequently become fully booked, so we require full payment to be made at the time of booking to secure your place. 

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02 March 2016 • Sew a Shirt Dress and learn basic pattern hacks ✄✄

I would highly recommend this course, it was loads of fun, as well as being a great learning opportunity. I had already done the shirt pattern that this dress was based on, but it really helped me to hone those particular skills further, especially buttonholes, and pattern hacking. Amy is a great teacher, very down-to-earth and knowledgeable, and I enjoy her teaching style. The dress turned out really well and I could see how much improved my sewing skills are since I made the pussy bow blouse last year (which I also get compliments for). I am getting loads of compliments about this dress, including one from Amy M, who thought I had bought it in a shop!