Sew the Sigma Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

What to Bring

  • .3 metres of light weight fusible interfacing
  • 60cm invisible zipper
  • Fabric 140cm+ wide purchase 1.3 metres, or for fabric less than 140cm wide purchase 1.8 metres
  • Matching sewing machine thread

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • ✄✄ Students who have completed Sewing Basics Weeks 1-3 and are confident enough to learn several more techniques

Sew the Sigma Dress with an Invisible Zip ✄✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Nine hours in duration.
  • Scheduled next on 3 x Saturdays from 10am to 1pm starting 1st July.

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 perfect bust and waist darts. Sewing an invisible zip. How to sew gathers and facings, and set in sleeves.

What You Get

  • A stylish modern dress made by you
  • Instructions to make the shift dress
  • A copy of the pattern


Pattern Design: A beautiful modern pattern from PaperCut Patterns.  The Sigma dress features bust darts, waist and back darts. AND pockets! Every garment is better with pockets! You'll learn to how to sew gathers, how to insert an invisible zip and how to set in sleeves.

The patterns cover Bust Measurements from 82cm to 117cm, Waist Measurements from 62cm to 97cm and Hip Measurements from 88cm to 123cm.  Please email us if your measurements is outside this range and we will grade a pattern ready for your workshop.

Photographed Sample: Has been made in a rayon which gives great drape for the little gathers on the waist line. PaperCut Patterns

Notes on supplies: This dress will work in a wide variety of fabrics.  Consider; light to medium weight woven fabrics - Cotton, Linen, Woolsuiting... This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. As the simple little shift is unlined, avoid sheer fabrics or rough/itchy textures.  Ensure you select a closed end invisible zip (not the very similar light weight open ended zip). 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.

Skills Checklist (what you'll cover):

  1. Taking bust measurements
  2. Choosing your size
  3. Pattern placement
  4. Tracing and transferring markings
  5. Cutting technique
  6. Sewing darts
  7. Setting in a sleeve
  8. How to sew gathers
  9. Finishing seams
  10. Inserting an invisible zip
  11. Sewin facings
  12. Top stitch hemming

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Prices are subject to change and Member Discounts are applicable to class prices that are not already discounted or bundled.

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May 2017

This class was fantastic. We had a nice small class and Laura, the teacher, was as amazing as ever. It was fantastic to learn new sewing methods building on exisiting skills and classes, not to mention I now have a fantastic new dress that fits me amazingly, learning where and how to measure myself was great to learn also. I love being able to tell people I made the dress and it has pockets!

Dec 2016

This was a great class that I learnt a lot of new techniques from and made me much more confident with my own sewing. Laura who took the class was a wonderful teacher with a huge skill base.

Nov 2016

Such a popular class! Book early if you want to make this dress.