Dressmaking: Draft and Sew a Shirred Dress

A course by By Hand London
Sewing Patterns Brand. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
, Sewing Patterns Brand

Create your own made-to-measure garments by learning how to draft and cut patterns before sewing your fabric together on a sewing machine

  • 99% positive reviews (72)
  • 2070 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create your own made-to-measure garments by learning how to draft and cut patterns before sewing your fabric together on a sewing machine



  • 99% positive reviews (72)
  • 2070 students
  • 21 lessons (4h 3m)
  • 16 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

According to By Hand London founder Elisalex, learning to sew is a journey that will challenge and push you as you build on your skills and find your style. She believes in the importance of learning to be more self-sufficient when it comes to wearing fashion, a belief which has shaped her career. By Hand London is an independent sewing label that celebrates making, individual style, and creative women.

In this course, Elisalex shows you how to confection a made-to-measure dress from start to finish. Learn how to draft patterns, sew, and care for the garments you make to ensure their longevity. Ready to become the creator of your own style?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Making Your Dress
  • U4
    U4. Taking Care of Your Garment
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Elisalex and hear about her journey towards establishing her pattern design brand By Hand London. Discover her sources of inspiration, the designers she likes, and what sparks her creativity.

Go through the tools and materials you need before starting to plan your garment. Learn about different types of fabrics and how to choose the right one for your project. See how to create sturdy, long-lasting seams, before getting to grips with the shirring elastic technique. Discover why Elisalex loves gathering fabrics and learn how to apply the technique to your project.

See how to take your measurements and how to transfer them onto your pattern drawing. Learn how to cut fabric and transfer your markings. Begin sewing your dress together, step by step, and try it on before adding the final stitches.

Discover how to care for and repair your handmade dress so it stands the test of time. Learn about the environmental impact of the fashion industry and how to be mindful of your choices. Finish the course with Elisalex’s tips on sustainable sewing.

What is this course's project?

Draft and sew a shirred dress using your own measurements.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for beginners, for anyone with an interest in making their own custom-made clothing.

Requirements and materials

Basic sewing machine skills are required to take this course.

As for materials, you’ll need a sewing machine, tape measure, pattern paper, rulers, scissors, pins, fabric, and matching thread.


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By Hand London

A course by By Hand London

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Sewing Patterns Brand

Elisalex is the founder of By Hand London sewing patterns, where she encourages and supports people who want to create their own made to measure clothes. Sewing, knitting, crochet, and DIY have always been her sanctuary. Elisalex delved back into the world of making with an old school friend when taking time off work to be a full-time mum. Motivated by the ability to breathe new life into dressmaking through social media, they founded By Hand London in 2012.

Since then, By Hand London’s reputation for original patterns has prevailed, with many more available sizes and patterns to choose from on their online store. The brand has recently collaborated with John Lewis to create printed patterns and Elisalex was awarded Designer of the month in August 2021 by Craft World.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Gathering
    • Shirring Elastic
    • Seam Finishes
    • Choosing Your Fabric
    • Choosing Your Design
    • Tools and Materials
  • U3

    Making Your Dress

    • Taking Your Measurements
    • Drafting Your Pattern 1
    • Drafting Your Pattern 2
    • Preparing Your Fabric 1
    • Preparing Your Fabric 2
    • Sewing Your Dress 1
    • Sewing Your Dress 2
    • Sewing Your Dress 3
    • Finishing Your Dress 1
    • Finishing Your Dress 2
    • Finishing Your Dress 3
  • U4

    Taking Care of Your Garment

    • Sustainable Sewing
    • The Way You Take Care of Your Clothes Matters
  • FP

    Final project

    • Dressmaking: Draft and Sew a Shirred Dress

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Dressmaking: Draft and Sew a Shirred Dress. Craft, and Fashion course by By Hand London

Dressmaking: Draft and Sew a Shirred Dress

A course by By Hand London
Sewing Patterns Brand. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (72)
  • 2070 students