GMQT Season One

The following class list is published as a 'work in progress'. Class order and content may change as we progress through the year.

The Shift Dress

  • Choosing the right pattern
  • How to use a commercial garment pattern
  • Simple pattern alterations to the neckline and shoulder
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Cutting out your dress
  • Perfect darts
  • The neatest neck facing
  • A truly invisible zipper
  • Sewing in short sleeves
  • Precise hems
  • Bespoke adaptations. Using you shift dress pattern to create a more individual dress with puffed sleeves, waist tie and hem frill

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The A-Line skirt

  • Choosing your pattern
  • Review of possible fabric types
  • Simple pattern alterations for a hollow back or rounded tummy
  • Cutting out the skirt and optional lining
  • Seam neatening possibilities including Hong Kong, pinked and zig-zag finishes.
  • Neat machine sewn lapped zipper.
  • Making an elegant lining
  • Adding a waistband with button fastening
  • How to sew a button on really well
  • Hems
  • Bespoke adaptions. Adding contrasting fabric slots seams with top-stitched detail and a piped and bound wavy hem

Blouse

  • Choosing your pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Fine French seams
  • How to make the best one piece collar with perfect points
  • Sewing long sleeves with a band to the lower edge
  • How to position and sew buttonholes
  • Hem choices
  • Bespoke adaptions. Mixing prints for contemporary styling. Adding frills or flutes to the bottom edge of the sleeve and lower edge of the blouse, and applying collar trims

Trousers

  • Choosing your pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations for a flat or rounded bottom and for a rounded tummy
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Sewing a centre front zipper
  • Making nice flat inset front pockets
  • How to add an optional partial lining
  • Attaching the waistband
  • Getting hems level
  • Bespoke adaptations. Decorative pocket and back yoke details

Lightweight quilted jacket and waistcoat

  • Choosing your pattern and fabrics including fabric placement and design possibilities
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • To quilt or not to quilt
  • Seam options including neat flat fell seams
  • Perfect patch pockets
  • Edge finishing with contrasting bound edges
  • Fastening options to include ties and buttons with loops
  • Bespoke alterations. A short scalloped edge waistcoat with added trim details

Cowboy shirt for ladies and gentlemen

  • Choosing your pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Sew piping to shaped front and back yokes
  • Make a super two-piece shirt style collar
  • Learn how to sew professional shirt sleeve plackets
  • Add buttoned cuffs
  • Make buttonholes in a front band
  • Bespoke options. Collar and sleeve variations and embellished details

Jeans for everyone

  • Choosing a pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations to the waist, rise and bottom
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Seam options to include flat fell and mock flat fell seams
  • Sew a front fly zipper
  • Precise patch pockets to the posterior!
  • Make a waistband with added belt loops
  • Conquer those chunky hems
  • Bespoke adaptions. How to alter purchased ladies jeans so that the waistband fits and does not stand away from the back waist

Vintage dress

  • Choosing your pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Making and fitting a toile/mock-up garment
  • Gather and tuck details for shaping and as design features
  • Waist seam styling
  • Seam finishing choices
  • Traditional closures such as side zippers and hooks and eyes
  • Soft feminine Peter Pan style collars
  • Bespoke adaptations. Sleeve and skirt variations and use of purchased or made trims

Casual style unlined coat or jacket

  • Choosing a pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Seam options for the shoulder, side and sleeve seams
  • Fun roomy patch pockets with flaps
  • Bound edges to the collar, patch pockets and sleeve vents
  • Decorative back vent
  • Buttons and buttonholes including optional bound buttonholes
  • Bespoke adaptions. Changes to the length and body style. Addition of purchased trims and statement buttons. How to make the garment reversible

Dress or tunic with knitted fabric

  • Choosing your pattern and fabric
  • Simple pattern alterations
  • Construction options using either regular sewing machine or overlocker/serger (both options will be shown)
  • Sewing a range of necklines from a relaxed cowl to lower shaped necklines
  • Sewing a zipper into a knitted garment
  • How to hem knitted garments

Further classes will include:

  • Jumpsuits
  • Dungarees
  • Nightwear - pyjamas, nighties and dressing gowns
  • Tea dresses
  • Lined jackets and coats
  • Sewing with silk
  • Evening wear using lace
  • Chanel style jacket
  • And much much more!