Making a Stretched Dress

Making a Stretched Dress

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Ariane LOVE’S wearing dresses and feels very excited to bring this class to you. Dresses are her 'go to' wardrobe essential.

How great is it when you find a dress you love - but want it in every colour? After this class, you will be able to re-create it into as many colours as you want using your own overlocker at home

This class will start to touch on basic pattern making techniques - with the option of changing the length of the dress - do you like them short, knee length or to the floor? Do you want a V neck, high back, scoop can decide! We will be adding seam allowances to patterns and adding a lining to the bodice part too.

This dress is designed to be fitted on the body and looser around the skirt – and together we will make sure that the waist sits at the right height for you, along with adding a sleeve if required

Your dress, your choice


Key Takeaway's / Learning's from the class:

How to measure your body for a pattern and pick the size to use

Tracing off a pattern

Basic design work - how to add panels and contrast colours to the dress

Basic pattern alterations - adding new seam allowances, changing the length and also the front and back necklines

Sleeve amendments (as required)

Bagging out to conceal seams around the arms and neck, creating a professionally finished garment that is partially lined

Beginning to learn about fabric placement when cutting out and fabric wastage

Constructing the garment 

Finishing techniques to ensure a high-quality garment which will wear well


Pre Class Requirements:

  1. Completed the Introductory to Overlocker's class using either your own machine or one of Ariane's


  1. Discussed with Ariane that you have suitable recent experience with a machine to be able to enjoy this class.


What to bring with you:

A notebook

Fabric: Expect to buy between 1.5 to 2.5 meters of stretch lycra or velvet (or similar) between week 1 and 2. During your first session, after selecting your pattern Ariane will help you to understand the best type of fabric to bring for the remainder of the course

If you are using your own overlocker, please bring it for week 3. You will also need the machine pedal, threads and machine specific needles

If you do not have your own Overlocker - you are welcome to use one of Ariane's - the number of these is limited, so please advise at the time of booking if you will need one so that the class numbers can be arranged correctly - thank you. If you need to use one of these machines please ensure that your fabric needs BLACK threads, as this is what the machines will be set up to use

If you would like information on purchasing an overlocker, please contact Ariane as she will be happy to help you with this


What would you receive:

The option to make a dress at the perfect length for you

The opportunity to customise this dress with varying front and back necklines, waist heights and dress

A functioning dress suitable for either day/evening outerwear or festival wear depending on the fabrics selected. A dress made from a lush black velvet can look very different to one made from lycra

A pattern that you can go home and re-create  


Class Capacity:

Capped at 4 people 


Access to the private 'Sparkle Gang Stitch' Facebook group:


You will be added to the special secret Sparkle Gang Stitch Facebook group - a place where Ariane will be sharing tips and tricks for sewing and secret ideas for how to improve your sewing. Class attendees will be encouraged to share pictures of their makes and share knowledge and ideas. It's a community we're growing for the Sewing Revolution! This is the place to have access to Ariane's technical knowledge.


Who can attend?

The classes are operated in a respectful manner and no preferences will be taken over the gender of attendees - everyone is encouraged to take part!

Anyone over the age of 18 due to the use of sewing machines


Class Length:

3 hours x 4 sessions = 12 hours 


Dates and Times of Classes: 


Tuesday 7th May  - 6.30pm to 9.30pm



Classes will be held at Ariane's studio - 18 Dawson Street, Brunswick


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

No Refund applicable, if the class is run again you will be welcome to attend so long as you gave over 48 hours cancellation notice. Not transferable to another person. To run, this class needs a minimum of 3 attendees booked in, if this is not the case 48 hours before the class begins Ariane may be in touch to re-schedule to another date


A final note:

The patterns used and kept as part of this course are authorised to be used at home for domestic use. They are not authorised to be used for commercial garment production. If this is an area you would like help with, please advise Ariane – she will quote accordingly


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