15/04 – Shirtmaking Archer Shirt


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Description: In this advanced dressmaking class you’ll learn how to sew a classic button-up shirt.  Shirtmaking can be intimidating, but in this two-day workshop, you’ll learn how to sew:

  • Patch pockets
  • Button band
  • Enclosed back yoke
  • Two-piece collar stand & collar
  • Sleeve tower plackets
  • Cuffs
  • Buttonholes and buttons
  • Shirt hem

This class is focussed on teaching the various techniques associated with sewing a shirt.  On day one, you will cut out your pattern and begin sewing.  The focus of the class will be to cover all the techniques so it may be necessary for you to finish elements at home (i.e. a second patch pocket, or to sew the second sleeve and cuff) depending on how quickly you sew in the class.  You may need to finish the garment at home.

Skill level: This class is for experienced sewers.  You should have made a number of dressmaking projects already and be confident working on a pattern with many pattern pieces, and be able to sew with a certain degree of speed.  If you are unsure please get in touch.

Requirements: All equipment and the sewing pattern is included – you will be using the Grainline Studio Archer Shirt Pattern (view A).  You will need to bring your own fabric; recommended fabrics are cotton lawn, poplin, chambray and linen/linen mixes.   To allow you to focus on the techniques it is recommended that you avoid any fabric with an obvious pattern such as a check.  You will also need coordinating thread to match your fabric and buttons. Get 10% off all supplies purchased at Holm Sown.

Grainline Studio Archer Sewing Pattern - Shirt - Measurements and Fabric Requirements

Cost: £90

Class meets: Sunday 15th April and Sunday 22nd April, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Light refreshments will be provided throughout the class.  For full-day workshops, please bring a packed lunch or you can pop out to one of the cafes in town.

Additional information


Intermediate, Advanced


Dressmaking, Sewing

Time of day

All Day

Day of the week



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