Shirt Making Workshop – Rosa shirt or shirtdress – October 9th-11th.



Friday October 9th 5 -7.30pm
Saturday / Sunday 10th – 11th, 10am -5pm

Learn to sew your own shirt or shirtdress! Learn to make a button-down shirt or shirt dress in this fun weekend workshop!

In this Shirt making weekend workshop, you will learn all the skills using the popular Tilly and The Buttons Rosa Shirt Pattern. A perfect for enthusiastic DIY dressmakers who want to improve their sewing. Over a glass of wine on Friday night, you will be introduced to this flattering and stylish pattern. You will measure and make any flat pattern alterations necessary and start to cut out our fabric ready for the weekend. On Saturday you will start to sew and learn all the skills necessary to get you well on your way to making this impressive shirt/dress and have a lovely break with a scrumptious Sushi lunch. Sunday will see you continuing on your shirt/dress with a break for lunch at the popular Hanoi Hannah. the afternoon will see you finishing your shirt/dress as well as skills you can use on many more sewing projects in the future.

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What you will learn.

  • How to take your measurements and adjust the pattern to fit your body shape.
  • Accurate cutting and marking
  • Create a neat pointed collar
  • Sew Buttonholes
  • Attach sleeves
  • Mock felled seams
  • Topstitching

What to bring

 FABRIC SUGGESTIONS – Medium- and light-weight woven fabrics, such as cotton lawn, chambray, lighter weight denim, fine needlecord, double gauze, linen blends, viscose (rayon), shirting cotton.

Fabric – Shirt: All Sizes – 2m (2 1/4 yds) x 150cm (60in) wide / 2.6m (2 7/8 yd) x 115cm (45in) wide

Shirt Dress: Sizes 1-4 – 2.2m (2 3/8 yds) x 150cm (60in) wide / 3.1m (3 3/8 yds) x 115cm (45in) wide

Shirt Dress: Sizes 5-8 – 2.6m (2 7/8 yds) x 150cm (60in) wide / 3.1m (3 3/8 yds) x 115cm (45in) wide

  • Matching thread
  • 10–13mm (3/8–1/2in) buttons x 10 (for shirt) or x 12 (for shirt dress)
  • Iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
  • Optional: 2 spools of contrast topstitching weight thread and topstitching/embroidery needle for your machine


  • Sewing machines and basic supplies
  • A glass of wine on Friday night
  • Sushi Lunch Saturday and lunch at Hanoi Hannah. on Sunday.
  • Tea, coffee and afternoon tea

Lessons are run in my cool little studio in Elsternwick, right near the train station.

Skill level required

This course is for sewers who are looking to advance their skills. You will need to have sewn a few garments before and feel comfortable with cutting fabric, using a sewing machine and basic construction.

About your instructor

Annie is an Indie pattern designer, blogger, and head honcho at Sew This Pattern. Annie has been sewing since she was a young teen and has over 30 years of sewing and design experience. She has her Fashion Design and Production Certificate and was recently awarded a Dressmaker of the Year Award, 2018 from Simplicity patterns. Annie’s style of teaching is fun and full of fantastic tips to help take your sewing skills to the next level.


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