LEARN TO SEW JERSEY TOPS

…ON A REGULAR SEWING MACHINE!

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Learn stress-free techniques for sewing stretchy jersey fabric...
No overlocker or serger required!

 

Fancy learning to make comfortable, wearable tops for every day?

Scared of sewing stretchy material and need a helping hand?

Don’t own an overlocker or serger – or just don’t like using it?

This online video workshop will get you the skills, knowledge and confidence to sew stretchy jersey fabric on a regular home sewing machine. Perfect for crafters and DIY dressmakers who want to broaden the range of fabrics and garments they sew, the lessons will take you step by step through what you need to know:

From choosing the right fabric to tips for accurate cutting …

Stabilising stretchy material to mastering stitching techniques …

Fitting jersey to preventing neckline gape …

Attaching sleeves to creating pretty ruched details with elastic.

Learn to sew jersey tops class - Online sewing workshop

This isn’t just the theory – you’ll learn as you sew, making the popular Agnes sewing pattern. Wearable and versatile with multiple variations, it’s destined to become your new favourite top! Choose from a PDF or printed sewing pattern, included in the course materials.

Learn to sew jersey tops class - Online sewing workshop

No need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary. With our online workshops, you can watch the video lessons from home on your laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Your sofa is your classroom!

Learn to sew jersey tops class - Online sewing workshop

Don’t just take our word for it… This is what participants are saying:

“I’d heard that sewing with knits was very tricky, but Tilly took all the complication out of it and built my confidence to go ahead and just try it. The workshop was very informative, straight onto what matters, full of details and very useful tips. Thanks a lot, it was fun!” – a happy workshop participant

“I absolutely loved the workshop! I don’t consider myself a complete beginner yet it was immensely helpful to have video support for all the steps – it really demystified the daunting idea of working with jersey. Moving from one video to the next feels like you have a private teacher helping you. All instructions are clear, enjoyable to watch and simply put – and it’s great fun!” – Emilie

“This workshop has made sewing with jersey fabric a breeze! All common problems are mentioned and remedies given. It was worth every cent paid for it.” – Donna

“I am delighted with the number of different techniques and tips that I have gained from participating in the workshop, especially the ruched sleeves and neckline. I have my new favorite top!” – Jobena

“Thanks for a great workshop! I haven’t been brave enough to tackle knit fabrics before, now I keep looking at jersey every time I go fabric shopping! I enjoyed how the workshop and videos were broken up in manageable sections that made everything seem far simpler than I could have imagined just from reading any knit garment pattern instructions alone.” – Amy K

“Tilly’s workshop on sewing with jersey was clear, informative and engaging. She breaks the process down into easy-to-follow steps – and anticipates all the issues that you’ll have when sewing with jersey on a standard machine. Materials, techniques, and tips are all covered in short, well-presented videos. I am really pleased with the results – a very wearable top which fits me perfectly, produced in a few enjoyable hours.” – Claire

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the on line course. I learned so much and felt I achieved so much at my own pace. I’ve made my first Agnes and I wore it today for the first time and got so many compliments. My neighbour’s jaw dropped (in a nice way) when I said I made it myself. It was a great feeling and I’ve really enjoyed wearing it. I’ve felt smart and felt for the first time in ages I’ve felt like I’m wearing decent quality clothing that fits me perfectly. All of this was because of your teaching and guidance.” – Tracy

“Tilly’s Learn to Sew Jersey Tops workshop is a brilliant way to get over your fear of stretch fabric – and I should know, I’ve been avoiding jersey like the plague for my entire amateur sewing career. Step-by-step instructions are clear and supported by both pictures and videos. The speed is just right and you can always revisit the parts that you find tricky. The great thing is that Tilly shows you how to handle jersey on a regular sewing machine, so no additional expenses there. So take a plunge and try sewing with jersey if you haven’t yet – we only live once people!” – another happy workshop participant

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module1
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FABRIC
  • Understand what jersey is and how it differs from woven fabric
  • Gain confidence choosing fabric that will work well with your project
  • Learn an easy way to calculate the “stretch percentage” of knit fabric
  • Gain access to a bumper list of fabric shopping sources from us and other participants
Module2
CUT + FIT JERSEY EASILY
  • Start sewing tops that are simple to fit – no need for complicated bust adjustments!
  • Find out how to choose your size, fit as you go, and make easy pattern alterations
  • Get tips on laying out jersey fabric to avoid twisted garments
  • Learn to use a rotary cutter for accurate and speedy cutting
Module3
ESSENTIAL STITCHING TECHNIQUES
  • Get to grips with handling and stitching stretchy fabric on your regular home sewing machine – no overlocker or serger required!
  • Print off our ‘Jersey Sewing Checklist’ for handy reference when you need it
  • Discover what settings to put your machine on for vertical seams, horizontal seams and topstitching
  • Avoid saggy shoulders by stabilising the fabric before stitching
  • Download our list of recommended essential tools especially for sewing jersey
Module4
CONSTRUCT A JERSEY TOP
  • Follow step-by-step videos to make the popular Agnes pattern – free pattern included in the workshop materials
  • Choose from two techniques for attaching and finishing a scoop neckband that’s neat, not gaping
  • Sew seams and hems without the need for a fiddly overlocker or serger or twin needle
Module5
SEW DIFFERENT TYPES OF SLEEVES
  • Find out how to insert jersey sleeves “on the flat” – so much easier than set-in sleeves!
  • Make full length or cropped plain sleeves
  • Learn to attach both plain and gathered sleeves
Module6
CREATE DETAILS WITH ELASTIC
  • Learn to stretch and stitch elastic at the same time to fashion pretty design details
  • Transform a scoop neckline into a ruched sweetheart neckline
  • Find out how to make adorable ruched sleeves

WHY TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP?

  • #1
    STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO COURSE

    Follow an in-depth structured programme, developed from the popular, tried-n-tested classes we run in London. The video lessons give you a front row seat to watch the sewing in action.

  • #2
    24 / 7 / 365 ACCESS

    Too busy to attend a face-to-face class, or wish it went a bit faster/slower? Learn at a time that suits you, at your own pace, with no deadlines.

  • #3
    YOUR SOFA = YOUR CLASSROOM

    No need to travel – you can take the workshop from the comfort of your own home, using your own sewing machine… in your PJs if you like!

  • #4
    GREAT VALUE

    Revisit the lessons as often as you like, whenever you need a refresher. And it’s a fraction of the price of attending a face-to-face class!

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

The workshop is suitable for advanced beginner and intermediate stitchers. You’ll need to be comfortable using a sewing machine and have experience of making a few things already. (If you’re a complete beginner, take a look at our introductory Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop instead.)

CONFIDENT BEGINNERS – You’ve sewn a few things already and are itching to learn new skills!

INTERMEDIATE STITCHERS – You’re confident sewing woven material and want to expand your repertoire into stretch fabrics

RETURNEES – You’ve sewn jersey in the past and fancy a refresher to get you back into it

LEARNERS – You’ve attended a class on sewing with knit fabrics and want a helpful resource you can refer back to at home

LEARN TO MAKE GORGEOUS CLOTHES YOU’LL WANT TO WEAR EVERY DAY!

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WHO'S LEADING THE WORKSHOP?

Tilly Walnes is an award-winning and best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of popular sewing pattern company Tilly and the Buttons.

She has been writing about sewing for seven years, and designing and teaching courses for over a decade.

Her book, Love at First Stitch, has been published in nine international editions and was named ‘Best Book’ at the British Sewing Awards 2014.

Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips – she loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

IF YOU'RE WONDERING...

I WANT IN! HOW DO I ACCESS THE WORKSHOP?

Yay! Sign up below to purchase your place. You’ll then be able to sign in to the workshop site immediately and start taking the lessons whenever you’re ready. You’ll also get an email in your inbox with a direct link – bookmark this link for later so you can come back whenever you like!

HOW MUCH IS IT IN US DOLLARS OR EUROS?

For the version where you are sent a lovely, printed Agnes pattern in the post, it’s approximately $70 USD or €63 Euros. For the version where you are sent a PDF of the Agnes pattern that you can print off at home, it’s approximately $57 USD or €51 Euros. These numbers were correct at the time of writing – please check an online currency converter if you’d like the exact price at current exchange rates.

HOW LONG DOES THE WORKSHOP TAKE TO COMPLETE?

That’s up to you! The course is broken down into manageable, bitesize lessons that you can take at a pace that suits you. It includes ten succinct videos, from 3 to 14 minutes long (we don’t include the boring bits!), plus extra written tuition and downloadable checklists. You may like to spread the lessons out over ten evenings, or set aside a weekend for a binge sewing session.

There’s no deadline, so you can fit it around your other commitments. And you can go back to the lessons any time you get stuck or feel like a refresher.

IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR FINISHING IT?

Nope, you can go as fast or as slow as you like, and come back to the lessons whenever you want. Just log in to the site anytime you feel like a sewing fix!

We can’t promise “lifetime access”, you know, in case of a digital apocalypse or something, but we don’t plan to take the content down any time soon. If for any reason we do decide to take the workshop down in the future, we’ll give you a few months’ notice, so you’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

HOW DO I GET THE SEWING PATTERN?

The PDF version of the Agnes sewing pattern is included in the course materials for you to download, print and assemble at home immediately.

Don’t have a colour printer or can’t be bothered to piece together a PDF pattern? No problem – choose the second option when you sign up below, and we’ll put a beautiful printed pattern in the post to you, with full size pattern sheets, gorgeous colour instruction booklet and spacious envelope. You’ll get the printed pattern at a 20% discount PLUS free shipping!

Factoring in processing and delivery, UK participants should receive their pattern in the post within 2 to 4 working days, EU participants within 5 – 10 working days, the rest of the world within 7 – 12 working days. (Sometimes international delivery can take longer depending on different countries’ post and customs service, so please be patient…)

I'VE NEVER USED A SEWING MACHINE BEFORE - IS THIS WORKSHOP SUITABLE FOR ME?

If you haven’t used a sewing machine before, you’ll need to take our Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop first to get yourself comfortable with threading and basic stitching. We’d also recommend you make a few things out of woven fabric before venturing into jersey.

I’VE BEEN TO A CLASS ON SEWING WITH KNITS OR JERSEY – CAN I SIGN UP FOR THIS TOO?

Absolutely. This is a great resource to refer to any time you need a refresher. You’ll also get the Agnes top sewing pattern, which you can make multiple times in different variations.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WATCHING TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE?

This is a structured programme, developed by someone with over a decade’s experience designing training courses. It takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know to choose, cut, stabilise, stitch and fit jersey, plus all the stages of making a jersey top with choice of two necklines and four sleeve options. It’s like attending a sewing class, but it’s cheaper and you can do it from home!

WHAT SIZE IS THE AGNES SEWING PATTERN?

The pattern includes eight sizes – from a UK 6 to 20. Take a look at our measurements chart.

WHAT IF I BUY THE WORKSHOP AND THEN CHANGE MY MIND?

We’re happy to give you a refund or exchange within 14 days of your order, as long as you haven’t already signed in to the course site (it’s kinda hard to return a digital product!). If you’d like further details, please see our returns policy under ‘Returning digital products’.

WHAT IF I GET STUCK DURING THE WORKSHOP?

There’s a discussion area in many of the lessons, where you can ask us questions, share photos of your sewing, and chat to other enthusiastic stitchers. We’ll drop in every so often to answer questions and join in the discussion. If you’re having a technical issue accessing the class, you can email us and we’ll be happy to help.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
  • Sewing machine with an adjustable width zigzag stitch
  • Sewing toolkit – a supplies list is included in the workshop
  • Fabric and supplies for your Agnes top – listed here if you want to get a head start
  • Computer / tablet / smart phone and an internet connection to stream the videos from

You don’t need an overlocker/serger or coverstitch machine for this workshop!

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LEARN TO SEW JERSEY TOPS

£45

Approx $57 USD / €51 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 10 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • AGNES TOP PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you already have the Agnes pattern or want to print your own at home

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LEARN TO SEW JERSEY TOPS
+ PRINTED AGNES PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD / €63 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 10 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • AGNES TOP PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a beautiful printed pattern in the post (price includes shipping)
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

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WHAT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...

"The workshop is so clear and helpful. I needed a lot of hand holding to feel confident sewing, and all the extra information you gave has made me feel like I can create nice clothing - and know what I am doing! Great pattern, fabulous teacher, awesome feeling."

"The video tutorials were a great confidence boost. Tilly's knowledge shone through and put me at complete ease. I thought, 'I could do that' and it turned out I could. I'm so happy I took this workshop!"

“Awesome workshop! Great for those who find it difficult getting to London. Full of helpful tips and tricks and packed full of easy to follow videos. It's like Tilly is in your home helping! Can't wait for more in the future.”

SIGN UP TODAY

LEARN TO SEW JERSEY TOPS

£45

Approx $57 USD / €51 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 10 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • AGNES TOP PDF SEWING PATTERN – to download, print and assemble at home
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you already have the Agnes pattern or want to print your own at home

SIGN UP
LEARN TO SEW JERSEY TOPS
+ PRINTED AGNES PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD / €63 EUR

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 10 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • AGNES TOP PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a beautiful printed pattern in the post (price includes shipping)
  • 24/7/365 AVAILABILITY

Choose this option if you want us to send you a beautiful printed sewing pattern in the post

SIGN UP