SEW YOUR OWN
SHIRT OR SHIRT DRESS

Take your sewing skills to the next level!

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Learn to make an impressive
button-down shirt + dress

 

Fancy making your own shirt or shirt dress?

Need a helping hand with the fiddly bits?

Take our online video workshop and learn to sew a stunning button-down shirt or shirt dress from scratch. Perfect for enthusiastic DIY dressmakers who want to improve their sewing, the lessons will take you step-by-step through the techniques involved in making a shirt, including how to:

Create a neat pointed collar and stand …

Become confident stitching buttonholes …

Attach sleeves using the easy-peasy flat method …

Finish with mock felled seams and tidy topstitching.

Rosa shirt sewing patternrosa-shirt-and-shirt-dress-sewing-pattern

This isn’t just the theory – you’ll learn as you sew, making the gorgeous Rosa sewing pattern, a semi-fitted button-down shirt or shirt dress, wearable for work or play! Choose from a PDF or printed sewing pattern, included in the course materials.

Finish with an impressive shirt or shirt dress… as well as skills you can use on many more sewing projects in the future.

“I made two shirts using this workshop and am extremely pleased with both. The instructions are so clear and helpful, with a number of brilliant tips which were quite new to me. I’d highly recommend this workshop.” – Geraldine

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No need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary. With our online video workshops, you get a front row seat from your laptop, tablet or phone. Whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Your sofa is your classroom!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module1
CONSTRUCT A SHIRT + SHIRT DRESS
  • Step-by-step lessons on making the Rosa shirt or shirt dress – pattern included in the course materials
  • Guidance on choosing your size and getting a bespoke fit for your shape
  • Marking, cutting and stabilising your fabric
  • Sew a flattering princess seamed bodice
  • Create a stunning pointed back yoke – find out how to ease together the curves and create a neat corner
  • Choose from shirt or dress length hems, with optional pointed pockets
Module2
MAKE A NEAT TWO-PIECE COLLAR
  • Find out how to construct an impressive two-piece collar and stand – a useful skill for your sewing toolbox!
  • Learn tricks to stitch, fold and press a sharp point on a severe corner
  • Get tips on attaching a collar to a bodice – including how to keep everything lined up accurately
Module3
STITCH BUTTONHOLES WITH CONFIDENCE
  • Get to grips with buttonholes with our video lessons
  • Find out how to sew both one-step and four-step buttonholes
  • Understand how to mark button positions accurately
  • Get tips on sewing on buttons (just in case!)
Module4
ATTACH SHIRT SLEEVES
  • Learn the flat insertion method for shirt sleeves
  • Create shaping at the shoulder with ease stitching
  • Create casual turn-up cuffs and narrow sleeve tabs
  • Bonus variation! Make full length sleeves with cuffs
Module5
SEW STUNNING SEAM FINISHES
  • Create mock felled seams for strong and tidy insides
  • Make a feature out of contrast topstitching
  • Avoid thread clumps and skipped stitches with our top tips on using topstitch thread

WHY TAKE AN ONLINE WORKSHOP?

  • #1
    STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO COURSE

    Follow an in-depth structured programme, developed by an experienced course designer and sewing teacher. 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?

This course is aimed at home sewists 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.

(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 before and are itching to learn new skills!

SHIRT NOVICES – You’re comfortable sewing clothes and want help making a shirt or shirt dress

SHIRT LOVERS –
You’ve made a shirt before and want to pick up extra tips in a handy resource

SEWING ADDICTS - You're hooked on sewing and fancy taking a class for inspiration and fun!

STITCH YOUR WAY TO A GORGEOUS SHIRT

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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. There are no deadlines for finishing it.

HOW MUCH IS IT IN US DOLLARS OR EUROS?

The fee is approximately $56 USD or €51 Euros, or $68 USD or €63 Euros if you’d like us to send you a printed sewing pattern in the mail. These numbers are 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 13 succinct videos, from 4 to 25 minutes long each (we don’t include the boring bits, so you can get on with your sewing!), plus extra written tuition and downloadable resources. You may like to spread the lessons out over ten evenings, or set aside a weekend for a binge sewing session.

IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR FINISHING IT?

No deadline – 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.

I'M NEW TO SEWING - IS THIS WORKSHOP SUITABLE FOR ME?

The workshop is suitable for people who have sewn at least a few things before and would like some guidance with the fiddlier aspects of sewing a shirt – from collars to buttonholes and creating neat topstitching.

If you’re a beginner, we recommend our Make Friends with a Sewing Machine workshop to get you started.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WATCHING TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE?

This is a specially structured course developed by an experienced course designer. It takes you step-by-step through how to make a shirt, from start to finish, covering all the fiddly techniques, from constructing collars to topstitching. It’s like attending a sewing class, but it’s cheaper and you can do it from home!

WHAT SIZE IS THE ROSA SEWING PATTERN?

The pattern includes eight sizes – from a UK 6 to 20, US 2 to 16, EUR 34 to 48. Take a look at our measurements chart.

HOW DO I GET THE SEWING PATTERN?

The PDF version of the Rosa 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…)

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 what you’re making, 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
  • Sewing toolkit – a supplies list is included in the workshop
  • Fabric and supplies for your Rosa shirt – listed here if you want to get a head start
  • Computer / tablet / smart phone and an internet connection to stream the videos from

SIGN UP TODAY!

SEW YOUR OWN SHIRT
OR SHIRT DRESS

£45

Approx $57 USD or €51 Euros

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

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

SIGN UP
SEW YOUR OWN SHIRT
OR SHIRT DRESS
+ PRINTED ROSA PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD or €63 Euros

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 12 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ROSA PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a beautiful pattern in the post with full colour booklet (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

WHAT WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING...

"This was my first shirt and it made a real difference having a video to follow and to be able to re-watch the parts that I found tricky. Tilly's explanations were very clear and made it a simple pattern to follow for a shirt novice - especially with the collar, which I was a little apprehensive about, but no unpicking was needed!"

“The workshop was so helpful, every video, photo and instruction was clear and well explained. Tilly is so calm and reassuring, it's great to be able to watch the videos at your own pace and see exactly how to do each step. Using this workshop has meant my Rosa dress came out absolutely perfect first time, even those tricky bits that look really impressive!”

"I love my Rosa shirt SO much! Tilly and the Buttons always make lovely, easy to follow instructions, but I think that I may have been stuck in a few places if it hadn't been for the online workshop - I feel like it really helped, especially to learn new skills."

SIGN UP TODAY

SEW YOUR OWN SHIRT
OR SHIRT DRESS

£45

Approx $57 USD or €51 Euros

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

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

SIGN UP
SEW YOUR OWN SHIRT
OR SHIRT DRESS
+ PRINTED ROSA PATTERN
£55

Approx $70 USD or €63 Euros

  • INSTANT ACCESS TO THE WORKSHOP
  • 12 VIDEO LESSONS
  • EXTRA WRITTEN TUITION + DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
  • ROSA PRINTED SEWING PATTERN – we’ll send you a beautiful pattern in the post with full colour booklet (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