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Sewing a Stevie Top or Dress

The Sewing Shop, Fochabers

Saturday 2nd November 9:30 - 4:30

£79 (including the pattern)

Learn how to sew a  Stevie top or dress, the hit pattern from Tilly and the Buttons.  Tilly’s pattern is suitable for beginners, but looks good enough to appeal to experts too.   It's a pattern which can look very different with a few simple adjustments, so you can use it multiple times.

If you’re new to sewing, the Stevie is a great way to add basic techniques to your sewing armoury.  There’s a facing to fit to the neckline, ties to turn out and seams to finish.  You’ll learn how to measure yourself to check you’re going to get a good fit, cut out the fabric, sew a  yoke, shape the neck and armholes and successfully hem your top or dress.

If you already have more sewing experience, the Stevie is ideal to use with challenging fabric.  Sequins with a fine georgette panel, velvet and chiffon all lend themselves well to this basic shape, which lets the fabric do the talking.  Depending on the fabric you might need French seams, underlining, bias binding at the neck, cuffs and hem, techniques to maintain the velvet pile or to deal with sequins.  Or use a less challenging fabric but hack the pattern – add belt loops and make dress with a belt, add a pleat to the back, add a curved shirt hem and patch pockets, or how about curved pockets which go round to the side seam.  There is lots of inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest and if you have an idea but you’re not quite sure how to draft it, email me in advance and I’ll help you work it out to sew on the day.

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10% discount on all shop purchases on the day!

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The paper pattern is included in the class price.  You’ll need fabric and interfacing.  Fabric with drape works well with this shape of top, and your interfacing should not be heavier than the fabric you choose.  There's 10% off in the shop so if you want, we can talk about the differtent fabric options and you could buy it on the day.    If you want to finish the back with a button loop then please bring a button and a hair bobble to use for the elastic button loop, they're more robust than most sewing elastics.  Or how about some beads to finish the back ties instead?

We’ll also go over ways to hack this pattern so you get good use of it in the future.  You can change the neckline, the sleeve finish, do away with the back panel, and a feature zip and so on. 

The maximum class size is 6 so there’s plenty of time for everyone to get all the input they need.  And we might of course have some chat about The Great British Sewing Bee.  This guy tends to come along with me as a mascot and I’ll bring some of my other makes from the programme to let you

see them close up.

On the day we’ll cover:

  • How to choose the correct size.

  • How to read and cut out a dress/top pattern.

  • How to select and cut the correct fabric and interfacing

  • All of the construction techniques you’ll need including how to understitch, edge stitch and top stitch, and how to finish seams and hems. 

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“With no darts, zips or set-in sleeves... Stevie has a modern, boxy fit, with round neckline and grown-on sleeves, closing at the back with pretty ties or button loop. Make as a top with cropped hemline that hits the high hip, or above-the-knee dress length, with optional turn-up cuffs and patch pocket. Throw it on with a statement necklace and you're good to go!”

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  • Professional tuition with Jen  

  • Your own paper pattern for the Stevie dress by Tilly & The Buttons worth £14.50

  • Tea.  Lots of tea (or coffee)

  • Use of a sewing machine

  • Cutting out the pattern

  • Advice on fabrics and interfacings and the effects of different options

  • Full construction to a professional standard

  • Techniques for top stitching, turning out the ties etc

  • Ways to hack the pattern to make other tops and dresses.


  • Your sewing kit -  scissors, rotary cutter, stitch unpick

  • Scissors for cutting paper

  • Fabric.  Please see the chart below for how much fabric you need.  Light to medium weight wovens with drape work best, such as lawn cotton, viscose, rayon, linen etc

  • If you want to finish the dress with a button instead of ties, please bring a button and a hair bobble to use as elastic

  • Matching thread

  • Bobbin spool

  • Light - Medium weight interfacing for the neck facing

  • Notebook & pencil


  • The pattern covers from size 6 to size 20.  If you are outwith this range please contact me.

  • This class is suitable for sewers who are familiar with a sewing machine and have some basic experience. 

  • Minimum age 16+

  • Our aim will be to finish all garments in the class but if time runs out, you may need to finish the sewing at home.​

  • See class terms & conditions here

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