Make the Hattie or Ellis

Availability: out-of-stock

Level – Intermediate

A perfect combination for any mood, if Ellis is a gentle woman then Hattie is a blithe bachelorette.

Both feature four delicate neck darts, Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.

This class is designed for those who have maybe completed some of our simpler designs like the Fielder, Camber etc, and want to take the next step up.

We will cover the following:

  • Accurate top stitching.
  • Creating gathers or pleats.
  • Creating in seam pockets.
  • Creating small accurate darts at the neckline.
  • Setting in sleeves.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

What is included in your class:

  • Hattie & Ellis pattern.
  • Machine threads.
  • A Bernina sewing machine and overlocker. We ask that you don’t bring your own sewing machine please.
  • 10% discount in the Rye shop for the duration of your class.
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • Lunch on both days.
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.

Please note you have the option of having the pattern posted to your before the class to cut out. If you know the size you are going to make this will give you more sewing time in the class!


Fabric is not included in this class. We find this dress works well in linen as well as light to medium weight denims, do not choose anything too heavy because of the gathers.

Ideally it is best to prewash your fabric before your class, as all fabric will shrink a little on the first wash. However if you go for our laundered linens these have already been pre washed.


 Sizes 8 & 10Sizes 12 & 14Sizes 16 & 18
Self 120cm wide2.80M2.90M3.00M
Self 140cm wide2.50M2.60M2.80M
Self 150cm wide2.50M2.60M2.80M
Lining 120cm wide0.60M0.90M1.00M
Lining 140 & 150cm wide0.60M0.60M0.60M
Fusible Interfacing0.20M0.20M0.20M


 Sizes 8 & 10Sizes 12 & 14Sizes 16 & 18
120cm wide2.80M2.90Mn/a
140cm wide2.60M2.70M2.90M
150cm wide2.60M2.70M2.90M
Fusible Interfacing0.20M0.20M0.20M

25th + 26th July 10 - 5pm £170 SOLD OUT


Our courses are non refundable unless we have a reserve list, and we can fill your space.

We reserve the right to cancel the class giving you a two weeks notice. You will receive a full refund if your class is cancelled.