Make the Trapeze

Availability: in-stock

Level – Beginner

This class is designed for those who want to start dressmaking with little or no experience, or simply want to take a weekend to themselves to do some sewing! We do ask that you have used a sewing machine before. The Trapeze has 3 options, sleeveless, short sleeved, and three quarter sleeved. You cannot make the button back version in the class, we have a separate class listed for this.

We will cover the following:

  • How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
  • Following a lay plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
  • Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

What is included in your class:

  • Lunch on both days.
  • Trapeze 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 from time of booking until your class finishes
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • 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 strongly suggest that you choose a plain fabric  as the pattern matching required for checks and stripes takes a long time to do and can impact on completing the projects within the time allocated.

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.

Sleeveless Dress

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.5M2.65M2.65M*
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.15M2.3M2.4M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.15M2.35M2.4M*
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.65M1.85M2.15M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Dress with Short Sleeves

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.6M2.65M2.75M*
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.15M2.35M2.5M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.1M2.25M2.4M
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.6M1.8M2.1M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Dress with Long Sleeves

 Size 8Size 10 - 12Size 14 - 18
110 - 120cm wide, with nap2.9M2.95M3M
140cm - 150cm wide, with nap2.3M2.65M2.8M
110 - 120cm wide, without nap2.45M2.55M2.75M*
140 - 150cm wide, without nap1.9M2.1M2.35M
Fusible Interfacing0.2M0.2M0.2M
*110 wide is not suitable for size 18

Fabric Requirements Trapeze Top (to make the top cut at the lengthen/shorten line)

 120cm sleeveless/short/long140 - 150cm sleeveless/short/long
Size 81.40/1.35M/1.6M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M
Size 101.40/1.35M/1.6M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M
Size 121.5M/1.5M/1.75M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M
Size 141.5M/1.5M/1.75M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M
Size 161.5M/1.5M/1.75M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M
Size 181.5M/1.5M/1.75M1.05M/1.25M/1.55M

Finished Measurements

 Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18

UK Sizing

 Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18



17th + 18th April 10 - 5pm £200 ADD

  • Our courses are non refundable or transferable 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.
  • 10% discount can not be used for purchases of future classes.