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 for the duration of your class.
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.



Fabric is not included in this class.

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



14th + 15th Dec 10 - 5pm £170 ADD

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.