Make the Florence

Availability: in-stock

Level – Intermediate

The Florence is a sweet swingy top with a button back detail and soft high low gathers. Perfect for summer with linen trousers or jeans and pumps.

To attend this class you have to have a good level of confidence with dressmaking, maybe completing some of our simpler designs like the Camber, Top 64 and Trapeze.

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.
  • Setting in sleeves.
  • Creating a button placket and making buttonholes.
  • Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size.
  • Creating even gathers.
  • Tweaking fitting issues.
  • Understanding dressmaking terminology.
  • Suitable seam finishes for different fabrics.

What is included in your class:

  • Lunch on both days.
  • Florence 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. We recommend lightweight cottons and linens, something with a gentle drape. If you choose something crisper it will have a more sculptural silhouette.

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.


 Size 6Size 8 - 12Size 14 - 18
110cm wide, with or without nap1.65MN/AN/A
120cm wide, with or without nap1.4M1.6MN/A
140cm wide, with or without nap1.3M1.3M1.55M
150cm wide, with or without nap1.3M1.3M1.55M


 Size 6Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18
Sleeve Length17.25cm17.75cm18.25cm18.75cm19.25cm19.75cm20.25cm


 Size 6Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18







1st + 2nd August £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.