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Making Shirts

  • The Stitchery 24 Sandyford Place Glasgow, G37NG United Kingdom (map)

4-day course, over 2-weekends // 24th+25th February + 4th+5th March // 10am-5pm each day // Level: Beyond Beginner // Instructor: Cassandra Macindoe // Cost: £240 (inc. pattern)  // Patterns: For Men - Fairfield Shirt - For Women - Archer Shirt or Melilot Shirt or Harrison Shirt

Learn how to make a repeatable, well fitting wardrobe staple: the classic button-up shirt. 

In this 4-day, 2-weekend course, Cassandra will be guiding you through the tricky details of making a button-up shirt that fits really well. On the first weekend, students will be creating a toile and making pattern adjustments for best fit (depending on the outcome of this, your toile may be wearable). You will then use these pattern adjustments to create your shirt on the second weekend. And at the end of the course, you'll come away with an adjusted shirt pattern that you can use as often as you like. 

As part of this course, Cassandra will be demonstrating a number of techniques, such as setting in sleeves; sewing a collar stand; cuffs & cuff plackets; back yokes; flat felled seams; and buttons & buttonholes. She will also be showing you how to achieve good fit, covering bust adjustments; lengthening & shortening; colour blocking (very exciting!); collar variations; and adjusting sleeves. 

Skill Level

This is a Beyond Beginner course, which means that some of the details are a wee bit trickier than what you would find in a beginner garment. Participants should have a certain amount of confidence on the sewing machine, and a good grasp of basic garment making techniques, having made at least 2 garments previously. If you have any doubts about whether you're ready for this course, feel free to contact us. 


  • A well fitting button up shirt in your own fabric
  • A shirt pattern, adjusted for your own unique body, which you can use as often as you like
  • A toile, which may be wearable
  • A basic understanding of how to make a wardrobe staple with various styling options.

Pattern Options

There are 4 pattern options available for this course. 3 women's and 1 men's. Click on a pattern to take you to the designer's site

Melilot Shirt

Suitable for sizes 6-18UK

Harrison Shirt

Suitable for sizes 14-30UK

Fairfield Shirt

Suitable for sizes XS-XXL 

Archer Shirt

Suitable for sizes 6-18UK

(Note that if your cup size is D or larger, or if your pattern size is 18+, we recommend choosing the Harrison Shirt in order to avoid extensive alterations. This shirt has been specifically designed for a fuller figure.)

Booking Your Place

To book your place on this course, you can use our online booking system below. You can pay a deposit or, if you prefer, pay the full course amount. Please familiarise yourself with our Terms & Conditions before making your booking. 

You can pay by PayPal or any major debit/credit card.  NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to make a booking. Simply click on the link which says "pay with a debit or credit card". It looks like this. 


Transparent Pricing

What does it cost to run a high quality sewing course? Our transparent pricing policy means that you can request a cost breakdown for any of our courses. 

Sewing Kits

When you come to book your place online, you'll be given the opportunity to add a Stitchery Sewing Kit to your basket. These are also available to order from our studio or on our Student Resource section at a later date. The kits come with everything you'll need to get sewing, and they only contain high quality tools that we would use ourselves. Plus there's an option to add the Maker's Workbook too. 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Student Resource Page, where you can find useful insights on the course structure and what supplies you'll need to bring to class (Note: If you don't see your course info up yet, don't panic, we'll have it up with enough time to get your supplies together before the course starts).

If you don't find your answer in either of these places, then please feel free to contact us.

Earlier Event: February 20
Sewing for Beginners
Later Event: March 11
The Cooper Bag Workshop