Practical Sewing Skills: Sewing with Knits (4-week course)

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Practical Sewing Skills: Sewing with Knits (4-week course)

20 October, 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


With Karen Odinga

A four-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 20th October to 10th November. £28 for the full course paid in advance, or £7.50 per week (total £30).

Learn to work with stretch knit fabrics to create a tunic or dress. With the basic T-shirt style pattern provided, you will be in control since you will have the opportunity to adjust the length for either a tunic or dress as well as creating a round or v-neck. All styles have sleeves and there are options for a ruffle and adding additional colour bands.

Pattern provided is multi-sized so refer to your measurements below for fabric requirements:

Sizes (in inches)X-SmallSmallMediumLargeX-LargeXX-Large
Bust30 ½ -31 ½32 ½ -3436-3840-4244-4648
Waist23-2425-26 ½28-3032-3437-3941 ½
Hip32 ½ -33 ½34 ½ -3638-4042-4446-4850
Back (neck to waist)15 ½ -15 ¾16-16 ¾16 ½ -16 ¾17-17 ¼17 3/8 -17 ½17 ¾


Fabric & Materials Required:

  • 60-inch-wide interlock, double knit jersey, spandex jersey blends.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The stretch in the fabric required for this pattern is: 4 inches(10cm) needs to stretch along the crosswise grain another 2 inches (15cm) approx. Any queries? E-mail me if not sure!!

  • Sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large will require 2.5 meters for the dress/tunic with sleeves.
  • XX-Large will require 3.25 meters.
  • For a ruffle at the hem, an additional .75 meter will be required.
  • To add additional bands of colour at sleeves or hem bring along another ½ meter of each colour you would want to add.

Also needed:

  • Sewing machine with all accessories, leads etc. Please be familiar with the basic workings of your particular model.
  • Pack of ball point needles
  • Matching all-purpose thread
  • Sewing machine with all accessories, leads etc.
  • Dressmaking shears
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Pencil/notebook for your notes
  • Tape measure

If you have any queries regarding sizes, fabric selection etc. please feel free to contact me at

    Register your interest:

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    Thank you for registering your interest in one of our classes. Our admin team will be in touch to confirm your attendance. In the meantime, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us by email at or telephone 01376 323280.


    20 October, 2021
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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    Karen Odinga


    Braintree Community Centre
    19-21 Bocking End
    Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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    Information for Students

    Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

    If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

    Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

    Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!


    Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

    We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

    There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

    Cancellation policy

    Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

    Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.