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Design and Make A Printed Shirt for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Design and Make A Printed Shirt for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Maria Demetriou, with others


This two-week course will take you through the whole process of constructing and finishing a shirt to designing a printed fabric to make it out of. You will create your own unique shirt learning a range of new skills as you work. Resulting in something you can wear, use in your portfolio for application to Art School or both.

You will start the course by making a shirt toile (making your shirt in a test fabric to ensure that the fit and cut is perfect). The next stage is to research and design your pattern, printing your final design on fabric that you will use to make your own unique shirt.

Topics covered

  • Making a shirt toile to gain technical experience of using industrial machines and learn the techniques for constructing collars, plackets, yokes, cuffs and different seam finishes.
  • Print design –research a chosen topic and use this as a basis for print ideas
  • Printing onto fabric using the heat press
  • Making up the final shirt in original printed fabric
  • Learn how to present your final piece and the research that went into it in a portfolio.

  • Outcomes
    By the end of the course you will have a finished printed shirt and pattern, a sketchbook full of inspired design ideas, skills in print, working with a pattern and toile, techniques for construction a shirt
    Who should take this course

    This course is aimed at students aged 16 to 18 who are studying art and design or fashion at college. No prior experience of the techniques covered in the course are required.


    Entry requirements
    No prior sewing or print making experience is required

    Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

    Tutor Description

    Maria Demetriou began her career in the fashion industry as a sample cutter, illustrator, pattern cutter and designer, working for commercial labels. Following this she worked in production for the high-end market. In 1998 she started working as a technician and fashion tutor. She has now been teaching for the last seventeen years and currently delivers private tuition and small workshops at the In addition to this she also worked as an exclusive dressmaker in bridal and evening wear.


    Please bring with you to the first session:
  • A sketchbook
  • Drawing materials (whatever you prefer to use – pens, coloured pencils etc)
  • Available dates

    If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.