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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, Rita Kumari


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 has worked at The North London Arts for ten years, teaching mainly pattern cutting and garment construction. She also specialises in designing and producing bridal/eveningwear for individual clients. Since 1994 Maria has provided an on-going technical consultation service to BA Fashion students from a range of universities.


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