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Shirt Design and Construction

Shirt Design and Construction

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Luke Rooney


On this beginners/intermediate shirt design course you will learn how to make a classic shirt with all the details such as cuffs, collar, yoke and sleeves. You will also learn four basic seams used within the industry depending on the different fabrics your shirt is constructed from.

Topics covered:

  • An introduction to the sewing machine
  • Seams and finishings
  • Using blocks and cutting out
  • You will break down the construction of each aspect of a shirt including - yokes, collars, cuffs, sleeves and hems
  • Learn how to adapt patterns to your own design e.g. sleeves and collars to create a unique design.

  • Outcomes:
    By the end of this course you will have made a shirt out of calico and have the pattern to take away with you. You will also have practiced four seam details used within the clothing industry and have made samples of each.

    Who should take this course:
    This course is suitable for people who already have some experience of sewing but who would like to practice and develop their skills. This course would be an excellent follow on course from Introduction to Professional Sewing Skills

    Beginners to intermediate

    Entry requirements:

    Some sewing knowledge would be beneficial however it is not essential.

    Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older


    Tutor Description

    Luke Anthony Rooney is a London based womenswear designer who likes to explore the use of texture, colour and surface design. His textile expressionism is offset with an expert cut. Complex panelling is featured heavily within his work, mixed with classic tailored pieces. His work is an exploration of silhouette, form and application, taking inspiration from gaiety, frivolity and a sense of fantasy. His designs connect considered construction and technique with an exuberant and joyous spirit. Mixing hand techniques with creative cutting and stitching, the designs take on different dimensions. Luke shows his collections with On|Off during London Fashion Week.


    Please bring with you to the course:
  • A pair of fabric scissors
  • A pair of paper scissors.
  • Available dates

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