The Basics Collection - Envelope Dress

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I adore the Envelope Dress by Cris Wood.

It's an easy wear, versatile, loose fitting caftan style dress, and a garment that can be made repeatedly in a variety of fabrics for dramatically different results.

For maximum versatility, an additional pattern packet including 3 sleeve variations is available at the studio.

Zero-waste means zero fabric left over. Zero paper waste means there are no paper pattern pieces to print, cut and tape.

Simple formulas included in the pattern allow you to grade the pattern to your own personal measurements.  

 Suitable fabrics include woven fabrics with a fluid drape - linens, lightweight cottons, silks, rayons, viscose blends, gauze.

This gorgeous and simple dress will teach you how to use a pattern, cut fabric and sew a full garment with finishings....all in three hours!

Cotton shirting is included in the cost of the class, if you wish to bring your own fabrics - anything with cotton, linen, wool crepe etc will work nicely. Please don't bring silk or other slippery fabrics unless you are confident sewing with them.


Sewing Level : Beginner

Duration: 3 Hour Class

What's Included

Muslin, pattern paper, simple cotton for the dress and all notions.

Use of all studio sewing & serger machines, irons, pressing tools, scissors, and more

Complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day


What level should I be sewing at to take this class?

This class is an absolute beginner and up class.

How many students are there per class?

There will be a maximum of six students.

How much 1-1 time will I get?

Each students will get as much time - both as a group and individually - as they need in order to construct their garment. The aim is for each student to complete their garment having fully understood each step, so they can build off their new skillset for future individual projects.

Can I bring my own sewing machine and/or notions?

Yes! If you have a sewing machine you love to use, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a machine that you do not use often and need help with, then please plan on using the studio machines.

Scissors, pins, threads, etc are all supplied but if you have your own favorites, then of course, bring those!   We just ask that you label them and take full responsibility for your items while in class.

Will I finish my garment in class?

We try to make sure all projects can be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking.

Some of the ongoing classes and workshops may have the potential for some voluntary homework or the option for extra learning but it cannot be guaranteed that any garment, item, or project will be completed in its entirety during the physical time spent in the studio.

What refreshments and snacks will be available?

Local treats, king cakes, bagels for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day... and a BYOB if you feel like celebrating at the end of a fun class. There is a small fridge, a Keurig, water cooler, microwave, and toaster in the studio and these can be used throughout the day.

As we are in the Quarter, there are lots of food options as well as delivery, so we will make a list of those available to you before lunchtime rolls around.

You are also welcome to bring snacks and lunch to eat at the studio if you prefer.